From a cash surplus of Rs 1,071 crores in 2000, the Railways achieved an estimated Rs 25,000 crores in 2008. Alongside came a dynamic and differential tariff policy, and technical changes that led to an enhanced carrying capacity. How all this was accomplished is the focus of this riveting study of change and innovation in the Indian Railways. Read more... Changing Tracks: Reinventing the Spirit of Indian Railways by V. Nilakant.
The railways played a large part in the making of modern India. By connecting historically and geographically disparate regions and people, it forever changed the way Indians lived and thought and eventually made a national identity possible. Read more... Indian Railways: The Weaving of a National Tapestry by Bibek Debroy, et al..
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Filled with evocative names of legendary train routes -- the Direct-Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Hikari Super Express to Kyoto and the Trans-Siberian Express -- it describes the many places, cultures, sights and sounds he experienced and the fascinating people the author met. Read more... The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux.