After many years, I took the train to Pune recently. Since his mother wanted some son-free and husband-free time, Abhishek and I went off together on a 2-day journey to meet my grandparents and uncles, aunts and cousins.
We took the Inter-city, which leaves Mumbai at 6:45 am and reaches Pune just over three hours later. With a window seat for Abhishek, we had plenty to look.
The train was the preferred route to travel to Pune for the first 20+ years of my life. Then, with the expressway, the car became the convenient option. With Abhishek loving trains, it was back to the rails.
The journey brought back memories from the past, as we passed through the ghats and then the dash from Lonavla to Pune. Abhishek loved seeing the Mumbai local trains also.
We reached Pune on time. I hope it was the first of many more Mumbai-Pune train rides for Abhishek.