The pandemic, ever since its formation at the end of 2019 in Wuhan, China; has claimed a gazillion lives globally. It has caused many more people to lose their jobs (and thus their livelihood, for the poor and the underprivileged). If you are not among either of these two categories; consider yourself extremely privileged, especially…Read more Reminiscing train travel before the pandemic
This poem is dedicated to trains, especially Indian Railways; for I am deeply missing train travel since the COVID19 pandemic has struck. My last train trip was on February 15th 2020; between Mumbai and Pune. Here goes the content: It has been a long wait Days turning into weeks Weeks turning into months And now,…Read more It has been a long wait
For a railfan, what better way to end the year than a train trip? Even if it is just one of many Mumbai-Pune trips that have crowded the calendar of 2019! The reason this time around? To meet my friend and ex-colleague Rishi before my engagement (yes, I am engaged now! 🙂 ). The only…Read more Finishing off 2019 in style! – Part 2
First of all, a very Happy and Prosperous 2020 to you all!! Secondly, I have been very busy for the last two weeks - thanks to my engagement (yes, finally! :D) and the activities arising out of this wonderful event; which may explain my absence for close to a month 😉 . Anyway, this blog…Read more Finishing off 2019 in style! – Part 1
The magnet of Pune had pulled me yet again; as it has done so often - over the last two years. My excuse this time was to meet my friend (railfan Omkar) there and do a lot of railfanning there; and boy did we enjoy ourselves! 🙂 After a short RF session at Pune junction…Read more Yielding to the pull of the magnet, yet again! – Part 2
A train trip on a weekend is a veritable magnet for a railfan; especially one who has to deal with the combined stress of working in a small startup and commuting in Mumbai locals daily. Yet, why a trip to Pune everytime; you might as well ask! Well, my excuse this time was to meet…Read more Yielding to the pull of the magnet, yet again! – Part 1
Saturday November 16th had found me on a mini-trip to Igatpuri; in order to escape the hustle-bustle of a workaholic city like Mumbai. I had reached there by 15017 LTT-GKP Kashi express (via BSB). For the description of that journey please go to Part 1: https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2019/11/17/escaping-from-the-hustle-bustle-of-mumbai-yet-again-part-1/ . Now was the time to return; by 22148…Read more Escaping from the hustle-bustle of Mumbai, yet again! – Part 2
Yes, we all dearly love to escape from the rigours of our daily work routines in fast-paced metros, don't we? Especially if the metro happens to be Mumbai; more so, when it involves commuting to work by the Mumbai locals with their super dense crush load! Considering all that, it is a delightful irony that…Read more Escaping from the hustle-bustle of Mumbai, yet again! – Part 1
Yet another trip to Pune! Already I’ve been asked quite a few times why I travel to Pune only and not other places. Indeed, you all must be under the impression that Pune is my second home! Well, my good friend and ex-colleague does happen to reside in Pune. Besides, I’d wanted to visit the…Read more A serpentine excursion to Pune!
I am a crazy railfan. And a nature lover. When Railways and Nature meet; it is a deadly combo! 😀 Thus it was decided that I would do a day-trip to Igatpuri; in order to: Capture scenic vistas of the Thull Ghats just after the monsoonsVisit Camel Valley (about 4-5 km from the town of…Read more Railfanning marries Nature!!