Once upon a train ride: Celebrating April Fool’s Day with strawberries and Bhakarwadi - Hindustan Times
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Once upon a train ride: Celebrating April Fool’s Day with strawberries and Bhakarwadi

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Mar 31, 2019 12:23 AM IST

What is it about train travel that evokes so much love and nostalgia amongst Indians?

If you ask me about April Fool’s Day, I will tell you about strawberries and sunshine and travelling with Veena tai on the aptly named Matsyaganda Express from Mumbai to Mangaluru. It was the first and the last time I saw Veena tai, but like many train friendships, she was unforgettable. When you are stuck with someone for over 12 hours, you learn to gauge their personality very quickly. And for me, a poor student who was perpetually hungry, the only gauge was the size of my fellow passenger’s tiffin carrier and the generosity of their spirit.

Rail journeys allow us to slow down our time and savour specific moments(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
Rail journeys allow us to slow down our time and savour specific moments(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
It has to do with being children, I think, because that is when all of us took the best train journeys. It has to do with time slowing down allowing us to savour specific moments
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