A ten-thousand kilometer long unplanned trip hitchhiking with truckers across India. Rajat Ubhaykar’s Truck De India is about this and more. It is an insightful travelogue which calls for understanding the country from a perspective that no one has looked at yet.
The journey which was sown during his childhood was fully grown and bloomed in his early twenties. That has led the author to embark upon this journey which reveals the charm of the dhabas, the unending highways and the vulnerability of the trucking community hidden under the masculinity.
The makes unexpected friendships; listens to highway ghost stories; discovers the near-fatal consequences of overloading trucks; documents the fascinating tradition of truck art in Punjab; travels alongside nomadic shepherds in Kashmir; encounters endemic corruption repeatedly; survives NH39, the insurgent-ridden highway through Nagaland and Manipur; and is unfailingly greeted by the unconditional kindness of perfect strangers.
Imbued with humour, empathy, and a keen sense of history, Truck De India! is a travelogue like no other you’ve read. It is the story of India, and Indians, on the road.