22 October, 2020

A Riot Of Impressions

A Riot Of Impressions
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
You must be out of your mind, going to Aligarh with the communal tension there." Anxious friends had been at it ever since I got an invitation from the Aligarh Muslim Women’s College to be their chief guest on annual day. And it was quite true: the papers had been full of a bizarre confrontation between two communities. It all started at a graveyard and cremation ground located next to each other with members of a community trying to prevent the funeral of the other. However, since the university had assured me the curfew had been relaxed and there was no tension on the campus, I decided to take the trip by Shatabdi—which isn’t as easy as it sounds. For some strange reason, taxis have to halt a half-kilometre away from the main platform at the Ajmeri Gate end of New Delhi railway station, not to mention the porter who demanded an astronomical sum to carry a small suitcase. Following him while also negotiating the filthy, slippery platform did nothing to lift my spirits. The Shatabdi itself was a joy with its German-made carriages and many Lucknow regulars. The huge picture...
unsub

THIS ARTICLE IS PRICELESS...

To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.


In this article:

More from Amita Malik


Latest Magazine

October 26, 2020
content

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section