Never Mind the Bullocks : One Girl's 10,000km Adventure Around India in the World's Cheapest Car, Paperback

Never Mind the Bullocks : One Girl's 10,000km Adventure Around India in the World's Cheapest Car Paperback

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**A Scotsman Non-Fiction Book of the Year** Vanessa Able wanted a truly independent Indian adventure, but nothing prepared her for the noise, chaos and terror of driving 10,000 km around the subcontinent or for finding the love of her life.

Behind the wheel of a yellow Tata Nano (the world s cheapest car), Vanessa steers the reader through a hilarious, high-octane adventure. Taking any help she can get from loopy spiritual gurus to professional driving instructors, and even a divine insurance policy she drives her way around an alien road network through India s white-knuckle traffic where vehicle size, full-beam lights and roads that simply disappear seem to trump all common sense.

Narrowly escaping death by truck, she learns the real rules of the road, the vehicle pecking order, what to do when the SH11T hits the fan and to appreciate the true kings of the dusty tarmac: the bullocks.

En route, she falls hopelessly in love with a mathematician named Thor who might be, ironically, the worst driver she s ever met. Their romance does not start promisingly the first rendezvous is interrupted by that universal passion-killer, Delhi belly but will they survive unexpected sheep-jams, a car full of elephant slime, and the endless cacophony of horns?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 1 B&W illustration
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781857886122



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I've been there. Over the course of our 45 year marriage, my wife and I have made 17 trips to India together - weddings, funerals, anniversaries, vacations, personal business. Sometimes the trips lasted only 3 days, other times two months. We always visited with family, mostly in the south, and we always traveled all over the country - by plane, train, bus, chauffeured car, tuk-tuk, elephant, even ox cart. So, reading about Ms. Able's road adventures often struck a chord, and there was a lot in her book that I enjoyed. She writes a good deal about her car, one of the first Nano's, "the world's cheapest car". Too much in my opinion. I wanted to hear about India, not about a car and its tires, scratches, performance. I also thought all the battles with traffic were overdone. They were quite interesting at first but they got boring after a while. I would have liked to hear a lot more on her perspective of the places she saw as she passed through major cities particularly, and even a bit more description of at least a few of the many small towns. India is an incredible place to visit, people everywhere, and always something new to see right around the corner. Somehow I don't think that was captured. So-so.