Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Railway Bazaar

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The trains in any country contain the essential paraphernalia of the culture: Thai trains have the shower jar with the glazed dragon on its side, Ceylonese ones the car reserved for Buddhist monks, Indian ones a vegetarian kitchen and six classes, Iranian ones prayer mats, Malaysian ones a noodle stall, Vietnamese ones bulletproof glass on the locomotive, and on every carriage of a Russian train there is a samovar. The railway bazaar, with its gadgets and passengers, represented the society so completely that to board it was to be challenged by the national character. At times it was like a leisurely seminar, but I also felt on some occasions that it was like being jailed and then assaulted by the monstrously typical.

~ Paul Theroux, The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Trough Asia, 1975

3 comments:

Loree said...

This book sounds like a fascinating read.

Arti said...

So very true...
Great post!
Have a nice day:)

Angeli said...

hi loree and arti.

yes, the book is quite fascinating. through the book, one gets to have a feel of how asia was in the 70s - different yet, in a number of ways, still the same.

thanks for leaving a comment and have a wonderful day, too! ;)

 
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