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America’s Got Talent Quarter-Finalist Sati Achath talks about his latest book, Dazzling Destinations.

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If you are traveling not just out of a desire to take nice pictures for social media but for the experience of being something else and enjoying new places, activities, and the time you get to spend with your loved ones, Dazzling Destinations is the perfect travel guide for you.

Dazzling Destinations: Explore Breathtaking Places in the World by Sati Achath is an exciting guide written by a traveler who has visited over 70 countries. You can get direct insights for the best experience, meant to provide you with the tools and knowledge to experience something truly breathtaking, not just good or fine. Dazzling Destinations is the ultimate travel guide for anyone looking for an unforgettable journey and for all the information they need at hand. In addition, it provides an excellent guide for anyone seeking information for various activities, such as more active ones like biking, kayaking, climbing, and rafting, and more serene ones, like hiking, camping, bird watching, and beyond. 

Sati Achath explores the world through the eyes of an experienced traveler, one going from country to country, having his own personal inner journeys, and also promising to inform readers of the best places to visit. The book offers a pleasant and easy ready, accompanied by beautiful illustrations done by the author himself. You will get a sense for each of the countries as travel destinations and learn which countries to visit next to get just the experience you are seeking at the moment. 

Dazzling Destinations is sure to enhance your tourism experience because it offers an in-depth exploration of all the best places to visit from someone who has taken tours around the world. With over 70 countries behind him, Achath can discuss openly and with all the experience to back it up his recommendations and the stories of his journeys to encourage others to follow in his footsteps. 

Achath is a notable individual in his own right. He has been touring the world for years, specializing in such niche fields and performance arts as hand shadows and ventriloquism. Now, he is also extending his reach to the field of traveling and draws from a long history of trips around the world to help others make the most of their own experiences. Achath, while working on a new topic, is far from a newbie author because he already has several books published. Dazzling Destinations is a great addition to his catalog. It is sure to become a mainstay for readers interested in travel accounts and more practical introductions to various places to visit, including those that might not as obvious. The book features the author’s distinctive voice and his own illustrations that draw attention to all the wonderful experiences he wants to share about countries to visit.

Discover more information about the book here. Make sure to check out other books from this author and check out more about the various artistic pursuits he has successfully worked on to discover some unexpected creative fields.

 

We had the pleasure of interviewing Sati Achath. Here are the excerpts from the interview.

Hi Sati, Great to have you with us today! Please share with our readers about yourself.

Hi, I am an Indian American artist. I grew up in Kerala, India, where I had my schooling, graduation, and post-graduation. Later, I did a Master of International Relations from France and a Master of Science and MBA from the USA. I joined the prestigious Indian Revenue Service (IRS) in 1980 and worked as Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax for eight years. Since 1992, I have been working for the World Bank in Washington, D.C., in various positions, including as Tax Administration Specialist and Project Evaluation Specialist. 

I have several hobbies, including ventriloquism, hand shadows, magic, cartooning, and caricaturing. I am also an author and a motivational speaker. I have been recognized by the U.S. Government as a ‘Person of Extraordinary Ability.’

As a hand shadows master, I have developed this art form by creating shadow caricatures of more than 100 celebrities ranging from Michael Jackson to Mother Teresa, and hand shadow images of about 50 birds and animals. I have been featured in Late Show with David Letterman, and I was also a quarter-finalist on NBC’s 2008 America’s Got Talent. 

I have been a ventriloquism performer for more than two decades, and I have performed in different countries and appeared on several television channels.

I am a professional cartoonist and a caricaturist. My cartoons and caricatures have been published in more than 25 newspapers in the US and India. I am also a magician who has performed magic on many stages in the US and India.

I am the author of eight books, including Dazzling Destinations. 12 Qualities of Highly Successful People; Leadership Traits: Winning Strategies of 50 World Class Leaders; 18 Simple Steps for Efficient Time Management, and Fun with Hand Shadows.

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Please share with us more about your journey.

I grew up in a small town, Thrissur, in Kerala, India. While growing up, I had the privilege of getting a good education because of the support and encouragement from my parents and siblings. They were also very supportive and appreciative of my interests in pursuing my hobbies and other extracurricular activities. Later, when I got married, my wife Minnie was a pillar of strength to me in the pursuit of my dreams. My daughter Maya was also proud of my achievements. 

I consider that I am lucky to get a good education, recognition for my extracurricular activities, and opportunities to work in prestigious organizations like the Ministry of Finance, the Government of India, and the World Bank. I also got opportunities to travel to many parts of the world and get international exposure.

Please tell us about your book, Dazzling Destinations.

So far, I have traveled to 70 countries. Having spent most of my adult life exploring different countries, I am bringing out this book, providing insight into some of the most dazzling destinations around the world. This book is invaluable for those looking for first-hand information on foreign travels. Activities like bird-watching, camping, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, swimming, whitewater rafting, and trekking are all recounted across stories from different countries. The readers will find it challenging to pick the best country that they want for their next visit! Not only has each country been specially researched for this book, but all the 55 illustrations (44 watercolor paintings and 11 black-and-white illustrations) are done by myself. These illustrations provide a quick study of the countries bringing out the most notable features of each country and its people.

What are the strategies that helped you become successful in your journey?

The following strategies have been very effective and successful in my life’s journey: 

(i) Pursue your dreams and always dream big. My guiding principle has been that by aiming for the stars, we can at least reach a tree top!

(ii) Be persistent: Even if we try and work hard, there is no guarantee that we will be successful in the first or second attempts. So we should be persistent and persevering until we achieve our goals and dreams. 

(iii) Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities. We should always keep our eyes and ears open to see opportunities. We never know when opportunities will strike at our doorsteps. So when they knock at our door, we should grab those opportunities and make use of them.

Any message for our readers.

Traveling is fun and so, never miss a chance to travel to many places within your own country and also many countries around the world. 

Fantastic! So tell us, how can people find out more about you?

Please visit my website for more details.

 

Thank you so much, Sati, for giving us your precious time! We wish you all the best for your journey ahead!

 

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