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AROUND INDIA IN 80 TRAINS (English)

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Follow Monisha’s journey as she travels around India by train, discovering places, people, ideas and culture.

Summary Of The Book

Around India In 80 Trains begins in England. Monisha stays with her family in Sheffield, when in 1991 they decide to head over to Madras. In an effort to make India their home, they leave at once. The next two years don’t exactly go according to plan. Troubled by rats and the creepy colonel across the road, Monisha’s family decide to move out and return to England for the better.

Twenty years later, Monisha reads an article while at work, which describes India’s booming domestic airline industry and how it could connect 80 cities. She begins reminiscing on her childhood and the time she spent in India. As time passes, she decides to leave to India. With a thirst for exploring India once again, and to clear the bitterness that has existed since the last two decades, Monisha sets out on a train journey across India, inspired by Jules Verne’s classic Around the World in 80 Days. The journey clocks 40,000 km across India in 80 trains.

Travelling in Indian trains gives Monisha the opportunity to meet a whole range of characters, each carrying a different story which adds color to her journey. Indian railways, being one of the largest civilian employers and containing various kinds of trains, including the crowded local trains of Mumbai and a hospital on wheels, provides a diverse and refreshing setting. How does she go around a country soaked in diverse religious colors, with a photographer who is a self-confessed militant atheist? Infused with wit and humor, Around India In 80 Trains is a tale of adventure and discovery.

About Monisha Rajesh

Monisha Rajesh is a British journalist at The Week UK. Born in Norfolk, Monisha studied French at the University of Leeds. Before receiving a postgraduate degree in journalism from the City University London, she taught English at a high school in Cannes. She received her post graduate diploma from City University’s journalism school. She has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller, The Times, TIME Magazine, and The New York Times.

Specifications of AROUND INDIA IN 80 TRAINS (English) (Paperback)

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Author MONISHA RAJESH
Book Details
Publisher Roli Books
Imprint LOTUS
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9788174369130
ISBN-10 8174369139
Language English
Binding Paperback
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Sasi
16 Jan 2014
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This is the 2nd Worst book I've read in my life

I must say that, I tried almost 1 month to try to read this book. It was so horrible to read every page and every line in this book. May be, this author had traveled in 80 trains, but I am sure, 90% of her Indian experience she had written in this book is not true. She thinks that , Indian had never seen a foreigner, and all Indian chase when they see any foreigner. Every page gives us the feeling that, she is not proud to be born as Indian. She must travel to Pakistan, Afghanistan and many other African Countries and then write about India.Its better if she stops writing itself. Just knowi... ()

I must say that, I tried almost 1 month to try to read this book. It was so horrible to read every page and every line in this book. May be, this author had traveled in 80 trains, but I am sure, 90% of her Indian experience she had written in this book is not true. She thinks that , Indian had never seen a foreigner, and all Indian chase when they see any foreigner. Every page gives us the feeling that, she is not proud to be born as Indian. She must travel to Pakistan, Afghanistan and many other African Countries and then write about India.Its better if she stops writing itself. Just knowi...
I must say that, I tried almost 1 month to try to read this book. It was so horrible to read every page and every line in this book. May be, this author had traveled in 80 trains, but I am sure, 90% of her Indian experience she had written in this book is not true. She thinks that , Indian had never seen a foreigner, and all Indian chase when they see any foreigner. Every page gives us the feeling that, she is not proud to be born as Indian. She must travel to Pakistan, Afghanistan and many other African Countries and then write about India.Its better if she stops writing itself. Just knowing English does not qualify anyone to be an author. If she is so proud of England, then she must realize, that its because of British, India is in such a bad situation today.
She will write Tamil conversations in the book. At the same time, she will write that, she does not know Tamil. There are so many contrasts in the book. .
She writes as if all Indians are behind her and talk to her just because she is from UK (THE GREAT). But she looks so Indian. I am sure, no one in India would have bothered to talk to her like they talk to a Foreigner.
She writes as if, all Indian keep starring a her just because she is a foreigner. At the same time, she will travel with a White guy, who tried to kiss her very soon after she met him. The white guy is good character according to this author.
Spending for this book was a waste. Spent Rs.250 for this book. Instead, I should have given this money to a beggar. That would have been good.

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RATNESH KUMAR
30 Nov 2012
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A Complete book of Incomplete Journeys

There is a trend and a set of adjectives, most of the foreign based writers use when describe India. When I started reading this book- it had similar beginning. Heavily crowded Chennai Central station, hyper humid conditions, stinky toilets, spitting public, and so on... At one point, I was about to give up reading...

But I kept unfolding pages, journeys wend on to become more and more interesting. And when I finished I felt just two stops short of complete satisfaction. Monisha has missed on states- Bihar and Jharkhand- its where I belong.

Reasons to Read

1. Tasty language: You cannot...
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There is a trend and a set of adjectives, most of the foreign based writers use when describe India. When I started reading this book- it had similar beginning. Heavily crowded Chennai Central station, hyper humid conditions, stinky toilets, spitting public, and so on... At one point, I was about to give up reading...

But I kept unfolding pages, journeys wend on to become more and more interesting. And when I finished I felt just two stops short of complete satisfaction. Monisha has missed on states- Bihar and Jharkhand- its where I belong.

Reasons to Read

1. Tasty language: You cannot...
There is a trend and a set of adjectives, most of the foreign based writers use when describe India. When I started reading this book- it had similar beginning. Heavily crowded Chennai Central station, hyper humid conditions, stinky toilets, spitting public, and so on... At one point, I was about to give up reading...

But I kept unfolding pages, journeys wend on to become more and more interesting. And when I finished I felt just two stops short of complete satisfaction. Monisha has missed on states- Bihar and Jharkhand- its where I belong.

Reasons to Read

1. Tasty language: You cannot expect a train journey top be boring- good or bad, but something definitely happens. Over the 244 pages, the writer has kept the soul of Indian Railways intact, (except when some meditation camp is described). Language is fresh, original, updated and tasty. Even if someone doesn't have interest in travel, should read it for taste of literature.

2. Vibrant: Journeys included length and breath if India, but non missing out small stations, insignificant co-passengers or even rats and cockroaches.

3. Informative: Irrespective of how long one has lived on trains, there is plenty of things to update yourself. I came to know of several trains I never even heard of. And then the mysteries behind yellow digits painted on train bogies.

4. Sincere effort: 'Calling a spade a spade.." By the time you finish it, you will feel like reading X-ray report of railway services and passenger behaviour. We are aware of most of ills of train journeys, because we are the one who create it. But there are also happy-surprises, which will tickle the readers.

5. For ladies: Most Indians are apprehensive about ladies travelling alone. This should be a good morale booster.

6. About Indian: For sake of Final Verdict-- Railways, Tatkal, passengers, foods, fishes, cats, dogs, mores... and luxuries... every thing is definitely Indian.

I recommend reading it for the love of our own people... and (for outsiders) for getting one step closer to INDIAN SOUL.

What's Missing:

1. Sarcastic at times: (like watching- 3 Idiots), when Author has missed the soul of the story. (As we know, 3 Idiots is not a dance show of Kareena's belly dance, but a story of friendship and Indian educational system). But then everyone has one's own opinion.

There are few other such things.. but not much.

Though, it may appear a bit long journey to finish. But once finished... its always an unforgettable experience.

Happy Reading! Thanks Monisha!

2 of 3 users found this review helpful.
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Ashfaq
12 Jan 2014
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An intriguing read outlining the ups and downs of train journey in India, but feels something is amiss

An intriguing read outlining the ups and downs of train journey in India and the difficulties as well as the earthly experiences faced by millions of passengers that travel through this more than 65000 km of rail-road.
Having said that the author has mostly travelled in 2nd Tier and 3rd Tier AC compartments which as pointed out in the book itself will not give proper insight into real India. More than 90% of Indians won't even see the insights of a 2nd Tier AC compartments in their life.
The various experiences are good but only few of them are interesting and dealt in detail.

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Abhishek Nair
02 Nov 2012
Worth the wait!!

I was eagerly waiting for this book since march when I first read about it in the magazine section of 'The Sunday Express'

And now I have just completed the book...and I have to say it was amazing...while reading I had this immense urge to just hop into a train and explore the unexplored...

Beautiful description of different places and nicely paced...

It took me back to the amazing journeys on the Konkan Railway...the recent tryst with the Mumbai local where I could not get down at Borivali and had to get down two stations after that as I could not get down coz of the crowd...

After rea...
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I was eagerly waiting for this book since march when I first read about it in the magazine section of 'The Sunday Express'

And now I have just completed the book...and I have to say it was amazing...while reading I had this immense urge to just hop into a train and explore the unexplored...

Beautiful description of different places and nicely paced...

It took me back to the amazing journeys on the Konkan Railway...the recent tryst with the Mumbai local where I could not get down at Borivali and had to get down two stations after that as I could not get down coz of the crowd...

After rea...
I was eagerly waiting for this book since march when I first read about it in the magazine section of 'The Sunday Express'

And now I have just completed the book...and I have to say it was amazing...while reading I had this immense urge to just hop into a train and explore the unexplored...

Beautiful description of different places and nicely paced...

It took me back to the amazing journeys on the Konkan Railway...the recent tryst with the Mumbai local where I could not get down at Borivali and had to get down two stations after that as I could not get down coz of the crowd...

After reading, it has only increased my love for the Indian Railways...

I can't agree with you more when you said "Railways are a microcosm of society"...

The book has surely lived to my expectation...

Once again thanks for this wonderful book...I thoroughly enjoyed it...the wait was worth it!!

1 of 2 users found this review helpful.
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San G
18 Jul 2014
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There, but not quite there

I believe the book's readability improves as you keep reading. In the beginning few chapters I felt that there were a lot of small links and details which went missing, but the author tried to correct most of it later on to make it more enhanced reader experience. Considering this to be the first book of the author, I have to concede that she did well. Some of the reviews mention about travelling 2nd Tier AC and 3rd Tier AC would not tell you the real insight into India, but this book goes beyond just train journeys into Indian cities and towns which are well portrayed. It's a good read.

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A must read for all train lovers!

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