In a occasion in Hanoi, Ashit Desai (54 years old) from Bangalore, India was very surprised when he witnessed daily activities of people on two sides of the rail.
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The rail goes through the Old Quarter, across narrow lanes and run to direction of Long Bien Bridge.
Through his pictures, photographer Ashit Desai showed a close distance between locomotives and houses two side rails.
However, people’s life here is still not interfered. They feel unworried to cook and walk near the railways.
People also sit comfortably and trade on the train rails because they know what exact time the trains go through, usually twice during the day.
When the train is going to come, people here remove goods away from train rails.
To them, this is as a habit and activities quickly come back as it should be when the train goes way.
Adam Armstrong, who is working in a tourism company share: “when rambling in rail areas and going across residents’ houses here, I not only catch friendly smiles, but also invited to visit their house and enjoy a meal. The life is really peaceful and much different from noisy sound when trains go through.”
At some intersections when trains come, railway staffs will drag shields to ensure the safety for pedestrians.
A part of railway is near residential houses- view from high