Read to know what writer William Dalrymple has to say about the Indian Railways.
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Three things I’d like to change about Indian Railways: first, there is a need for pride in rail history and awareness of our heritage, because India’s railway heritage is the richest in the world. Second, apart from the luxury trains, food served on Indian trains is of an appalling standard. This is due to a lack of imagination. Instead of a thali of cold bhaat and watery dal, there should be snacks like noodles or light à la carte service. The third reason follows from the second—the appalling dumping of litter from passenger food like foils on to the tracks. What I love about the railways: the pace. It isn’t very efficient, but I feel this is the right rate for the human soul. Also the friendliness of one’s fellow passengers and the fantastic value for money—where else in the world can you do 5,000km for Rs 241?
(As told to Lata Khubchandani and Amit Dixit)
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