[The Trains [in A Country] Contain The Essential Paraphernalia Of The Culture: Thai Trains Have The Shower Jar With The Glazed Dragon On Its Side, Ceylonese Ones The Car Reserved For Buddhist Monks, Indian Ones A Vegetarian Kitchen And Six Classes, Iranian Ones Prayer Mats, Malaysian Ones A Noodle Stall, Vietnamese Ones Bulletproof Glass On The Locomotive, And On Every Carriage Of A Russian Train There Is A Samovar. The Railway Bazaar With Its Gadgets And Passengers Represented The Society So Completely That To Board It Was To Be Challenged By The National Character. At Times It Was Like A Leisurely Seminar, But I Also Felt On Some Occasions That It Was Like Being Jailed And Then Assaulted By The Monstrously Typical.]

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