Shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2015.
About the book:
In 2009, Bharath Murthy took refuge as a lay Buddhist. Soon after, accompanied by his wife Alka, he set out on a pilgrimage to the historical sites in India and Nepal associated with the life of Siddhatta Gotama the Buddha. The Vanished Path is an account of their journey through the ruins that mark the Buddha’s life – the places where he lived and taught, lands from where all traces of that past have almost disappeared. As the duo wends its way from Sarnath to Lumbini, from Kudan to Bodhgaya and many places in between, Bharath’s pen brings alive the sights and sounds and smells of these places. Whether it is Buddhism you’re interested in or travel, this is a journey you will find yourself drawn into.
Reviews, Interviews, Articles:
– Mid-Day, Mumbai – ‘… a light read for travellers’
– Frontline – ‘The book is a unique attempt at recording the transition of Buddhism in India as meticulously as possible.’
– Caravan magazine – ‘If there is a slogan in this book, it’s an enticingly simple one: find your own middle way!’
– The Asian Age – ‘A self-effacing scrapbook of Buddhist ruins’
– The Telegraph – ‘People interested in travel as well as lovers of graphic art will find Murthy’s book enjoyable.’
– Deccan Chronicle – ‘Graphic route to Buddha’s path’
– Open Magazine – ‘Chasing Enlightenment’
The book was also recognised for its production quality by The Federation of Indian Publishers.