ISBN 9788129132680,India Junction - A Window to the Nation

India Junction - A Window to the Nation


Rupa & Co



Rupa & Co

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9788129132680

ISBN-10 8129132680


Number of Pages 296 Pages
Language (English)

Railway trades

No railways, no India. - Ian J. Kerr

Without the railways, the three great cities of Calcutta, Bombay and Madras would have remained small colonial trading ports. - Sir Mark Tully

Railways was the greatest force of modernisation and unity that India had ever seen. - Sandipan Deb

The development of the railways has been deeply intertwined with the destiny of the Indian subcontinent. - Sharmila Kantha

In Mumbai locals, there is even a new subgroup of intimacy-the train friend. - Jerry Pinto

The Indian railways provides us with a practical, convenient mode of transport, but its contribution to Indian life goes much beyond that. The railways is the life line of the nation and, in many ways, its development has been deeply intertwined with the destiny of India. India junction-featuring in-depth, analytical essays that are rich in history, delectable travel pieces and some truly amazing and rare photo features-celebrates the changes the railways has brought about in our lives and examines how the railways itself has transformed over time.

The great Indian railways takes us to 1853-the year train travel began in India-and analyses how it strengthened British rule railway filmy chakkar recounts how Mahatma Gandhi, who was first opposed to the railways, went on to effectively use it in the freedom struggle. The travelogues, too, are delightfully evocative and bring to vivid life the sights and sounds of train travel in India, some contemporary, others long consigned to memory. When the train came to Deyra Dhoon remembers the furore caused by an engine chugging into a sleepy little town for the first time. On board the Bombay express recreates the tangy, savoury smells that are released into the carriage-and the keen appetites that they awaken-when women crack open the tiffin boxes which they have brought from home.

Featuring award-winning and renowned authors, including sir Mark Tully, Ruskin Bond, Gillian Wright, Ian J. Kerr, Jerry Pinto, Omair Ahmad, Kartik Iyengar, Shoba Narayan, Sandipan Deb and Sharmila Kantha, India junction will interest readers of all hues-students of history, travel buffs and everyone who loves a good railway yarn.

Interesting Facts

  • This must-have book features not only insightful essays and delectable travel writings, but also some truly amazing and rare photographs.

  • A definitive account of the journey of the Indian Railways.