AROUND INDIA IN 80 TRAINS

AROUND INDIA IN 80 TRAINS (English, Paperback, MONISHA RAJESH)

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AROUND INDIA IN 80 TRAINS  (English, Paperback, MONISHA RAJESH)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Roli Books
    • ISBN: 9788174369130, 8174369139
    • Edition: 2012
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    Follow Monisha’s journey as she travels around India by train, discovering places, people, ideas and culture.

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    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.

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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 o...
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    Sasi Kumar R

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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 ...
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    Ashfaq Dawood

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    12 Jan, 2014

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    An interesting idea laid waste

    The title itself draws you to the book immediately but nothing stays with you by the time you reach the end. Monica starts off on a strong note as the hardest part of selecting an intriguing topic and collection of experiences works for her but she fails miserably in articulating those experiences. Towards the end you feel like you have been reading a travel advisory for western tourists. Come on the Indian railways have much more to offer in terms of adventures/misadventures and company. Som...
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    Payal Ghose

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    18 Jan, 2014

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    rather average

    read this book a few weeks back, the book fails to arouse much interest in the journey or the writer. Beyond writing about the cleanliness (or lack of) of our trains the author seemingly has very little to say. Can't remember one good story from her travels about the people she met. By the end I was counting pages hoping it will finally end but I couldn't finish it
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    rohit goyal

    3 Jun, 2013

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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 o...
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    RATNESH KUMAR

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    30 Nov, 2012

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    Wastage of Money

    This is the most worst book i ever seen...Truly do not judge a book by its cover...This line really suits this book.The cover page is very colorful but the writing material is atrociously bad...It was a waste of money for me.....Good English does not mean the book would be good too...
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    Anisha Bose

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    15 Mar, 2014

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    5

    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 Borival...
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    Abhishek Nayar

    2 Nov, 2012

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    Delightful

    Delivered in a good sate. But the book is boring
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    Flipkart Customer

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    24 Mar, 2018

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    Bad quality

    I chose the book coz of my love for indian railways & travelogues..The book was an OK one.But the fact that she just kept on whining about the country, after a few pages starts to irritate you..We feel as if she chose the journey just to write a "oh-i dont like it here" piece..I nearly shouted :"Did we ask you to climb on the train???" She cud have reduced the moping & complaing a bit.
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    Meera George

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    26 Feb, 2018

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    Awesome

    Great book. Read it and get yourself lost among the great Indian chaos and travelling. The narration is great and in no time you will finish the book. And still you will be wanting for more and maybe for a second book from the author.
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    SAMRAT SARKAR

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    11 Sep, 2017

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