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Around the World in 80 trains Thank you for sending this copy bloomsburyindia I rarely read travelogues or any book that speaks in depth of the journeys that the authors undertake And when this book came through the mail, I was quite intimidated by the size and weight of it I was often afraid that I d lose the will to continue reading it till the end but I managed to wrap this up in a week s time Apart from being so brilliantly written, this book managed to give me a very strong urge to pack my bags and board a train rightaway Around the World in 80 trains is about the author s journey as she sets out to cover 45,000 miles across the World Monisha records her journey through this book as she explains in detail about the various trains that she took, the food that each place had to offer, the sleeping arrangements, the people and struggles of adjusting to new culture though it was for few days Monisha and her fiance set off from London and cover Moscow, Asian countries, America, Canada, Kazakhstan and many others My favourite part was their experience at Moscow which was terrifying to even read I also thoroughly enjoyed how she explained the sceneries that she witnessed through the windows One can almost imagine the hues spread across the skies and smell the food that she devoured over the course of her journey Apart from being a book about travel and experiences, it was also highly informative She took out time to reach out to the surviving family members of The Hiroshima and Nagasaki blasts and has listed in detail about the Japanese technology and traditions including the one with the Geisha It s fascinating to see so many different cultures that the world has embraced and this book is proof enough that there are wonders in every place that we visit My only concern was about how daunting this book feels in the initial few chapters It s only after you get across them, that you ll truly be able to enjoy it It gives a serious case of wanderlust and whatcan you ask for from a book that paints a beautiful picture about traveling Rating 4 5 aroundtheworldin80trains [[ READ E-PUB ]] ↺ Around the World in 80 Trains ✘ 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 PalinWhen Monisha Rajesh Announced Plans To Circumnavigate The Globe In Eighty Train Journeys, She Was Met With Wide Eyed Disbelief But It Wasn T Long Before She Was Carefully Plotting A Route That Would Cover , Miles Almost Twice The Circumference Of The Earth Coasting Along The World S Most Remarkable Railways From The Cloud Skimming Heights Of Tibet S Qinghai Railway To Silk Sheeted Splendour On The Venice Simplon Orient ExpressPacking 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 The Ensuing 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 ViewsFrom The Author Of Around India InTrains Comes Another Witty And Irreverent Look At The World And A Celebration Of The Glory Of Train Travel Monisha 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 I bought this book after hearing the author being interviewed on BBC R4 I enjoy travel books and trains, so it sounded ideal It s an easy read and covers a lot of ground, especially in North Asia, including a long section on North Korea I d have rated it a 4 except for one glaring error there is not a single map in the book, so it was frustrating to have to get out the Times Atlas or Google the locations to see where she was and what her route was. I have always been a fan of well written travel books, and in particular those focussing on journeys undertaken by train I remember one of my English teachers at school reading the class the chapter from Paul Theroux s The Old Patagonian Express in which he attends a World Cup qualifying match between El Salvador and Nicaragua in terms reminiscent of Virgil s descriptions of the inner circles of Hell The outcome of the previous match between the two countries had led to them going to war Theroux may have made the sub genre of literary train travel his own, but the principal aspect of nearly all of his travel books seems to have been at best disdain, andfrequently unbridled antipathy, towards the countries that he visited Monisha Rajesh may lack some of Theroux s literary flair, but the reader at least sense that she enjoyed some, or even most, of her journey.The greater part of the book is devoted to her travels through Asia, including an excursion into North Korea, and, as the book s subtitle suggests, she covered a huge amount of ground She does pass over a few of the journeys very quickly indeed some of the very early ones in France and Spain do not even merit a specific individual mention , but she seems to strike the right balance I particularly enjoyed her descriptions of her journeys through North America the construction of the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways must surely rank as one of the most outstanding feats of civil engineering in the face of adverse climate and terrain.Her journey was not without its own adversities, and she encountered perhapsthan her fair share of unpleasant travelling companions More seriously, she and her boyfriend succumbed to altitude sickness in Tibet, and also suffered various dietary ailments along the way On the whole, though, her account of the journey is one of a triumphant jaunt around most of the world.As mentioned above, she does not pretend to match Theroux s turn of phrase, but her account of the people and places that she encountered is entertaining and holds the attention, and she also eschews Theroux s surly to bed, surly to rise irascibility. Name Around the World in 80 Trains A 45,000 Mile AdventureWritten By Monisha RajeshPublished by Bloomsbury PublishingGenre Non fiction Adventure Travel Pages 336Review When your world is a mess, you find ways to escape I was itching to pick up this book to escape the realism of my boring world Well I cannot travel at the moment so why not pick up a book which is about journeys and trains, my favourite commute.I won t lie I loved this book as much as I loved traveling I always prefer to sit in front of TV shows that speaks about beautiful places then again I found that reading someone s description and experiences heightens the emotions and we feel certain connection to the places mentioned in the book.The only fear I had while picking up this one was I felt it could turn into a travel guide which would not have been cool for me but my fears were rubbished by Monisha and her sweet fiance Jem.I admire Monisha s courage Not everyone can risk their lives and careers and put their future in jeopardy for chasing their passions I loved Jem who did something unthinkable for his fiance I mean quitting job to travel the world in trains is a brave thing.I loved Monisha s realistic descriptions of the place and would prefer them anytime over a travel guide I loved the humorous tales with the laundry woman and so many others.I loved this book Wait I wrote that already didn t I I wish someday I could leave everything behind and pack my bags to travel the world and fulfill my dreams Hopefully I will find someone like Jem who would accompany me maybe Who knows Till then I have this book and I am updating my travel list. Travel books can be highly personal Either you click with the narrator and enjoy seeing a journey through his or her eyes, or the author gets on your nerves and the reading experience becomes a kind of personality clash I got along fine with Monisha Rajesh, a British journalist who set out on an 80 train odyssey with her fianc Starting at St Pancras Station, they cross Europe, then Russia, Mongolia and China They then tour a Japan, fly to North America, then return to Asia and back to London The journey lasted seven months Three legs of the trip stood out for me First, she travels to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where she interviews the daughter of a man who found himself in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, survived the atomic blast, the hurried home to Nagasaki where he also survived the second atomic bomb Talk about being in the wrong places at the wrong time Later on, Rajesh takes a ten day, carefully monitored trip into North Korea, exploring the cult of the Kims I was intrigued by the improbable idea of North Korean tourism, but found her observations interesting Finally, she makes a pilgrimage to Lhasa in Tibet, and then on to Uighur lands in western China I always enjoy travelling through reading to places I will in all likelihood never see. I love to travel and go on long trips but if train is involved, it is sure to give me anxious and sleepless nights It has been that way and there has been no reason behind it I started reading travelogues involving trains as the last step to put an end to my fear of travelling by train So I choose a train book , read it, and take a train journey after that Has this made me less anxious about train journeys Yes Will it last I don t know.Coming to the book, it is a great one I read Around India in 80 Trains a year or two back and I was hoping to read something like this I like Monisha s style of writing simple and straightforward One thing that puts me off in travelogues is that they can be full of unnecessary embellishments But this one is different and my suggestion is to take a short break between two chapters It involves a plethora of information and reading it at a stretch can be a bit taxing Just like a long journey, relax, sip a cup of tea, and read.And for the train journey this time, I plan to travel by the century old Nilgiri summer special train between Mettupalayam and Coonoor. Around the World in 80 Trains A 45,000 Mile Adventure.Do you love traveling I do I always do It s one of the great feeling to escape in nature and take all in mind Have to traveled through trains It s one of the best journey to be in train and explore all places The cover of the book is awesome I never seen such a attractive cover in a long while It s just remind me one of the best places I travelled last year This book is travelouge This is best book to escape from the world and entre into new world Kudos to author for writing such great book The narration is almost perfect you won t get bored at any of the part of it.Seriously it s really hard to risk Everything you have and travel the world Jem is one of the best character i came across Description of the places is just mesmerizing Great wall of china, lake baikal and manyplaces Book also talk about different cultures, history and everything i travelouge should have.I must say it s a realistic read and added to one favorite book of year. Around the World in 80 Trains A 45,000 Mile Adventure.Do you love traveling I do I always do It s one of the great feeling to escape in nature and take all in mind Have to traveled through trains It s one of the best journey to be in train and explore all places The cover of the book is awesome I never seen such a attractive cover in a long while It s just remind me one of the best places I travelled last year This book is travelouge This is best book to escape from the world and entre into new world Kudos to author for writing such great book The narration is almost perfect you won t get bored at any of the part of it.Seriously it s really hard to risk Everything you have and travel the world Jem is one of the best character i came across Description of the places is just mesmerizing Great wall of china, lake baikal and manyplaces Book also talk about different cultures, history and everything i travelouge should have.I must say it s a realistic read and added to one favorite book of year. Reading Around the World in 80 Trains has proved to be the best way to discover the world from the comfort of my arm chair I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book to the point of buying Monisha Rajesh s first book, Around India in 80 Trains before I d reached half way Monisha Rajesh s vivid descriptions made me feel as if I was sat on the spare seat in the train carriage between Monisha and Jem I enjoyed the humour of the writing and learning so much of people and places that I am unlikely to ever visit I found the chapter based in North Korea absolutely fascinating, I almost wished that this chapter could have been stretched out into its own book Not only would I would happily recommend this book to other readers, I d strongly encourage them to go out a buy a copy today