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Around India in 80 Trains

Monisha Rajesh
Format
Book
Published
London, UK ; Boston, MA : Nicholas Brealey Pub., 2013.
Language
English
Variant Title
Around India in eighty trains
ISBN
9781857885958, 1857885953, 9781857889482, 1857889487
Summary
In 1991 Monisha uprooted from England to Madras in the hope of making India her home. But fed up with soap-eating rats, severed human heads, paying bribes, and the creepy colonel across the road, she returned to England with a bitter taste in her mouth. But twenty years later, 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. Indian trains carry over twenty million passengers every day, plowing through cities, crawling past villages, climbing up mountains and skimming along coasts. Monisha hopes that 80 train journeys up, down and across India will lift the veil on a country that has become a stranger to her. 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, Indian Railways has more than a few stories to tell, not to mention a colorful 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 ...
Contents
  • All aboard the Insomnia Express
  • Guantanamo chic and the perils of wearing shoes
  • A royal affair
  • 'Excuse me darling, I have a message for you'
  • Hindus only allowed
  • Super-dense crush load
  • Sexual healing
  • The crazy white man in the cupboard
  • Sunburn and spasms
  • Oh my dog!
  • The Venus flytrap of insanity
  • Toy trains and afternoon tea
  • City of gins
  • Monty Python at the Wagah border
  • Silk sheets and a wad of human hair
  • God bless the NHS!
  • A taste of rocky road ice cream
  • Bullets over Brahmaputra
  • The Temple of Doom
  • Losing my religion
  • Answered prayers
  • Snakes and ladders.
Description
xix, 248 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Notes
Originally published: New Delhi : Lotus Collection, 2012.
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