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#Review: 1700 in 70 by Gita Balakrishnan

1700 in 70
Author: Gita Balakrishnan
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Rating: 4/5

“1700 in 70” is not just a book; it’s a journey—an odyssey of discovery, design, and determination. Gita Balakrishnan, the intrepid architect turned explorer, invites readers to lace up their walking shoes and embark on an unforgettable trek across the heart of India.

With every step, Gita unveils the hidden treasures of design woven into the very fabric of Indian society. From the bustling streets of Kolkata to the historic pathways leading to Delhi, she unveils the architectural tapestry that shapes our lives and communities.

Through her engaging prose and vivid descriptions, Gita paints a vivid picture of the diverse landscapes, cultures, and traditions that make up the mosaic of India. Along the way, she doesn’t just observe; she immerses herself in local communities, learning from their wisdom and drawing inspiration from their ingenuity.

“1700 in 70” is more than just a travelogue—it’s a manifesto for mindfulness and purposeful living. As Gita traverses 1,700 kilometres in 70 days, she reminds us to slow down, savor the journey, and find meaning in the moments we encounter along the way.

This book is a celebration of the power of design to shape our world—from the buildings we inhabit to the communities we create. It’s a call to action, urging readers to explore, to discover, and to find themselves in the process.

So, lace up your shoes, open the pages of “1700 in 70,” and join Gita on a walk to remember—a walk to explore, a walk to discover, and ultimately, a walk to arrive at the true essence of India and yourself.

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