Travel writer Jorge Vassallo, author of the blog "Fui dar uma volta", presents his new book "It's the Maharaja's birthday" - the second volume of his Indian trilogy, "Everything's Possible!".
After the success of the book "By Vespa in India", I returned to this crazy country in early 2019, to write the second part of the trilogy "Everything is Possible!". The result is called "It's the Maharaja's birthday" - a journey back in time, to my first trip to India in 2003.
It was sixteen years ago that I quited my job, sold my car and left the house I had rented... and went on a trip around the world. This adventure was a revolution in my life, in many ways, and the two months I spent in India were the highlight of nearly one year of unbelievable experiences.
The first impact in Bombay. The conversations with the old men of Goa, in Portuguese, thrilled to remember my great-grandfather, who was the last Governor of Portuguese India. The moments of tension that I experienced when I was, all alone, with a camel - somewhere in the Thar Desert. The magic and contradictions of Varanasi, a place that defies even the notions of Time. And the night I was invited to the birthday party of Jaipur's Maharaja. In this new book, I revisit these and other stories from my first trip to India, as I reflect on what has changed in the country - and in me - while I follow a very similar course, sixteen years later, experiencing new adventures.
The crowdfunding campaign aims to secure the necessary funds for the reprint of more copies of the first volume, which sold out in less than six months, and for the production of this new book: the revision of the text, pagination and printing of 2000 copies; and the cover design, back cover and some promotional material - which was once again developed by illustrator / street artist Vanessa Teodoro (The Super Van).