Dona Dhruvanvar Dona Pawala simply translated means two legs on two poles. It’s the name of the travel monologue by realtor Suhas Mantri. It offers a simple, descriptive chronology detailing the trials and tribulations that the author and his team of five faced while on their expedition through Antarctica and the Arctic.
Along with reports from Mantri, the book includes pictorial editions by Prakash Bang to help people experience the beauty of the polar regions, like the icebergs in the Kodak valley. The images appear to have made an impression on politician Raj Thackeray, who while releasing the book stated, “Out of all the travelogues that I have read so far, I would place this one among the top 10. For those people, who, like me, are not able to travel the world, these travelogues act as a platform to know more about these places, in a very interesting way.”
Incidentally, Mantri is not new to the world of literature. His first book The Come Back was about an entrepreneur bouncing back from the brink of bankruptcy. The travelogue in Marathi is his second book and will soon be available in English and Hindi as well.