Chai, Chai

Chai, Chai

Bishwanath Ghosh / Nov 24, 2020

Chai Chai Biswanath Ghosh paints an amazing and mystical picture in this book where he starts his journey from the Itarsi Station Madhya Pradesh Chai Chai Travels in Places Where You Stop But Never Get Off a

  • Title: Chai, Chai
  • Author: Bishwanath Ghosh
  • ISBN: 9789380032863
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
  • Biswanath Ghosh paints an amazing and mystical picture in this book, where he starts his journey from the Itarsi Station, Madhya Pradesh.Chai, Chai Travels in Places Where You Stop But Never Get Off allows the reader to join the author narrator while he experiences new places and faces The beautiful sun, the rich cultural history and the people are all rendered with humoBiswanath Ghosh paints an amazing and mystical picture in this book, where he starts his journey from the Itarsi Station, Madhya Pradesh.Chai, Chai Travels in Places Where You Stop But Never Get Off allows the reader to join the author narrator while he experiences new places and faces The beautiful sun, the rich cultural history and the people are all rendered with humor and love One can almost feel the narrator going through the little lanes in Kanpur and then end up in Madras.Whether one is drinking tea at a local caf or sitting with numerous people in a local train, Ghosh breathes life into every moment While speculating on life s little moments, the author also realizes the amount of hours spent in waiting at railway junctions The destinations are not just stations and stops for trains to drop commuters off They represent a different life and a new adventure everyday.There are little towns that people have never heard of which Ghosh talks extensively about such as Shoranpur, Arakkonam, Itarsi, Jhansi and Mughal Sarai What makes this work unique is that these places are described in terms of the people encountered Trains play an important role in bringing people from all parts of the country and all walks of life together This is where the true story lies.Ghosh enriches this story with various descriptions and personal insights The book is witty, humorous and helps rediscover those areas of India which most have forgotten about due to commercial tourism No matter how obscure a town maybe, it still holds a rich cultural history which Ghosh describes with avid details.

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    About "Bishwanath Ghosh"

      • Bishwanath Ghosh

        Bishwanath Ghosh is the author of Gazing at Neighbours Travels Along the Line That Partitioned India 2017 Longing, Belonging An Outsider at Home in Calcutta 2014 , and Tamarind City Where Modern India Began 2012 , which is a portrait of Madras, now known as Chennai In 2009 he wrote Chai, Chai Travels in Places Where You Stop but Never Get Off, which The Telegraph Kolkata called a delightful travelogue with a difference He has also contributed two stories to Urban Shots, a collection of short stories published in 2010.At present he is an Associate Editor with The Hindu in Chennai.


    1. A sweet little book about traveling to India's main railway junctions. We often pass them by without wondering about what lies beyond the station. So the writer travels to Itarsi, Jhansi, Mughalsarai and Shoranur among a few other places. The writing flows easy and the anecdotes are nice. The flavor of local food and dive bars come across very well.I personally want to travel to Shoranur to Nilambur now, as the train there passed through the ultra green teak plantation.While I have not particula [...]

    2. Very poor account of few of the central India's railway junction (Jhansi,Itarsi etc). The problem with this kind of book is the shallow depth of it's writer. Biswanath Ghosh resembles the new breed of hasty writers who have been coaxed by the publishers to pen books for the young English readers of our country.This book reads like a newspaper article with no insights into the history of this place. All the 4-5 stories narrates only what the author saw & heard in his 1-2 days of staying at th [...]

    3. Back in 2010, I spent 8 months on board a chemical tanker abducted by Somali Pirates. All i had was 2 good books, a few magazines and hope. I read those books and magazines over and over again, & dreamed of freedom. In one of those magazines i read the review of Chai Chai & added reading it to my to-do list after liberation. For last five years every time i stepped into a bookstore, i looked for this book to no avail. I could have just as easily ordered it online, but than didn't ("guess [...]

    4. DO NOT BUY this!!Its a waste of money & time.Travel stories can be really interesting but this is all about what the author got to eat & desperate for drinks!! Its a very dry & boring bookNothing close to what I'd expected.

    5. I was convinced about the book after reading the prologue. The problem is that the prologue probably is the only best part of the book. The author has undoubtedly picked up an interesting topic to write a book on, unfortunately he has not done justice to it. The book clearly lacks the magic which makes you stay hooked to some books. The book fails to cover any one topic in depth and is a very poorly written narrative. Seems like someone wrote a bad diary while traveling and then it was published [...]

    6. Ever wondered what existed beyond those pallid boards in some of India’s biggest railway junctions? Ever wanted to know about the lives of those who inhabited those towns that were highlighted in bold only in the country’s railway route? If at some point you have pondered over any of these questions, ‘Chai, chai: Travels in Places Where You Stop but Never Get Off’ by Bishwanath Ghosh, is a must read.Mughal Sarai, Itarsi, Jhansi, Shoranur, Jolarpetai, Arrakonam and Guntakal are familiar t [...]

    7. I had picked up this book as I had loved the previous travelogue about small town places picked up way back in 2000 by the then unknown author Pankaj Mishra(at least to me) and this book had a similar backdrop and premise. But this book was a letdown as compared to the previous travelogue I had read. It had its moments but it wasn't able to paint the picture it had intended to. Would have given it 1.5/5 if it was possible.

    8. the book is a delight for it is light hearted and has few funny bones inserted with surgical precision. its author's journey through some of busiest train stations of india which have very less except for the train station. he covers some great stories of freedom fighters who visited or are from their less popular towns of india. books kicks off with a start but loses its grip just like author loses his interest in the journey and has a rather sad ending for a great effort.

    9. Engrossing writing, but nothing enduring beyond that. While the writing kept me engaged till the end, there was nothing of substance that could lift the book into any semblance of greatness. Mundane, without the magic. Read this thanks to Kindle Unlimited. Will do Tamarind City as well. Hope that's better!

    10. Nice conceptNice concept but writing was monotonous and could be better. Descriptions of the cities could be more interesting and writer should given more time to each city, to understand it's heritage.

    11. If you a travel bug and have been travelling the back pack way in India and utilising the well connected Indian railways then this light read will be good handy one. Reviews the major stations and junctions across the countries which are like the veins in the body transversing

    12. Between a 3 and 4. Liked it a lot more than the author's Tamarind City. An unusual premise for a travelogue which works great as the author's travels through railway junctions in India that everyone's heard of but never stepped their foot in.

    13. 1) This is the debut book of author and it is basically a travelogue and a interesting one and it includes places which we knew and infact during journey by train we passes through them but never put our foot on it because they are not important for us.2) The places which the author talked about are some important railway junction which connects North India to south india and West India to East india ,like Jhansi, mughal sarai, itarsi, Guntakal, arakkonam,jolarpettai,and shoranpur.3) Though ther [...]

    14. Chai Chai - a book with an engrossing title and an equally interesting topic, fails to live up to the expectations built up !One expects to delve into the world of the small places which are crucial junctions and everyone who has travelled in a train might have come across, but that author has disappointed the readers!His travelogue is just like a mundane diary entry about the casual encounters that he has at the local bars! And yes that's it, and nothing more !at each place it is just that he g [...]

    15. Although I liked the book, I have to confess that it book isn't for me. I don't know the first thing about Indian culture, geography, people or way of life. Therefore, while reading the book, I constantly googled just about anything - clothing, food, place names, movie stars, etc. I actually learned a whole lot. The book is a look into the insides of India, which is much more than a novice like me need.Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, as looking into the backyard of India, sort o [...]

    16. The book has an interesting theme : Exploring the culture and roots of the lesser known towns yet popular railway stations in long distance train journeys. It is a light read with occasional surprising facts thrown at you about these towns. I enjoyed the book for the most part where he spends time in North India and is able to get along the local ways and into their minds. However, it misses the mark in South India where the chapters are superficially filled either due to language barriers or du [...]

    17. An interesting premise - what lies behind the railway stations of big junctions, as we remember them from our childhood train journeys? Itarsi, Guntakal, Shoranur, to name a few. Easy writing style and interesting experiences makes it a good read.The title of the book is misleading though, given the author's preferred beverage. It should have been named "Whiskey, Whiskey"!

    18. More description of hotels than cities. The author was perennially in search for wine shop. He should have done more conversation with normal people in normal places rather than talking to nutheads in brewery.

    19. The subject matter of this book always has the danger of making sense only to a small section of readers - those readers who have lived in India at least for a couple of decades before the 1990s, have a love for trains in general, have an interest in the complexity of the Indian Railway network and been resident in one corner of India and had relatives or friends to visit in another far corner. It just so happens that I was one such and so I could simply sail through this book without needing an [...]

    20. I waited for the author till almost four fifths of the book was over to cross over to the other side! In so many of the junctions, the author, presents a one-sided view of the Railway junctions that he visits: only the main station side seems to be explored. It is only in Jollarpettai that he seems to realise that there are at least two exits, and that there is "life" waiting to be explored on the both sides of a railway line.Instead of Chai Chai, the author could have called the book Whiskey Wh [...]

    21. Smooth and easy writing style, fun to read, not for serious students of history (which i am not)The idea connects instantly and gives a feeling of why-it-did- not-clicked-me !! :). The book is about the writer's impression (by his own admission) and not a historical document. This very fact may make you 'like' it or 'disappoint' depending on who you are and what you are looking for.The railway stations and the towns attached to them have crossed their prime, their importance dwindling day-by-day [...]

    22. A lot of people writing the reviews are complaining about how the author craves going to a bar. I read this book and felt that he didn't overdo it. Maybe he's an alcoholic but he was still able to maintain the focus of the book - which is travelling to places and experiencing life in it.Overall I liked this book. The author has a remarkable sense of articulation. He observes things happening around him and narrates it using some simile or a funny analogy. It makes the reading entertaining as wel [...]

    23. As the byline of the book states, Bishwanath Ghosh travels around India visiting the railway stations that one passes through usually but never gets off. He starts from Mughal Serai in the north, covering Jhansi, Itarsi, Guntakal, Arakkonam, Jolarpettai and terminating his journey at Shoranur. While some stations such as Jhansi are towns in their own right, the rest are just railway towns; the life thereseems to revolve around the railway station. Ghosh has a chapter for each town he visits (onl [...]

    24. It feels like one has just alighted from a train albeit without the usual accompanying feeling of fatigue and the need to have a cleansing bath at the earliest. One has often wondered about the sea of faces- the people rushing across the platforms and these obscure stations.Thoroughly enjoyed reading about the author’s experiences and the unravelling of the mysteries behind these obscure names that had got embedded in the recesses of one’s memory. However Arkkonam still remains partially unr [...]

    25. As an ardent lover of train journey, I expected this book to bring about the essence and culture of the habitat and people in India's remote regions where the train halts and you have no idea what's happening behind the yellow boards! The book lacked in rendering the feel of liveliness one would acquire, travelling around India. Though some snippets made a bit interesting, overall the travelogue lacks depth of feeling and doesn't portray the culture of the people, neither food nor famous landmar [...]

    26. They are irrelevant, yet they are a ritual.The sentence says it all. I remember my mother telling me when we used to travel to Jammu; "Chakki bank aayega, wahaan chaai wala aayega"(when the train reaches Chakki Bank, the Tea vendors will usher in). Such stations, of course, hold more importance to somebody hailing from these towns. But to a train traveler, they are just a virtual clock. And the book reveals what goes behind the yellow sign board of India Railways.Written with all the gusto and e [...]

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