Train travel since it's inception has offered the voyager an often romanticised and contemplative experience of getting from A to B. The subjects, their responses and gazes out the window of a moving landscape reflect their own lives moving forward and perhaps the inevitability of our own mortality.  


The second in this ongoing series documents passengers traveling on the Kalka Mail between New Delhi and Calcutta on the north eastern coastal frontier of India. One of the longest trains in the country it has a total of 24 coaches and began operations between the two cities in 1866. It was principally used by British civil servants moving to the summer capital in Simla from Calcutta.

Virat Tiwari and his fiancé Niharika travel from New Delhi on September 4, 2013. They met in high school in 2005 and have been together since.

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An elderly lady who would not give her name travels travel from New Delhi on September 4, 2013.

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Binyo Rao, 45 years old sit aboard the train traveling from New Delhi to Calcutta on September 4, 2013. He is traveling with his daughter Savita Sharma, 20 years old and her son Jahir, 2 months old. They are traveling to Calcutta.

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Aruind Kumar, 30 years old peels vegetables aboard the train traveling from New Delhi to Calcutta on September 4, 2013. He has been working as a cook in the train for 9 years and visits his familyin Aurangabad, Bihar once every two months. He earns 6000 rupees (120 dollars) per month.

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Mr Lakhbir Singh, 62 years old and his sister sit travel from New Delhi to Calcutta on September 4, 2013. They are traveling from Chandigagh to Calcutta. He works in the transport industry.

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Pramod Kumar Yada, a police officer from Atawa who patrols the carriages sits aboard the train traveling from New Delhi to Calcutta on September 4, 2013.

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Vidya Raul 67 years old and his wife Nihal Singh, 73 years old travel from New Delhi to Calcutta on September 4, 2013. They have been married for 53 years and have two sons and three daughters. Vidya worked in tea factory and retired in 2000. He owns some land and he agricultural produce from this sustains the family.

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Swami Girganand Shastri, 72 years old travels old from New Delhi to Calcutta on September 4, 2013. He has come from Govarddhan and is traveling to Calcutta to visit religious sites. His father was a spiritual guru and passed away before Swami became a spiritual leader.

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Friends Saurabli Rumar Das, 21 years old and Sumit Dal, 20 years old sit aboard the train traveling from New Delhi to Calcutta on September 4, 2013. They both work in New Delhi as automobile engineers and are from Calcutta. They are returning home for their annual leave.

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D.K Mandal, 47 years old from Howrah sit aboard the train traveling from New Delhi to Calcutta on September 4, 2013. He is an attendant in the 1st A.C coach and works 20 days in the month. He makes 25,000 rupees (500 USD) a month and has been an attendant for 25 years. He has a son and two daughters, one in 7th class and the others completing Bachelor Degrees in English and Bengali.

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Ashraful, 27 years old, his wife Menaron, 24 years old, daughters Sonali, 5 years old and Sulekha, 3 years old sit aboard the train traveling from New Delhi to Calcutta on September 4, 2013They have just spent 6 weeks in the village visiting family.

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