Book Review of Around the World in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh
I have delayed review of this book beyond the limit, the reason being my continuous travel. But now I know it was meant to be read and reviewed in trains. This book actually traveled with me across India and surprisingly most of the distance I covered, was in train.
Opening Lines: Leaning against the window, I looked up at the iron ribcage arched across the roof of St Pancras, blue sky blazing between its bones.
Page Count: 336 pages
Publication Date: January 24th, 2019
‘Around the World in 80 Trains’ is Monisha’s second book, but the way she captures the essence of travel & train journey makes her stand out in the jungle of authors & bloggers who are trying really hard to showcase backpack traveling as just another hobby, which anybody can take up and enjoy.
Monisha here shows us, the beautiful side as well as the tough part of backpacking. She also reminds us that when you travel backpack, your faith in humanity is resorted by random acts of kindness.
As we (me & this book) hopped from train to train together, I met similar passengers & experienced similar situation over and over again. I love traveling in train myself and it literally gave me goosebumps when I read about her experiences in India & abroad.
She has taken note of small-small things, which proves how much she loves to travel & captures the details while traveling. Her memoir bought back memories of my trip to Hanoi, where you can see shells of sunflower seeds everywhere… I just loved the book & actually re-experienced her journey with every single page. She also made sure she covers the must see/eat/do things of every place she took a halt. I really appreciate her efforts.
Monisha & Jem also give us couple goals, a couple who travel and grow together. I am so jealous after finishing the book.
Around the World in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh is not just a train journey memoir, they have done an extravagant piece of research while planning it. Their research to help retrace Sir Harold’s journey from Singapore to Kanchanaburi is commendable. You feel like making a map and mark her journey on the map as you take one train after another. I wish she had included more pictures of her journey & yes, the map she made, covered in pins, strings & scribbles.
Language is simple & easy to read through. Font & font size, one of the best I have seen in recent times. Cover, pictures, quality of pages, everything is just awesome. This book should be marked as collector’s edition for all train lovers & backpacking enthusiasts. For me, it’s in my favorite book list already & I will definitely give a five on five. Cheers to travel & trains.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
About the Author
Born: King’s Lynn, The United Kingdom
Monisha Rajesh was born in King’s Lynn in Norfolk and grew up all over England. She read French at the University of Leeds and taught English at a high school in Cannes before studying postgraduate journalism at City University London. She has written for the London Evening Standard, The Guardian, TIME magazine and The New York Times.
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Shubhra is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in the corporate world for 7 yrs. before she chose to become a certified yoga teacher. She is an avid reader & currently enjoying her sabbatical GAP year. Last but not least, she is a solo traveler & loves to ride, especially her Royal Enfield.