It is the first day of the first month of the year two thousand and twelve. Traditionally people write resolutions which they may or may not break. I did too.
This year I am on a mission. I am on a mission to see as much of India as I possibly can in a year… and wait for it …. by train!
Earlier I flew to most of the places. It was convenient, yes, very.I missed out on the journey. I spent time at airports reading or watching families and mostly business men checking in their baggage, toying with their laptops or glued to their blackberry. There was no cacophony, there were no strange sights, different smells. Everything about flying was ordinary and heavy on the pocket.
To change all that this year I am going to travel at the ‘ground level’ taking in the sights, smells and sounds of India.Indian Railways has the most complicated network in the world. I am going to experience this;I am going to hop skip and ( hopefully will not have to) jump on to trains. I am going to try to minimise the night stays at hotels and instead spend them on an over night train. At the end of the year I hope to have covered a good distance on a decent budget!
There will be times owing to time constraint when I will have to fly into a base city and then hop on and off trains from there. Just saying!
Anyways see you all in the coming weeks and months. Be sure to check in now and then and check out my kilometer reading!
As of today :
Happy new year all!