The Real Journey

06 Feb

… is the attempt to understand your rail ticket.


Posted by on February 6, 2010 in Life, Video


5 responses to “The Real Journey

  1. A-veil-ability Analysis?

    February 6, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Was really awesome, re-watching this IR docudrama (isn’t that what train journeys in India inevitably are?). I’d last seen this on public television some five years back and recall feeling extremely nostalgic for the sights and smells of Chennai (glad it was still Madras when this was shot, and Mumbai, Bombay)… especially the Central Station.

    Had no idea it was on YouTube. And lol@ what ensues after 17:00 — “The hardest part of the trip…the search for an honest Taxi driver,” followed by that maama’s philosophical ruminations on the “human element” (“countenance of an angel…deeds of the devil”? But of course!) and those two folks from the Garden of Eden. So sweet — both the intrepid maama and the haggling, camera-shy taxi drivers. Oh I’ll say it again, I miss Chennai sorely! (And no, I have absolutely no intentions of ever attempting to *understand* (let alone interpret) my rail ticket — are you kidding me? No Marcel Proust, I! 😀 Who cares what it all REALLY means, right? PNR numbers, RAC… enough to make my head explode. As long as I have *a* ticket and can find *a* seat on the train, all I tend to worry about is where to stash my load, so I can devote all my attention to gaping mindlessly at the sights zipping by — which is why I hate the A/C compartment coz it’s gives you the feeling you’re looking at the world thru a thick wall of glass. *Shivers*)

  2. sunil

    February 7, 2010 at 1:32 am

    which is why I hate the A/C compartment coz it’s gives you the feeling you’re looking at the world thru a thick wall of glass

    I know exactly what u mean – but I like to mix it up – sometimes I DO enjoy the “power” of knowing no king travelled in grander style in the summer heat than we moderns do. And sometimes my wife wonders why I insist on using public transport. 🙂

  3. postpunkcinemaclub

    February 8, 2010 at 4:40 am

    GASP! What serendipity. I was just thinking to myself how much I love Indian trains, and I JUST bought some tix for another journey. Ahhh, PNR status. It makes me feel all warm and cuddly inside.

  4. pitu

    February 8, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Um, this comment has nothing to do with this post but I HAD to tell you that ‘Lal Patthar’ is available on rajshri 😀

  5. Amrita

    February 9, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    AA – it’s true! The view is much better when you’re traveling without the glass messing up the view. And the AC is anyway the kind that always ends up giving me a nosebleed for some reason. But sometimes its the only option. 😦

    Sunil – I haven’t been on a train in donkey’s years but I have to say the big plus factor for traveling AC is that it cuts the creep factor by half. Sigh. Girls traveling alone.

    PPCC – wanna go on a trip? Bring a friend!

    Pitu – AHAHAHAHA! Favorited!

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