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    DescriptionIn 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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    Around India in 80 Trains
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Monisha Rajesh
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 212 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9781857885958
    ISBN 10: 1857885953

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FKA
    BIC subject category V2: WTL, WGF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 08
    B&T General Subject: 800
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET080
    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23650
    Ingram Subject Code: TT
    LC classification: DS
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 62
    BIC subject category V2: 1FKA
    DC22: 915.404
    BISAC V2.8: TRV003040
    Abridged Dewey: 915
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 915.404532
    BISAC V2.8: TRV035000
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    Thema V1.0: WGF, WTL
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FKA
    Illustrations note
    B&W map
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    Publication date
    16 December 2012
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    Author Information
    Monisha Rajesh is a London-based journalist at The Week. She has written for the London Evening Standard, Conde Nast Traveller, the Guardian, TIME magazine, and The New York Times.
    Review quote
    '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, Conde Nast Traveller '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 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