Category: Train Journies

Train Journeys- Past and Present

The Prayagraj: The familiar bleak friable landscape interspersed with algae ponds, cattle and livestock in different stages of thinness grazing on non-existent grass, the sparsely cultivated fields, thatched huts, semi naked children chasing mangy dogs, men huddled on charpoys or walking listlessly with the familiar ‘lota’ (metal mug) for their morning ablutions, women, head covered, engrossed in washing,…

The Dragon Wagged Its Tail…Hong Kong-Beijing-Shanghai ExpressTrain Journey…

TRAIN JOURNIES REVISITED…. Train journeys, whether in home country or across continents, is a sure way of stepping on stones and warts. I am no stranger to train travel, short or lengthy, reveling in the feeling of searing across open land or tearing through crowded cities. But few have been flabbergasters as the one I…

Biting the Bullet

The white snooty-nosed train whizzed past and in minutes was a blur. This was the 700 series of Shinkasen on its run between Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Hakata.   I have done it all from steam and diesal locomotives in India,  the deluxe luxury trains of China, Amtrak in the USA and the various short distance subway systems…