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Coolie No. 15: Jaipur Junction’s lady porter

Not discouraged or disheartened; resolutely courageous, she sprints up and down stair cases each day, loading taxis, chasing customers and carrying upto 30 kilograms on her head. Working among 200 men as a porter or “coolie” at Jaipur city’s railway station, Manju Devi, with her porter badge no 15, goes about her daily routine with grit and determination, fighting all odds. Probably ...

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Indian Railways – woes of a seasoned traveller

|By Narendra Kaushik| It was sometime in November last year in Dalli Rajhara, a mofussil town in Chhattisgarh living on borrowed time (the entire city has come up on land belonging to Indian Railways and Bhilai Steel Plant). I was to leave for Durg to catch Delhi-bound Bilaspur Rajdhani Express. A young but frail waiter who I had befriended during my ...

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