After writing about the launch of the new Eurostar service from London, Riding the train of dreams by Anand Giridharadas (IHT) looks at the other side of train travel.
The Pushpak Express starts in Lucknow Junction station in Uttar Pradesh and takes peasants from from Central India to Mumbai, the city where they hope their dreams will come to life in a $6, 24 hour ride.
The accompanying video says more than words could express.
Do passengers celebrate Diwali aboard?
I did learn (according to India 9) that Pushpak is the flying chariot of Ravana in Hindu mythology.
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