One Life to Ride is a book based on born again biker, Ajit Harisinghani’s solo motorcycle trip from Pune to Ladakh in June 2004. The 52 year old (at the time of his trip) speech therapist from Pune, traverses through vast expanse of Western and Northern India to reach the highest motorable road in the world, Khardung La (18,380ft).
One Life to Ride is a unique and pleasing blend of autobiography and travelogue. And not only depicts Ajit’s journey on the road, but also the journey taking place in his mind, as he shares witty comments, past experiences, desires and thoughts with readers.
It is an inspirational story that is likely to arouse the motorcycle traveler in your heart and prompt you to get out from your chair and leave the concrete jungle far behind in your rearview mirror and get on the path to nirvana.
The only sore point is lack of any photographs inside the book, which is something I would have loved to see and would have helped Ajit paint an even beautiful picture for those, who haven’t yet visited Ladakh and don’t know the real beauty of this heavenly place.
Despite this one short coming, it is definitely worth reading and gets four out five stars from us.
One Life to Ride
Author: Ajit Harisinghani
Publisher: Promilla & Co. in association with Bibliophile South Asia
Published: June 2008
Soft cover, 226 Pages, Text