Monisha Rajesh

Monisha Rajesh

Monisha Rajesh is a travel author and journalist who's written for Time magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Sunday Telegraph. Born in Norfolk, she spent most of her childhood in Yorkshire before going on to study magazine journalism at City University, London.

In 2010 Monisha embarked on a four-month journey to the furthest points of the Indian rail network. Around India in 80 Trains, published by Nicholas Brealey in 2012, told the story and was hailed as, “A wonderfully wry and witty debut," by William Dalrymple who said it, "Crackles and sparks with life like an exploding box of Diwali fireworks.”

Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure, published by Bloomsbury, is Monisha's second book and the National Geographic Traveller Book of the Year in 2019. It offers a vivid account of the cultures she encounters and reflects on what it means to be a global citizen. "Never too fast, never too slow, her journey does what trains do best. Getting to the heart of things," said Michael Palin, "Prepare for a very fine ride.”