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My Favourite five books

A favorite book is like a treasured friend. It entertains you, it offers you guidance, it touches you, and it’s there when you need it. More importantly, it leaves you with deep rooted thoughts and ponderings. The kind of books I read are of different genres and areas but they have all left a mark on me.
I will speak about five of my favourite books.

One confession here. I do not read romantic novels, but prefer to read real dramatic stories. Surprisingly, all of these books have taught me about the places they are set in.

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What is a travel book?

Sometime back I wrote about a few travel books that I own. Discussions which started on that article, Facebook and otherwise have led to this post.

What, in your opinion, is a travel book?

Is it something like Lonely Planet which guides you where to stay, what to see, what to eat etc. so that your stay at a place becomes comfortable?

Is it a book that inspires you to travel and see the world?

Or a travel book consists of a travelogue where author relives his or her experiences of a place or journey and what s/he went through?

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One of the books in my collection.

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One day in Europe

A few days back I watched the movie “One day in Europe“.

Written and directed by Hannes Stöhr, it revolves around four different incidents in four different cities in Europe in a single day. Sad part is, I have not been to any of those cities (Moscow, Istanbul, Berlin, Santiago de Compostela). 🙁

The movie is related to travel and all the four stories have something in common… A visit to police station mainly to collect a police report to be used to claim insurance.

The protagonists are strangers in the respective countries with little or no knowledge of the local language. The miscommunication happens and the police scenes are fun to watch.
Through this film the director tries to highlight a small share of each of the different cultures. The script cleverly uses the potential provided by language barriers.
Soccer in Europe can not be ignored and it plays a silent significant role in the movie showing how the policemen are more interested in the game and care little for the loss of the tourist.

There is a Hungarian teacher who is travelling through whole of Europe and has lost his camera in Santiago. Saddened, he tells the policeman that pictures are more important than the camera since they hold a memory for him. Obviously, the policeman thinks he is insane. Ok, I will not reveal the story…

What I liked