Book Review: ‘Kanchenjunga Whispers’ by Rea Oberoi

Embark on a Himalayan Odyssey with 'Kanchenjunga Whispers' – Where Legends Meet Landscapes

Book Title: Kanchenjunga Whispers: Legends and Tales from The Elgin
Author: Rea Oberoi
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Number of Pages: 280
ISBN: 978-9357026574
Date Published: Nov. 6, 2023
Price: INR 319

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Kanchenjunga Whispers: Legends and Tales from the Elgin,” by Rupa Publications, is a riveting debut by Rea Oberoi. This book enticed the readers with a new view into the landscapes of Darjeeling and Sikkim, where Rea, a seasoned hotelier and ardent mountain aficionado, sought shelter during the difficult early days of the 2020 lockdown.

This book is a heartfelt tribute to Rea’s late father, Brij Raj ‘Diamond’ Oberoi, a luminary in the Indian hotel industry, and unfolds an unforgettable Himalayan odyssey. The Elgin group of hotels, a product of her father’s success, became not just accommodations but the author’s cherished home.

Kanchenjunga Whispers” weaves an intricate narrative, capturing life in the Himalayan abodes and revealing their cultural richness, sacred sites, and legendary tales. Rea Oberoi takes readers on an immersive journey through sacred landscapes, wish-fulfilling places, and mystical myths of the Himalayas, offering an insider perspective from the Elgin group of hotels. The 141-page book has 41 small chapters, each of which is written with eloquence and elegance.

As readers delve into the book, they embark on a virtual journey across the Land of Thunderbolt, rolling tea gardens, and the author’s Himalayan home. Hair-raising accounts set against misty mountains and road trips into new realms provide a glimpse into a world where the visible meets the invisible—where Sansar (the visible world) meets Moksha (the soul).

Kanchenjunga Whispers” is more than a novel, according to Rea Oberoi; it’s a tribute to her father, a steadfast rock throughout her path. Rea found inspiration in the grandeur of the mountains during the lockdown, pushing her to reveal another world within our contemporary surroundings.

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In essence, “Kanchenjunga Whispers” transcends the boundaries of a mere book. It is a testament to the confluence of heritage, nature, and personal introspection. In her book, author Rea Oberoi invites readers to uncover the mysteries of the Himalayas, enriching India’s cultural and literary landscape with each turn of the page.

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