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Railways on the culture track

The history of the evolution of railways in India lurks in the background

Bibek Debroy 

The Purveyors of Destiny A Cultural Biography of the Indian Railways Arup K Chatterjee Bloomsbury 321 pages; Rs 599   There are several books on Indian Railways (meaning mostly the history), but there is nothing quite like this. Described as a cultural biography, it is one of a kind. What’s a cultural biography? Here is an explanation from the author’s prologue: “In each of the stories and histories that follow, the Indian Railways are a character. As such, they deserve a biography, of which none exists so far… It was my desire to recreate the railways as a ...

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First Published: Thu, June 22 2017. 02:32 IST
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