Experiencing India: Sounds and Sights from an Indian Train Journey

It’s surprising how train journeys closely mimic the cycle of life. We meet people, make friends, only to let them go and find new ones- thereby knitting an endless chain of emotions- only to be felt but never to be broken. But again, what is life, but a collection of such journeys.

The following passage is an ‘as-it-happened’ description of a journey with the Indian Railways (the 12.30 Passenger train from Madurai to Rameshwaram, both of which lie in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu). Try not to find for a story in here, rather, seek to experience the billion personalities that make India Incredible. Here it goes.

Chug, Chug, Chug! The 12:30 passenger train from Madurai has just started to sing its rhythmic song, a melody it will sing for the next few hours till it reaches a mystical island called Rameshwaram. It is an overcast day of November 2015, the rain clouds looming over the horizon as I attempt to traverse, and hopefully document, the lush green landscape of Tamil Nadu, India.

IMG_9827.jpg

IMG_9762.jpg

Tamil Nadu country side with the looming rain clouds

I yearn for the rain, as I am aware of the power of the raindrops to elate even the most dolorous environs.

As I try to get comfortable in my cozy window side seat, I am greeted by a distinct sound. ‘Wooooooo…’– a loud cheer, emanating from the far corner of my train bogie, surprises all the five occupants of the compartment I am in. The train had just passed over a small river causing a group of seven children, sitting at a corner of the bogie along with their parents, to let out a loud “Woooooo..” sound in a seemingly pre-planned unison. From that moment onward, the children failed to hide their excitement towards any river, tunnel, or even an old bridge that our passenger train crossed.
Continue reading

Advertisements

SlowRover Snapshots #8

19Aug'15

Title: After the Petrichor
Location: New Delhi, India

Clicked on a lazy Sunday morning. Reading a book while witnessing the spectacle of a passing monsoon is heavenly!

SR Travel Tip: One of the best places to visit during monsoon is the Western Ghats region of India. Boasting of hill stations like Matheran, Lonavala, Kaas Valley etc., the Western Ghats is alive with a lovely tinge of green during the monsoon season.

-Vibhav

Want to know more about India?
Feel free to post questions/suggestions for the author in the comments below.


Follow Slow Rover on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!

© Copyright for all the images owned by SlowRover and Vibhav Bisht. 

SlowRover Snapshots #5

Sound of the Rain

Sound of the Rain

Title : Sound of the Rain
Location: Delhi, India

Clicked during the onset of the Monsoon of 2015. When the smell of petrichor lit up the senses of all living things alike.

SR Travel Tip: The Indian Monsoon is considered to be the most beautiful in the world. We recommend reading Alexander Frater’s ‘Chasing the Monsoon‘ that beautifully encapsulates the charm of the monsoon.

-Vibhav

Want to know more about India?
Feel free to post questions/suggestions for the author in the comments below.

Tripoto


Follow Slow Rover on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!

© Copyright for all the images owned by SlowRover and Vibhav Bisht. 

Petrichor- The Smell of Childhood

I don’t remember my childhood.

Nothing except the smell of the monsoon rains, right before they lashed onto the verandah. Me, the solitary crawler, both enchanted and perplexed by a sudden downpour, would rush indoors to the safety of my mother’s lap. Such memories are vague, rather loosely etched on my mind. But the smell of the rains, the Petrichor, is something I can never forget.

I suspect that the ravishingly beautiful Petrichor is hard-coded deep into the minds of every human being. It is passed onto an individual through an infinite chain of forefathers. Or maybe it is simply a gift from heaven. After all that’s where the rains come from!

IMG_55338

Rains-Monsoon in India

Continue reading