Kevin and I in India by Frank Kusy
Two barmy British backpackers take on India in this true story of adventure and misadventure. All Kevin wants is a cheese sandwich...
The year is 1985. Indira Gandhi has just been assassinated, and McDonalds are just planning their first branch in India, to sell non-cow 'Lamburgers'.
Frank and Kevin first meet in an empty Arab airport lounge on their way to India. It is the beginning of a friendship which will take them together across the length and breadth of the Indian sub-continent, ending up in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal.
'Dial and Talk Foreign at Once' is the unexpurgated, often outrageous, diary of their travels – from the hill-stations of the deep south to the Taj Mahal in the north, from the Goan beaches of the west to the sacred Ganges and the Bodhi Tree in the east. Full of anecdotes, observations and travellers’ tales, the two Englishmen weave a crazy, erratic path through a variety of adventures and misadventures, in constant battle against officialdom, insects, heat, dust, ticket-queues and mad traffic.
Here is the real India – stripped of illusion, but adorned with humour and exuberance. Here is a kaleidoscopic potpourri of fascinating sights, scenes and people, with each day of the journey more exciting, more packed with incident, than the last.
"Vivid, hilarious and, at times, heartbreaking. Just like India. This is great travel-writing. Melts the plain vanilla past the evaporation point." Greg Levin.