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A Journey and a Conversation – Part 2

July 5th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I have loved long train rides ever since I can remember. Business travel necessitates flights, so the joy of sitting in a train and letting the world go by has been all but forgotten. On a train ride like this, one isn’t worried about take-off queues, connecting flights and being late for meetings. And with Abhishek around, it was even more fun. The three-tier berths were just perfect for the 6 year-old to go up and down, and across.

Sleeping in the train on the upper berth can be easy or difficult with the rhythmic motion of the train. I have never had a problem sleeping. On the way back, I woke up at Ratlam. I last passed through Ratlam in the summer of 1986 en route to Delhi for the Himankan trip while I was in IIT. It was almost exactly 25 years ago.

I came out on the platform to see the hustle-bustle of a typical  junction that never seems to  run out of trains to service. I was pleasantly surprised to see the railway staff wearing “Clean Train” jackets get in and do a terrific job cleaning the toilets, removing the garbage, sweeping the floor, and wiping the windows.

Continued tomorrow.

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  • 1 delhiboy // Jul 8, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Some of my fondest childhood memories – riding the train from Delhi to Jammu with my Dad – many many times.

    This post brings back memories – thanks 🙂

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