"I, too, remember the feeling. You are caught between all that was and all that must be. You feel lost."
Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of The World   (via thatkindofwoman)


It is no exaggeration to say that Sanjay’s life is dominated by the railways. His father is an engine driver. He plays on the tracks as a child and later jettisons his dreams of becoming an artist to join the railways as a ticket conductor. Sanjay prefers to sleep on the steel berths of a train rather than in the room he rents on the outskirts of Mumbai. In between his long distance railway duty, he meets a woman on a local train. Shalini lives near an important local rail junction Kurla. Their dates often take place at the railway canteen. When their relationship comes undone, Sanjay returns to the womb as it were—her jumps onto the 27 Down and heads to Varanasi. The film could have just as appropriately been called Train Wreck. The film’s director, Awtar Krishna Kaul, working with acclaimed cinematographer Apurba Kishore Bir shoots entirely on location and captures unforgettable documentary-style images of local and long distance travel. The high-contrast, black and white camerawork pays rich dividends in a memorable top-angle sequence of a train pulling into an empty CST platform and disgorging its passengers. Mumbai’s famous (some would say notorious) local trains have always carried more people than they should, even back then in 1974. It’s safe to say that the director would have made more interesting films had he not died while trying to save somebody from drowning shortly before the film was released. Kaul left behind a film that questions the idea of the train as sign of industrial progress. For Sanjay, the moving bogies constitute a journey into nowhereness. 

—Nandini Ramnath, WORLD FILM LOCATIONS: Mumbai

"Words are so much
like the weather,
they touch everyone
a different way."
Pavana पवन (via maza-dohta)


It’s as if the salt of the desert has robbed the pictures of their color!

The Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India

by Stuart Redler

"She seems so cool, so focused, so quiet, yet her eyes remain fixed upon the horizon. You think you know all there is to know about her immediately upon meeting her, but everything you think you know is wrong. Passion flows through her like a river of blood.
She only looked away for a moment, and the mask slipped, and you fell. All your tomorrows start here."
 Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things  (via thatkindofwoman)

Pascal Lamorisse in The Red Balloon (1956, dir. Albert Lamorisse) (via)


Pascal Lamorisse in The Red Balloon (1956, dir. Albert Lamorisse) (via)