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    DescriptionTo understand India you have to see it, hear it, breathe it and feel it. Living through the good, the bad and the ugly is the only way to know where you fit in and where India fits into you. In 1991 Monisha and her family uprooted from Sheffield to Madras in the hope of making India their home again. But fed up with soap-eating rats, severed human heads, paying bribes, and the creepy colonel across the road, they soon returned to England, determined never to go back again. But twenty years later, Monisha takes a page out of Jules Verne's classic tale, turns to a map of the Indian railways and embarks on an adventure around India in 80 trains connecting 80 cities, covering 40,000km - the circumference of the Earth. The Indian railways carry over twenty million passengers every day, ploughing through cities, crawling past villages, climbing up mountains and skimming along coasts. India Version 2.0 is now up and running and Monisha hopes that 80 train journeys up, down and across India (including the world's second longest train journey) will lift the veil on a country that has become a stranger. As one of the largest civilian employers in the world, featuring luxury trains, toy trains, Mumbai's infamous commuter trains, and even a hospital on wheels, Monisha discovers that the railways have more than a few stories to tell, not to mention an amazing cast of characters. And with a self-confessed 'militant devout atheist' in tow, her personal journey around a country built on religion isn't quite what she bargained for -

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    Around India in 80 Trains
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    By (author) Monisha Rajesh
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 215 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 331 g
    ISBN 13: 9781857885958
    ISBN 10: 1857885953

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
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    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET080
    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN
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    LC classification: DS
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    BIC subject category V2: 1FKA
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    BISAC V2.8: TRV003040
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    BISAC V2.8: TRV035000
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    16 December 2012
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    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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    "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 "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 the one ticket." Giles Coren, bestselling author and Times columnist.