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On The Grand Trunk Road In India, Getting Directions Is A Great Mystery

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On The Grand Trunk Road In India, Getting Directions Is A Great Mystery

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On The Grand Trunk Road In India, Getting Directions Is A Great Mystery

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 preparing an upcoming Morning Edition series about life along the route. As ME host Steve Inskeep says, "a new generation is growing up along that ancient road" and NPR will be telling the stories of those young Indians and Pakistanis who face vast opportunities — and vast problems. Click here to see all of the team's posts.

In today's audio dispatch, Philip Reeves talks to us about "one of the great mysteries" of the trip so far: "The strange reluctance of people we're trying to reach ... to tell us how to get to where they are." As you'll hear, producer Nishant Dahiya has to ask several times along the way how to reach their hotel in Aligarh.

Philip's theory is that many Indians "assume that you can find out how to get to them by asking people in the street." The good news is, "we haven't found one person who hasn't been willing" to help:

On The Grand Trunk Road In India, Getting Directions Is A Great Mystery

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Philip and Nishant have been joined on the trip by photographer Kainaz Amaria, who has filed some beautiful images from along the way. NPR's The Picture Show blog has put together a gallery with many of the best photos so far. Here's one guaranteed to make you hungry. It's the fare at a "dhaba" along the road — one of the many truck stops where you can get a quick meal:

Fast-food, dhaba-style. (Kainaz Amaria for NPR) hide caption

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Fast-food, dhaba-style. (Kainaz Amaria for NPR)

And here's a "street-level" view of a dhaba:

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Finally, that great gallery of Kainaz's photos that our friends at The Picture Show have produced:

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