Indian Trains

  • Richard Cronin


There is a scene in a film by Satyajit Ray. Children are running through long grass, going further from their village than they have ever been before. They come to the edge of the grass, hear a noise, and crouch down as the train roars past. Then they walk silently home, wide-eyed, sharing a secret too big to talk about. When they left home that morning their world was their village. They come home heavy with the knowledge that the village is a small place in a huge land. Their world is now less secure, but it is also bigger, more exciting. It has trains in it.


Railway Track Railway Carriage Western Technology India Hand Rail Travel 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Karl Marx, Selected Writings, ed. David McLellan (Oxford University Press, 1977), p. 335.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    The Cambridge History of India, ed. H.H. Dodwell vol. VI, (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1932), p. 344.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Colonel Robert J. Blackham, Incomparable India Tradition; Superstition; Truth (Sampson Low, Marston, 1949), p 292.Google Scholar

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© Richard Cronin 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Cronin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GlasgowUK

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