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If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai: A Conducted Tour of India

If It s Monday It Must Be Madurai A Conducted Tour of India A delightful travel book This entertaining travelogue around ten conducted tours contains myriad riches of hanging on to a camel in the Thar rediscovering music on the trail of Kabir joining an ancien

  • Title: If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai: A Conducted Tour of India
  • Author: Srinath Perur
  • ISBN: 9780670087013
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A delightful travel book This entertaining travelogue around ten conducted tours contains myriad riches of hanging on to a camel in the Thar rediscovering music on the trail of Kabir joining an ancient pilgrimage and hunting for sex in Tashkent.

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    1. Full on entertainiment! A travelogue on ten conducted tours with different Indian groups:1. Tamil temples package2. Europe famous spots3. Deserts of Rajasthan4. Kerala backwaters5. Sex starved tourists for Uzbekistan6. Slum tourism of Mumbai7. Journeys with Meaning tour of North East8. Musical trail of Kabir through MP-Rajasthan-Gujarat-UP-Pakistan9. Village life innovations through Madhya Pradesh10. Traditional Wari walk of MaharasthraWritten in an ironic and funny way, the places explored in t [...]

    2. Travel writing as a genre had never really interested me. I am fairly certain that the numerous English Comprehension tests I wrote in school that featured extraordinarily tiresome pieces on places around the world are to blame. After I passed out, I’d read very little travel writing and whatever I’d read, I found to be too introspective and unnecessarily geographical for my taste, if not boring. Through the years, I managed to maintain the same distance one does with dull, but well meaning [...]

    3. I'm guilty of initially judging this book as just a quick summary of touristy group tours the author had gone on (and was trying to make a quick buck with a book in the currently "in" subject of travel). As the 10 chapters show, the canvas is more colourful, the subjects even more varied, and I'm delighted to be proved wrong.1) “The Grace of God” is a temple hopping tour across Tamil Nadu with retired government servants2) “Saare Jahaan Se Accha”, is an escorted Europe tour with a Desi g [...]

    4. Travel books are often a compendium of clichés. If the ‘when to go’ / ‘how to reach’ concerns are ever transcended, it is the ‘majestic beauty of the mountains’ or the ‘vastness of the ocean’ that is tritely commented upon, apparently granting solace to the writer who is trying to escape the ‘hustle bustle’ of a megalopolis. As if confronting the picturesque to escape the hectic life was all there was to travel. If the book in question is sufficiently post-modern in concepti [...]

    5. My travel book binge this year continues with Srinath Perur’s first, a collection of travelogues about traveling in groups, and I must say that I didn’t come to it with any great expectations. And the first piece in the book sort-of confirmed that for me. I found the writing very ordinary, the observations obvious, and didn’t feel the need to read more.But I persisted, and felt the book grow on me. It took me a while to get used to the fact that the travel part in Perur’s book is not abo [...]

    6. Ten chapters of ten 'conducted' tours that the author went on. At least eight of those were an enjoyable read and a few in those were thought-provoking too. Off late, I've developed a liking towards travelogues by younger authors (Samanth Subramaniam, Haroon Khalid and now Srinath Perur). Perhaps, I related to them better?

    7. As advertised in the jacket, this is, indeed, a delightful travelogue! It's about 'conducted tours' -- that is, a group package tour where people reserve their spots, and are shepherded around from place to place by a guide. So you're with random people, and all your arrangements are taken care of, and you usually end up saving a lot on food, accommodation and tickets to places. I've personally been on one such tour -- a fifteen day-tour across 10 European countries -- and when Perur (I happened [...]

    8. This book took my armchair travelling to new heights. Ten different places in its ten chapters- I could not have asked for more. The writer starts off on the usual temple tour of Tamil Nadu with a group of retired Government servants, then rides camels across Jaisalmer with people his own age and then undertakes the customary Kerala trip, sharing a houseboat ride with foreigners and taking an unexpected dip in the backwaters. He also embarks on more unorthodox tours - slum tourism in Dharavi, se [...]

    9. This was such a fantastic read. I was drawn to the title because I am from Madurai. The book was super well-written. I liked that the author was not being a snob, especially in Europe, when he writes about things that bind them all together and makes observations about people that are funny, but really does not come across as an elitist rant. It could have been very easy to slip into a mocking judgemental story about the lack of sophistication among fellow travelers, the kind that you would hear [...]

    10. I picked this book up on a whim but it was really interesting--the author, a young writer from Bangalore, accompanies various tour groups within India and in Europe. Unlike most travel writing, he's focused primarily on the travellers. His insightful observations and interesting perspectives make for fascinating reading.

    11. Why would a hardcore traveler defy his usual itinerary and travel in organized groups? Srinath Perur answers just that question by taking 10 conducted tours with Indians in various Places. This book is a masterpiece and will definitely be called a classic in the years to come.

    12. It is not a travelogue, but it talks about travels of the author. The author undertook a series of conducted tours within and without India and the book is about these trips that author took. The author starts off about a conducted tour of temples in South India. He sticks out as a sore thumb among the old and retired people. It is a rush-rush affair to cover as many temples as possible. The goal is not to enjoy the tranquility of the temples (most temples do not have any tranquility any more) b [...]

    13. I thoroughly enjoyed the author account of travelling with Indians in group tours. It's realistic yet humorous account of our habits in life. I could identify as I have been part of numerous such trek groups in Bangalore. With time you start enjoying the journey and so is the case with this book. I wish the author writes more!

    14. I kinda had high expectations from this book, after having read Ghachar Ghochar, which the author translated. I knew what to expect in terms of language, narration and literature, and I am very pleased that this expectation is met.Even when the author is talking about the idiosyncrasies of Indians traveling in groups in Europe, or the sex tourists to Uzbek or about the Shodh Yatra, he maintains a tone of impassive observation, which I liked. Its like here is there, in the moment, and observing i [...]

    15. This book cracks you up at various points - super fun and highly recommended. I felt a connection with Srinath Perur. He speaks his mind wonderfully and you can't help but feel happy that someone finally observed similar things during travel in India/with Indians and articulated your thoughts so well. The book does move slowly in some chapters but a small price to pay - his portraits of people in India are spot on.

    16. A very unusual travel book and a delightful read. It takes you places where you don't normally go and makes you see what you normally don't see. You will certainly learn a lot, also laugh a lot. Highly recommended.

    17. There is so much magic in every page of this absolute gem. Finished it 3 days back & still revelling in the magic invokes some serious wanderlust.

    18. Full of trivia, very astute observations about the society, made me dread less about conducted tours(but still dread them), a fun ride till the end.

    19. I shelved this book way before reading Ghachar Ghochar. After unexpectedly finding "Ghachar Ghochar" in St.Louis library & reading the rich language, strange story I had to pick this eBook thanks to Diwali sale. The book starts off a bit slowly for me since the first few chapters are kinda familiar to me as I have gone on few such trips myself & nothing new in material other than the language. But from the chapter about trip to Uzbekistan the book take a different turn & quite liked [...]

    20. I guess, age is catching up with me - in last few years, I have started reading quite a bit of non-fiction, and even enjoying it! And this happens to be the first travel book I have read (if I discount Nine Lives by Dalrymple, which is more about spirituality than travel).In the introduction, the author notes that "Serious travelers and certainly travel writers look upon the conducted tour as the lowliest form of travel However, a conducted tour, by definition offers something that solitary tra [...]

    21. I'm not very passionate about travel writings, but this book caught my eye because of the author, Srinath Perur who has claimed his share of fame by beautifully translating Gachar Gochar from Kannada without diluting the essence of the story even a tad bit. Now, coming to this travelogue I have to say that this is a travelogue of a very different kind, one in which the author is a part of group tours or to be more specific, guided tours. The specialty here is that it blends in information about [...]

    22. The author delightfully sums up the essence of conducted tours - the group of individuals become a collective organism and the unit shapes the experience of a place being visited, while providing intimate access to each other's lives. The initial stories offer cliched yet funny account of guided tours in and outside India, but the book comes into its own when he takes us through the hills of North-East, the musical and spiritual exploration in Rajasthan, and the fascinating walkathons of the Sho [...]

    23. I must admit that mid way through the book, I was feeling rather disappointed. The sections on Tamil nadu, Kerala, Europe, Jaisalmar etc were full of trite observations and were frankly stuff that I could write. Skipped the uzbek section which I had already read as an excerpt (and liked). It was with the subsequent sections that one senses a willingness on the part of the author to report and describe rather than provide opinions and observations. It probably helps that some of these sections ar [...]

    24. The book starts off by a question the author gets from Indian Immigration Officer Mr.Pandey at an Airport, “If You’re a writer, then why are you travelling with a group?”, Serious travellers, and certainly travel writers, look upon the conducted tour as the lowliest form of travel. The book is a compilation of experiences of the author on going to about 10 conducted tours across India and Europe between 2011-12, all the tours where in company of mostly Indians.The last chapter of the book [...]

    25. I read Srinath Perur's travelogue about Uzbekistan in Open Magazine and made a mental note to pick up his book. I must admit, I wasn't disappointed. The book is not just about stories on travel and group travels it's an intricate observation about the various species that make up your average traveller. Perur has a sense of humour, coupled with a sharp observation skill which makes this debut book of his absolutely 'unputdownable'. It's your cheapest ticket to travel through Europe, Kerala, Raja [...]

    26. This one turned out to be a gem. An unconventional travel book that describes 10 conducted tours (Madurai, Europe, Rajasthan, Kerala, Dharavi, Meghalaya, Uzbekistan, Kabir yatra- Bikaner, Rural Madhya Pradesh and Pandharpur). The last four in the above list make for my favourite parts.The book is as much about people as much as it is about the places that the author visits. The quirks of the fellow tourists are captured with a dash of humour. The various events that occur during the tours are ni [...]

    27. I am a big fan of travel books. But I am exactly the opposite when it comes to tour travels. I run far away from them so this book made me apprehensive and curious at the same time But the book surprised me. 10 chapters, 10 tours and each one exploring a different set of people and travel dynamics. The characters he builds and the observations Perur makes are subtle yet strong. Some people might even argue whether this indeed is travel writing since the places are hardly explored but then travel [...]

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