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Almost Intrepid

By Anjaly Thomas

Witty, humorous, self-deprecating, and sometimes bumbling and incoherent, Almost Intrepid takes you on a ride through the mind of a first-time female traveller with a dream, a backpack and very little else and whose only reason to start was to beat a 'quarter-life crisis'. But, what begins as an awkward attempt to flee the mundane life of a journalist turns into a globe-trotting mission- from climbing mountains in Tanzania, jungle treks in Papua New Guinea, Komodo chasing in Indonesia, to ill-fated sea rides in Cambodia with episodes of shoe-flinging at determined touts in the bazaars of Egypt and nearly getting hitched with a tattooed African man. The lawyer-turned journalist turned writer befriends every stranger she meets, finds joy in cheap B&Bs, shares intoxicants (of all kinds) with stranger and dreams of scaling the Everest someday.

Anjaly Thomas qualified as a lawyer, but picked up the journalistic pen as her mythical sword soon after. When that failed to inspire, she exchanged journalistic monotony for the beauty of open spaces.

Today, she manages to balance what she calls the Business of Passion - writing and travelling. She is a Lonely Planet writer and also writes for various newspapers and magazines.

Almost Intrepid is her first book in which she chronicles her life's journeys, reminisces on lessons learnt and accepts the wisdom of prejudices shed along the (oft) un-travelled path!

She doesn't claim to be an expert on traditions, cultures, history or geography of the places she travels to, and hates being asked the best thing about them, because the way she sees it, every little experience makes her journey special.

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