DAY – 1 : Indian Railways.. Unforgettable Always !!
A bunch of unknown people, grouped together by Happy Journey Pvt Ltd, board the train for jabalpur!! I met everyone for the first time on kalyan station.. !! No interaction on the platform..!! Just exchange of gazes!! Weird confused gazes..!! The train arrived!! All of us were scattered in three different bogies..!! Ten minutes from boarding .. I had figured out eight of them.. Gaurav, Anup, Paresh & Pratik (the Gujju Gang) .. The Beautiful Deepti & Ruchira.. (single female travelers, just like me ).. Suraj (the wildlife photographer ) and Naveen .. (the geeky guy with silky smooth hair.. I envy his hair till date!!)
And the fun begins.. we throw our bags on the seats and head for the doors… we bang them open.. and cling on to the edges..
There are a few commandments that every Indian train traveler follows..
- Have Chai! However tasteless the chai is, we all have it on the train! Getting a good chai in the train is like winning a lottery..! I have never won one!! :/
- Get down at every single halt.. track down your seat.. start banging on the glass window asking the fellow passenger (who always hesitates to get down) – to get down!!
- Eat a lot..!!
We followed them all – very religiously..!!
With some posing and random clicking .. and of course some intimate discussion on how good and hygienic a toilet should be.. we are through for the day..!!