Walking in Clouds:
Recommendations, Reviews, Testimonials
Conde Nast Traveller, India, Recommends "Walking in Clouds"
in the "Read Now" Section.
"Kavitha Yaga Buggana, an Andhra-American, is a spiritual climber whose aches of the body and acceptance of the circumstances are forgotten but her mix of Oriental-Occidental wisdom can dot the readers' minds with the spray of sparkling Himalayan stars."
"It's a journey to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar where she learns, narrates, educates, shares and enriches."
"This book is the most enjoyable I have read on the Mountain and the Lake."
"In what is an intensely personal narrative, Kavitha has woven in most of the relevant historical and mythological elements."
"It is a great pleasure to read."
"...like a perfect pearl nestling in an oyster, the hard truth is that it is more difficult to be grateful than to be generous, and that one needs to have a true understanding of the preciousness of friendship."
"Refreshing in its honesty, it is a good read that makes you cock your ear. Perhaps a call is on its way?"
"... a prominent attraction of the book lies in over sixty, colour photographs..."
"...a perfect summer read for those who love travel and spiritual travel in particular."
"A must-read if the thought of taking a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash, considered heaven on earth, has ever crossed your mind."
"Walking in Clouds is not only [about] two women's extraordinary journey to the mountains, but rather an account where the author has captured every moment of surprise, shock and despair in detail."
Will we make it?
That's the question Kavitha and her cousin, Pallu, ask themselves as they trek through Himalayan pine forests and unforgiving mountains in Nepal and Tibet. Their goal: to reach Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.
The two women walk to ancient monasteries, meditate on freezing slopes, dance on the foothills of Kailash, and confront death in the thin mountain air. In Kailash and Manasarovar, the holiest of Hindu and Buddhist sites, they struggle to reconcile their rationalist views with faith and the beloved myths of their upbringing. Remarkably, it is this journey that helps them discover the meaning of friendship.
Walking in Clouds is a beautifully crafted memoir of a journey to far-away places and a journey to the places within.
Walking in Clouds mixes lyrical, descriptive storytelling and stunning photographs to bring to life a unique travelogue.
Photo Credit: Jeffery Murray
Young monks in Yalbang Monastery, Humla, Nepal
Photo Credit: Ying
Photographs Were Taken By Fellow Travellers
Kavi Yaga lives in Hyderabad, India, with her husband, Hari and their excitable Golden Retriever, Neo. Her travel memoir, Walking in Clouds, a Journey to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar (HarperCollins, India, 2018) was nominated for the inaugural 'AutHer' Awards.
Her works appear in One Story, Swamp Pink (formerly Crazyhorse), The Hindu Newspaper, Outlook Traveller Magazine, The Book Review, River Teeth Journal (Beautiful Things), Out of Print Magazine, The Bombay Review, Killing the Buddha, and elsewhere.
A runner-up for the 2021 Calvino Prize for Speculative Fiction, she is a 2023 Yaddo Fellow. She is working on a novel.
In previous avatars, she was a software engineer in Chicago and a development economics researcher in South India.