Maybe its my Sagittarian traits, but if ever I’d have penned a book, I’d have wanted it to be exactly like The Geography Of Bliss ( read on further assuming that I’m as good a writer as Eric Weiner, though reality may prove otherwise.) Labeled as ‘one grump’s search for the happiest places in the world,’ the philosophically sharp-witted and explanatory writing will have you hooting a laugh through most of the book. It’s more of a travelogue, where the author visits different places in a quest for happiness. Does he find it? Or How does he find it? is what the book all about.
The journey took Weiner to places like Netherlands, Switzerland, Bhutan, Qatar, Iceland, Moldova, Thailand, Great Britain, India and America, where he found that places which boast of having more money tend to be happier than the rest. In short, money is directly proportional to happiness. Not a deep thought this, maybe, but true nevertheless. The insights and the sentiments that the author tries to deliver regarding both the happy and not-so-happy places is truly remarkable- it’s like learning about a new place without actually travelling there- and a very few books are capable of doing that.
Especially the pieces where the author couldn’t digest some cultures (or rather their beliefs) at all have been described quite beautifully. This is a must book for travel enthusiasts who wish to dwell more on cultures and people from different places, and know how the geography of a place can affect your happiness. Also a must for not-so-much-of-a-travel-enthusiasts, ‘cos this book will help you boast about places and their people without actually travelling the ‘good life’.