Beyond the Horizon: Love, Loss, and Liberation in 'Those Unsaid Words'

by Ankush Bharti

Here is a good news for all readers who are interested in reading Travelogues, Philosophy and Romance, there is a book, an amalgamation of all three – ‘Those Unsaid Words’. Written by Lt Col Anshuman Agrahri, an alumnus of IIT Roorkee, Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and presently pursuing PhD from IIT, Indore, Agrahri has written many articles for different magazines and has published a short story ‘Penned in Pencil’ in Juggernaut. "I spent more than two years in and around Leh, and during these days’ the idea of writing this book came," he says.

The army officer turned author said that the book is a travelogue, written by a girl (a love story running in the background). It travels from Manali to Leh & Ladakh covering untouched valleys, mountains, and lakes. The book touches upon the history of the important places, monasteries and has a tinge of the teaching of Mandukya Upanishad too. It beautifully describes human relationships, human psychology and extensively talks about the beauty of nature and how we humans are related to it.

As the name suggests ‘Those Unsaid Words’, connects every young soul who has ever fallen in love. The book will motivate those who want to visit the virgin land of Leh and Ladakh and will help them to visualise and feel the mystic beauty of the region. The lesson that we can learn from the book is ‘Life is a journey, not a destination, we should keep moving on; Neither life is going to stop nor the world, so why do we?’

 Anshuman Agrahri's debut book 'Those Unsaid Words' is like a breath of fresh mountain air, seamlessly blending fiction with a travelogue that takes you from the familiar landscapes of Manali to the awe-inspiring beauty of Leh and Ladakh.

As someone hailing from the Himalayan terrains of Himachal, this book struck a chord with me, evoking a sense of nostalgia and a profound connection to the majestic mountains. Reading it is not just about flipping pages; it's an immersive experience, best enjoyed slowly, allowing Agrahri's beautiful prose and vivid imagination to unfold.

The story revolves around Tanvi, a relatable protagonist navigating the complexities of love and life. What begins as a familiar tale takes an unexpected turn with a heartbreaking loss, propelling Tanvi into a journey of self-discovery and philosophical musings. Agrahri's portrayal of human emotions is nothing short of extraordinary, delving into the intricate layers of love, loss, and the resilience inherent in the human spirit.

But what truly sets this book apart is the author's ability to paint Leh and Ladakh with words. His descriptions of untouched valleys, towering mountains, and serene lakes are a visual feast. It's not just a travel guide; it's a backdrop to Tanvi's transformative journey, intricately woven with the rich history, monasteries, and spiritual teachings of the region.

Agrahri's writing is a symphony of eloquence and emotion, skillfully capturing the mystic beauty of the Himalayas and their profound impact on the human soul. The metaphorical message of life as a continuous journey, not just a destination, resonates deeply, encouraging readers to reflect on their paths and find solace in the journey itself.

The characters, especially Tanvi, are relatable and endearing. Her defiance of societal norms and the liberating road trip to Leh makes her journey not just hers but ours as well. Agrahri beautifully navigates her internal struggles, making her transformation a poignant and emotional experience for readers.

In conclusion, 'Those Unsaid Words' is a literary treasure that goes beyond genres, offering a poignant exploration of love, philosophy, and the intrinsic beauty of life's journey. Anshuman Agrahri's debut is a testament to his storytelling prowess, seamlessly blending diverse elements into a cohesive and enriching narrative. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking a captivating and introspective literary adventure, especially for those who share a love for the mountains and a thirst for soulful storytelling.

The Holistic Pine Ranking 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐