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Chai, Chai: Travels in Places Where You Stop but Never Get Off

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Some years ago, a journalist experienced something of an epiphanic moment. It occurred to him, that millions of passengers traveling in trains had killed probably billions of hours at train junctions in order to take connecting trains to their destinations. But no one bothered to wonder about what lay beyond the platform.

'Railway stations in India, says the writer, stand like fiercely independent states within cities and towns, insulated from the local flavor, as if they are territories of a common colonial master sitting in Delhi. And so, Ghosh resolutely roamed the towns beyond the station yard - to discover the lives of people who may have grown inured to the constant whistle of passing trains.

About the Author

Bishwanath Ghosh was born in Kanpur, in Uttar Pradesh, in 1970. As a journalist, he worked in New Delhi for eight years before moving to southern Indian in 2001 to join the New Indian Express Group in Chennai. At present he is an assistant editor with The Times of India at Chennai.

Published: 2009
Pages: 215
Format: Paperback