Around India in 80 Trains

Around India in 80 Trains

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by Monisha Rajesh
     
 

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Taking a page from Jules Verne's classic tale, Monisha Rajesh embarked on an adventure around India in eighty trains. Indian trains carry over twenty million passengers daily, plowing through cities, crawling past villages, climbing up mountains, and skimming along coasts. Monisha hopes that her journeys across India will lift the veil on a country that had become

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Taking a page from Jules Verne's classic tale, Monisha Rajesh embarked on an adventure around India in eighty trains. Indian trains carry over twenty million passengers daily, plowing through cities, crawling past villages, climbing up mountains, and skimming along coasts. Monisha hopes that her journeys across India will lift the veil on a country that had become a stranger to her.

Editorial Reviews

Giles Foden
"A promising debut from a writer to watch.I am stung with jealousy, not just for the epic journey she makes rediscovering her Indian heritage – on ordinary trains, luxury trains, Mumbai's packed commuter trains, even a toy train – but just for the talismanic power of such a ticket: the idea that you could have one in your hand tomorrow and just go!" - Giles Foden, Condé Nast Traveller
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"This beautifully written book, a witty and insightful traveller's-eye view of the country from inside its rail network. It is also an account of a life-shaping journey. An assortment of mustachioed maharajas, wicked wedding-crashers, pinstriped sikhs, indignant inspectors, spotty know-it-alls in Che Guevara T-shirts and crafty rickshaw drivers bursts from the pages... all of this is done with the lightest of touches and a dry wit...This excellent debut will stand the test of time. Just like India's railways."
- The Sunday Telegraph

One of 2012's Books of the Year: "A wonderfully wry and witty debut. Crackles and sparks with life like an exploding box of Diwali fireworks." - William Dalrymple, author of The Last Mughal

"One can only envy Monisha Rajesh as she embarks on this epic journey through the vast tangle and bewildering extension of India's railways. The ticketing bureaucracy is mad, the travelling companions infinitely varied, the pleasure, discomforts and revelations such that she is guaranteed what even the wriest and most sceptical traveller yearns for: some deeper knowledge of oneself." - Tim Parks, travel writer and Booker Prize nominee

"I love train trips and I love travelling around India. If you do too, then this book is a wonderful companion" -- Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting

Giles Coren
"A great big lovely shambling train ride of a book, offering wonderful views, hilarious interludes, all sorts of dodgy characters and some very peculiar smells, all for one ticket.” -Giles Coren, bestselling author and The Times columnist
The Sunday Telegraph
This beautifully written book, a witty and insightful traveller's-eye view of the country from inside its rail network. It is also an account of a life-shaping journey. An assortment of mustachioed maharajas, wicked wedding-crashers, pinstriped sikhs, indignant inspectors, spotty know-it-alls in Che Guevara T-shirts and crafty rickshaw drivers bursts from the pages... all of this is done with the lightest of touches and a dry wit...This excellent debut will stand the test of time. Just like India's railways.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781857885958
Publisher:
Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Publication date:
12/16/2012
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
728,029
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

Tim Parks
One can only envy Monisha Rajesh as she embarks on this epic journey through the vast tangle and bewildering extension of India's railways. The ticketing bureaucracy is mad, the travelling companions infinitely varied, the pleasure, discomforts and revelations such that she is guaranteed what even the wriest and most sceptical traveller yearns for: some deeper knowledge of oneself. —Tim Parks, travel writer and Booker Prize nominee
William Dalrymple
One of 2012's Books of the Year: "A wonderfully wry and witty debut. Crackles and sparks with life like an exploding box of Diwali fireworks. —William Dalrymple, author of The Last Mughal

Meet the Author

Monisha Rajesh is a London-based journalist. Since graduating from City University's journalism school she has worked on the features desk of the London Evening Standard and written for Conde Nast Traveller, the Telegraph, the Guardian and TIME magazine.

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