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Kevin And I in India by Frank Kusy
I find it hard to believe myself, but almost 30 years have passed since I first wrote ‘Kevin and I in India’. It was my very first published book – a year or so before I was commissioned to write a series of travel guides to Asia – so I was both surprised and amazed when it won plaudits from such big international press names like the Sunday Tribune and the Mail on Sunday. I was even more amazed when it became an instant bestseller and ran three editions in paperback.
Last year (2014), after publishing a more recent book of my Indian adventures (called ‘Rupee Millionaires’), I decided to re-release ‘Kevin and I’ as an e-book, but was plagued with doubts. ‘Is it still worth putting out there?’ I thought to myself. ‘Is it still relevant to our times?’ Well, the answer to both questions – thanks to a flood of lovely reviews on Amazon – was a resounding “Yes”. India hasn’t changed much, especially at backpacker level, and people who have never been to this wonderful country, and even those who have, are still enjoying our little ‘diary of disaster’ as we haplessly flung ourselves into three months of fun and self-imposed torture.
So why did we do it? Why did we expose ourselves to the most down and dirty (and yet often hilarious) time of our lives? Well, we really had no choice. We couldn’t afford luxury hotels or comfortable transport or what few Western-style restaurants there were back then. All that we could afford was to tour India like Gandhi – living in the most basic of accommodations, travelling 3rd class by bus and train, experiencing this vital, funny, sad, curious, welcoming and altogether mind-blowing country at grass roots level. Would we do it again? Probably not. Were we glad we did it at all? We wouldn’t have missed it for worlds. Oh, and if you read the book, and are wondering at the end what happened to Kevin, well, he is alive and well and living in Lowestoft. Every Christmas I travel up to see him, and we share the plate of cheese sandwiches that we couldn’t find in India, and we look back and say to each other: ‘Did we really do all that half a lifetime ago?’ Well, yes, we did.
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