By Mark Memmott

NPR correspondents are taking The Two-Way with them along the historic Grand Trunk Road that stretches from the Bay of Bengal in the east to the Hindu Kush mountains in the west, across the Indian subcontinent. They're reporting for a Morning Edition series, which began airing this week, about life along the route. We've been getting posts from them since April 14. Click here to see all of the team's dispatches.

Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, who has joined the team in Pakistan, says NPR has undertaken this project to hear from "young people along one of the world's historic highways."

On the show today, NPR's Philip Reeves told listeners of the dreams some young Indians have of a better life and took them to the holy city of Varanasi (as producer Nishant Dahiya did in the Two-Way last month), where old India meets new.

Here is Philip on the dreams of India's young (Steve introduces the report):

And in Varanasi:



Crowds of worshipers gather at the Dashashwamedh Ghat for an evening pooja ceremony in Varanasi, India. (Kainaz Amaria for NPR)

Crowds of worshipers gather at the Dashashwamedh Ghat for an evening pooja ceremony in Varanasi, India. (Kainaz Amaria for NPR)



categories: Afghanistan, Grand Trunk Road, India, Pakistan

8:55 - May 13, 2010