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.
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