From Heaven Lake: Travels through Sinkiang and Tibet [VIKRAM SETH] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Key features the popular. From Heaven Lake is a brilliant, classic account of Vikram Seth’s journey through China when he was a 29 year old student at Nanjing. From Heaven Lake: travels through Sinkiang and Tibet / Vikram Seth Seth, From Heaven Lake is the story of his remarkable journey and his encounters with .
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Return to Book Page. From Heaven Lake is the story of his remarkable journey and his encounters with nomadic Muslims, Chinese officials, Buddhists and others. Paperbackpages. Published October 12th by Vintage first published Thomas Cook Travel Book Award To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about From Heaven Lakeplease sign up. Lists with This Book.
Vikram Seth took nearly 2 months from China to India hitchhiking all the way across and finally giving go to temptation only in Kathmandu when he took a flight to Delhi. He passed through rural China, Tibet and Nepal. I too travelled with him, experienced all this with him, albeit in the comfort of m Vikram Seth took nearly 2 months from China to India hitchhiking all the way across and finally giving go to temptation only in Kathmandu when he took a flight to Delhi. I too travelled with him, experienced all this with him, albeit in the comfort of my home.
I took only a week to accomplish this. Read this as a part of weekend theme in IR challenges, and am happy thst I did. It also fulfils another of my IR challenges – Armchair travel. Would recommend his book to all those who like to know about new places and are not fortunate enough to travel in person, and who don’t mind slow to medium, meandering pace of the book.
He was at that time a student at the Nanjing University. Taking time and money off from the Standford University, Seth stays in China for 2 years. When the time comes for him to return home, he decides on a mega unconventional route. Abandoning all idea of taking a flight out of Xian or Chengdu cities other than Beijing and Shanghai that we are not familiar with.
The time is the 80s. Seth knows Chinese so well that at one point in time during the trip he had to speak it badly with effort so that people come to his aid. Unlike other travellers, Seth concentrates on the inner journey as much as the outer. Seth writes like a song. The flow in uninterrupted and he has amazing control over his words. Each word has been chosen in keeping with what precise emotion he wants to convey. As a friend of mine says, he is a classical writer, no gimmicks. Reading Seth is always a pleasure: It refreshed my city-weary mind.
Salud to the delicious calm of reading Vikram Seth! Jun 08, Mohit Parikh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Unfortunately, I had to abandon this book mid-way as the cafe I was reading it in was closed on the last day of my trip in Himachal Pradesh. If you have an ebook, please let me know. Oct 18, Krishna Sruthi Srivalsan rated it it was amazing.
What an incredible book and an even more incredible journey! Vikram Seth, while studying at Nanjing University in China, decided to take a rather unorthodox route on his return to India during his break.
His journey starts at Turfan, buried in the Uighur region of western China. And from there, he proceeds further west on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau till he reaches Lhasa, and from there onto Kathmandu and finally Delhi.
Remarkable journey, narrated with wit and humour. There are some pages where t What an incredible book and an even more incredible journey! There are some pages where the writing makes you stop and ponder.
For example, he compares India and China, the two Asian giants, and how they both have succeeded and failed in their different ways. He writes about an ugly encounter with a wealthy tourist in Lhasa, and has this to say about it- It is curious how wealth makes some people pleasant, by doing away with worry and petty frustration; and how it makes others abominable. I loved reading about his travel companions- Sui, always puffing his cigarettes and reading during his breaks, Gyanseng who would burst into a very out-of-tune song every now and then, the sulky Xiao San, and his friend Norbu whom he met at Lhasa.
I really liked the fact that the book had a very objective view; not once did I detect an ounce of being judgemental or prejudiced. Qinghai, Turfan, Dunhuang, Germu, Lhasa – these are all vague places on the map, but through the book I felt as if I was visiting these very places, and learning about their people. I especially liked reading about Seth’s stay in Lhasa, where he visited the Norbulingka, the Potala Palace,and witnessed a blood curdling ceremony at the Sera monastery.
Reading about how he crossed the border from Tibet into Nepal left me astounded. Just walk across the bridge over the Bhotakoshi and that’s it. It made me ponder about boundaries and maps and borders and how nature disregards all of them. The book is studded with bits of poetry, very characteristic of Seth, and this makes the book even more special.
My favorite is the verse he wrote when they were stuck on the lonely Qinghai-Tibet plateau: Here we three, cooped, alone, Tibetan, Indian, Han, Against a common dawn Catch what poor sleep we can, And sleeping drag the same Sparse air into our lungs, And dreaming each of home Sleeptalk in different tongues.
This is a short but very enjoyable travel book chronicling the nad route home from Nanjing in China to Delhi in India. Being a ‘poor’ student, Seth decides to save some money and also visit some fascinating areas of China on the way home over the summer vacation.
Seth travels through the provinces of Gansu, then Qinghai, and on to Tibet before crossing the land border to Nepal. The travel aspects are great – speaking good Chinese, Seth as a foreigner is able to converse well with most of the This is a short but very enjoyable travel book chronicling the authors route home from Nanjing in China to Delhi in Traveld.
The travel aspects are great – speaking good Chinese, Seth as a foreigner is able to converse well with most of the locals, and in areas where other languages were required he ended up travelling with those who could translate – this makes this book a little different to many similar books by Westerners, who I don’t think always get the same level of cooperation or communication with the Chinese. What really makes this book though is the beautifully descriptive writing.
Seth is really very talented. In a book of pages he tells a thorough and in depth story, he doesn’t waste any pages, and almost every page contains a sentence or paragraph to be admired. This book really is different – as it is so short – and nothing is wasted. Sep 12, Yigal Zur rated it really liked tibey. Nov 29, Susan rated it it was ok Shelves: This fairly short account started me thinking about what makes a good travel book.
The author was studying in China and finagled permission to travel home to India via Tibet.
From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet by Vikram Seth
annd He comes across as curious, observant, and resourceful, and his account is well written, but somehow the book and trip were disappointing. I thfough thinking it woul This fairly short account started me thinking about what makes a good travel book.
I kept thinking it would make a better magazine article than a book. The crowd enjoys this. When a truck gets stuck, they cheer. When a truck gets through, they cheer. It strikes me how descriptive of its meandering course is its Chinese name, the Abd River. Dalla Cina orientale alla Cina occidentale viaggia in treno ma poi inizia a cercare passaggi in camion che trasportano merci in Tibet. Deve affrontare la burocrazia cinese, torrenti c 3,5 E’ il racconto del viaggio in autostop che Vikram Seth intraprende per andare dalla Cina in India attraversando il Tibet e il Nepal.
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Deve affrontare la burocrazia cinese, torrenti che straripano per le forti piogge e che rendono le strade impraticabili e che crom via anche quei pochi ponti che ci sono per attraversare i fiumi.
Ci parla anche delle condizioni politiche ed economiche della Cina facendo paragoni con la sua patria, l’India, ed esprime anche i suoi pensieri su Mao e la religione.
May 01, Tariq Mahmood rated it really liked it Shelves: What travwls the best way to experience another culture? Learn their language and then promptly hitch hike your way across.
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This is precisely what Vikram Seth has chances upon. It is a gem of a travelogue, and what has won my admiration is that he is a Hindu pilgrim.
Vikram captures the emotions of his friendship with the Chinese people, especially the tension between the majority Han and minority Abd, mogols and the Tibetans. The travel abroad a truck as it crisscrosses across Sinkiang and Tibet What is the best way to experience another culture?
The travel abroad a truck as it crisscrosses across Sinkiang and Tibet brings about a constant stream of challenges, from police checks, bartering to frequent unwarranted stops when the truck gets stuck in mud.
These occurrences produce the best phrases out of the author like According to his observation if you are dirt poor than you are better off born in China as compared to India. On the other hand if you are on the upper end of the poverty scale, than India offers a better prospect for future. Jun 26, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: A real gem of a travel book that I somehow overlooked until now. My own trip to Tibet in was nowhere near as ambitious or arduous as this.
Makes me a little jealous that I never learned Mandarin well enough to ride as a passenger in these Chinese trucks that Seth takes throughout the journey. Lyrical travrls fast moving – I loved this one.