Rosie’s Good Read Collections: Travel

Welcome to “Rosie’s Good read Collections”, I’ve put together the books I’ve read into subject headings that I think the books belong to, for you to browse.

17858261An essential guide for anyone travelling on a group tour. Fun and informative, it will help you understand more about what group tours involve – different types available, what happens on tour and offers advice to help you make the most of your time away from home.  It introduces 20 stereotypical characters you will find on your tour and highlights the A-Z of group travel through real stories and humorous anecdotes from the authors’ experience on the road as tour leaders. Goodreads,,, My Review:

Next, two books by Swarupa N Ovalekar.

Discovering Mexico

Discovering Mexico is Swarupa’s chronicle which began with her new life in the Mexican city of Guadalajara and her wide exploration of the country she lived in for nine months in 2007-08. Cosmopolitan Mexico City, world-class beach resorts, charming mountain resorts, beautiful colonial cities, amazing archaeological zones, mesmerizing Maya ruins, colourful indigenous markets…there is never a dull moment for her as she explores each place with immense gusto.

Available direct from the author, My Review:

Mexico - The Country, Its History & the Maya World

Mexico: The Country, Its History & The Maya World is a comprehensive guide to the diverse aspects of Mexico, including its indigenous people, its long and colourful history and the mysterious Maya civilization. This excellently researched eBook offers a wide glimpse into the rich and varied cultural heritage of contemporary Mexico, detailing the country’s history, from the pre-Colombian period to modern times, and providing deep knowledge of the glorious Maya culture, including the much-famous end of their calendar. With over 75 coloured photographs, and black and white political and geographical sketch maps of Mexico, this insightful eBook will appeal to every person interested in learning about Mexico – aficionados, travellers and scholars.

Available direct from the author, My Review:

15990739SIHPROMATUM (Sip-row-may-tum) is a memoir series of one family’s four-year backpacking adventure around the world. The first instalment, I Grew my Boobs in China, is the beginning of an intensely fascinating, sobering, and emotional memoir of Savannah’s introspective and innovative family adventure.

In 2005, 14-year-old Savannah Grace’s world is shattered when her mother unexpectedly announces that she and her family (mother, 45; brother, 25; sister, 17) would soon embark on an incredible, open-ended journey. When everything from her pets to the house she lived in is either sold, given away or put in storage, this naïve teenage girl runs headlong into the reality and hardships of a life on the road.
Built around a startling backdrop of over eighty countries (I Grew my Boobs in China relates the family’s adventures in China and Mongolia), this is a tale of feminine maturation – of Savannah’s metamorphosis from ingénue to woman-of-the-world. Nibbling roasted duck tongues in China and being stranded in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert are just two experiences that contribute to Savannah’s exploration of new cultures and to the process of adapting to the world around her. Goodreads,, My Review:

Mexico: The Country, It’s History and The Maya World by Swarupa N Ovalekar

Mexico - The Country, Its History & the Maya WorldThis is a beautiful book written by an author who is passionate about Mexico. The book contains lots of photographs that depict Mexico, it’s people, their culture, history and their landscape. Mexico has 24 UNESCO World Heritage sites so there is much to see. Swarupa’s book covers the geography, people, religion, economy, education and tourism in the first chapters. it then moves on to Ancient Mexico and the Maya people coming forward through invasion and independence to the modern day.

You can get a copy of this book direct from Swarupa;

Mexico: The Country, Its History & The Maya World:

To find out more about Swarupa follow this link to a recent author interview here on the blog.

Romancing September author Swarupa N Ovalekar (Day 11)

It’s Day 11 Of our Romancing September Across the World tour and our guest today is Swarupa N. Ovalekar. We’ll meet here her and then you can catch up with her again over with Stephanie when they talk about writing romance in today’s society.


Let’s find out more about Swarupa and her book “The Blue-Eyed Prince of Natlife”

1) Where is your home town?

I’m from Mumbai (Bombay), India.

 2) When did you start writing? How many romance stories have you written? 

I have always loved writing. But I started writing books in 2008 after my return from Mexico where I had spent nearly nine months, some of them travelling solo across the country. I dedicated a year and a half to my labour of love “MEXICO: A grand voyage through the fascinating land with ancient links to India” and completed it in June 2010. Then in 2012, I converted this epic book into three e-books titled ‘Discovering Mexico’, ‘Mexico: The Country, Its History & The Maya World’, and ‘A Guide To Mexican Cuisine’ and posted the similarities between India and Mexico on my blog “Swarupa’s World” at

In 2011, I started writing my first-ever romance fiction novel ‘The Blue-Eyed Prince Of Natlife’ which I completed within three months. It’s the only romance story I have written till now.

3) In your book, Sara jumps at the chance to work in India, why? 

The female protagonist in my novel, Sara, is an ardent admirer of India. The opportunity to work in Mumbai as an international trainee at the corporate office of one of India’s top multinational companies, Natlife, is like a godsend to her. She’s still recovering from a major setback that she had suffered a few months ago, losing her job as well as her fiancé in a span of two days. She’s eager to get over her troubled past and begin a new life in the faraway country which is so close to her heart.

4) “The Blue-Eyed Prince” deals with a company called NatLife, can you explain what this company sells?

Natlife is one of India’s largest conglomerates with an annual turnover of over US$ 8 billion. Based in Mumbai, it manufactures and distributes nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, and beauty and personal care products. Its direct-selling business operations are widespread across the country and in eighteen other countries including Asia, Europe and North America. Dev Maurya is the charismatic founder chairman of Natlife.

5) Does Sid have any royal background or just princely qualities?

The male protagonist in my novel, Sid, doesn’t come from a royal background. He is the protégé of Natlife’s chairman, Dev Maurya. Although he has beautiful blue eyes, the book is so titled because he’s a favourite or the “blue-eyed prince” in the company.

6) Were there any influences that affected your timing of the intimate scenes for the couple?

I followed the Mills & Boon style of including close intimacy between the couple as the story progresses and hot intense lovemaking towards the end.

7) Did your vast knowledge of Mexico help you to choose the country of origin for Sara?

Right, since I had lived in Mexico, it was very easy for me to develop Sara’s character, portray her Mexican mannerisms and the interactions between with her family. Besides, I was very keen on writing an Indian-Mexican romance story.

8) The country of India has many romantic qualities, would you consider writing another romance with India as it’s base?

Sure. Since I’m an Indian and I know my country and the people well, it’s quite convenient to write about something which is based in India. But still, it all depends upon the story that I have in mind. If it needs to be based in another country, then so be it.

9) On a couple of occasions, characters travel to the Maldives, have you ever been there? If so, what do you love about the islands?

No, I haven’t been to the Maldives. I’d love to…and I can go there anytime I want but it’s such a lovely place that I’d go there only with a “special someone”. I’ve seen and read a lot about the beautiful islands and I guess there’s a lot of romance about the place.

10) What are you currently working on? Will there be a sequel to this book? 

At the moment, I’m not working on any book. As for a sequel to “The Blue-Eyed Prince of Natlife”, I’m not sure of it because the book is more like a Mills & Boon story with a happy ending.

The Blue-Eyed Prince Of NatlifeYou can get a copy of this book here

Thank you Swarupa for being our guest today. If you are interested in any of Swarupa’s books about Mexico they can all be found at her web site

Guest Author Swarupa N. Ovalekar

Please welcome my guest author today, I love reading her blog posts they make me feel like I’m on holiday.


1) Hi Swarupa can you tell us where your home town is?

Hi, I live in Mumbai (or Bombay), India.

2) You’ve written 3 books about Mexico, covering the country, its history and its cuisine, how long did they take to write?

Well, writing the 3 books (“Discovering Mexico”, “Mexico: The Country, Its History & The Maya World”, and “A Guide To Mexican Cuisine”) involved intense research and working endless hours at the computer. It took me over a year and a half to complete this epic labour of love.

3) Your blog posts provide the reader with some wonderful glimpses into the people of Mexico and you have some beautiful pictures, do you take them yourself?

Yes, all the photos on my blog whether on Mexico or otherwise belong to me. I just love clicking photos wherever I go.  It’s one of my favourite hobbies!

4) Is there a favourite part to Mexico for you, for instance the culture, the people or the Mayan history?

I love everything about Mexico! Be it the people, places, culture, cuisine, history, ancient civilizations (and especially the Maya), etc.

5) Do you think the people of Mexico keep their traditions alive? Or are they embracing modern technology and leaving the past behind?

Mexicans like to socialize and place a high value on family and traditional values. I believe that they have struck the right balance between old and the new. While embracing modern technology, they have also retained ancient customs and traditions like the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the Posadas (‘Inns’).

6) Can you recommend 5 places that a tourist could go to see some of your favourite parts of Mexico?

It’s extremely difficult for me to choose just 5 places because every part of the country has its own unique charm. I have many favourite places but amongst them I would recommend a visit to Mexico City, Guadalajara, Riviera Maya, Merida and San Cristobal de Las Casas.

7) Where can people buy your books? Are they only available as e-books?

My books are available for sale as e-books in PDF format at my blog: and my Facebook Page:

It takes just a few minutes to buy them. Select the e-books, pay through PayPal using your credit card, check your email inbox for the links to download the e-books and then download them. A safe, simple and quick medium to buy and read my e-books 🙂

8) Recently you have been posting about India on your blog, how long did you travel around India or have you been on several trips?

You’re right. It’s been a year and a little more than a month since I started my blog. Most of my 80+ posts are about Mexico but I have also written about India and my recent travels within the country. I have travelled almost all over India from the northernmost tip of the country in Ladakh to the southernmost tip in Kanyakumari, to the North East and briefly through the West.

I intend to blog about my trips to “heavenly” Ladakh and the North East which happened just after I had completed my books on Mexico. I‘ve got plenty of lovely photographs of these amazing places to share with my readers.

9) Were there any similarities or differences between Mexico and India that surprised you?

Yes, there are many similarities between Mexico and India in culture, customs and cuisine. The similarities did surprise me a lot considering the fact that the two countries are located at the opposite ends of the world. I have written about the similarities in my blog. Here are the links:

10) Do you plan to put your Indian experiences into a book?

Not at the moment. Maybe someday in the future I’d write a book “Adventures of Swarupa” covering my Indian experiences 🙂

11) I see you’ve also written a romance “The Blue-Eyed Prince of Natlife”, can you tell us where it is set and what inspired you to write it?

After my 3 books on Mexico, I was eager to write a romance fiction, a popular genre. So I started with “The Blue-Eyed Prince of Natlife”. It’s about a girl from Mexico City who comes to Mumbai to work for an Indian company and falls in love with her boss. Here’s my book trailer which will give you the storyline:

And here’s my blog page where you can read the synopsis and the first 5 chapters of the book:

It’s again an e-book in PDF format available for sale at my blog.

Discovering Mexico

Discovering Mexico:

Mexico - The Country, Its History & the Maya World

Mexico: The Country, Its History & The Maya World:

A Guide To Mexican Cuisine

A Guide To Mexican Cuisine:

The Blue-Eyed Prince Of Natlife

The Blue-Eyed Prince of Natlife:

Thank you Swarupa, do go over and visit her blog the experience is truly delightful. Even better news, Swarupa is offering free e-copies of “A Guide to Mexican Cuisine” until 11th September, follow her on Twitter, Facebook and send her an e-mail request to

A Guide to Mexican Cuisine by Swarupa N Ovalekar

A Guide To Mexican CuisineThis is an unusual book for me to review, but I was gifted the book by the author and there are some beautiful pictures within and a comprehensive introduction to Mexican cuisine. The book covers the ingredients that are used in Mexican cooking, Mexican traditions, the Mexican diet. It moves on to discuss tradition crops and foods available for Mexican’s in their daily diet. Swarupa also looks at the Spanish and French influences on the Mexican dishes and ingredients. There is a chapter on food common during Mexican festivities and a very detailed glossary of terms. It should be noted that this is not a recipe book, but a book about Mexican food.

This book can only be downloaded from;