My Book: Worth Every Gasp

My first book was published by Prakash Books in February 2011. It is a travelogue about my solo three-month sojourn in the Himalayas.

UPDATE: Photos are now published: Click here.


The blurb on the back says:

Worth Every Gasp is the unique perspective of an Indian woman trekking alone through the Western Himalayas. The author sets out on a trek in Ladakh accompanied by her husband and a couple of friends. This trek is aborted when she develops pulmonary oedema, a potentially fatal form of high altitude sickness. Largely undaunted by this inauspicious start, Anamika bids farewell to her companions and embarks on a series of treks in Ladakh, Himachal, and Uttaranchal. She is accompanied, chaperoned, and sometimes bullied by her loyal guide Ballu, who often passes for her husband. As she meanders through the remote mountains, broad valleys, tiny villages, and high passes of the Himalayas Anamika comes face to face with wide range of landscapes, people, and improbable situations. She navigates through it all with the grace and elegance of an elephant on a dance floor, and emerges largely unscathed… apart from an irreparable scar on her reputation.

My book was reviewed by Tehelka, and LiveMint did an interview of the author and a brief excerpt. I stumbled across a very nice review on somebody’s blog. And my friend Supriya reviewed it on her blog as well.

Looks interesting? You can order it online from the publisher’s website, uread.com, or from a whole host of other online bookstores, including Crossword and Flipkart. Some places deliver to many countries.

You can buy it from bookshops in 23 cities in India:

Ajmer
Amritsar
Bangalore
Bhopal
Calicut
Chandigarh
Dehradun
Delhi
Goa
Gurgaon
Jaipur
Jaisalmer
Jalandhar
Jammu
Jodhpur
Kanpur
Ludhiana
Manali
Meerut
Mumbai
Patiala
Ranchi
Udaipur

Here is the list of book shops that keep my book:

South India

AXIS BOOKS
EDUMART – CALICUT
INTOUCH BOOKS & MAGAZINES, BLR
KALA TRADECOME PVT. LTD.,
PRISM THE BOOK SHOP, BLR
SAPNA BOOK HOUSE PVT.LTD.,
STRAND BOOK STALL,BLR
TATA BOOK HOUSE, BLR
TBS PUBLISHERS & DISTRI., CALICUT

North India

A G DISTRIBUTOR
A.H.WHEELER & CO.
ASIAN BOOK CENTRE
BAHRI SONS
BAHRI SONS – SOUTHEND
BAHRI SONS – WESTEND
BHARATIYA PUSTAKALYA
BOOK CORNER (MEERUT)
BOOK ZONE (RANCHI)
BRIJWASI BOOK DISTRIBUTORS
CAPITAL BOOK DEPOT – CHANDIGARH
CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY PVT. LTD.
CHANDAN PUBLISHERS & DISTRIBUTORS
CHANDANA BOOK HOUSE
EDUCATIONAL BOOK HOUSE
ENGLISH BOOK DEPOT (DEHRADUN)
ENGLISH BOOK SHOP
FRONTLINE BOOKS
FULL CIRCLE
FULL CIRCLE GK
GALGOTIAS
GAURA BOOKS INDIA PVT. LTD.
GOEL BOOK DISTRIBUTORS
INTERNATIONAL BOOK HOUSE
JAIN BOOK AGENCY
JAIN BOOK AGENCY – CENTRAL
JAIN BOOK AGENCY – GURGAON
JAIN BOOK DEPOT
JAY KAY BOOK HOUSE JAMMU
LAND MARK
LOV DEV & SONS
LYALL BOOK DEPOT – BHOPAL
MIDLAND BOOK SHOP
MOHAN LAL & SONS
NEW BOOK CENTRE
NEW BOOK HOUSE
NEW MIDLAND BOOK SHOP
OM BOOK INTERNATIONAL
OM BOOK SHOP (SOUTH EXTENSION)
OM BOOK SHOP (VASANT VIHAR)
PAGES BOOKSTORES
PRAKASH E-SOLUTION PVT. LTD.
PRATAP PUBLISHERS & DISTRIBUTORS
RAM ADWANI BOOKSELLERS
RAM BOOK DEPOT – CHANDIGARH
RAVI SAHIT PRAKASHAN – AMRITSAR
READER PARADISE – PATIALA
READERS PARADISE – JALANDHAR
REGENCY BOOK SHOP
SAHITYA SANGAM BOOK POINT – JAMMU
SARDAR STORE – LUDHIANA
SH. VISHNU PUSTAK BHANDAR
SYNDICATE BOOK HOUSE
TARUN BOOK STORE KANPUR
TEKSONS BOOK SHOP
THE BROWSER
TIWARI PILIGRIMS BOOK HOUSE KATHMAN
TUSITA BOOKS – MANALI
UBS PUBLISHERS DISTRIBUTORS PVT.LTD
UNIVERSAL BOOK DISTRIBUTING COMPANY
UNIVERSAL BOOK SELLERS
VANDANA BOOK SHOP
VARIETY BOOKS SAGAR

Rajasthan

AGARWAL BUSINESS HOUSE
BHATIA NEWS AGENCY JAISALMER
BOOK LAND AJMER
DELTA PUBLICATIONS
MANVAR DESERT RESORT & CAMP
SARVODAYA BOOK STALL JODHPUR
T.R.BOOK STALL JAIPUR
THE PAGES – UDAIPUR

Mumbai and Goa

AGARWAL BUSINESS HOUSE
BOOK ZONE
BRIGHT NEWS PAPER AGENCY
BROADWAY BOOK CENTRE – GOA
DANAI BOOK SHOP
GRANTH BOOK STORE – JUHU
HAPPY BOOK STALL
MAGNA BOOK GALLERY
MAPPS TRADE CONCEPTS (P) LTD
MODERN BOOK STALL
N / BOOKS
NOVELTY BOOK CENTRE
PINNACLE RETAILING PVT LTD
POCKET BOOK CENTRE
PRAKASH BOOK DEPOT
RAHUL BOOK SUPPLIERS
RAJESH BOOK CENTRE
SEARCH WORD
SIMURG APPLIANCE (P) LTD
STRAND BOOK STALL
TULIPS BOOK & MUSIC
VARSHA BOOK CENTRE

If you’ve already read the book and want to leave some feedback, go right ahead. Good, bad, or ugly, I’m waiting for it!

16 Responses to My Book: Worth Every Gasp

  1. Prakash says:

    I completed the book yesterday and I thought I will let you know what I felt reading it. This is just my feel and does not qualify as any review. As you know I am nowhere near a critic or a reviewer.

    1. The book was fast paced and no nonsense. It was very factual and upto the point. It was more like reading your blog and was like a travelo
    2. I felt book had too many chapters and the logic of the chapters was not very obvious because it was a repetition of similar experiences
    3. The book was too factual and very less dramatisation. May be you meant it that way. There were moments of dramatisation like when Amit, Sridhar and Sowmya decided to leave you and in the end you and Ballu departed. I feel a stroy should have some dramatic elements to evoke the emotions of the reader and identify with whats happening.
    4. If the book was supposed to be a travelogue you could have provided some pictures, maps etc and some more information about the area in Appendix would have made it interesting
    5. I missed a story line and emphasis on personal element . You suffering from Pulmonary Odema and got bed ridden and then you decided to trek for months alone. You could have added personal dilemna and feelings which you went through (which were there as a factual representation). It could have said what it all meant to you as a person. As a reader I can identify more with emotions.

    All in all a great start and I hope to read more of youtr printed works.

  2. poupee97 says:

    Thanks, Prakash.

  3. Radhika says:

    Great Read…Very funny & witty!! A must read.

  4. Sandhya says:

    Read the book and wanted to let you know immediately that I thoroughly enjoyed it! And I would absolutely pick up future travel-adventure stories of yours. You have a flair for that genre. I’ll save most of my comments for the book meet, but in a nutshell – the book is well-written, has great descriptions, and reflects your humourous and down-to-earth approach.

  5. Christina says:

    Wow 23 cities… That’s brilliant! 🙂

  6. Worth Every Gasp- Worth a shot.
    Anamika Mukherjee’s “Worth every Gasp” is a refreshing journey that you would love to embark upon. Being a trekking freak, you expect her to describe the experiences she faced during her long trips. But this work has some extra elements in it which has made it much more interesting and lovable. Not only has she described the beauty and never ending charm of The great Himalayas, she has also mentioned about her ordeals, the life threatening problem she went through and how she fought against it and went on a long journey with an unknown person without her husband who also is a trekker by profession.
    The upper regions of Himachal Pradesh, The Leh-Ladakh area have been very beautifully described. At no point, you find this work boring or even slow. She has also mentioned about the rituals that still exist in our society in comparison to more advanced western society. Overall, a fantastic work by Anamika Mukherjee! Do give a shot and you will get to know about a lone women’s journey which proves to be a life changing one.

  7. Aparna says:

    Loved the book Anamika. You were right. Once I picked it up – I couldn’t put it down – and I am not a person who reads (and hence likes) travel books.

    The book has fantastic descriptions that make it easy to visualize both the beauty and the starkness of Himalayas. The humor and simple, straight-forward writing style – make it a thoroughly enjoyable read.

  8. poupee97 says:

    Glad you liked it, Aparna. 🙂

  9. alhadkaple says:

    I am just too impatient to wait to finish the book to respond. Good starting. And I must appreciate your and not only yours, but also your husband’s courage to be at ease with your travelling alone.
    In the next addition please put some pictures also. I wouldn’t have hesitated to spend double the amount on the book with pictures.
    Will get bk once again after finishing the book.

  10. poupee97 says:

    Hi Alhad, I’m happy to know that you’re enjoying the book. I would have loved to add photos as well, but then, it is so much more difficult to get the book published. Maybe, someday, when I’m rich and famous, and publishers are queuing up outside my door, I will publish a photo book as well. 🙂

  11. […] by the way, Anamika aka Mika is a fabulous writer. I seriously think you should check out her book “Worth Every Gasp” You can order it online from the publisher’s website, uread.com, or from a whole host of other […]

  12. […] by the way, Anamika aka Mika is a fabulous writer. I seriously think you should check out her book “Worth Every Gasp” You can order it online from the publisher’s website, uread.com, or from a whole host of other […]

  13. latha manmohan says:

    i enjoyed the book. I feel like i was there with u throughout the journey.

  14. poupee97 says:

    Hi Latha, glad to know you liked the book.

  15. […] My publisher finally sent me the entire list of stores that will stock my book! Just as I was beginning to think that maybe they didn’t plan to put it in any brick and mortar shops at all. I’m thrilled to see the whole list! […]

  16. […] by the way, Anamika aka Mika is a fabulous writer. I seriously think you should check out her book “Worth Every Gasp” You can order it online from the publisher’s website, uread.com, or from a whole host of other […]

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