Book Review: Monkeys, Motorcycles, and Misadventures: Harsha

Monkeys, Motorcycles, and Misadventures by Harsha is an unique travel experience, where you get reacquainted with the people on a journey that will take you through parts of India and Sri Lanka, which will begin with a mystical journey in time and space that will bring us closer to love, forgiveness and the courage to overcome all obstacles that life inevitably presents.

Subsequent to having persistent dreams, a man considers retracing Lord Hanuman's heroic voyage from India to Sri Lanka and he sets out with two friends on a 1200 kilometre walk across South India, and encounters along the way with evil cans of pepper spray, wise men, pimps, hellhounds, and agitated elephants. At one of their lowest moments, weighed down by qualms, they all lose hope and that's when they experience a signal, the first of many, which renews their mood and helps them set in motion forward.

The protagonists of this novel after facing a deep crisis of faith look for a way to help themselves in their spiritual rebirth and the only real option was to start all over again. This novel is another stage of the spiritual journey of the protagonists and a couple of apparent strangers with whom they make new friends to improve their karma.

Through the book you can see the soul of the universe filled with people, animals, words, gestures, alive, dead, love, hate and everything that takes a few moments, but it's an enough time to understand the past, the present and the future. It is a book that mixes faith and magic.

The writing style is fluid and inviting that takes us on a mystical path between the love, drama and courage of forgiveness in the places where you are not confused, seen from every angle. In the novel the existential reflections of the protagonists is most sincere and forthright, and can be caught in the immediacy of reading.

It follows then that man is a prisoner of time. We need a great effort to get rid of the memory, but when you succeed, you discover you have qualities superior to what you imagined. It’s a book where through time changes size and frequency, as the protagonists live a fulfilling intimate and personal spiritual journey that cannot and should not be judged.

It’s a book which addresses in its own way, the protagonists own existential crisis who decides to experiment and make a long trip perhaps to realise the meaning of suffering, because only two things can reveal great secrets of life, the suffering and love. And those who want to see the rainbow must first learn to love the rain.

Wonderful and enlightening, in this novel, the author brings with a wonderful journey of self-discovery and invites us to reflect on the meaning of our personal journey for are we really what we want to be, and do what we want to do. The novel talks about how to face our fears and believe in our own instincts and open our mind to the endless roads that connect all of us as we face together the journey of life, while following different paths.

A wonderful book that transports us to another dimension, in search of an answer and recounts a journey in search of ourselves that teaches us to look at reality from a different perspective, and is not a journey of faith in the religious sense of the word, but getting a broader mind through travel.

Format: Paperback ♥ Publisher: Leadstart ♥ Pages: 230 ♥ Published: October 2015 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-9352013777


Kalyan is an avid traveler, photographer, travel writer, blogger, influencer, brand ambassador, product tester and reviewer, gadget freak, movie critic, and a die-hard foodie. He is in the blogging space since 2006, and his written articles and photographs have been featured in leading magazines and online spaces on luxury travel, fine dining, blogs, wine, and culture. His posts in the social media have a strong organic reach and engagement. This blog gets around half a million visitors annually.

He also has a self-hosted blog ♥

Feel free to mail him at

Press, Media & Collaborations

Kalyan is open to FAM trips, travel writing, product reviews, whiskey and wine tasting, as also photography work for brands, tourism boards, hotels, resorts, restaurants, publications, guidebooks, travel supplements, coffee table books, websites, and blogs.

Kalyan's reviews have been published in notable magazines like Femina and popular books by leading authors. His photographs and articles have also been featured by the National Geographic, The Huffington Post, and World Bank. He has worked with leading brands as an influencer like HTC, Godrej, ITC, Asus, Flipkart, Kotak, Dell, Ola, Britannia, Dabur, MakeMyTrip, PayTM, Tropicana, Asian Paints and many others. He is also a Google Local Guide, Google Places Photo contributor, Google Translator, and Google Trusted Tester.

Kalyan is a traveler who loves routes outside the traditional circuits and believes (with good reason) to discover real gems just away from the crowds of tourists in the queue. Kalyan has ridden elephants through the jungles of Kaziranga, explored the mysteries of Bhutan, sailed to Andaman & Nicobar Islands, sipped his way through the Dal Lake in Srinagar, shared the night under the stars in Shimla, followed footsteps of Shah Jahan though Agra, communed with nature as the sun rose over the Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill, found his center on the summit of the Rocky Hilltop of Darjeeling, and soaked up an exquisite sunset over the seas of Bay of Bengal. He always looks for WOW moments around the world among the local people, cuisine or across the streets to share with travel freaks everywhere.

Kalyan has also topped many pan-India blogging competitions. He has more than 30000 fans in his social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus, Instagram, youtube etc.

Are you a company or brand or agency looking to popularize your service or product or destination to new audiences?

We have worked with...

Travel & Hospitality: Club Mahindra, Da Mauro Restaurant, Voyagers Cruise Service, Cleartrip, Tourist SIM card for Thailand, Godrej Alive is Awesome, Kotak Mahindra Bank, London Apartments, Malaysia Tourism, Oman Tourism, Skyscanner

Tech Collaborations: Airtel, Asus Zenfone, Datsun redi-Go, Dell Tablet, Motorola, Lenovo Yoga

Shopping Collaborations: Flipkart, Jabong India Online Fashion Week, Limeroad, Myntra

Household: Ariel Detergent, Pampers Diapers, Tresemme Shampoo, Ambipur

Food & Drinks: Golfers Shot Whisky, Matcha Green Tea, Mint-o Ultra mintz by ITC, Paper Boat Drinks, Tata Sampann Spices

Entertainment: The Jungle Book, Star Trek Beyond, Dear Zindagi

Photography Portfolio

Photography: ♥ ♥ ♥

Statistics (as of November 2017)


Total Views – 55,06,804

3 month Average Monthly Visitors: 30,000+

3 month Average Monthly Pageviews: 50,000+

Subscribers – 1404

Domain Authority: 90

Page Authority: 51

Social Media

Klout Score: 64

Instagram - - 4700

Facebook - - 5050

Twitter - - 6300

Google Plus - - 22,000

Pinterest - - 2300

Youtube - - 450

Organic Engagement – 25 to 1000 per week

According to Google Analytics, our blog audience consists of women (61%) and men (39%) between the ages of 25 and 44. A majority of readers hail from the India (50%), United States (30%), United Kingdom (10%), and Canada (7%).

Promotion / Reviews

This blog has an average daily visit of 4000-5000 visitors with a good page rank and is open to reviews, promotions on a varied range of topics from Books to Gadgets to Movies to marketing of your resorts, home stays, spas, destination promotions, social media campaigns, content marketing, contests. It can be in the form of the Product being FEATURED, REVIEWED etc.

If you have any offers just drop them a line with the complete details and we will let you know whether and how we intend to take it up or not. For readers, if we review anything it's an honest review but then we do not guarantee in any form for the product, which is best left to the end user.

Product and App Beta Tester

Kalyan is a paid beta tester for various apps related to travel, lifestyle, tech, and food. He is also a hardware tester of smartphones and tablets too and loves providing feedback for improving the products. Get in touch with him, if you are interested in getting one of your apps or products tested.

Social Media Promotions

We help brands and agencies from India and abroad to promote their products through our various social media platforms. We have a combined following of more than 30000 fans in our various social media channels of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus and Instagram. Our social media following is spread evenly across different countries of the world from India, the US to Europe.

With our social media promotion services, you not only can save time, but you can also count on the reach. Our rates are very attractive. The campaign budget will be specified by you. After defining your goals with us, we take care of all the necessary activities of preparation of the media and posting them as per your requirements.


Our articles are search friendly, which can be stated from our high organic traffic from Google (30%). The articles focus on travel, food, gadgets, and reviews.

Awards & Recognition

Godrej Aer - Inspire a fragrance Winner -

Ambi Pur Perfect Road Trip -

Kotak Jifi Is Here -

Nissan Safety Driving Forum -

Blogadda Delhi Manifesto Contest winner:

Club Mahindra Dreamtrails Winner:

Women and the Taboo of Power:


Write For Us / Guest Post Submission Guidelines

If you want to spread your visibility, you can mail us your pitch or articles to be considered for publication. You can also send high-quality meaningful photographs too. You will get full credit as also the same will be shared in our strong social media network.


We offer different types of collaboration options. Rates are available on request. Contact me using the email address below and we can work out a mutually beneficial arrangement.

If you want to be in touch with him to know him more or to say a little hello, feel free to mail him at