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After 20 years in the service, P. G. Tenzing decided to give it all up and indulge his biker’s soul. So, he resigned from the Indian Administrative Service and set off on his journey across the country.
Don't Ask Any Old Bloke For Directions: A Biker's Whimsical Journey Across India is an account of the 25,000 kilometers journey that he went on over a period of nine months, starting from Trivandrum in Kerala to the upper reaches of the Himalayas.
Packing his frugal luggage on his Enfield Thunderbird, he rode across the country and recorded his interesting experiences in the book. He recounts interesting encounters with people on the way, from barbers and waiters, to numerous other fleeting encounters.
All the people he meets leave an impression on him, and he is a man of spiritual inclination who believes that these encounters are somehow preordained. He believed in the innate spiritual connection of the whole of humanity and also with the Universe. His interesting philosophical observations are accompanied by commentaries on the plight of the people in India’s Northeast.
It is an interesting travelogue, recording the rich diversity in food, customs, habits and language of the people of the various states he crosses on his epic journey. His observations of the people and the situations he encounters are sometimes humorous and many times philosophical.
Don't Ask Any Old Bloke For Directions: A Biker's Whimsical Journey Across India records the roadtrip of a lifetime of a deeply spiritual man who wanted to go on a ‘karmic journey’. He had the courage to follow his heart, and his life was enriched by the experience. An experience he has shared delightfully with his readers, through the written word using this book.
About P. G. Tenzing
P. G. Tenzing was a former IAS officer.
This book is his record of his epic journey across India at the age of 43, taking voluntary retirement to undertake this journey. He was the Higher Education Secretary of Kerala. He is remembered as a honest and fun-loving person by his co-workers. He belonged to the 1986 batch of IAS officers. He died of cancer in 2010. His wife Ambica is a Sikkim-cadre IAS officer. They have two daughters.