This travel photography essay was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Sasha Alexander.
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From project “People Of Delhi Express” by Sasha Alexander.
There are a 1.2 billion Indians officially registered, nevertheless this figure isn’t accurate as there are still a huge mayhem of unregistered citizens in rural India. This is the story of how these people travel across the entire country. This is the story of the people of the Delhi Express.
The Delhi Express travels across the entire India backwards and forwards, forwards and backwards. Week after week, people coming and going, changing, swapping seats, eating, drinking, shouting, swearing. The carriages are packed, they are not as full as Mumbai express so there is “space” to breathe.
As the train stops every hour or so, locals from surrounding villages use this for their advantage by selling products & food. The noise, the smell, the vast rainbow of colors, the rush, a quick sale and then leaving, is all breathtaking to observe.
After being on the train for 36 hours, one can feel the Indian culture and get a deep understanding of what daily life is about.
By Sasha Alexander