Flashes of inconsistent brilliance

You know the feeling when a sports team you support (for eg. Pakistan cricket team) have a lot of talent and potential but don't perform as well as their strength on paper says. In this case, it was a train instead - 12127 Mumbai Pune Intercity; covering a distance of 192 km between Mumbai and…Read more Flashes of inconsistent brilliance

A classy journey by the Tejas – Part 2

It is hard to write about a journey by a premier train (that too traversing Konkan Railway) like Tejas express in just one post - so there had to be two parts! For the first one, please refer https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/04/17/a-classy-journey-by-the-tejas-part-1/ . We had departed RN at 17 28, 8 mins late. There was an Accident Relief Medical…Read more A classy journey by the Tejas – Part 2

A classy journey by the Tejas – Part 1

The main purpose of this "mini-trip" to old Goa (Karmali) was the return train by the premium superfast - 22120 Karmali Mumbai Tejas express. This was a truly sumptuous feast, after the appetizer in the form of the onward journey by 10111 CSMT-MAO Konkan Kanya express https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/04/09/the-appetizer-to-a-konkan-feast/ . The train was stationed at Platform 1, conveniently…Read more A classy journey by the Tejas – Part 1

The appetizer to a Konkan feast

No, this is not about food. A train trip is to railfans what a feast is for a foodie 😛 . This Konkan "feast" refers to a ride by 22120 Karmali Mumbai Tejas express - a premium superfast train that belongs to the Shatabdi class; never mind the fact that it's not much of a…Read more The appetizer to a Konkan feast

You have endured so much

You have endured so much You have braved so much As a village girl In the clutches of poverty Studying, cooking, washing As a city girl In the murky waters Of office politics and gossip Tears well up in your eyes As a colleague revels in his sport Of cracking jokes at your expense You…Read more You have endured so much

A Superfast with a Phobia of Speed

The title seems ironic; but IMHO it applies perfectly to 22106 Pune Mumbai Indrayani express - at least on the particular day Saturday 24th March. That day I had reached Pune by taking 11301 CSMT-SBC Udyan express - for the blog of that journey please refer https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/03/25/a-summer-saturday-morning-trip-to-pune/ . At Pune, as per plan; I bought the…Read more A Superfast with a Phobia of Speed

A Summer Saturday Morning Trip to Pune

Yes. Yet another outing to Pune - hope you won't get bored by now 😛 . Nearly a month ago, I had made a similar trip in order to buy Shrewsbury biscuits from the famous Kayani bakery - only to end up buying from Naaz Bakery (which is not as good as the former) instead;…Read more A Summer Saturday Morning Trip to Pune

Mega Block Blues – Part 2

Where were we? Ah! The  megablock of Sunday March 11th...it had taken its toll on 11024 KOP-CSMT Sahyadri express - as it took 2 hrs 45 mins to cover a distance of merely 63 km from Pune to LNL - at a speed of approximately 23 kmph - something that could have been achieved by…Read more Mega Block Blues – Part 2

Mega Block Blues – Part 1

Being the crazy railfan that I am, I had decided upon another sleep-killing trip 😛 - to Pune this time instead of Manmad; to know what I am talking about, please visit the blogs of my last trip: https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/03/03/half-a-day-and-300-miles-away-from-home-part-1/ and https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/03/04/half-a-day-and-300-miles-away-from-home-part-2/ . Coming back to this trip, it started with an overnight journey to Pune by 51033…Read more Mega Block Blues – Part 1

Half a Day and 300 miles Away From Home – Part 2

There was nothing for me to do at MMR station, except for trying (in vain) to get some sleep; while sitting in the waiting room on Platform 2. The constant announcements (useful for the passengers of course, though! ) didn't help. At 04 45, I washed my face and brushed my teeth - at one…Read more Half a Day and 300 miles Away From Home – Part 2