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

Half a Day and 300 miles Away From Home – Part 1

A weird title for a blog - this ; but then, this "trip" itself was weird - involving a sleep-killing overnight journey to Manmad by 11015 LTT GKP Kushinagar express, which starts from LTT at 22 45 and reaches MMR at an unearthly time of 03 10 - involving a distance of 245 km. The…Read more Half a Day and 300 miles Away From Home – Part 1

A Sunday Excursion to Pune – Part 2

I had a short but memorable outing of Pune; during which I had lunch at Sagar Restaurant (near the station), bought Shrewsbury biscuits from Naaz Bakery in East Street, and had a brief railfanning session in Kasarwadi (This video captures it in essence 😉 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms7pwCmqF_M ). The local I took from Kasarwadi (to return to…Read more A Sunday Excursion to Pune – Part 2

A Sunday Excursion to Pune – Part 1

For a change (after all those big trips 😀 ), I decided to have a one-day railfanning trip to Pune. I was to take 11029 Mumbai Kolhapur Koyna express on Feb 25th. Being a Sunday, I would normally have got up around 9 am; but this time I had to wake up at 06 30…Read more A Sunday Excursion to Pune – Part 1

The end of a whirlwind trip – Part 2

Time for me to wrap up my account of the last leg of the whirlwind trip - the journey by 11028 Chennai Mumbai Mail. Where had we left off? The change-over from electric to diesel at Wadi. For the first part, refer https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/02/14/the-end-of-a-whirlwind-trip-part-1/ . Our diesel power was APU-fitted Pune WDM3A 14093R. We departed at 15…Read more The end of a whirlwind trip – Part 2