On 18th February 2010, writer and photographer Vanessa Able set out on a 11,000km road trip around India in a Tata Nano, the world's cheapest car. The journey spanned over three months and 18 states, encompassing giant cities and tiny villages, epic desert landscapes and mountainous peaks and ridges. Contained in this book are a collection of images from this amazing voyage that began and ended in India's largest metropolis, Mumbai. At the end of the book is an excerpt from the Nano Diaries, a blog she kept while on the road.
After a stint travelling around the Middle East in early 2005, Vanessa Able settled in Istanbul and began to work as a correspondent for the Hewler Globe, northern Iraq’s first English-language weekly newspaper. During this time she also started contributing to Time Out Istanbul magazine, and in December 2005 became the Editor-in-Chief of its English edition. In addition to editing the monthly publication, Vanessa started writing about Istanbul for the Observer and Guardian newspapers, as well as other magazines such as Gulf Life, Taste Anatolia, before going on to contribute to Conde Nast’s concierge.com travel website. Moving to Mexico City in 2007, Vanessa is now a freelance writer and reporter contributing to Esquire and National Geographic Traveler in Mexico City, as well as the New York Times. She has also worked extensively on two Time Out Guidebooks: Istanbul and Mexico City, and authored a book of walking tours in Istanbul for Insight Guides published in 2009.