A Return Journey To Remember – Part 2

This is Part 2 of my account of my train journey by 11042 Chennai Mumbai express on Nov 25 - sorry to keep you waiting; was busy with work over the last few days! Here is Part 1 if you haven't read it yet! https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/12/03/a-return-journey-to-remember-part-1/  As always, please refer to the legend right at the bottom…Read more A Return Journey To Remember – Part 2

A Return Journey To Remember – Part 1

After a rather enjoyable trip of Chennai of a week, during which I met my maternal grandparents, relatives and friends; it was time for me to return to Mumbai - again by train! Oh, and for my account of my train journey from Mumbai; please refer https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/11/22/a-two-night-sojourn-to-chennai-part-1/ and https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/11/23/a-two-night-sojourn-to-chennai-part-2/ . This time, I took 11042 MAS CSMT…Read more A Return Journey To Remember – Part 1

A Two Night Sojourn to Chennai – Part 2

Like my journey by 11027 Mumbai Chennai 'supercrawler' Mail, my blogs also tend to be long; thus necessitating a split into two or more parts. Sorry to keep you waiting so long for Part 2! Here is Part 1 if you have not read it yet! https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/11/22/a-two-night-sojourn-to-chennai-part-1/  Again, for technical terms and station codes; please refer…Read more A Two Night Sojourn to Chennai – Part 2

A Two Night Sojourn to Chennai – Part 1

I was hugely lucky to benefit from the 15-day leave policy of my company; which I made full use of - to plan a week-long trip to Chennai in order to meet my maternal grandparents, relatives and friends. As the title suggests, I took the legendary 09 Down Mail (now 11027 Mumbai Chennai Mail); a…Read more A Two Night Sojourn to Chennai – Part 1

The magic spell cast by Dhanushkodi

As we head towards Dhanushkodi On a road smooth as velvet Tall trees of coconut surround us Forming a canopy to shield us From the wrath of the mighty Sun Whose eyes pierce us all And cast an everlasting glow Over the silken stretches of sand Erstwhile a tiny speck in the horizon Now omnipresent,…Read more The magic spell cast by Dhanushkodi

A chaotic experience at Tiruchendur temple

As I head into a temple Standing tall with its gopuram Underlining its grandeur and monstrosity Luring the faithful and the besotted As an ocean opens its arms To invite the mighty ships To sail in its capricious waters Even the cynical and non-believing Can't help but turn their heads Letting their eyes widen and…Read more A chaotic experience at Tiruchendur temple

My first visit to Pandharpur – Part 2

For those of you who have not yet read Part 1, here is the link: https://ashwinkumar1989net.wordpress.com/2017/05/21/my-first-visit-to-pandharpur-part-1/ . I had darshan at the Vitthal Temple, but could not see the main deity due to the crowd. I then came to my hotel room and slept for 4 hours, as I was tired after walking in the dry heat…Read more My first visit to Pandharpur – Part 2

My first visit to Pandharpur – Part 1

My primary purpose of this trip was to explore the Kurduvadi - Pandharpur line (secondary purpose being darshan at the famous Vitthal Temple). I could not get reservation in the direct train to Pandharpur(51027 CSTM-PVR fast passenger) because of the weekend rush, so I instead chose to book a ticket to KWV for Saturday May…Read more My first visit to Pandharpur – Part 1