Book Review – Around India in 80 Trains – Monisha Rajesh

around-india-in-80-trains-400x400-imadcxmcu2akaqtzI love trains and I always prefer travelling in them. The only reason I prefer trains more than any other mode of transportation is the experience. Delhi Metro is something that I use almost daily and I absolutely love travelling in it. Each day I learn something new, see something new while I am commuting in it. This book was suggested to me by a twitter friend and when I read its blurb I was like, I have to read it no matter what. Ordered it and devoured on it slowly, taking each and every experience that the author has shared and visualising it and then thinking may be someday I would want to experience what she did during her stint.

Around India in 80 Trains is a simple travelogue which will keep tickling you till you laugh out loud. Monisha’s wit works on almost each page and the way she has explained trains and people who travel in it is something you will identify in a jiffy. This shows what a strong observer she is. You may find the book to be a bit slow in the beginning but once it starts rolling, you would keep turning pages till the end, just to know if she made it or not.

Also, this book can be your guidebook if you wish to do what Monisha and her friend did. They both travelled in local trains, express trains, Rajdhanis, Shatabdis,  special trains and what not. Monisha had logged her entire experience in the best possible way and I salute her for that.

In some 21 chapters and close to 240 pages, the author has explained how travelling in various Indian trains and Indian cities and could be your most memorable experience or your worst nightmare. I will not get into the details of where all she travels during her stint because that would be like giving away too much about the book. All I would say is pick up this book and go on a roller coaster ride with the author on Indian trains.

Book Source : Personal Copy
Publisher : Roli Books
Genre : Non-Fiction, Travelogue
ISBN : 978-81-7436-913-0
Price : Rs. 295/-

One thought on “Book Review – Around India in 80 Trains – Monisha Rajesh

  1. 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 various experiences are good but only few of them are interesting and dealt in detail.

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