Amrita Chatterjee started her writing career at a very early age, two years old to be precise and drove her parents to bankruptcy by scribbling all over the walls with permanent markers. Now, almost three decades later not much has changed, except that she pays for her destructive hobbies herself. Amrita is the author of Special Lassi, the account of a wild, psychedelic romp across the Himalayas. And she lives in New Delhi with a money plant that refuses to die despite being watered once a month.
Category: Travel Memoir
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)
A psychedelic odyssey like no other, spanning the exotic foothills of the eastern Himalayas.
In the summer of 2011, two bleary-eyed kids, teetering on the cusp of adulthood, decide to drop out of the daily grind and just travel. But once they hit the road, their plans go out the window. Soon, they are barreling over potholes the size of lunar craters in Nepal, bungee jumping in Rishikesh, waking up to Buddhist chants in Sikkim and cycling down the world’s highest motorable pass in Ladakh. On the way is a constant stream of oddballs, like the five-second-tea lady, the flute-playing hotel manager, flying Sonam, reggae junkies and many more – this journey is all about rolling with the punches.
Special Lassi is one part funny, two parts crazy and a whisper of wistful – for the best things are ephemeral and a lust for life is a dangerous thing.