Sonam was young of course, but this does not tell the story of just another young lad! Sonam did fall in love with Sarika, but this is not just another candid love endeavour! It all happened in an Engineering College Campus, but still it's not just the tale of another Campus. Sonam, who had his own dreams and vision, came from the Land of Bhutan to India to pursue Engineering. A Buddhist (both by birth and faith), a little philosophical too, but the reader is not given a philosophical treatise on Buddhism. A story that takes you from the valleys and tea-gardens of Assam, to the hullabaloo of student life and eventually to an Excursion, An Excursion of Insight...
About the Author
Harsh Agarwal is a young writing enthusiast who made his debut in the publishing industry at the age of nineteen. 'An excursion of insight' is his second novel. Harsh, basically a third year Mechie from NIT Assam, always aims to present out of the box stories. He is a voracious reader, a professional freelancer, and a book-reviewer as well. He currently owns a literary organization 'Asylum' (www.theasylum.in) which is dedicated to aspiring authors. He is also the project head for 'Time's Lost Atlas' (anthology of short stories) and chairperson of a charitable project, 'Project Humming Bird'Apart from writing, Harsh finds interest in music, travelling and networking."
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By AnShuma Shărma,
Harsh Agarwal has given a Good novel. An Excursion of Insight
gives you an insight into the tumultuous
times of a foreigner and the
insight is definitely a good
What takes away a lot from the pros
is the sheer simplicity of the
entire novel. Be it the
vocabulary, the prose or the
plot, the novel was simplistic
start to end.
simply written , easy language used , a must read (y)
BOOK REVIEW, AN EXCURSION OF INSIGHT, HARSH AGARWA
By SHIV PRATAP MANI TIWARI,
In the time when the book industry is being is flooded with catchy titles, chick-lits from the IIT students in the whirling centre of their campus and girlfriends; this book comes with an entirely different identity. The title reveals its philosophical insight but rather it is a combination of the philosophical art of storytelling like Coelho and a simple yet extraordinary tale of pure love and romance. Form the very beginning the book cultivates interest in the readers as if one is looking through a magicianÃ¢ÂÂs crystal vase.
The protagonist Sonam doarji is a Buddhist guy who has come from Bhutan to study in an engineering college of Assam. He is a quite simple and an innocent guy with lots of aspirations in his life. His deep friendship with his matesÃ¢ÂÂ Neelabh and Salil seem quite realistic. The magic of love spurns over him on his lab partner Sarika. His love seems like the quest of a parched earth; their simple and immature love story is beautiful and simple in an acceptable fashion. He discusses all sorts of contemporary problems faced by the youth today in education and politics.
Sonam suffers much of emotional conflicts within him and reveals the deep crest of his moral beliefs and Buddhist philosophies. The simplicity of the plot is its strength. The story has turns and twists and its thrill reaches towards the peak in the end leaving the readers a lot of thought scribbling in their minds. The readers are sure to fall in love with the characters and the lucid way the storyÃ¢ÂÂs narration is magical.
It is a beautiful book and a must read, the writer has done total justice to every aspect of the story.
Sonam Dorji, a young lad from Bhutan, comes to India to study engineering and eventually falls in love. This story, set in the modern era where money, fame and status are almost anything, is very thought invoking in a way that what really makes us, us, is actually through the choices that we make for ourselves. The protagonist, being a Buddhist by religion and philosophy travels miles and miles to achieve his dreams and make it big for himself and his family. Once he comes to India, he finds it very different from the image he had perceived about the country. Once in college, he is tested on different measure of friendship and love and also learns to deal with the pressure of doing well in academics.
The author has very interestingly put across the education system of India and how old and redundant it has become. He also points out the elections in India and how they take place and the repurcussions faced by the common man. Amidst this, there is a love story of Sonam and Sarika, his lab partner with whom he strikes a great friendship in the beginning. Not just a random Engineering college setup, and not just another love story, this book has asked a lot of questions about how the youth of this era is after the modernist ideology. The protagonist, being a Buddhist by religion keeps giving you snippets of knowledge and philosophy and keeps the book in good flow. It will make you think. It will make you reflect and take an excursion of insight.
Awsome insight !
Starting very simply as most teenage fictions do, this book takes on a very mature turn. The various systems and values of our country have been explored and criticized with much detail and one of the best things here is that the author has chosen a foreigner to do the same. It provides a more unbiased outlook and leaves us wondering how much we can actually do cleanse the ugly elements in our systems, be it education or the very ideals and values of this generation.
The characters have been portrayed very sharply. The basic elements of a teen's life - the emotional and sexual tensions or the philosophical enigma revolving around one's mind - are awesomely put.
An Excursion Of Insight is a book worth reading. Very mature and eye-opening. Cheers to the author !
Book Review : An Excursion of Insight : Harsh Agar
An Excursion of Insight is a bold book. No one these days writes about an Engineering college, unless it is in one of the metros. The perceived love story has been depicted, in a rather immature manner. However, this immaturity is not only acceptable, but also beautiful.
As someone who has stayed in surroundings of that sort, I found the book quite absorbing in its descriptions.
The biggest achievement of the book is to bring to the fore the conditions of people who are neither the most privileged, nor are they as so unlucky as people in various other parts of the country. It is all about how modernity as well as an ambitious mindset is gripping this class of youth so fast.
The cultural differences one faces while coming from different backgrounds is well-depicted. Written very colloquially, it is lucid and has a very good flow. I enjoyed reading it, I definitely think you will do as well.
By amit kumar,
in an era,where the most of the young writers are writing college campus love stories,this book's author tried to do something different by mixing multiple genres together with perfection.Like almost every other love story,this story also involves love,friendship and the struggle to excel in college life. Now what makes this book different is the philosophical views and the way they were presented. What i liked most about the book is that it's author didn't tried to impose any views on it's readers but rather showed both sides of the coin and left the rest for the reader to decide. Also, the writing and story telling skills of the author of this book were really good which makes him one of the most promising writers in India my opinion. Although,it's too early to say,but i felt the philosophical and the twists in the books were like those of paulo coelho's and jeffrey archer's books. Looking forward to read his upcoming books and if you haven't read this book,i would suggest to read it coz it will worth your every penny.
An Excursion Of Insight
By HANSIKA AGARWAL,
An excursion of insight is a brilliant attempt to bring out something new. The story was off-beat and so was the protagonist, Sonam Dorji. But still, he was completely adorable and lovable. Since the starting he charms you with all his innocence and perspectives of life and you feel really connected to him.
Story was interesting. It had twists and turns and a number of things which we ignore despite we witness them in our daily lives were covered nicely. With the help of Sonam, author helps you to rediscover the life and the world with his own vision which is innocent, crude, untainted and absolute.
The book also has romance and friendship which was realistic. The pace of the book was good and ending was totally unpredictable.
In an all, its a must read and I genuinely loved it.
By Jyotirmoy Mazumdar,
The Excursion of Insight, Sonam, that's what the author calls it, by the name of the lead protagonist, Sonam Dorji, is a good tale about a young lad who travels miles, countries in his case, to pursue engineering. It is inevitable that a guy won't fall in love during Engineering, as the author describes it. The book gets a little philosophical at times but it doesn't hamper the flow, not to mention the different characters and the character buildups the author has put up. But even after you read the blurb, the book, you cannot make out the perfect genre of the book because it isn't a perfect campus romance, nor a candid love story. It has a genre of its own and defines the definitions of uniqueness to a good extent. Though the book has more conversations than required but that can be understood looking at the author's age and experience. The book can be recommended for the people looking for a love tale with some extra toppings over it. My personal view rates the character of Salil over Sonam, well that's my view, readers will find Sonam to be an interesting prospect. Overall, a good read, and there will hopefully be many more books from Harsh.
An Insightful read...
The protagonist, Sonam Dorji, who hails from Bhutan comes to Silchar (Assam) to pursue civil engineering in Silchar college of engineering through some exchange program. Humble yet rational, Sonam Dorji finds India very different from what he had imagined or rather perceived through the news about India at his native land. First two chapters were average but then tale hooked me it with it and my interest graph went upward like a hockey stick. Sonam gets into thick friendship with Neelabh and Salil. But he finds his best companion in his lab partner- Sarika. And with the end of one love story of Sonam another love story starts. Their interactions in lab, loversâ lane quenched the thrust of a romantic read. Author has raised critical issues like chaotic education system through the smooth conversations between the characters. The elections system of India is nicely related to the elections in the college where castism and religionism bias the voters, hence overlooking the real traits for being a good leader. Sonam Dorji being very philosophical takes you to the ride on his train of enlightenment. The thoughtful metaphors depicted through him, hits the depths and crests of your moral beliefs. His willingness for enlightenment intrigues the reader to seek for higher truth. Inside all this, you donât lose the fun of campus life. Author has kept some suspense intact all the while making the read more interesting.
My favorite line from book, âNo one commits suicide because of depression but they commit suicide because of hopelessness.â It was from Salil though.
Thanks for scripting this Harsh. It was indeed âan excursion of insightâ for me.
A MUST read!
An excursion indeed
By Kshitij Ghumaria,
Being a lazy individual, there are only a handful of book I read, so when I do make sure when I do read, i make sure its worth a read.
After reading through the book, the story has left me dumbstruck with the thought provoking issues which author has discussed so smoothly. The symbolism is simply wonderful!
Especially, the author insight on the education system of India very rightly discusses about the inevitable collapse of the current practices and the simultaneous romance and fun kept me hooked all the time.
The other issues like student suicide are a real cancer that needs attention and the author was able to pen down these issue very efficiently and creatively.
A must read and I recommend everyone to read this exciting thought provoking excursion.
Good Work Harsh..Proud of u.....Keep it Up...........!!!!!!!!
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