July 23, 2014

Train Tales from the North and South

The train starts slowly, without a tug. There is not even the slightest of jerks. And then, within very few seconds - it picks up speed. By the time it crosses the platform, it has already entered into a steady jog. A typically South Indian feature. For trains in the north do not behave this way at all.

Why, in the north it would have been the opposite. The train would start with a jerk and progressively tone down it speed. By the time - the train crosses a kilometre, we would be enjoying the pleasures of slow driving, occasionally competing the random tractor.

The train leaving from Bangalore and scheduled to reach Delhi in many many hours slowly becomes North Indianish as it crosses Nagpur, with all the attendant travails of surviving within that din.

I still cannot decide. Which part of India would I like to travel on when travelling by train... Maybe Guhwahati to Silchar would do.