The book describes a nine month journey through India and Nepal, focusing on the interesting and often arresting characters encountered along the way. The book is unusual as it is written from a female point of view. The narrator is an inexperienced and nervous traveler, which makes a change of pace from accounts by the well-travelled and intrepid.
Touching on the humour Bill Bryson infuses his travel writing with and the narration of Paul Theroux, also perhaps reminiscent of the Cambodian novel Gecko Tales
If you want to know what India is really about I can thoroughly recommend this book. The authors budget of 10 dollars a day and interest in people means she saw so much. From eating true Indian vegetarian food, travelling hundreds of miles on buses and trains and staying at budget guest houses she saw a side of India that tourists never do. With boundless energy and an irrepressible sense of humour she shows how to cope with all that India can throw at you and how much it has to offer.
From a nervous traveller landing at Delhi to a confident seasoned backpacker leaving Goa, this is also a voyage of self discovery.
Don’t miss Poopi the monkey, the camel safari, the village cricket match and Nepal in winter.
Review by Michael Johns.
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