• Sushma Ramesh

Bending Over Backwards: A Journey to the End of the World to Cure a Chronic Backache by Carlo Pizzat

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

  1. Book Name: Bending Over Backwards: A Journey to the End of the World

  2. Author: Carlo Pizzati

  3. Price: 336 INR

  4. Publishers: Harpercollins India

  5. Available on: Amazon

About the Book:

In this intrepid and humorous travelogue, Carlo Pizzati embarks on a quest to find a cure for a backache that has tortured him for twenty years. Armed with his notebook and an indomitable spirit of adventure, Carlo travels from a posturologist’s office in northern Italy to the rarefied mountain air of Boulder to seek a variety of New Age alternative cures; from a trance-dance venue hidden near the woods of Cinque Terre to an exorcist-shaman’s den near Buenos Aires, who photographs demons and auras. Eventually, Carlo fetches up in India, to live and learn from the yogis at the Ashtanga yoga centre in Mysore.

In India, as Carlo engages in strenuous yogic discipline, meditates atop hills, he has an explosive insight into his past births which leads to an encounter that will change his life forever. Along the way, our sceptical, suffering but always curious narrator discovers the ways in which spirituality and technology intersect. Wry, witty and wise by turns, this is a book about self-discovery, facing fears and failures, and undertaking an arduous journey with an open mind and heart.

About the Author:

Carlo Pizzati is the author of seven books of fiction and non-fiction. He is a political analyst for la Stampa and a professor of theory of communication at the Asian College of Journalism. He has won the Leonardo International Prix and the Igor Man Prize.

My take on the Book:

This is the first time I put my hands on a travelogue/memoir and I loved how the book was engaging yet different from other books in the non-fiction genre. Just like the Author, I also suffer from severe backache from past 3 years because of a surgery and I was actually able to empathize with the Author when he was narrating his pain. I loved how the importance of one’s health, inner well-being, spirituality was so on the spot even though the narrative was little stretchy and nagging at times. Also, the Author’s viewpoint on spirituality can be very well related and gets the reader involved as it was witty and not preachy. This book really has so much to offer and I am glad that I picked this book. An extra point to the catchy title and the gorgeous cover!

Overall ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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