Abhijeet Deshpande is an accidental nomad. His stints in corporate and diplomatic organizations have offered him opportunities to immerse in various cultures. Over time, the frequency and length of his travel has steadily risen. To keep up, his choices have been changing too—from planned holidays to spontaneous ones, from fixed schedules to flexible ones, and from working full-time assignments to freelancing. Be it backpacking the wilderness or exploring urban landscapes, Abhijeet has been a minimalist traveler for over twenty years and counting. Follow his articles on www.backpackingseries.com
…Strikes first blood in its league to present an inspirational account of journeys through North East India and its people, culture and lifestyles.
International soccer player, recipient of Arjuna and Padma Shri Awards, and politician
An absolutely awesome account of a traveler telling the true picture of this beautiful region of our country. Thanks for highlighting the beauty of our people too. Great work and a great book.
L. SARITA DEVI
Two-time World title and five-time Asian titles holder in women's boxing, and recipient of Arjuna Award
Backpacking North East India packs a powerful punch. If you think of travel in this unexplored land, pick up a copy today.
M.C. MARY KOM
Six world boxing titles, Olympic medallist, Asian champion, and recipient of Padma Bhushan award
Brisk and colourful, peppered with personal anecdotes of bandhs, reflections on politics and social values, drawn upon wandering on the highlands and low plains of the states of the North East, Abhijeet and Navita Deshpande pack a lot literally into their rucksacks for this backpacker's manual which should be a useful guide on not just where to go and what to do, what not to do and where not to venture but also what to keep your eyes and ears open for, in these lands of many stories, ethnic groups and magical experiences, the warmth of ordinary people and the challenges of daily life.
Director and founder, Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES), JMI; innovator of boat clinics in Assam; eminent journalist; independent filmmaker; author of many books including Strangers of the Mist