A memorable family outing down South – Part 2

A memorable Deepavali family trip to Tirunelveli (and the village Kodaganallur, 45 mins from there) was coming to a close. My mother, sister and I were to take 12632 TEN-MS Nellai express (on 8th November) to return to Chennai, while my father was to stay for one more day; before returning through a flight from Madurai. To…Read more A memorable family outing down South – Part 2

A memorable family outing down South – Part 1

Cometh Deepavali, cometh a family trip to Tirunelveli; chiefly to visit the village Kodaganallur (a 45-minute drive from Tirunelveli) for our annual family function. This always involved a train trip - this time by 12631 MS-TEN Nellai express; newly turned LHB 🙂 . On the day of the journey (6th November), the 4 of us…Read more A memorable family outing down South – Part 1

The Queen displays her class yet again

You must wonder by now; how I do not get bored after so many trips between Mumbai and Pune - that too such a short distance of less than 200 km. Well, yesterday's trip was no ordinary one; it was one by the pride of CR - 12124 Pune Mumbai Deccan Queen. For such a…Read more The Queen displays her class yet again

A Pune trip to cherish! – Part 2

It was the twilight of a memorable trip to Pune. I had met my friend at his home in Narhe (Vadgaon Budruk) and spent some time with him there; after which he had driven me (by scooter) back to the station  - where we had lunch at the Rail Dhaba, followed by coffee and some…Read more A Pune trip to cherish! – Part 2

A Pune trip to cherish! – Part 1

This was a trip to Pune that I would cherish in more ways than one. Firstly, I was visiting a close friend (and an ex-colleague) at his new home in Pune for the first time. Secondly, this was my first trip by 12127 Mumbai Pune Intercity in its LHB avatar. Lastly, it was a welcome…Read more A Pune trip to cherish! – Part 1

I came to you

I came to you for your guidance I came to you Because I thought you would understand More than others would I came to you Because I thought you were the light At the end of a long, inky black tunnel Never did I think That you would shatter my hopes so cruelly That I…Read more I came to you

Another long Mumbai-Chennai Trip: Part 2

Stuck with a critical project for the past week, I couldn't find time to write Part 2 of yet another long Mumbai-Chennai train trip (by 11027 Mumbai Chennai Mail of course 😀 , starting on 14th August!) . Anyway, now that the weekend has arrived; here goes..before reading on, please refer to Part 1! https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/08/26/another-long-mumbai-chennai-trip-part-1/ We…Read more Another long Mumbai-Chennai Trip: Part 2

Another long Mumbai-Chennai Trip: Part 1

Yes. As you might have guessed. Another long and tedious journey (not for me though! 😛 ) by the famous supercrawler - 11027 Mumbai Chennai Mail. Well, it is almost impossible to get reservation (especially in AC) in any other train; unless you book at least 3 months in advance! That too, given the day…Read more Another long Mumbai-Chennai Trip: Part 1

I am a Tam Brahm

Footnote: This poem can't be called an entirely original work. I owe a lot of the ideas (and certain facts) to the various people in India who have been at the fore of the anti-caste movement - great historical leaders like Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Thanthai Periyar; as well as contemporary anti-caste movements - comprising…Read more I am a Tam Brahm

An eventful Saturday Monsoon Outing by Godavari express – Part 2

So, an eventful Saturday monsoon outing had started with my trip by 12117 LTT-MMR Godavari express; starting 7 mins late and getting further delayed by 40 mins along the way - as we came to Kasara, where the suburban services to the lines North-East of Mumbai terminated; and the beautiful Thull ghats began. Before reading…Read more An eventful Saturday Monsoon Outing by Godavari express – Part 2