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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Westland Limited; First edition (September 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9380032862
  • ISBN-13: 978-9380032863
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,572,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bishwanath Ghosh was born in Kanpur, in Uttar Pradesh, in 1970. As a journalist, he worked in New Delhi for eight years before moving to southern Indian in 2001 to join the New Indian Express Group in Chennai. At present he is an assistant editor with The Times of India at Chennai.

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This is a great book that languidly explores the cities behind the great railway "junctions" of India. For all of us who passed through Itarsi, Jhansi, Guntakal, Jolarpet and Miraj to name a few "great" junctions, the experience was one of hurriedly getting off from one train, establishing a sustained presence after some anxiety in another, securing a spot and then sauntering on to the platform to get some refreshments and reading materials.

In the days of non-computerized reservations, finding that place in the connecting train was an anxiety ridden experience. Not much thought was ever given to the junction as a city in its own right or the existence of a population that supported the life of that city. Bishwanath Ghosh actually alights from the train and heads out into those hidden cities behind the junctions to explore their life and soul.He does this in a very entertaining manner, taking us into the bowels of small restaurants, hotels and questionable lodging quarters.

I recommend this whole heartedly as a good read for anyone who has passed through those junctions - which is most of us who lived in one place and studied in another - constrained by the terms of the student concession tickets to seek connections at these railway "junctions" to ensure shortest route.
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As the byline of the book states, Bishwanath Ghosh travels around India visiting the railway stations that one passes through usually but never gets off. He starts from Mughal Serai in the north, covering Jhansi, Itarsi, Guntakal, Arakkonam, Jolarpettai and terminating his journey at Shoranur. While some stations such as Jhansi are towns in their own right, the rest are just railway towns; the life there
seems to revolve around the railway station. Ghosh has a chapter for each town he visits (only Arakkonam and Jolarpettai share a chapter) and the size of a chapter is vaguely proportional to the size of the town itself.

Ghosh’s narrative is light and transports one to the lanes of the place where he is at. While reading a few chapters, I felt an urge to be physically present at that place! Overall, the book serves as a good alternative travelogue to people who have traveled in India and are curious to know about the railway junctions they pass through in their journeys. The only thing that I found missing was the details of the Chai that is sold in these stations!

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By Sumit Wahie on January 18, 2013
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Very nicely written book. The way things have been described, u will u r wandering in Mughalsarai. Good wot Mr. Ghosh
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By KK on January 4, 2013
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I enjoyed following the narrator through his travels,stay and experiences in the small towns of India.The author creates a vivid picture of life as it is there.I felt the author's stay in the south side of the country was a bit hastily written,but as he himself says,maybe there was nothing much to explore there. Overall, a nice book for a light,breezy read.
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