The ITS Book Club

Introducing ….. *drumroll* ….. The Inside Traveller’s Shoes aka ITS Travel Book Club!

The inexplicable wondrous world of books. How incredible is it that we have more books than we could ever possibly read during this life?

Reminiscing on the good ol’ days when I was growing up, you’d never see that girl without a book. I gobbled up books by staying up all night reading and even read books by hiding them under my desk during school hours.

Flashforward to Today: Not a lot has changed in being the girl who sits by the water reading – except the advent seeping of the online world and social media is definitely making me read way less than I’d like to.

Some of my favourites to read have been Travel Memoirs (explains all the travelling and the blog hmm) and hence this book club. We will be focusing on Titles that are either Travel Books, Memoirs or help a Traveller. No time like the present to catch up on at least some of them – and the best part – it’s with ALL OF YOU!

Book of the Month

by Monisha Rajesh

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.

Pre’s Note: I LOVE Trains! What better way to kick off the Book Club than revisiting our beloved Indian Railways! I’d heard her interview in Rolf Potts’ podcast -Deviate – and have been looking forward to reading her books ever since.

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