Book Review: Voyagers Into the Unknown by Ruchira Khanna

  • ISIN: 9781504345460
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Balboa Press
  • Price: Rs. 1,189.61/- 
In the historic Indian town of Agra, you can find a very unusual tour company, which is owned by a charming young man named Raj. Although Raj's official job is to show off the historical landmarks of Agra, including the legendary Taj-Mahal, his true mission is to heal the souls of his broken "birds," as he affectionately refers to his tour participants. His business operates purely upon word-of-mouth referrals, ensuring that all of his tour members arrive in Agra with their hearts in their hands, ready for the spiritual growth and cleansing that Raj is known to provide. Healing the hearts of the spiritually damaged can be a difficult job, and in this particular tale, Raj finds himself faced with his most challenging tour group yet. First, there is Ira, a stunningly gorgeous but fragile young woman on the brink of suicide. Next, we meet Darci and Lennard, a couple on the verge of divorce.

Then there is Carl, an irritable, antisocial workaholic who has burned all of his bridges. Lastly, we meet Asha, an elderly widow who still yearns for the company and comfort of her late husband. When disaster strikes the tour group, everything is thrown into jeopardy, including lives, relationships, and Raj's very reputation as a tour guide. Raj must find a way to lift the spirits of these five special travelers, even in the face of death and despair. Venture into the unknown and discover how Raj Touristry heals the brokenhearted, one soul at a time. "

Voyagers into the Unknown" is a vibrant story of transformation through an unlikely source: a local tour guide of historical Agra, India where the Taj Majal still sways those who behold it. Seeped in cultural philosophy, this novel is an uplifting read from Ruchira Khanna." - Charli Mills, Writer & Lead Buckaroo of Carrot Ranch Communications Voyagers into the Unknown is a delightful tale that interrogates the emotional connection between strangers and between races. With a cast of vivid characters, Ruchira Khanna draws the reader into a captivating emotional drama. Agra, the city, stands as both an alluring character and a magnificent setting that directs the diverse experiences, which are woven deftly into the fabric of the plot. The book is a wonderful compilation of encounters, both unexpected and unfamiliar. -Jaya Padmanabhan Editor, India Currents

Behind the book

About the author 

A Reiki Master where she passes out information about channeling universal energy and conducts sessions. The author of “Choices”, “The Adventures of Alex and Angelo” but just another soul trying to make a difference in this lifetime.

Me thinks

Having read Ruchira's previous works I already had some expectations in mind before I started reading this book. In a way Ruchira has outdone herself in this. There is a steep improvement in terms of narration and the character building. Also she has grown as a writer. For each one of us out there, I am sure we will resonate atleast with one character from this story.

I think the biggest strength of this story is its simplicity and that is where the author scores the maximum points from me as a reader. She has played along with the reader's imagination and tickled his emotions to a level where we are on a high with the magic of the story.  It is a very heart warming tale, written with honesty that reflects in every word of the book and holds the reader's attention till the last word. For me, the book stayed long after it was over. Some characters still playing in my mind and making me ponder over life at large. THAT is the power of the book!

Strongly recommended for people who enjoy short but deep and meaningful reads. This one will make you re-look at your life with renewed vigour.

Foodie Verdict

This book is like Appam (Andhra Style)  - crispy, crunchy and perfectly balanced sweetness in every bite making you go all "ooohhh"