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Meraki An Unusual Travelogue

Author Name: Girija Gopalakrishnan | Format: Paperback | Genre : Biographies & Autobiographies | Other Details

This is the story of Nitya, a girl who enjoyed growing up but refused to become a ‘groan up’. For her, life was an endless journey, somewhat like Alice of ‘Alice in wonderland’. Her father had travelled right across India for work, and as a result, the entire family was always and forever, caught up in the cultural crossfire of North and South. Yet, it was fun straddling both the worlds and making the most of the plenitudes life had to offer. Her marriage took her to another entirely different world where she found herself thrown into a strange, modern, and liberal, yet disturbed world.

Life turns full circle as she returns to the city of her childhood and youth, and looks at the travails of the present generation from the perspective of a wanderer’s soul.

The angst felt by Nitya is: why is the human society reeling in the grip of greed, intolerance and hatred. With better access to basic necessities, comforts, technology, intellectual resources and faster communication, life in the present times should have been more peaceful, accommodating and non-threatening. But sadly, that is not true!

Where have “we, the people” gone wrong?

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Girija Gopalakrishnan

Girija Gopalakrishnan is a teacher by profession, a poet and writer at heart, and an environmentalist by commitment. She was born into a traditional South Indian family, but was brought up and educated in Dehradun and Rishikesh. The best part of her life as an adult was spent in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya: the abode of clouds. She feels that she owes a lot to the environment that was instrumental in making her what she is today.

As a teacher of Biology and Environment Studies for over thirty five years in various schools located all over India, she has been and is still working towards developing awareness about the importance of keeping the Earth free from wounds inflicted by mankind. In her heart, there is a deep sense of sadness, regret, anger and helplessness because she feels that the grown-ups are not leaving the planet safe and livable for their children.

She has been actively expressing her angst through travelogues, blogs and social media, and is also in constant conversation with young adults over the issues that are screaming for attention. At present she is helping some NGOs with environment awareness campaigns.

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