Amazing achievement: The Konkan railway, a scenic line which runs across three states is arguably, one of India’s greatest triumphs. Click to see the video.
Hello Dear Manu,
I have just finish reading
you wonderful book Made In Nirvana
and as a slow reader
it was with me this last summer
and it was a big pleasure.
I found it as a great insight
to what it was like to be a traveler to India
in the late 70's
and it was so nice to be reminded by
all the things we go through when we are on the road
in those days
with no internet/mobile phones
where Magic was Magic
meeting all these amazing people
both locals and travellers .
I found myself there, in the book
more then once
having done this journey in 1984
first to south america
and then to nepal and thailand
(1984 and israeli passport holder needed
to enter india only on an organised trip
and then cut of the trip
so i did miss india then)
but i did meet my love Anna
on these travels
I too had to decide between Anna and Terri
an american girl i was in love with till i met Anna in Greece .
to make a long story short.
I loved reading your book
and I have no idea how much of it
is based on your true travel
but I'll be happy to hear more
when we se us next.
it was a great read with great insights and
moments of suspense
Thank you so much
India's unstoppable inventor! This man has invented 140 different things that help poor people. Inspiring! Click on the link to see more.
A passage from Made in Nirvana and some photos from India.
Available in Amazon worldwide. Link below.
.....The warm wind blew in her face and lifted her long hair giving the illusion of a little fresh breeze. Every time the scooter went over a hole it gave her a big jolt, so Maria held on tight to its frame while watching the chaotic traffic. The inevitable, now familiar, lean cows were ambling here and there, without direction or purpose, carefully dodged by cars and bikes, undisturbed by the noise, respected by all. Men and women, in their thousands, filled the pavements; the men dressed in white while the women looked like queens in their colourful saris, patches of green, red, yellow, purple, turquoise, gold. Rich or poor, and the difference was noticeable, all the women wore dozens of bracelets, made of gold for the rich ones, made of plastic for the poor, but they all equally conveyed the same effect of femininity and coquetry. They advanced with an elegant bearing, the light cotton shawls framing their faces, the red mark from the temple on their forehead, anklets at their feet. She never tired of watching them.....
A 5 star review from Amazon.com (Link above) where Made in Nirvana is discounted from $18 to $4.59. Perfect time to get it !
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fascinating, entertaining and deeply profound story
By Caz.I on September 10, 2016
Just finished reading Made In Nirvana the other day after taking it with me to read on a five-day vacation. It is a gripping story which mixes up ingredients such as romance, adventure, thrill-seeking and spirituality, as well as sharing some profound insights into Indian culture and also Buddhism. So it does so much more than simply entertain and transmits such hopeful and inspiring messages. What I found incredible was the way it expresses different Buddhist concepts using very down to earth realistic examples without lecturing and without losing the intrigue of the plot. It re-inspired my own spiritual practice and was exactly what I needed to hear. The story itself is fascinating and I couldn’t put it down for a second so actually finished it within the week.
The impact of Jaipur was very strong. What a place! What people! The massive Pink Fort greeted them from the main road. Hundreds of rickshaws flooded the streets and their coach was surrounded by them. Rajastani men wore huge turbans in brilliant colours, rolled above their heads and matched by the exaggerated moustache that gave them an almost savage appearance. Patti explained that they belonged to the caste of the Rajput warriors in the Hindu religion; they were proud people, courageous and cheerful at the same time. The women wore bright multicoloured skirts that stopped just above their ankles, embroidered with threads of contrasting colours and richly embellished with mirrors and beads. Their legs were adorned with large silver anklets that jingled at every step. The short blouses left their backs bare from the bottom of the shoulder blades down to the waist, while long and light cotton shawls of vivid colours covered their heads, fluttering with every movement and every breath of wind. The colours of the Rajastani clothes were very strong: bright pink, sparkling red, pea green, yellow with the intensity and warmth of the sun; close to each other they filled the eyes with a variety and strength of colour far surpassing those seen in Delhi.
Villagers knit jumpers for Indian elephants to protect the large mammals from near-freezing temperatures
If you click on the link above you will see a wonderful example of people and animals living together and taking care of one another. As it should be! ;-)
This is the place where Maria from Made in Nirvana used to go every night to meet friends. Now, a few years later, the writer of Made in Nirvana (moi) revisits the square.
4.0 out of 5 stars
This book beautifully portrays the emotions and experiences of a life-changing journey ...
By Richard Lawson on 5 May 2015
This book beautifully portrays the emotions and experiences of a life-changing journey of discovery through the eyes of a much younger and more adventurous Manu – at a time in her life when every day meant a new and exciting discovery.
It’s a fabulous read for its evocative descriptions of life on the road in India as a backpacker, colourfully intertwined with the tenets of Buddhism that leaves you wondering why other religions can’t be more smiley and fun!
It made me feel much closer to the author, myself and most of the rest of humanity – inspiring…
A lovely review of Made in Nirvana
5.0 out of 5 stars
Read this and go to sleep with a smile on your face!
By Jean H. on 13 February 2015
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A refreshingly positive novel providing a fascinating insight into the Indian way of life from a young westerner's perspective. Anyone who has travelled around India on a tight budget should be able to relate to the experiences in this book. Emanuela Cooper keeps the pace flowing with a balanced mixture of descriptive detail, light humour and thoughtful analysis of human behaviour. The respect that the main character feels for the people she meets on her travels shines through and illuminates the reader. If you read it at bedtime you'll go to sleep with a smile on your face.
Born in Treviso on the 18th November 1953, Emanuela Cooper studies foreign languages at the College for Tourism in Venice and later Political Science at Padua University. Following a rather extreme existential crisis, towards the end of the 70s, she decides to travel to India ‘to have a look’ and, with any luck, find herself. Made in Nirvana is inspired by the first two trips to India, where Emanuela Cooper returns many times, living there for six years. A big part of the story of Made in Nirvana is based on her personal experience, while the other part is fruit of her vivid imagination. What may appear as invented has probably really happened, and vice versa!