By Monisha Rajesh
To appreciate India you should see it, listen it, breathe it and believe it. Monisha Rajesh turns to a map of the Indian railways and takes a web page out of Jules Verne’s vintage story, embarking on an event round India in eighty trains, overlaying 40,000km. Monisha hopes that eighty educate trips up, down and throughout India will elevate the veil on a rustic that has turn into a stranger to her.
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Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh