I haven’t been on a long Train journey ever. The last time I made a train journey was when I went to Bangalore. Traveling from Mumbai to Chakki Bank took almost 36 hours. The station is called Chakki because the town is near the River Chakki so Chakki river’s bank.
Its fascinating to see a place which you have only heard of. I have a mental picture of the place in my mind but the real picture can be way of from my imagination. I am currently in a project where the client has offices all over India and we deal with people all over India. Talking to them, interacting with them, we always tend to make a mental picture in our mind and imagine the place to be something different.
Cities like Jalandar, Ludhiana, kota and such that we talked about in the problem in the offices of these cities came during the journey to Dalhousie. And it feels surreal
Ratlam Ki Galiyon Main….
Remember “Jab We Met“? Because we did. Shahid and Kareena on Ratlam station at night? Hotel Decent? We had reached Ratlam Junction in the evening and we all took photos below this board. Felt silly! Yes! And Its exactly 493.62 meters above sea level. Just that you know!
We were 6 hours late to reach Pathankot because of this. Its such a dense fog that its difficult to see beyond a few meters. This was taken from the back seat of Tata Sumo en route to Amritsar. This is somewhere at 9:00 AM and there is no sign of sunshine. The foggy dull atmosphere continued in Amritsar too.
Below a clean road without any traffic. Ekdum phoren lagta hai!
Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!
Just after leaving pathankot for Amritsar comes a railway crossing. As vehicles waited for the train to pass, we had this school bus standing next to us and in it were boys of varying age. The elder one came out of the bus while the younger one sat looking outside. As we tried to cajole them for a photo, they keep looking away. One of them even shut the window when we pointed camera at him. The dusty dirty windows made it all the more difficult to take a perfect picture. The above picture was a lucky one when the little boy turned and laughed at us. And I love my camera!!!
Mathew shot this one from the train. Don’t exactly remember which station. Actually now when I look at it, it looks like steps to climb up the pole. That time, it looked like a bird rest, where birds could rest a while before flying off. Imagination?
We did not have breakfast before our journey to Amritsar. The idea was to have Parathas on the way. We stopped at a dhabba (road side hotel) where we had the most amazing parathas. 6 Parathas gone in 5 minutes. Behind the Dhabba was a small farm with piles of dry grass. I caught these bird flying from one pile to another.
I have done nothing but just reduced the brightness and the picture comes in two colours both separated by a imaginary line. The field was behind the dhabba where we took our lunch although the lunch was not as tasty like our breakfast.
We had spent more than 34 hours in the train. After a late night sleep, we had got up early for Amritsar. After a quick tour of Amritsar, we came back to Pathankot and were supposed to go ahead to Dalhousie. We still had 6 hours of journey ahead of us. All of us were tired. Mathew and I sat at the back when we saw them sleeping. From left to right; Taj, Hemant and Ashwin.
To be Continued…….