Thursday, January 3, 2013

Indian Railways: A Never Ending Joy Ride

There is seriously something wrong with me! No matter how many times I’ve promised myself I would never do it but just the thought of going somewhere new is enough for me to give up. Maybe it’s the rat race job I have, maybe it because of my desire for freedom or is it something chronic!

Some believe in saving up for the future, a home, a car or in some case, for their daughter’s dowry (hell yeah, dowry still is alive and kicking) but I’ve never been much of a saving guy. What is the use of working if you can’t enjoy what you earn. So, here I am, once again with my pack bag, an unconfirmed train ticket and just enough cash to last a week in the gorgeous South India and a small part of my head shouting ‘how the hell will you pay your rent’.

Traveling in the Indian railway is nothing less than a day out in an amusement park. It will take you from green fields to barren land, from poverty stricken slums to laid back villages, from cars and bikes waiting for the train crossing to kids collecting junk, the experience is overwhelming. Even the scenes inside the train are no less vibrant and contrast than the outside. Loud Bollywood music blasting from mobile phones, people sneaking a cigarettes near the door , hawkers selling everything from Chai, biscuits, soda and snacks to toys, towels, electronics, a trip in the Indian railways is an experience to be cherished.

For a newbie, a train journey in India is exactly like sitting in a roller coaster drunk, you will want to puke and the smell, the farts and the rush will add more to it. If you really wanna be a part of this chaotic joy ride, you need to be open-minded and always expect the unexpected.



Some old fort built on top of a barren Rocky Hill.



How I wish i could sit on top of the hill listening to Pink Floyd


Can you see those kids waving at the Camera



Found this dude studying under the light in the train station somewhere in Andhra Pradesh. Notice the Mobile Phone, if he had the money to buy a mobile phone, why can't he just buy a rechargeable light and study somewhere quite. 



 










South India has some of the most bewitching landscapes but the food, oh man... i can't take it.

 
BTW, I could not confirm my ticket so i had to travel 40 hours without a seat. Luckily, this guy from the pantry offered his seat for 200 bucks for a night, which was right next to the toilet.




My backpack/my pillow for the trip
BTW, I found this really cool iPhone 5 cases at Zazzle
                                             Image Source:  iPhone 5 cases from Zazzle

23 comments:

  1. hey akum, whr'd u go? pix are very good!!!

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  2. Just love the chaostic Indian Railways.. Great pics. Good to see you back.

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  3. Studying in a railway station. Wish we could help him

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  4. Have always loved your random travel post. BTW, I think u have been bitten by the Travel bug. Am sure you will be doing this more often.

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  5. 40 hours train ride in Indian Railways withouth a confirmed ticket, you got balls dude. Glad you enjoy the trip.

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  6. Love the pics. Happy to know you are still traveling. Next time why not make a small video and share.

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  7. Life is best if its unplanned. We need suprises to keep this life exciting and worth living. Great pics.

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  8. I know how it is to travel without a seat in a train in India. Keep o blogging.

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  9. South India is my favorite place to visit in India. The food is not that bad if you know what to eat. Next time try their seafod. Its heavenly.

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  10. Enjoy the pics. Keep blogging.

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  11. Anonymous13/1/13

    ah! do i envy you or what? nice pictures btw :) keep em coming!

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  13. Keep traveling, that's a non-stop learning way while having fun ! :)

    Some how i love those train journeys, specially at night...with those warm white glows, whole world sleeping and you can look outside shadows. I feel at peace, i feel time can just stop !
    Lol, yeah that's me !! :P

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    1. I can feel what you are trying to say... If you haven't done it yet, try the general class in the Indian railways. You will be blinded by the contrast, though precautions are highly recommended.

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  14. Ha ha ha... very interesting read as always!
    and lmao at the dude studying at the railway station.... these are the kids our parents used to talk about when we woudn't study... :D

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    1. That was the first thing that came to my mind when i saw this dude....

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  15. good article except your idiotic comment about the guy studying at a station. the phone could be a cheap one and instead of acknowledging his desire to learn you are bullying him.how sad.

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    1. If he can afford a mobile phone, he can definitely afford a rechargeable portable lamb which cost around 100 bucks... Am sure it will be of better help to him :)

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  16. it's a wonderful journey to you. Nice post with beautiful series of pictures.

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  17. keep bloggong enjoy your trip

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  18. Its very unique posts.
    I say your blog is very creative.
    Thanks for sharing your art and creativity with us.

    Looking for more blog updates

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  19. Its good blog presentation.

    All images posted are very attractive and discriptive

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  20. Its super blog presentation

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful information with us

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