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Welcome Aboard The Shri Ramayana Express

On the heels of Ram bhakts aboard a careworn train on an epic journey, where workaday discomfiture is swept away by timely tides of devotion

Welcome Aboard The Shri Ramayana Express
Rail Parva | Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
Welcome Aboard The Shri Ramayana Express
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2018-11-24T12:44:16+05:30

As the train staggers out of the platform, Ramakant Agarwal lays his palms on his chest in an act of devotion, as speakers fixed above ceiling fans in the sleeper-class coach plays on loop a holy muzik: “Ram Siya Ram, Ram Siya Ram….” The stars and the planets favour the retired banker, now an astrologer. Sitting next to the 70-year-old man in thick spectacles—sparkling gems on his beringed fingers, a marigold garland around his neck, a smattering of rose petals in his hair and a vermillion mark on his forehead from the ceremonial welcome—is wife Uma, a retired college principal, who carries a home-stitched purple handbag.

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