In 1991 Monisha and her family uprooted from Sheffield to Madras in the hope of making India their home. But fed up with soap-eating rats, severed human heads, paying bribes, and the creepy colonel across the road, they soon returned to England with a bitter taste in their mouths. But twenty years later, she 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. Indian trains carry over twenty million passengers every day, ploughing through cities, crawling past villages, climbing up mountains and skimming along coasts. Monisha hopes that 80 train journeys up, down and across India will lift the veil on a country that has 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 has more than a few stories to tell, not to mention a colourful cast of characters.And with a self-confessed 'militant devout atheist' in tow, her personal journey around a country built on religion isn't quite what she bargained for...
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