(This is an unpublished chapter from the manuscript of my new book, “Heart, Guts & Steel: The Making of an Indian Surgeon“)
One summer, I took a few days off to surprise my parents on their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.
To keep me engaged on the 24 hour journey, I picked up a popular bestseller from the library. For good measure, I also carried along a medical journal. I hopped into an upper berth shortly after the train left Dadar station, opened the book, and fell asleep within minutes!
I slept through the night – and all next day… waking up briefly only to gobble down the sandwiches our cafeteria manager had thoughtfully packed for me!
As our train crawled into Basin Bridge station, a few minutes from the terminus at Madras Central, I finally got down from my berth.