Nostalgia Express: When Train Journeys Were About VIP Suitcases & North-South Debates

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Nostalgia Express: When Train Journeys Were About VIP Suitcases & North-South Debates

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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here are a lot of things that bring me joy. The smell of first rain after a prolonged summer, the angle of sunlight on a wall on a lazy afternoon, the sound of a koel on the tree outside my house in this concrete jungle. But nothing – and I mean absolutely nothing – has come close to the joy I felt as a school child, when the final bell rang on the last day before the vacations. The final signal that released you from the bloody tyranny of waking up in the morning and following a strictly regimented routine. And if you were lucky, an LTA trip every other year.

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