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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Cart-orgasmic !

Well since i was a kid, I've had this fascination for books.It started with the famous five and Hardy boys. Slowly taking the natural course leading to Grisham and the likes. Then came the "Value-add" books phase where i would read only those books which would "help" me in the future.

Now i read whatever i can get my hands on, trying, albeit slightly, to avoid run of the mill books.

While there have been many books that have made me sit up and take notice, there is this one book which is like none other.

I am not sure whether it can be called a "book" in the conventional sense.It is a book which comprises of maps. But wait a second , these are not maps of countries and continents. These are maps of emotions, of feelings, of experinces in life.

Hence the name "The Atlas of Experience"

The Atlas of Experience is a metaphorical thunderclap. This book is beyond anything you’ve ever seen—and that’s seen, not read.

The Atlas is very whimsical, and that is its strength. The airport in the country of Boredom is called Automatic Pilot. Sparksfly is a mountain near the Volcanoes of Passion, in the country of Stream of Ideas. Tip of the Tongue marks the southern-most point on the Isle of Forgetfulness. A ship is sinking in the Bay of Wealth. The place names are full of puns, and full of truth. It’s no mistake that the Mountains of Work are surrounded by the Plains of Solitude.

The largest city is that of Change. The mapmakers even include a map of Change’s subway system. The red line starts at Thesis and ends at Anti-Thesis. The green line starts at Revolution, passes through Risk, and ends at Funeral.

I could find only one map image on the internet.But this should act as an appetizer.

I love this book. I don't read it so much as savor it.

I can't emphasize how good this book is, any reader would fall in love with this book. A case of love-at-first-sight, one might say :) .


  • Hi...Where did you source this book from? You implied in your last post that it's an odd one. So break the suspense and pray tell!!!

    By Blogger Prerna, at 10:18 AM  

  • muahahahahaha :)

    and so the mystery unfolds!

    Anyways, My brother got this book for me from Amsterdam terminal.

    He knew that with me being a books freak I'd go crazy 'bout this one :)

    And for the dutch touch :P


    By Blogger Rohit Anand, at 6:33 PM  

  • Interesting...

    Will you be bringing any of these sort of books to L???

    gibble response to your dutch...

    By Blogger Prerna, at 7:28 PM  

  • possibly...if u want me to bring it, just say it :)

    bedankt :D

    I feel so academic speakin dutch n all >:)

    By Blogger Rohit Anand, at 7:40 PM  

  • hi rohit, read your blog right from the first entry. must say, you have a flair for writing. way to go!!

    By Anonymous sweetgirl, at 1:01 AM  

  • that's sweet of you :P

    By Blogger Rohit Anand, at 2:35 PM  

  • dood,

    Me trying to find this book out for a long time and here it is!!!
    (5* reviews by all users on Amazon...)

    Care to share it?

    You in PP, me in Rhni, so we live nearby!!!

    BTW, when do you sail out for 'hell'?


    By Blogger Ankur Pruthi, at 11:56 AM  

  • Hi ankur

    good to hear from you again

    I leave for L on 26th...

    mail me your mobile # on rohit_2468[at]yahoo[dot]com

    and we can discuss all the sharing :)


    By Blogger Rohit Anand, at 9:49 PM  

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