Saturday, 16 Dec 2006: Rail-fanning in Cochin January 12, 2007Posted by Arun Rajagopal in India, Indian Railways, Travel.
Woke up early morning to catch the 4.20am Kollam – Ernakulam Passenger to Cochin. Pretty uneventful ride. Went to my bank to get my ATM card issue sorted out. Took a boat ride along the Marine Drive towards the ship yard and back. Sat down with a palmist at the Marine Drive just for the heck of it. She reeled off my past with such accuracy that I soon vanished from the scene. But, highly recommended, it’s not every day that you have a total stranger narrate the worst about you for 100 Rs! Had lunch at Bimbees, my favourite restaurant at Cochin. Got a 3AC ticket for Kollam on the 2511 Gorakhpur – Trivandrum Raptisagar Express, which has now taken the avatar of a super fast. Clicked some snaps of engines at Ernakulam Junction. Ran into a lil pup who had its leg ran over by a passing engine. A Railway Mail Service (RMS) worker picked up the howling animal from the bushes and gave it some water. The thankful beast was last seen tagging along with his new friend. Hated the journey, the coach had a stench about it, and I watched a rat hop around. The bright point in this trip was meeting a lovely IIT professor with an incredible sense of humour.
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