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Interested in funny, heart-warming, and inspiring real life travel stories? You will love reading Railonama.

Railonama is a compilation of short stories and poems inspired by travel via the Indian Railways. The book features enriching and highly entertaining stories selected from a pool of submissions from people all around the world who have traveled in trains in India. T
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 9th 2014 by good times books (first published June 20th 2014)
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Francesca Forrest
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
This was my first ever Goodreads giveaway book win, and I am thrilled with it. The stories--mainly reminiscences--are very brief, so you get many many different tastes and views. I've never been to India, but I have several friends and acquaintances from India, other friends who've lived there for significant amounts of time, and others who've traveled there, and I've been interested in India since childhood, so I was eager to ride the Indian Railways in an armchair way. But Railonama is not onl ...more
Privy Trifles
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
45 travel stories stitched together with one thing in common – the Indian Railways makes Railonama. Add to it a pinch of romance, some laughter, a dollop of memories and a dash of emotions - you are good to go. A perfect synonym for “slice of life”, Railonama is a book that will take you down the memory lane to those long summer vacations that involved travelling to Nani’s house in that train, staring out of the window trying to count the distance and falling asleep staring at the star studded s ...more
Renuka Vishwanathan
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
India's most popular mean of travel is the train. So, out there, almost everyone has a story to tell about their train journeys. This delightful book is one such attempt to collect such tales of travellers into a collection of stories that make you cry, laugh, ponder and undoubtedly get entertained. A real pleasure to read this. ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You have to get your hands on this gem of a book. Railonama is a collection of beautiful stories based on traveling by rail. Funny, poignant, and inspiring, these stories will stay with you long after you put down the book, just like memories of amazing journeys.

I recommend this book to anybody who likes traveling. And if you've ever traveled on the Indian Railways you will particularly enjoy it. From the cries of "chai, chai!" to the clickety-clack of the track, from fighting with your sibling
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This review is also available on my tumblr.
I got this book from the First Reads scheme. Thank You for giving me this opportunity.
This is a typical anthology book. Filled with stories and poems that went from very good to middling. none were awful all were well written and well edited. Some of them touching, some funny, some thoughtful.
This is obviously a book which is a labor of love. Its a gorgeous book perfect reading.
My only bugbear would be I would have liked to see biographies just to hear
Hemant Jain
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is unlike any other anthology that I have read. First, its not fiction. The books is a nice large collection of individual experiences of people who have the Indian Railways deeply etched into their memories.

If you are an Indian and have traveled on the Indian trains/railways, you will identify with almost all of the stories in the collection. You will 'feel' them and most probably even visualize them in your mind.

It was more of a nostalgic read than a short story collection kind of feel.
Aditi Goswami
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A collection of travel stories, this book fills the reader with hope and positive outlook towards travel in particular and life in general. A wide variety of topics/experiences covered makes it both a memorable and a very interesting read.

This book has changed my perspective on travel and would surely do the same for you. I look forward to my next train journey and am excited towards whatever time has in store for me.
Priyanka Paliwal
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book brought back my past cherished memories of traveling with Indian railways. More than the train itself, this book touches a very special piece of the Indian society - the journey into the lives and vibrant experiences of the middle class of India. The book is an easy and joyful read. Highly recommended!
Varima Narula
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Railonama is a great book. It takes the reader through various emotions. Some stories are thought provoking while others are inspiring. Some are full of fun while some bring a tear or two in your eyes. It is a must read for all book lovers. I didn't want to put the book down and when I had to, couldn't wait to get back to it. Well done Anupama. ...more
Anivesh Bharadwaj
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book! Takes you into the separate world of Indian Railways and its family. You just tend to relate the stories of the writers to yourself as these have been part of you while you have grown up and traveled in the train exploring different parts of India.
Richard Crown
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wish this book was published before I travelled to India. Highly recommend this book if you are traveling to India for the first time.
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A really great collection that gives one an insight into the lives of so many different people, and brings indian trains alive- whether or not you've travelled on them. A unique set of stories! ...more
Nupur Lakhe |nupur_flipaleaf
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone- In India and Abroad
This book is dear to me , as It was my first book review for Blogadda Book review Program for Indian bloggers.

Why I give 4 stars to this book is:

-It is a travelogue, which all age groups irrespective of high-end english knowledge will enjoy as the simple stories connect with you.
-The incidents potrayed in the book are sure to remind you one of your journeys where you faced something similar
-Also, the journeys of people outside India have been captured, and as it turns out, it was a blissful exp
Sunil Jha
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read the book.
• The stories are very interesting.
• The compilation is also very good.
• It is difficult to put down the book once you start reading it.

But our nature of my job as it is, it was not possible to finish the book in one seating. But because it is a collection of stories, it helped me in reading the book in many spells without feeling any loss of continuity. But whenever I was forced to put down the book due to some exigency, I was always eagerly looking forward to return to the bo
Anand Nerkar
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just finished the book! A must read for all who loves to travel! These are amazing train journey stories and how the people connect with each other and take back the good or bad memories along with them.

After reading all the stories I remember the famous dialog from movie "Anand" about the transmitter and the receiver and how Rajesh Khanna gets the vibration from the people and talks to the people even if he doesn’t know them. I think this book is all about how people receive these vibrations f
Ganesh V
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh, what a ride this book took me on! I felt like I was travelling by a train, jumping off it at a particular station, boarding another train, hopping off at another station and so on. A delightful collection of tales and one essay on travelling by train in India. As you read them, you will find your mind traversing the entire spectrum of emotions.

Pick it up right now. Don't miss the bus, or rather, the train. :)
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The short stories in Railonama give the reader compelling impressions of what train travel in India is like. If you have traveled on trains in India, they will bring back fond memories of fun trips and unique scenes. If you haven't experienced India's trains yourself, these stories will make you feel like they have been a part of your life. ...more
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
A great collection of stories, most stories are so easy to relate to. Anupama has done a great job in compiling these and bringing such plethora of experiences together in this book. Must Read!
Parwati Singari
Telling Tales of the Train Traveller.
Rainonama, is an anthology of train stories, collected by Anupama Sharma, published by Good Times Books Pvt.Ltd. With the ISBN 978-93-806197-9-8 is a travelogue,
Toofan mail...ek duniya hai toofan mail, is a refrain from a vintage Hindi movie of the same name. Yes that was what a train journey always meant to me, new vistas, changing landscape, cuisine and dialect until the language is totally different from the one we started our journey with. Maybe a life i
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Driven by her passion for travel by the Indian Railways, Anupama Sharma has gathered short story writings and poems of dozens of travelers and their unforgettable encounters on the Railways. The book’s charm lies in the fact that the author and reader together find that frequency of ridership is not a prerequisite to discovery. Sharma makes for a terrific tour guide.

Travel writers invite the reader as a guest through a trove of memories. The willing reader accepts the invitation, open to new e
Samanvay Sinha
May 30, 2021 rated it liked it
We have all grown up with the memories of our travels with the great Indian Railways. However for a lot of us, who can afford, they have become a secondary choice of travel with the increasing air connectivity. In the need to save time some of us have almost foregone the the rituals which used to come along with a train travel. Therefore, the title Railonama had attracted me, someone who has as a child was fascinated by trains.

The book is a collection of stories told by people like us as they r
Sundeep Supertramp

The first I came to read the blurb of this book, I was reminded of a quote by Ruskin Bond is one of his TV interviews. The host asked Bond what was his inspiration, where did he get his stories from? He replied, "From railway stations." He emphasized that spending a couple of hours in a railway station could inspire any author with a story. Indian railway is so full of stories.

And this is book is just about that. Collection of short stories and poems from around the country, from whomever th
Suchitra Thapliyal
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel, india
Great effort to create an anthology that captures different stories of travel in India that would have been lost otherwise. The book and its stories captures all the emotions experienced by a common man in his/her life....confusion, happiness, contentedness, sorrow etc. The story 'Courage is Everything' is funny yet serious where a medical student had to save a life because he realized everyone in the train is dependent on him and have faith in his capabilities. Yet another story 'Steel City of ...more
Megan Black
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel, india
Just in case anyone is headed to India or travels elsewhere in the world this is a little book to savor. Railonama is full of short stories that chronicle the experiences of travelers on the trains of India. The travelers are from all over the world and their stories are both heart-warming and instructive. There are amazing stories of the incongruities of life but also the surprising ways that we show up as human beings for each other. A perfect read while traveling, wherever you might be headed ...more
Devesh Bharadwaj
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I got a chance to ride the adventurous Indian railways again. Reading railonama brought the excitement back through the amazing stories the author has compiled. I would love to read some more stories. Living in Canada, railonama seems to be the only railway station which entertains me with that aroma! ...more
Mounika Lakkakula
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: give-aways
I feel really honored to have received this book through goodreads giveaways.I really felt happy reading through this wonderful travelouge.Thank you Anupama Sharma for sending me this book.It feels really great to enjoy this awesome book :) thanks again
Sriram Ravichandran
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
A collection of 40+ interesting and heart-warming stories set in different trains in India.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Train journeys hold a lot of nostalgic memories for the people born in the early eighties and before...To the rest, the world had already become a fast-paced place where speed was the order of the day. Traveling by train, with families, as children, and then later, with friends on that first journey to college or the first study-tour or solo trip away from home...all that fills the mind with myriad stories, some of which are etched in our minds, some that we might have forgotten. However, the fe ...more
Anirudh Dinesh
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Railonama is a collection of short stories about traveling by trains in India. It is a lovely selection of experiences that anyone who has traveled by the Indian railways can relate to instantly. It brought back memories of the conversations I’ve had with co-passengers in sleeper coaches and AC compartments, of the chaiwallas early in the morning, of the singing children, the folks selling hot vadas wrapped in newspapers and my mom packing chappatis and curry for our train journeys to Kerala. Th ...more
Archana Kamath
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. It was like myself going through my past train experiences.
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Anupama Sharma who loves traveling, conceptualized and created Railonama. She cherishes all her trips and is forever in awe of the beauty and wonder that pervades India. She is passionate about public service and is currently studying public policies at New York University. She is also the founder of, a non-profit in India and has committed all the proceeds she gets from the sales o ...more

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