Image Credits: Amandeep Singh Khalsa, Yatri 2015

6:30 AM: My phone vibrates: “Good morning, the sunrise is beautiful." After 36-hours on the track, our train has finally come to a halt. The Yellow plaque-card, which will quickly become a photo opportunity to document our many destinations, reads Dharwad. The chatter on the platforms grows louder as the slumberous surface, and the calls to de-board get more desperate.…

Amandeep Khalsa, Jagriti Yatra, Lifeline2

"Go and seek out that person who is the opposite of you. Then, you will gain the maximum value from this journey.”   Day 1 of Jagriti Yatra is dedicated to knowing each other better. This means making the arduous journey from Bogie number 15 to 6, in order to meet the rest of my group members. Lesson #1: Do…

Saanya Gulati, Jagriti Yatra Blog3

Exhausted. Exhilarated. Enriched. A 15-day expedition across the Indian subcontinent comes to an end. Yet in some ways, the journey has just begun. An experience that transcends logic and rationality: how do 400+ individuals live, sleep, bathe and eat on a train? Then again, the act of voluntarily choosing such circumstances is perhaps irrational. Does the locomotive run on steam…

Saanya Gulati's Blog, Mumbai Hindi

Bombay has several quirks that only its residents can comprehend: listening to the national anthem before a movie, or why Marine Drive turns into the most popular romantic destination post-sunset. But the most characteristic trait of a Mumbaikar is Bombay-Hindi. When I first moved from Bombay to Delhi, it had never occurred to me that Bombay’s version of Hindi is…

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