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    Photo Essay - A train passenger's view of India

    Shanu Babar loves train journeys so much that he began documenting his.

    Soon, others joined him.


    Shanu Babar was five years old when he first boarded a train. It was the start of a life-long love affair.
    In college, he documented a series of train journeys across India for his dissertation.
    This selfie was taken in February 2015 at a station in Trivandrum, capital of the southern state of Kerala.



    On 21 July 2015, Mr Babar launched @windowseatproject to record his journeys on Instagram.
    The "window seat", he says, has always been his favourite spot on a train.
    It was also his vantage point for this photo of the colourful Ernad Express, with each coach advertising a different brand.



    Travellers often carry elaborate home-cooked meals for train journeys.
    Mr Babar says they remind him of his family's "feasts" during their annual trip across the hills of western India.
    The menu would include curries, breads, rice and masala puris, a deep-fried Indian bread where the dough is stuffed with spices.



    Photos from contributors kept pouring in, turning @windowseatproject into a crowd-sourced visual library.
    This, Mr Babar says, is how dairy farmers across India transport milk from rural farms to urban markets because
    there is no place inside the trains for so many milk cans.

    Lots more here from the BBC

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    Don't think I want to imagine what the toilets on an Indian train are like.

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    I don't think I want to imagine what its like to even be there and have to stand in a queue/line and deal with people there.


    Quite possibly one of the last locations I would ever choose to be. Sit at home and play PS4 for a week on end - or - go there and ride a train?



    PS4 it is.

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    I made the mistake of going into KFC in Indra shopping centre under Baiyoke Tower once, fok me that a horrid experience.


    As close as I'm ever going to get to the stomach churning coonts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Don't think I want to imagine what the toilets on an Indian train are like.
    Here ya go Lu-Lu. Farrkin Helllloooo.
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    And that's in first class.

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    The last time in was in India was 4 years ago and we traveled extensively by train. The filthy coonts would just sweep all the shit from the train straight out the door and i shit you not this was the scene country wide. It's a grim fookin place and one must really dig deep to travel the fookin shit house. Some great stuff to see though in-between the shit, piss, rampant poverty and disease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnasty2017 View Post
    ^
    And that's in first class.
    Yer, second class sleeper.

    In third class ya can not get into the shitter to smash a bad boy out because some Indian waste of space is either, cooking, fuking his boy friend or sleeping in there.

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    Shanu Bashar is indeed correct. There's some awesome train journeys to be had in India. The trick is just pay more and do it first class . No point in being a tight coont . Took the train from Madras to delhi once. Fooker took forever but bloody memorable.thank fook I had a tolla of manalis finest hash and a walkman that was about 30 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    I had a tolla of manalis finest hash
    Boom Shiva.
    That's some lovely gear.

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    During my three years in India (83-86) I used the trains all the time. Ran on time and much safer than the roads. I enjoyed them much more than driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnasty2017 View Post
    Boom Shiva.
    That's some lovely gear.
    Had a nice little hand carved chillum to , which unfortunately I had forgotten to throw away before boarding a flight to London. That resulted in me answering a lot of questions and a latex gloved finger probing me blurter

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    If ya got a weak stomach then do not visit and Indian railways station. Fookin shit everywhere.
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    And this lucky lady had the privilege of picking up garbage whist trying to not step in Shit.
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    Fuck that's nasty.

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    ^

    That's India in a nut shell mate, I've got a shit load more if ya really wanna see em.

    But the guy or bint who shat that lot out had just consumed a raw prawn i reckon.

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    Rather comfy and sociable way to travel though.
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    India's a shithole,,,did have some good train rides there though

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    ANYONE who have Images/Stories please feel free to share.

    ... have to admit, I'm a Train Fan.

    Not a spotter, just a Fan

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    Only very remotely connected. I once was asked if I was interested in a job modernizing the communications and signalling infrastructure of the Indian rail system. At the time I had just finished my time in Saudi Arabia and had talked to many who did expat jobs regularly. My children were just about to enter elementary school. I had learned that such jobs are a one off or they become a lifestyle that is not compatible with family and children. Often ending in divorce. I decided it was a one off for me. A great experience but once was enough. I had to fight down some temptation about India but it was not a hard fight.
    "don't attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by incompetence"

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    I've got a few picks of the happy workers on An Indian train.
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