Monday, October 6, 2008

Day One: Secunderabad to Delhi



What a start to the much hyped trip of mine! At 8:30 pm at Secunderabad station, when I asked at the enquiry, on which platform Sampark Kranti would arrive, I invited a godamn-you-good-for-nothin look. I sensed danger. The guy smirked and said, "Sampark Kranti left at 5:30 pm already". I was flummoxed. It cant be. I had seen the ticket timings atleast a dozen times and registered in my mind. In a frustrating bid to prove him wrong, I pulled out the neatly folded sleeper class ticket and thrusted onto him. He gave me an even meaner look. "Dikhte to padhe likhe ho"(seem like an educated one), he retorted. I scanned the ticket again and realised my folly. I hadn't looked a bigger fool than now ever before. I had mistook the time of purchase on the ticket for the train timing. I beat a hasty retreat from the place, gathered my wits and pondered my next course of action.
I cancelled my ticket and picked the next following train, Dakshin Express at 11 pm without reservation.
My adventure had begun. But this was uncalled for.

6 comments:

Prasanna Seshadri said...

Oh this is a kind of mistake which should have been prevented, anyhow not much damage was done, good.

Ravi Kumar said...

Prasanna: I learnt my lesson the hard way. I would never ever repeat it again for sure.

Leela A said...

Hi, thanks for dropping by. You have an interesting blog, especially the travel parts. Aside, I was at the Pista House last year, and thought the Haleem was quite something too. Cheers.

ബൈജു (Baiju) said...

I can imagine how tensed you were during those moments…. Waiting to hear more………

Ravi Kumar said...

yes Baiju...i was initially..but then I smiled and took it in my stride..see now it makes a story to share :)

Vishva Bhraman said...

Nice article..

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