Monday, June 27, 2005
Journey from City Pune to.................
Train journey...I always loved it...as train journey in India are long ones & inexpensive..a common man's mode of travelling ...:) and...watching all the scenes and passing by different parts of the country ...gives a feeling of touching every bit of it...just coz..it takes you from one province to another...and one can see the change...right from the language...traditional clothings...gestures...even the styles of vendor's selling..its just amazing..!!!
MK Gandhi had said once...to know India one should travel via train in 3rd class train ticket...I tried to travel by 2nd class ..lol..everyone suggested to go via plane...just b'coz am from Canada...didnt give me enough reasons to convince ..;)....it takes 3 days to reach...imagine..guys...all the fun...!
We got into the train ..caught out seats..no hassel...had some neighbours..who were a group of guys...seemed like they were ex-army ppl..!
One thing I found is besides the Train Ticket Checker..there were cops who were called as Railway Protection Force...RPF's in short. Two cops got in and straight they came and caught one guy...( I was zapped at the confidence with which they caught as...no one came to us or any guess work ;)...) the guy was sleeping on the top berth and the cop searched his suitcases and they found what they were looking for :D....Alcohol..there is no harm in carrying I suppose..but if they find the bottle is unsealed..then ..hey..its party time for the cops I guess ;)!
Anyway...I was still thinking about the cops intelligence...lol...then he gave an explaination to us that ppl drink and then they misbehave with other family etc..etc..!!!
Anyway...since my train was at night 8 pm...we got comfortable ...had dinner...and went to sleep...morning I knew we would be far from this province Maharashtra...we were...in Andhra Pradesh...where things are dry...all the mountains..cactus...all one can think of dried places...one can see...how the language changes ...:) simply a tea seller..in Maharashatra says..chai chai ..(u have to go fasttt)...& Andhra they come to 'chaya ..chaya' hehe..I really loved it..this time my observation was very keen on small things...each person inside the train and outside the train...I loved when it used to stop in stations..loved to read the names...as there are small stations which are unknown..and probably will remain forever..unless one takes train like me ;)
Its difficult to capture each n everything here on the blog..but I guess I gave a glance to think and imagine :D...meanwhile I was trying to read a book...the title of the book is 'Roots'...:)
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