Nagpur businessman Vilas Kale recently released his book – It Was A Happy Trusting World, Then – about his 1971 hitchhiking trip with his cousins to Middle East and Europe. Apart from book lovers, also present at the occasion were President of Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Anand Jaiswal (who also reviewed the book), Kale’s family and his close friends.
The book is about a then 20-year-old Vilas Kale and his two cousins Vidula and Kumar taking an impromptu hitchhiking trip to Middle East and Europe from May 2 to August 1 1971. In conversation with the people present, Vilas Kale spoke extensively about his book and also shared his experiences during the trip. Kale revealed how with just a budget of Rs 4,000 per head, the trio travelled through fifteen countries of the world. He also revealed how during the trip, the trio were given free visas by officials at some countries after they came to know of the exciting trip.
The writers usually pen down their nostalgias in such memoirs but this book is unique in its own way as it’s based on the diary notes meticulously taken by Kale during his trip 46 years back.