Sunday, June 21, 2009
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Friday, June 5, 2009
After a long winter with more than its share of chills ,there is plenty to look forward to in the delicious lunches at home,lip licking mom made special pickles, barefoot walks on warm beaches,picnics,travels in backwaters,scenic walks,the family tea time with special snacks and much more awaiting......
Summer is come and its time to go home .
We love travelling by trains,the sense of calmness that surrounds that travel ,lingers on with you for a while,our onward journey was by train.
Have you all ever felt that travelling by train was quite romantic?I felt it whenever i travelled:)
As serious lovers of trains...we loved waking up late in the train,enjoy a breakfast and then watch the world pass.
Enjoyable most are the Views Outside the Train Window.
The minute you look out you are greeted by the too familiar cacophony of the "Chai" "Garam Chai" "Bread omlette" "Paper le lo,Paper ".
The sights,sounds and smells were all so familiar.
They say if you haven't travelled in indian Railways,you haven't seen India!Yes the incredible India is not complete without its fascinating bit of the railways.
Passengers running after coolies,to locate particular carriages;vendors trotting up and down selling their ware,mineral water,fruits,news papaer and periodicals.
It is difficult to believe that you are seeing your fellow passengers for the first time,as the train is speeding there starts the food and life stories.
Having chai was an experience in itself.An experience not to be missed.The Chaiwallahs were an institution in themselves,unlikely to be seen anywhere .
Their cries could even penetrate the airconditioned carriages.They parade up and down with vigour to reach out to everybody,dutifully.
Earlier ,typical way of making it was with a mixture of water,tea leaves ,sugar and milk and they used to boil it ,until everything got extracted from the tea leaves.
But now it was a luke warm thin milk solution wherein they put tea bags and give you,all a part of modernisation.
The train which we took also gave hot water for us to make our tea ourselves and some snacks to munch.
The train made its way through the undulating mountains,the tunnels,the meadows ,rivers and fields.
Glimpses of Life just passed its way outside our window.
I was totally immersed in the views ,the sunsets,the farmer making his way home,the small kerosene lamps lit in the houses in the villages ,was totally woken up with a jerk which made me come back to reality:)
It was my little one who asked me ,Amma when will we reach home ?This might be one among the countless times she has asked me :),she is getting bored and irritated,while we enjoy the philosophical part of the journey.
All awesome experiences in itself :)