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In 1991, Monisha Rajesh's family uprooted from Sheffield to Madras in the hope of making India their home. Two years later, fed up with soap-eating rats, severed human heads and the creepy colonel across the road, they returned to England with a bitter taste in their mouths. Two decades on, she turns to a map of the Indian Railways and takes a page out of Jules Verne's classic tale, embarking on an adventure around India in 80 trains, covering 40,000km - the circumference of the Earth. She hopes that 80 train journeys up, down and across India will lift the veil on a country that has become a stranger to her. Along the way, Monisha discovers that the Indian Railways - featuring luxury trains, toy trains, Mumbai's infamous commuter trains, and even a hospital on wheels - have more than a few stories to tell, not to mention a colourful 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 22mm | 340.19g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • NICHOLAS BREALEY PUBLISHING
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B&W map
  • 1857885953
  • 9781857885958
  • 45,486

About Monisha Rajesh

Monisha Rajesh is a British journalist at The Week UK. After graduating with a postgraduate diploma from City University's journalism school she has worked as an arts and travel writer. In 2006 she was nominated for the PTC New Consumer Monthly Journalist of the Year and has written for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The New York Times and TIME magazine. Around India in 80 Trains is her first book.

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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 A wonderfully wry and witty debut. Crackles and sparks with life like an exploding box of Diwali fireworks. William Dalrymple

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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

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