and you think your commute by train is hard work...

The daily commute to work, squashed into an overcrowded train, is an experience shared by people across the world.

India, a place I was lucky enough to visit nearly 20 years ago, seems to take that challenge to a whole new level. This is an excerpt from an article I've just come across on the BBC's website, and is a brilliant insight into what some people go through just to get to work every day.

India's railways carry 23 million passengers every day - many of them to and from work. Bhasker Solanki photographed commuters on an early morning train from Surat in Gujarat to Mumbai. 

Jayanti Gandhi (shown opposite) has been commuting on the same route for 35 years - his 300km (185-mile) journey between Surat and Mumbai takes five hours each way.

"It costs too much to stay overnight in Mumbai," he says. "I work in the photographic business and have to go to Mumbai three times a week. This whole train could be filled with just the season ticket holders. 

Rahul, (shown sitting below) wakes up at 04:00 every morning - he has a 25-minute walk to Navsari station where he catches a train to Vapi, 65km (40 miles) away. Then there's a 28km 

(17-mile) shared rickshaw ride and another 15-minute walk before he arrives at the college where he lectures at 08:30 - four-and-a-half hours after he got up. His classes finish at 14:30, leaving him time to get back to the station for the 16:30 train home.

When he gets in, he usually cooks and gets ready for the next day. Although his journey is far from quick or luxurious, it's better than the alternative - in the past, he used to catch the bus which meant waking up at 02:30.

Now those two gents have some commute but I guess they haven't got any choice. The work is in Mumbai, and they've only got one way of getting there.

You can read the whole article and see the rest of Bhasker's candid images here.

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