Travellers can go to anyplace they want \u2013 Harbin or Kyoto or Sunderbans\u2026\nThe only limitation they face is that the destination can be experienced only in the \u2018present\u2019 moment.\nBut recently several times in the past 2 years I was transported to not only a place I had not seen before, set in time 100-400 years ago.\nDostoevesky\u2019s \u2018Crime & Punishment\u2019 and \u2018Idiot\u2019 took me through an intricate tour of life in Russia, over a century ago. St.Petersburg \u2013\u00a0 unless I live there, it will be hard to get to know it so deeply. And even if I do spend 6 months I will only know the city of Today \u2013 not that of a century ago.\nDalrymple\u2019s \u2018Last Mughals\u2019 took me to Delhi. The current city I am allergic to, but Dalrymple\u2019s Delhi \u2013 that died along with the reign of the Mughals \u2013 I am in love with.\nSaratchandra Chattopadhyay\u2019s \u2018Srikantha\u2019 and \u2018Palli Samaj\u2019 took me to rural Bengal. If I were to go there today, I am sure to recognise a lot, since not much would have changed in the past century ..but who knows\u2026 it might be totally different. What I peeped into through all those works is terrific time travel.\nArthur Golden took me to Kyoto\u00a0 and rural Japan pre-world war II through \u2018Memoirs of a Geisha\u2019. I want to go to Kyoto but am afraid of being disappointed that the\u00a0 \u2018new\u2019 & \u2018improved\u2019 model of Kyoto may not live up to Arthur\u2019s its historical version.\nI hear that Tibet has changed dramatically since I went there \u2013 pre-Olympics. But the Tibet I experienced then was already a different place from the one Heinrich Harrer took me to in \u2018Seven Years in Tibet\u2019. And no matter what I do or wherever in rural Tibet I travel, it will not be the same as the time travel provided by Heinrich\u2019s words.\nEach of these is a novel with a great story. The place provides the backdrop and the context to understand the collective psychology of the people in that place in that time. But these authors have done such a terrific job of detailing the setting that these books can be read purely as travel books.\nAnd these authors can easily be classified as \u2018Time- Travel Tour Operators\u2019\nThe post \u2018Time Travel\u2019 Tour Operators appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.