Book Review: ‘1700 in 70’ by Gita Balakrishnan

Embark on a transformative journey through India's landscapes and cultures with '1700 in 70'

Book Title: 1700 in 70: A Walk For A Cause
Author: Gita Balakrishnan
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Number of Pages: 232
ISBN: 978-9361567148
Date Published: Feb. 15, 2024
Price: INR 495

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Book Review

Celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) takes on a new dimension with the poignant narrative of Gita Balakrishnan’s remarkable journey chronicled in “1700 in 70: A Walk For A Cause.” As the world honors the achievements of women past and present, delving into this book becomes a powerful act of empowerment. It not only pays homage to Balakrishnan’s extraordinary expedition but also serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges women face globally, echoing the spirit of IWD by inspiring commitment to overcoming future obstacles.

At the age of fifty-three, Gita Balakrishnan, an architect by profession, embarked on a transformative quest to explore the intricate design sensibilities woven into the tapestry of Indian society. “1700 in 70” vividly portrays her journey of discovery, resilience, and spiritual growth across India’s diverse landscapes and architectural heritage. Through engaging prose, Balakrishnan shares her experiences, weaving a compelling narrative that immerses readers in her encounters with local communities and their traditional construction practices.

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Traversing 1,700 kilometers in 70 days, from Kolkata to Delhi, Balakrishnan’s expedition unveils the profound impact of design on every aspect of life. She invites readers to contemplate the power of design in shaping dwellings, lifestyles, communities, and identities. The book’s evocative storytelling not only captivates the imagination but also prompts introspection, urging readers to discover purpose in their journeys.

1700 in 70” goes beyond the scope of a typical travelogue, providing a truly immersive experience that wakes the senses and provokes introspection. Readers follow Gita Balakrishnan on her astonishing trek, witnessing not just India’s rich mosaic but also embarking on a profound voyage of self-discovery. This book is a monument to the human spirit’s persistence and the transformational power of accepting new ideas, making it an engaging read for anybody looking for inspiration and connection with both their surroundings and their inner selves.

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