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"Truck De India is fun to read, full of surprising insights, and a happy addition to any shelf of Indian travel writing." - Srinath Perur, India Today
"An epic journey, to say the least...one might compare the experience with, say, reading Hunter S Thompson's Hell's Angels... or perhaps, more sensibly, Vikram Seth's From Heaven Lake... I'd say Truck de India stands its ground among such important travel narratives." - Zac O'Yeah, Open
"Journalist Rajat Ubhaykar's truck rides across the country have resulted in a travelogue rich in feeling and insight." - Vikram Shah, Mint
"A delightful read on truck drivers who live in relative obscurity." - Sudhirendar Sharma, The Hindu--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07Y8R2YXY
- Publisher : S&S India (22 October 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1305 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 268 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,267 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is not going to leave you thinking you know much more about India, truck drivers or the highway economy. It is going to leave you with a good feeling of how less you know about your own country. How, no matter how old, well-traveled, well-read you become, it is always going to marvel you should you be willing to keep your eyes and ears open.
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If at all, he could explore other such opportunities and write for us in future too. Technically tired of reading Indian authors who write about love, life and cheesy things in between. Good time to move on to something more intelligent, riveting and lively. Thanks Mr. Ubhaykar for this lovely piece. Waiting for new reads from your end. Cheers.
Ubhaykar is funny, informative, daring and deeply contemplative in his first travelogue. His second book cannot come soon enough.
Rajat's experiences narrate the lives, trials, bigheartedness, addictions and personalities of the stereotypes we have made of truck drivers. Not only truck drivers, reading the book changes the way you look at trucks - figuratively and literally. Just today, I caught myself today taking a peek into a truck standing at a signal - trying to match the interiors with the descriptions in this book.
Top reviews from other countries
But Indian trucker’s stories MUST be told and I will tell you why.
I have been working in the US based Diesel Engine manufacturing company for the past 15 years and I have a little bit of insight on the trucking world here.Also I have a strong love for trucking and lot of respect for truckers. Unlike Indian Road transportation department, USDOT (US department of transportation) has lot of laws around the allowed operating time for long-haul truckers, overloading criteria, getting day offs, better pay, health benefits, fuel economy management system etc. Also, the roads and road rules are better here and are enforced without corruption. Their trucks are air conditioned with better beds etc. Some owner operators even have restrooms, kitchens inside their trucks. All these things make the US truck drivers life relatively easier. But our Indian truckers have none of the above. NONE.. But yet they keep the blood flowing in the veins of our nation. Their voice must be heard and their story must me told. Rajat just did that through this book. He becomes part of Indian trucker’s world for months at a time and participates in all aspects of their job. IMHO this is the best way to understand somebody’s way of life.
This travelogue gives you a honest, ground level observation about one of the many exploited voiceless proletariat of India. Indian truck drivers. We all have gotten only a brief split-second glimpse of their world through the windows of our speeding cars or buses on the highway, yet we have a very prejudiced understanding of their worlds through misinformation and opinions. Rajat goes on a mission to demystify their world and set the record straight by being a direct witness.
He didn’t stop at just experiencing, but was kind enough to document his interesting odyssey through his excellent writing skills and present it to us so that we can savor it. I couldn’t put the book down and also I did not want the book to end. I finished this book in a day. It gave me wings to fly to all the exotic places of India I always wanted to visit. I was constantly looking at the map to get a sense of where he was from chapter to chapter and it was a lot of fun. Unknown facts sprinkled all through the book and is is a treat for trivia junkies like me.
This is not your ordinary travelogue. It not only has all the elements of any enjoyable travelogue ,but it stands out in touching on some of the important current issues such as economic divide in rural India, labor exploitation, lack of trade union and its reasons, appalling working and living conditions, total disregard for the well being and safety of the workers in the name of profit, their destroyed work life balance , drug abuse and many more. Take the time to read through his tangents, they have more meat in it.
Indian City dweller very rarely get a glimpse of the inside world of a rural working person. From their POV they start to believe that the whole of India is modernized, and life is much better because everybody has a cellphone and access to information. They believe or want to believe all has changed magically in the current political climate. But this book reveals that it is far from true. It shows that very little has changed in rural India. The horrible living conditions, communal prejudices, prevalent caste and religion-based stereotyping etc etc. BUT… this book also shows that even not all is bad and the faith in humanity is not all lost. There are heartwarming beautiful acts of kindness to a fellow human being by complete strangers and friendship in unlikely places etc.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I really wish Rajat will publish a sequel to this book by traveling to other states he did not touch in this book.
A must read for lovers of travel or trucking or India or all of the above.