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Cantonment Railway Station – An Illustrated Travel Story

Urban Sketching At Cantonment Railway Station

Last weekend, our Urban Sketchers meet was at the Cantonment Railway Station, Bangalore (BNC). While most of us were geared up to sketch amidst the bustle and chaos of a typical Indian railway station, what we found was a place of astonishing stillness. The arched walls and green rooftops look as though they simply stood still and refused to move to make way for Bengaluru!

A group of Railways employees was conducting a Swachh Bharat survey. They asked us a few questions and moved on to complete their round of the station. A train with a vivid red engine stood by the platform the entire time we were there (almost as though posing for us). It was an idyllic sketchmeet at the most unexpected of places.

The sketches were done and put together into a short story, an ode to the station.

Memories and Nostalgia

Railway stations always bring back memories … As a kid, trips to the station with my father meant a new book for me – Tinkle comics, Enid Blyton books, The Three Investigators, Nancy Drews. What do railway stations remind you of? Any special stories? Comment below and share your railway memories with me.

Sharing this beautiful poem written by Sara Teasdale:

Fields beneath a quilt of snow
From which the rocks and stubble sleep,
And in the west a shy white star
That shivers as it wakes from deep.

The restless rumble of the train,
The drowsy people in the car,
Steel blue twilight in the world,
And in my heart a timid star.

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