Last train from Gorakhpur

The parting

The man was in uniform and the woman had her ghunghat covering her head, while the little girl clung to her saree. The jawan wore the shoulder flashes of the Paratroop Regiment attached. (I was heavily into NCC and I knew ranks pretty well). The soldier’s starched dark grey shirt had it’s sleeves rolled almost up to his armpits and on his muscled right arm was a tattoo of a conical prism with clouds above, the regiment insignia.

The woman had a huge nose ring and her hands were covered up to her elbows in multicolored bangles. Standing by them was a one of those huge military-issue steel trunks, with “Cpl. Dinesh Tripathi” stenciled on the side.

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Last train from Gorakhpur




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