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4.2 out of 5 stars
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4.2 out of 5 stars
Hot Tea across India
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 December 2016
For those sworn motorheads who want to discover northern India on petrol powered 2 wheels, this book can be a veritable bible in terms of the number places and routes listed. While it is more of a casual travelogue, it does provide a wealth of information about many not very well known places that are worth visiting.

The reason why I am docking a star is because I expected the book to be funnier, and also having been familiar with RS Mehta from his early motoring days, I was expecting punchier writing.

All in all, for those who want to discover India, this book isn't really a bad place to start!
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on 4 September 2017
If someone has read the introduction in Jim Corbett's "My India" one can probably get the essence of the role that tea probably plays in binding a country as varied as ours. It has probably taken time for the brew to become popular amongst the Indians and it would be wonderful if someone could do a research on how Tea became such a popular brew amongst Indians. Historian Manini Chatterjee writing in her book on revolutionary Surya Sen, DO and Die speaks of how the revolutionaries were given rice and a vegetable made from tea leaves to eat by the villagers who had no idea of how the tea leaves could be put to proper use. From there to the modern day, when the Darjeeling tea is protected with a geographical tag, such is its popularity, tea has come a long way in India. When I bought this book, it was with the intention of knowing more about the brew and its usage across India. Being a tea lover myself,I am always all ears to know and learn more about tea and stories associated with them. In that context, the book was hugely disappointing as tea made only small cameo appearances in some parts of the book.
The book primarily is about the author's journey across the northern India. Once i got over the initial disappointment over the Tea bit, found the book to be a refreshing read. Written more like blog postings, the disconnect between the chapters become a little too obvious. At one instant the author is travelling on a truck and immediately afterwards he talks about a bike ride through Leh and Srinagar. It would have been a more interesting read had the author tried to use a specific theme to bind the chapters together.
The author however deserves full marks for his lucid and humourous style of writing that helps keep one's interest rivetted on the book. Recommended for those who prefer to read travel blogs.
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on 23 July 2015
This is a wonderful book for ardent travellers, motorcycle enthusiasts and armchair voyagers. It is funny, giving a deep insight into the people and cultures in a "spot" take along the routes that Rishad takes. And it is a happy book, it shows the great joys that you get from being a traveller and relives the cliche that "the journey is the destination". Well done Rishad and I continue to enjoy your travelogues that you do for Jet Airways magazine. May your fuel tanks overflow...
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on 15 July 2017
A fun read about author's experiences around India, writing for the most part is very engaging and well written with blends of humour and satire in difficult situations faced in different circumstances. Although Most part of the book is based on North India with just the last chapter dedicated to south would love to have a second follow up for it.
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on 23 September 2017
I picked up this book for my daily travel to work. The collection of the writer's funny experiences stringed together with the theme of hot tea pushed in somehow, it keeps the reader interested till the last page. The fact that each story was unconnected from the other did not disappoint me at all. It gave a good overview of many Indian cities, without getting monotonous. I totally recommend it.
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on 14 January 2018
A small book, with small chapters, that I finished in a couple of days.
Everyday travel tales that could happen to you or a friend - liberally embellished with exaggeration!
One takeaway insight - the road from Gramphu to Kaza, which is apparently 'the most spectacular road in India', according to Mehta.
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on 21 May 2017
Easy read for those who would like to traverse through India in the comfort of their own home. Not just the usual travel stories. The author manages to take one through the interiors and areas that one wouldn't imagine travelling through in India, and in modes of transport that may sometimes come across as unconventional for the roads being travelled by the author.
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on 19 February 2017
Most enticing book I've ever read. Highly riveting because it has all the characteristics of a travelogue.
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on 31 December 2017
Very good book and entertaining.Author has used littile bit more complex English words.i had finished this book reading everywhere bus stop,home,office and even on washroom.
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on 20 November 2014
This was a very interesting and funny book of travel memories mainly to the north of India. Blended with reminiscing of the different teas he and in such surreal surroundings. My one and only complaint or disappointment about this book was that it finished too quickly! Mr Mehta we want more of this wonderful stories.
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