In 2010, Vanessa Able started a 10,000km road trip around India in order to find out just what it takes to drive across a nation full of rash drivers and maddening traffic.
As she discovered, all it takes is a little bit of gumption, infinite reserves of patience – and the world’s cheapest car, the Tata Nano.
Travelling across the length and breadth of India, clocking up an impressive 10,000 km on her odometer, Vanessa goes to places where modern GPS systems fail to give directions, where the size of your vehicle determines your standing on the road, where bullock carts compete with space with SUVs on eight – lane highways, and where a blessing from the gods is better road insurance that safer driving. Her constant companion is her trustworthy steed, Abhilasha – the lemon yellow Nano children of all ages run after wherever she goes.
Humorous, entertaining and entirely original, Vanessa’s debut venture is the story of an adventure like no other. Filled with wisdom gleaned from dusty highways – where ‘speed thrills but kills’ – the Nanologues is an ode to the road and to the conundrum that is driving in India.
The Nanologues is published by Hachette India in 2013.
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The Nanologues - a travel memoir by Vanessa Able