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Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure

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Then she dismisses the entire continent of Europe and the first 15 trains of her journey in one chapter and tells us how painfully dull and mundane it all was. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. I like that Rajesh is aware of the problematic nature of travelling to a dictatorship and enjoying its state-sanctioned hospitality. But thankfully, their European leg is covered in one short chapter and the book became much more enjoyable for me as they crossed into Russia.

When Monisha Rajesh announced plans to circumnavigate the globe in eighty train journeys, she was met with wide-eyed disbelief. With their attempt to be spontaneous, their journey gets off to a rocky start of fines and fees that makes her writing about Europe decidedly gloomy. If there was one flaw though it is missing a map of her journeys and it would have been nice to have a list of the trains that she travelled on too.

kötü, konforlu, konforsuz, süratli, yavaş, kalabalık, tenha onlarca trenle dünyanın dört bir yanına gidiyor Monisha ve nişanlısı Jem. She glimpses an enthralling swirl of cultures and landscapes on a journey filled with memorable brief encounters: “Trains are rolling libraries of information, and all it takes is to reach out to passengers to bind together their tales. As a gesture of goodwill, we had bought him a Magnum ice cream, which he had accepted, then laid on the table in front of him. This book left me feeling happy, grateful for a many splendored world and hopeful that some day in the not do distant future, my feet shall get busy again, travelling and exploring.

It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance. In fact, travelling through Tibet and meeting Tibetans on a Chinese train, Rajesh is a little embarrassed by the profuse thanks she is given by Buddhists for “her” country’s protection of the Dalai Lama. She does reluctantly admit that they have their own character, and are not as sterile as she had expected, but she keeps her descriptions here very short.There is a little bit of history thrown in at certain places like Japan and Thailand which really do add to the book. Born in Norfolk and mostly raised in Yorkshire - with a brief stint in Madras - she currently lives in London with her husband and daughter. Rajesh offers a wonderfully vivid account of life, history and culture in a book that will make you laugh out loud - and reflect on what it means to be a global citizen - as you whirl around the world in its pages.

Though it took me a while to get into, I picked the book back up this week and couldn't put it down until I finished. Filled with beautiful observations, some alarming interactions, and her genuine love for life on the tracks, I really lost myself in this one. What frustrated me the most is that she thought she was going to be killed in her hotel in Canada because she’s of Indian heritage and instead it was the bang of the AC. In a previous book the author spent three months hopping on and off trains on a 25,000-mile odyssey around India; this time she broadens her horizons and travels round the world.When Monisha Rajesh announced plans to circumnavigate the globe in 80 train journeys, she was met with wide-eyed disbelief. I did love this quote which she attributes to Charles Shultz, the creator of The Peanuts; “ In life, it’s Not Where You Go - it’s Who You Travel With. We have occasionally travelled in a group with an expert guide when it was dangerous or difficult to travel to a certain country.

Unexpected acts of kindness and generosity of spirit create a unique sense of community, “like we are a train family”, as one traveller tells her in Thailand. There are entertaining trips through Japan, Canada, America and best of all North Korea and Tibet, before a final run through Kazakhstan and on the Orient Express from Venice. Worst of all, I have no doubt that she was sincere but it came across as a series of journal articles shared with the express view to inform but not alienate, to critique but not completely criticise. Packing up her rucksack - and her fianc�, Jem - Monisha embarks on an unforgettable adventure that will take her from London's St Pancras station to the vast expanses of Russia and Mongolia, North Korea, Canada, Kazakhstan, and beyond. I found it fascinating but I was disappointed with the journey on the Trans Siberian train which I would love to do but now I'm not too sure, as the author didn't sell it to me.

I understand this gets into a lot of philosophical sticky wickets about privilege and what it really means to travel and experience other cultures, etc. It takes a while for things to get going in this book, and at one level, I'm glad it doesn't have some of the frenzy of the first book. As is probably unavoidable in a book that is trying to encompass the world at large, there were parts I liked better than others.

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