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Ramblers in Cornwall

Slow Travels Through a Salt-Licked Country
Arundhati Basu
Type: Print Book
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Language: English
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“The Cornish call it the singing of the shores. When fishermen needed to find their way home and land was obscured by a blanket of fog or intense darkness, they listened intently to the sound of the waves breaking upon shore. The shores sang to them, much like the setting sun beckons the wild geese to fly home before it disappears for the day.”

Somewhere in Cornwall, the bolthole at the western extremity of Britain, a couple of Indian ex-pats take to the coastal paths to explore a land as old as the hills. When author Arundhati Basu crosses the River Tamar with her husband in the summer of 2012, little does she know that they are stepping into a different world order. Vanity and pretensions are useless commodities in the old country where everything comes to a screeching halt for a cream tea or a well-earned box of fish & chips. The couple, newly married and relocated to the Midlands, find the contours of their relationship changing with every tramping holiday in Cornwall, as they get immersed in the relaxed rhythm of the countryside. Overarching their experience is the salt-laden air from the sea, washing over the senses and reminding us that we are at the mercy of nature. 

In a world wholly caught up in the bog of social isolation, a narrative of slow travels through the West Country is a reminder that somewhere on the horizon, a place like Cornwall awaits. Told in a ‘loiterly’ fashion, along with illustrations by the author in charcoal, the book is an anti-travel guide, a cure for the anaesthetic impact of a city existence, far from the lightning-fast pace of modernity.

About the Author

Arundhati Basu is a former journalist from Calcutta, India. She studied English Literature at Presidency College, Calcutta, and followed it up with an MA Diploma in journalism studies from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi. Basu started her writing career in 2003, reporting for the leading dailies in Delhi, The Times of India and The Telegraph. In 2012, she quit journalism. In the same year, she relocated with her spouse, Aditya Varma, to the Midlands in the UK. She started working as a freelance writer. Alongside she travelled extensively with Varma and wrote about her travels in her popular travel blog, The Travelling Diary of a Dippy Dotty Girl. In 2017, she relocated with her husband to the United States. Now, she lives in Bayonne, a port town across from the Big Apple, where she spends her time reading, writing and painting. When ennui strikes, Basu dreams of life in a cosy cob cottage on the craggy cliffs of Cornwall, its walls blowsy with wild vines and roses, the high wind whistling around its roofs of thatched eave.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781736836439
Publisher: Gaggling Geese Press
Number of Pages: 252
Dimensions: 6"x9"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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