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

A night out at Currey Road – Part 2

This is a continuation of my experience in the recent Mumbai floods. You can read Part 1 here https://ashwinkumar1989net.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/a-night-out-at-currey-road-part-1/ . The intensity of the rains reduced, but the water level was still well above normal. The NGO continued to distribute biscuits, this time along with a packet of thil laddus as well 😉 . There weren't…Read more A night out at Currey Road – Part 2

A night out at Currey Road – Part 1

Tuesday 29th August 2017. Wow. What a day. There were already some subtle signs early in the day, though I managed to reach my office (at Lower Parel) without much ado in the morning. Things were not going that great at work (Recruitment), with candidates either losing interest or not responding to my calls. Then,…Read more A night out at Currey Road – Part 1

Once a railfan, always a railfan

At the age of two, it started Love for wheels on rails The way trains moved, fascinated The track clatter, gave goosebumps The window seat was heaven Countryside in all its glory The journey had a story Charming, were the stations The engine horn was music The beats were the diesel chugging The transition jerk…Read more Once a railfan, always a railfan

Best way to spend the first weekend of the month – Part 1

I had an exciting first weekend of August ahead for me, which involved a trip to Manthralayam; primarily for the train journey, secondarily for the Tungabhadra river; and lastly for darshan at the famous Swami Raghavendra Temple . I was to take my favourite train 12163 Dadar Chennai Super express , from Dadar to Raichur ; on Friday…Read more Best way to spend the first weekend of the month – Part 1

Some days are really bad

Some days are really bad Nothing goes right You have no might At the end, you are glad You try your best Nothing clicks for you It's a real character test More so, when autist is you Why only results matter? Why not your efforts? Your morale will shatter Breached, is your fort Once work…Read more Some days are really bad

The myth of the great Aamchi Mumbai

"Aamchi Mumbai" inspires awe and brings forth opportunities The Gateway , CST and Bandra-Worli Sea Link stand out as epic icons More remarkable is the resurgence of  public in the face of calamities In dark times, the clockwork precision of  Mumbai locals serving as a beacon However, there lies a black hole in the Sun…Read more The myth of the great Aamchi Mumbai