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‘India’ and ‘Bharat’ are essentially a continuum, The Times of India – Bengaluru, November 14, 2015 by Shrabonti Bagchi


Is extreme budget travel the ultimate relationship test? Authors Devapriya Roy and Saurav Jha, a young married couple, certainly did not think of it in those terms when they set out on their epic journey across India way back in 2010, but their relationship did live to tell the tale (and the answer is ‘yes’). They were your average DINK couple, living in a Delhi barsati and working as writers when they decided to embark on this rather ambitious project: getting to know India in intimate detail; not just touching one or two cities along the way but really going everywhere. And then they made it tougher by deciding to do this on a budget of Rs 500 a day. It was supposed to be one book, then it became two, and finally, a trilogy. Because obviously you need three books to tell the story of getting to know this massive country (after all, JRR Tolkien didn’t wrap up The Lord of the Rings in one book, and Middle Earth is, let’s admit it, imaginary). In Bengaluru to talk about the first part of the trilogy, The Heat and Dust Project: The Broke Couple’s Guide to Bharat (on the stands now), Devapriya and Saurav managed to find time to answer questions on unusual book events, the safety of female travelers in India, and the idea of Bharat: