Around India in 80 Trains

Author: Monisha Rajesh

Publisher: Roli Books Private Limited

ISBN: 8174368450

Category: Travel

Page: 274

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In 1991, Monisha’s family uprooted from Sheffield to Madras in the hope of making India their home. Two years later, fed up with soap-eating rats, stolen human hearts and the creepy colonel across the road, they returned to England with a bitter taste in their mouths. Twenty years later, Monisha came back. Taking a page out of Jules Verne’s classic tale, Around the World in 80 Days, she embarked on a 40,000km adventure around India in 80 trains. Travelling a distance equivalent to the circumference of the Earth, she lifted the veil on a country that had 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 had more than a few stories to tell. On the way, Monisha met a colourful cast of characters with epic stories of their own. But with a self-confessed militant atheist as her photographer, Monisha's personal journey around a country built on religion was not quite what she bargained for... Around India in 80 Trains is a story of adventure and drama infused with sparkling wit and humour.

Around the World in 80 Trains

Author: Monisha Rajesh

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408869780

Category: Travel

Page: 336

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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER AWARD FOR BEST TRAVEL BOOK SHORTLISTED FOR THE STANFORD DOLMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 'Monisha Rajesh has chosen one of the best ways of seeing the world. Never too fast, never too slow, her journey does what trains do best. Getting to the heart of things. Prepare for a very fine ride' Michael Palin From the cloud-skimming heights of Tibet's Qinghai railway to silk-sheeted splendour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Around the World in 80 Trains is a celebration of the glory of train travel and a witty and irreverent look at the world. Packing up her rucksack – and her fiancé, Jem – Monisha Rajesh embarks on an unforgettable adventure that takes her from London's St Pancras station to the vast expanses of Russia and Mongolia, North Korea, Canada, Kazakhstan, and beyond. The journey is one of constant movement and mayhem, as the pair strike up friendships and swap stories with the hilarious, irksome and ultimately endearing travellers they meet on board, all while taking in some of the earth's most breathtaking views.

Around India in 80 Trains

Author: Monisha Rajesh

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1857889487

Category: Travel

Page: 272

View: 2974


'Crackles and sparks with life like an exploding box of Diwali fireworks' -William Dalrymple 'One can only envy Monisha Rajesh as she embarks on this epic journey' -Tim Parks When she was a child, Monisha Rajesh's family uprooted to Madras in the hope of making India their home, but soon returned to England with a bitter taste in their mouths. Two decades on, Monisha 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. Her journey takes her on toy trains, luxury trains, Mumbai's infamous commuter trains and even a hospital on wheels. Along the way she meets a kaleidoscope of characters and discovers why the railways are considered the lifeline that keeps the country's heart beating. Most of all, she hopes that these 80 train journeys will lift the veil on a country that has become a stranger to her.

Epic Train Journeys

Author: gestalten,Monisha Rajesh

Publisher: Gestalten

ISBN: 9783967040203

Category:

Page: 288

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From a journey through the Alps on the Bernina Express to a ride from Colombo up to Sri Lanka's tea plantations, there are endless possibilities to explore the world through fabulous train rides. Train Journeys will provide inspiration and practical tips for people who want to experience the joys of traveling by rail. The book features descriptions and details of 50 amazing rail journeys across the globe, from short trips that last a few hours to multi-day, cross-continental journeys, ranging from budget-friendly trips aboard local transport to iconic luxury liners.

On The Schaku Couplers

Author: Ankit Jamwal

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 226

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Dreams and Desires, Sacrifice and Selfishness, Compassion and Jealousy, Love and Lust, Struggle and Fate!Find out what happens to Dipy the dog and a boy from the slums as their bond grows stronger... At the height of India's struggle for independence, The Neo Patriot finds his calling... A motorman and his ambitious wife encounter an unforeseen Occupational Hazard... A millennial couple's strife exposes the cracks in the Turning Tables... Religious singers of a Bhajan Mandali get caught in throes of politics as they compete on an unimaginable scale... A pitiable farmer undertakes The Bollworm March and conveys a chilling message... A young German woman visiting India in search of someone falls in love, only to realise it's a cruel Mirage. These and other stories, set in fiery Mumbai, offer poignant insight into lives from different eras, generations and social strata. Memorable characters, inspired from real-life experiences, true events and facts, deal with unusual and uncomfortable situations, at times leading to unexpected conclusions. With contrasting, multi-layered narratives, Ankit Jamwal takes you on a series of unforgettable journeys in this refreshingly original debut collection.

Railway Discourse

Author: Esterino Adami

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527525554

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 161

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This volume examines the train trope in a variety of cultural, literary and linguistic contexts, from contemporary crime fiction and dystopian graphic narratives to postcolonial railway travelogues, by employing a range of methods and frameworks. Situated within the “Discourse, Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics” collection, the book critically engages with significant areas such as discourse and narrative structure. Interpreting the railway as a powerful cultural and imaginary site in the English-speaking world that traverses a range of creative domains, this study explores the ways in which the train and its structures, symbols and metaphors are textually rendered and the type of stylistic effects they generate in readers. It introduces, frames and discusses the idea of railway discourse and focuses on specific case studies (The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, the graphic novel Snowpiercer and Monisha Rajesh’s Around India in 80 Trains). In particular, it considers how a compartment window can constrain, and shape, the point of view of a narrator, the way in which science fiction trains are conceptually imagined, and the intercultural implications of rail travel writing in India today. To analyse the role and meaning of the railway in these texts, and compare them with others, this work adopts and adapts analytical tools and critical concepts from the integration of different fields, such as stylistics and linguistics, postcolonial criticism and literary studies.

Indian Railways

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Railroads

Page: 522

View: 9947


The Railway Engineer

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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