Mark Eveleigh’s ‘Kopi Dulu’ reveals enthralling mysteries of Indonesian islands

G Shaheed

Mark Eveleigh, a famed travel writer, familiar to Malayalis through Yathra travel magazine of Mathrubhumi, reveals his travel experiences in Indonesia

Indonesia l Photo: Ramees Rajai / Mathrubhumi Yatra

All that glitters is not gold, here goes the saying. But for Mark Eveleigh, all that he penned in ‘Kopi Dulu’, his latest book are glittering gold pieces leaving indelible imprints on the minds of the readers.

'Kopi Dulu' comprises his Indonesian travel diaries written in an enthralling and romantic way so the reader cannot resist the temptation of reading it again and again as it interestingly depicts the people and their lives scattered in the remote islands.

The work offers a kaleidoscopic view of the island, which is rich in biodiversity on the planet, only after Brazil. It opens up the South East Asian island groups to the outside world. The 12000 islands have been portrayed as a wonder with throbbing life.

The work gradually unfolds the mysteries of these islands. He trekked mountains, valleys, jungles, sea shores, lush forests and hitherto unknown spots.

Mark Eveleigh gave the message that great things are done when men and mountains meet. His travels in Indonesian islands spanning a quarter century reflect his passion like that of Alfred Russel Wallace who set sail to the island more than 250 years back when everything here was primitive. Wallace was a multifaceted personality who inspired generations like Darwin.

Mark Eveleigh takes the readers to the teeming wildlife, cultural facets of village life, hill ranges, green-laden forests, valleys and many more breathtaking views. One is reminded of the eruption of the Toha super volcano that happened 74000 years ago. Scientists claim such eruptions can occur once in 50000 years.

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