Sep 10, 2012

Planes, Trains and Auto Rickshaws by Laura Pederson

Title: Planes, Train, and Auto-Rickshaws: A Journey Through Modern India by Laura Pedersen
Published May 29, 2012; paperback, 224 pages
Genre: travel memoir
Source: Authors on the Web
"If you're looking to experience ancient mystical India, then the holy city of Varanasi on the banks of the famous Ganges (aka Ganga) River is the place to go. Located five hundred miles southeast of Delhi, there are daily one-hour flights, or the Shiv Ganga Express train leaves every evening at 6:45 p.m. and arrives at 7:30 a.m. the following morning." ( p. 57)
About: India today is a nation caught between the rich heritage of its past and the great economic potential of its future. Journalist and author Laura Pedersen reveals the tensions and contradictions facing the emerging world power. In particular, Pedersen explores the roles of women and children in India today . Part travelogue, part history, and part cultural reflection, Planes, Trains, and Auto-Rickshaws provides an intimate glimpse of a nation at its turning point. (book description)

Laura Pedersen has written for The New York Times and is the author of several books. In 1994 President Clinton honored her as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans. She writes for several well-known comedians and lives in New York City.


  1. This sounds like a good memoir to me. I love travel memoirs and India has always fascinated me.

  2. Ditto to the comment by Meg. This sounds excellent.

  3. This sounds fantastic! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  4. I took that overnight train to Varanasi! I think I would really enjoy this book!

  5. I've read two books by Laura about growing up in Buffalo and liked them both. This one looks great as well.

  6. I love the sound of this one. I swear I will visit India before I die!!

  7. This sounds like a good travel memoir.


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