An Indian Sojourn

One woman's spiritual experience of travel & volunteering

Non-Fiction - Memoir
328 Pages
Reviewed on 10/15/2013
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Author Biography

Ellen Besso is a coach and counselor, specializing in women’s issues. Ellen has traveled and volunteered throughout India. She worked for the Tibetan Women’s Association, facilitating an English and women’s empowerment program for new arrivals from Tibet.

She and her partner Don are currently sponsors in the Canadian Tibetan Resettlement Program, which expects to bring 1000 displaced Tibetans to Canada over five years.

Ellen writes about her experiences in her second book, An Indian Sojourn: One Woman’s Spiritual Experience of Travel & Volunteering. http://ellenbesso.com/

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

An Indian Sojourn by Ellen Besso is about the author's journey to India and her experiences there with fellow travelers, refugees, and the local people with whom she has developed a personal connection during her travels. The book covers the ups and downs of traveling and volunteering. She speaks about the strong friendships she has made during her visits to India.

This is a keeper. It is a beautifully written account of India and the places the author has visited. She writes about the experiences of each place in detail and gives the reader an insight about the place, the people, and its culture. This is an ideal book for those who want to know about India and its culture. The author is very descriptive in her narration, both about the locations and her experiences. The author speaks about the Tibetan refugees in India, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Mumbai. There seems to be something very spiritual about the journey, which makes the book enchanting.

The book is also like a travelogue because it discusses places extensively and includes many details. The author captures the sights, sounds, and smells of India beautifully and shares this with readers. One gets a feeling of enrichment once you finish reading this book. It is informative, educational, inspiring, and motivating.