I have had the idea of writing about my literary travel bucket list for quite sometime. What I mean by this is simply my travel bucket list, somewhere I want to travel based on a book or series of books I have read. I am going to mention the book as well as the place – would be a great way to add to your reading as well as travel bucket list!
- Lucknow based on A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth: This is one of my favourite books and ever since I read it I have been wanting to go to Lucknow. The prospect of eating kebabs and biryani there doesn’t hurt either. But of course, its not only the food. Lucknow in my mind is a city of history and so quintessentially Indian. Its been on my bucket list for quite sometime. And now especially after we started Zari, going to Lucknow and shopping and looking through all the beautiful textiles and embroidery is something I really look forward to doing.
The Pier at Norfolk – travelling over England is definitely on my bucket list!
2. Kars from Snow by Orhan Pamuk: Now I haven’t yet read Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk and I am sure his descriptions of Istanbul will make me want to go there too, but his description of Kars and the snow there is haunting. Istanbul and Kars are both on my bucket list.
The beautiful streets of Copenhagen – and don’t forget the bikes
3. Botswana from The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCaul Smith: So I did go to Africa for the first time in my life a few years ago but Botswana was somewhere I always wanted to go and explore. I have read so many of these books which talk about the adventures of these two women in the detective agency, their life in Botswana and their society its always stuck in my head. Now I only need to convince my husband to go to Botswana instead of South Africa where he wants to go to watch cricket!
The beaches of Goa – cant ever get tired of Goa and its beaches
4. Chatham Island from Making Out Series by Katherine Applegate: Before you start laughing and smirking at me, let me explain. These were a series of books I read while in school and I absolutely loved them. There were about 28 books in the series and I think I still have all of them at home in Calcutta. The series covered the lives of eight teenagers who lived in a tiny island called Chatham Island off the coast of Maine in the United States. Now a clarification: Chatham Island is actually fictitious (although there is an island named Chatham Island somewhere in Australia). But I do want to visit the Maine area sometime and get a feel of the place.
Gorgeous sunset over the Baltic sea in Palanga, Lithuania
5. Martha’s Vineyard from Summer Sisters by Judy Blume: In case I haven’t mentioned this a hundred times already, this is my favourite book in the world. I have a signed copy by the author sitting on my bookshelf and I re-read it every few years or so. The story is about the friendship between two girls – right from their school days to college and adulthood. They come to Martha’s Vineyard for the summer every year and that where all the action and drama takes place. I would love to visit!
The Italian Riviera – could go back again and again
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