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    all india

  • All India is a phrase used to refer the all the states/regions of India together, esp. during the pre-independence days of India. During the period “All India” essentially included what is now as separate nations such as Pakistan, Bangladesh.

    chat

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  • Talk in a friendly and informal way
  • an informal conversation
  • New World chat: birds having a chattering call

    12

  • twelve: denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units
  • twelve: the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
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The train and the chicken pox: 12 hours on an unforgiving bench

The train and the chicken pox: 12 hours on an unforgiving bench
An image from the carriage we travelled in for 12 1/2 hours. The gentleman at the end chatted to us about Scotland, he had worked on cruise ships travelling from poland and holland and asked if we knew St. Petersboug, not sure we really had a grasp on the conversation.

Margao to Mumbai Central.

We came to be travelling by train as flight was not permitted due to Adam contracting chicken pox. After a couple of stops the carriage was no longer empty and we were sharing the journey to Mumbai about 23 countable people (it was difficult to count and likely we missed more above and below). People packed in to what we thought were the luggage racks just above our heads. They lay on top of each other on the floor.

This space was maybe 12 feet (across) by 12 feet (up) by 6 feet (wide). The windows were open but for the 4 bars across them.

Adam still had a high temperature and much dust and dirt came in through the windows. Numbness began not long after leaving Margao.

The family next to us seemed to have a great journey, the kids were amazing. They laughed and joked the whole way. The men above us slept on our luggage, sometimes top to tail sometimes just adjacent and cross legged. The large group of men packed tight (sitting, lying and standing) at the two chairs at the far side of this photo participated in rumbunctious behaviour and seemed to have a great time. I don’t think they all got on at the same stop and seemed to bond through proximity.

The train emptied at the second last stop and we had the carriage almost to ourselves again. However as we reached the terminus chaos descended. It was crazied panic to get on the train with people jumping on to the moving train and making a frenzied dash to grab seats and thrust people out their way. We were terrified. When the train finally stopped the carriages had already filled and people were pushing manically to get on the train. I am not quite sure how we got off.

Despite the heat and the dirt and the crowding it was an totally amazing experience. Not sure if I’d repeat it, maybe take a wee cusion next time.

Indian boys

Indian boys
The boy in the middle is the oldest, 12, and speaks relatively good English. His friends are 10. They all go to school except for the boy in the red T-shirt on the right. They came to me as we were wandering around in a public park in Agra and wanted simply wanted to chat (as opposed to asking for money, which happened all the time). Of course I took their picture afterwards.