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Bali Highs

More than being a mere travelogue, this is a very readable book capable of inciting the innocent reader to wanderlust.

Bali Highs
Bali Highs
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Why do we travel? Someone who has seen as much of the world as Rahul Jacob has, should know. Travellers once explored the unknown world. Now as Jacob says, one can view Shanghai or the Victoria falls in colour, magnified six times, at home on TV. The era of exploration for prestige and scientific knowledge has passed, when royalty or academia honoured those who walked to the source of the Nile or discovered remote regions inhabited by people thought to possess strange and violent ways. Jacob flew to many destinations—economy class—as the travel writer of the Financial Times for whom he supplied a witty record of places and an attempt, not always successful, to recreate the magic of certain destinations. This book is an anthology of those articles. Some places clearly have no magic, despite Jacob’s best descriptive efforts. Dubai is one such—a dynamic real estate project with a pedestrian uncultured soul, striving for juvenile excitement by racing 4x4s up sand dunes.

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