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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: FULCRUM; 1st Edition edition (12 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155591618X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555916183
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,336,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you liked the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel then read this book! All the excitement and extraordinariness of India with plenty of humor and helpful travel advice. Whether you're interested in history, monuments, temples, shopping, vacationing, humans or animals it's all there.
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A hilarious must-read for anyone heading in a trip to India but just as good if you're an armchair traveler. Lots of good tourist and historical info but you'll never be bored!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95fbcbb8) out of 5 stars Travel to a New Modern India! 26 Jun. 2012
By Viviane Crystal - Published on
Format: Paperback
Laura Pederson has moved in a new direction with this nonfiction account of her interest in and exploration of modern India. Beginning with an explanation of her fascination with India, she humorously relates how the TV show Bewitched with its Dr. Bombay character propelled her to notice there was a difference between Americans naming American Indians, island Indians and India-Indians. It gradually led her to desire to visit this land that unfortunately is only known for its more horrific stereotypes, some of which do exist but which hardly touch on the many faceted nature of this unique country. So the reader will travel with the author to see just what the truth is.

Laura Pedersen doesn't shy away from the good, the bad, and the ugly in her travels. However, it is amazing to see how she touches on all the important aspects of Indian culture. For instance, there are chapters on many cities such as Delhi where the beautiful sites of the Qutub Minar (the world's tallest black minaret) vie with places like the Jain Bird Hospital where birds who are injured from the national pastime of kite flying (bearing little similarity to the American kite flying pleasure) are treated and allowed to heal. Or perhaps you'd like to visit the gorgeous Taj Mahal which in some places occasionally springs a leak (and romantics call shedding a tear).

There are glorious spas, shopping enough for any shopaholic, and animal resorts. The diversity of things to do is amazing. And of course there are the culinary delights which range from fiery to mild Indian dishes to salivate the glands of any food lover! Or Mumbai with its Standing Babas who vow to never sit or lay down again to work off any bad karma in their past. Aspects of history are thrown in for good measure, with an assurance that safety measures are as important there as anywhere since the rise of terrorism. Other sections are devoted to little known aspects of the major religions of India as well as a discussion of the benefits and liabilities of the caste system that holds sway in some Indian towns and has been abandoned in more modern cities. There's even a chapter describing the major Indian political leaders and what they are best and little known for during their careers. And there's so much more than what has been described here!

While there is not a huge depth to these discussions, any reader is bound to both learn and be intrigued by the facets the author does add about each item of discussion. Any reader enjoying this book just might start to think about adding this to their "bucket list" of places to visit and explore in the near or far future!!! Very interesting and well done, Ms. Pedersen. You are a writer with many styles of writing to your credit - travel writing is your latest that is so well done!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95fbcc0c) out of 5 stars You'll Be Transported to India 15 May 2012
By Mark - Published on
Format: Paperback
Written with great wit and stunningly clear observations, "Planes, Trains and Auto-Rickshaws" offers dazzling pictures and keen insights into a culture most of us here in the states don't understand. Filled with personal stories, I found myself feeling as if Pedersen was on the couch next to me telling me of her adventures on the highway in Delhi. Having travelled extensively throughout China and SE Asia, reading this book triggered memories, left me laughing, and reignited my own wanderlust. Pedersen observes India but does not apologize for any culture resulting in a true and unwashed look at the country of India.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96758a20) out of 5 stars very insightful 21 May 2012
By R. J. Bettke - Published on
Format: Paperback
My daughter bout this book and brought it over one day, I wasn't sure why she was reading it exactly but then she started telling me about the book and the author, to be honest I was quite intrigued, so I borrowed it.
This book touches on the past, present and even the future of India, how women are seen in society, how children are raised and much more. I love the personals stories by the author; it really makes you feel like you are right there with her, experiencing this amazing place.

It really is a great book for anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to live in India.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95fbc468) out of 5 stars An excellent look at India 16 Dec. 2012
By Mickel - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book to read for anyone traveling to India or interested in learning about the country. A perfect mix of tourist attractions, history, yoga, culture, religion, and politics. Well-written and laugh-out-loud funny. Sections are short enough and clearly demarkated so if there's an area you want to skip it's easy enough, but I don't advise it since to understand this fascinating country this author sifted through tons of information to give you exactly what you need, even if you just want to speak intelligently about India or understand what's being written about the subcontinent in the newspaper. But if you haven't been to this amazing place, you'll want to book a trip ASAP.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95e13330) out of 5 stars India's Eye Opening Book 16 July 2012
By Michael C. Hall - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
India hasn't been one of my top favorite places to go to or one of the things I would put on the list. Definitely because of the distance, the expense and also the negative feedbacks people are saying with the place. Of course in a normal conversation about countries they have gone too, people would only tell you about things that they didn't enjoy and less of what the place has to offer. This book is an eye opener for anyone who has the same thinking about me. Definitely India had grown so much as what has people is saying and expecting. Laura has indeed created a marvelous job of showing what India has to offer despite what other people think of this country. The coverage of India from past to present is written with abrupt wit and not just a "googled-research" of the country.
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