May 12, 2019

Around India on Trucks and Highways with Rajat Ubhaykar

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Rajat Ubhaykar, a journalist from Mumbai who talks about his journey around India on trucks and highways!

Today's destination: India!

Nearest Airport: n/a

Nearest Railway Station: n/a

Prerequisites - n/a

Packing - n/a

Time of the year - April

Length of the itinerary: n/a

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Rajat talks about his roller coaster of a journey traversing India on trucks as he set out to document the lives of truckers and the highway economy of India.

  • Rajat's journey was covered in 2 legs, first leg was Mumbai-Srinagar-NE, the second leg covered the eastern and western coastlines of India.

  • Rajat talks at length about the lives of the truckers, the kind of stereotyping they are subject to, the reality of life on a highway, and how things evolved over the 2 years of his journey.

  • Rajat's travelogue about his journey is set to hit the book stands later this year, make sure to check it out!


Links to blog post

On building of truck bodies in Sirhind, Punjab -

On hitchhiking with nomads from Jammu to Srinagar -

Two pieces on trucking on NH39, India's most unsafe highway that passes through Nagaland & Manipur -

On overloading and corruption on the highways -

More about the Guest:

Twitter: @rajatub

Photo by Harsh Fuloria on Unsplash

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