India's trains carry 23 million passengers every day (Photo Gallery)

India's trains carry 23 million passengers every day: most of these people go back and forth between their home and work and sometimes even hundreds of kilometers. Hours of morning and evening journey, standing in the most of the time do not find a place to do. The photographer, Bhasker Solanki, wanted to get to know the passengers better by jumping on one of the trains for the BBC.
Jayanti Gandhi has been going the same way for 35 years. He is already used to the 5km road between Surat and Mumbai, where it takes 300 hours to travel in one direction. “I'm also in the photography business,” says photographer Bhasker Solanki. I have to go to Mumbai 3 days a week. Accommodation in Mumbai is very expensive so I prefer the train. This whole train may be full of season ticket holders. While this train was a regular train, it arrived in Mumbai at 10 am. Then there was a fast train, then a super fast train, but we continue to arrive in Mumbai at 10 in the morning. "
It is possible to find a seat at the station where the train departs. However, the crowd that starts at the next station continues to increase until Mumbai. Passengers boarding at intermediate stations find a place to squeeze and something to hold on if they are lucky. The doors are closing and the next station is 40 minutes away!
Rahul, one of the passengers who managed to sit in the lower left corner, wakes up at 4 am every morning. After 25 minutes of walking to the station, the first 65 km train journey begins. Then, while transferring to another 28 km train journey, he reaches his first lesson at 15:08 by walking 30 minutes from the station where he got off.
When his classes are over at 14:30, he takes the 16:30 train and hits the same road to return home this time. Rahul, who stated that he could only cook and prepare for the next day when he got home, used to get up at 02:30 in the morning when he traveled by bus, not by train.
A very common practice in India trains: Women wagon. For those who do not want to travel with men in the crowd, they found the solution for women in a private wagon.
Mansi working in Mumbai goes to his family on weekends. “There are around 60-70 seats in the women's compartment, but we're trying to get 150 people stuck here.
Trying to help each other, at least trying to choose who is around us. We only see each other on the train, but many of us have made friends here. Some older women even found relatives. Hatta
As the train approaches Mumbai, Bhasker Solanki observes that the crowd inside overflows and now people are hanging on the train and trying to get to the last station. Upon reaching the final station, passengers specifically warn Bhasker not to intervene on landing.

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