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Saturday, October 01 2016 @ 12:52 AM EDT

Memoir Highlights Mother, Two Sons’ Adventures, Lighthearted Mishaps In India During Family Vacation

Mariann Margulis shares the humorous tale of her family’s yearly vacation in “Bats, Rats and Holy Cows or Seventeen Days in India: One Family’s Adventure”

 Mariann Margulis and her two sons plan out a special family vacation together every year, but their trip to India is one she won’t soon forget. In her travel memoir “Bats, Rats and Holy Cows or Seventeen Days in India: One Family’s Adventure” (ISBN 1468168398), Margulis recalls the memories she created with her sons and the lessons she learned while traveling with children.
“… the charms of India win over the family, and readers will be engrossed in the trio’s experiences in Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur and especially the Thar Desert. Margulis offers information about each place they visit… Her writing is strong (she has contributed to Fodor’s) and readers may come to see her as something of a parental role model because she allows her sons to experience India on their own terms, not necessarily hers.
By turns amusing (and) touching, this travelogue colorfully portrays India, perhaps convincingly enough for readers to want to visit with their own children.” —Kirkus Indie Reviews
She uses her book to educate other parents on how traveling with children can be a rewarding and eye opening experience. Her travel guide tells readers about the adventures she and her boys faced that range from driving through a sandstorm in the Thar Desert to walking barefoot through the Rat temple.
Margulis says situations like these are what make the bond between parent and child stronger because it creates lasting memories between them. By adding her children’s experiences into “Bats, Rats and Holy Cows or Seventeen Days in India,” she brings the topic of traveling with young ones full circle.
“It adds a children’s perspective of a country so drastically different to anything they’ve seen in the West,” Margulis says. “Exploring strange places and cultures with two preteens puts travel in a whole new perspective.”
Her humorous collection of tales from India and the journey not only to a distant culture but to a distant era and not so distant culture make this light-hearted memoir easy for readers to enjoy. She hopes their misadventures along the way will inspire parents and children to do more traveling together and take a chance on those out of the way places they always dreamed of visiting.
“Bats, Rats and Holy Cows or Seventeen Days in India: One Family’s Adventure” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
About the Author: Mariann Margulis has been traveling the world since she was 18 years old, when she set out to explore the Middle East on her own. In the last six years, Margulis has taken her children to Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She has a degree in Middle Eastern studies and archaeology. Margulis lives in New York with her family.

by Mel Fabrikant

Mel is a longtime Paramus resident and has belonged to many Paramus organizations. He is responsible for bringing the Scholarship Show to town and seeing to it that the initial presentation went over well. His five offspring were brought up through the Paramus school system. In addition, he is a longtime Paramus Rotary member.

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