Home bound – Part 2

written by Sriram Venkatachalam

Time: 0800!!!!!!!

“Give Nellai da….It will be free than many other trains….” (my mind voice said)

12631….Chennai Egmore…..Kovilpatti…..13.1.15…..Book Ticket…..

Time: 0803

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Time: 0807

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“Sorry! The page you requested can’t be displayed right now”

****** ****** (Censored Tamil bad word again)

Again I started from first with the login ID, Password & Captcha.

Entered into the booking page.

Time: 0813

Nellai – Waiting list 327

“Then Try Kanyakumari da…”

Waiting list 364

“Gone…!!!!….Alas!!!!”

(Even Modi ka Sarkkar can’t able to change my travelling dilemma)

(****** ******)

Phone rang again…..”Amma”

“En da dei….Oru ticket poda theriyala…..nee ellam Engineering padichu enna seiya pora??”

At last I lost all my confidence.

I couldn’t concentrate in class the whole day. I even began to search employment opportunities in the Indian Railways so that I can make a hassle free journey during festival time at free of cost.

 

After 1 month…..

I went to CMBT Omni bus terminal to book ticket by bus.

“Anna….Jan 13 th…Kovilpatti ku oru ticket….”

Same answer from all the 19 travel agencies I went to.

“13 Already full. Kandipa kidaikathu engeyum….Festival time pa….”

(I started to curse myself for choosing Chennai as a destination for my studies)

Suddenly two persons surrounded me….

“Sir….Sir…Enga Sir…..Kovilpatti yah…nan ticket vangi tharen….en kooda vanga…..”

I followed them blindly…..They went to one of the travel agencies I already went to, and asked me to wait outside.

After a minitue or so one of them came outside.

“Thambi…unkaga than ketrukken…Oru ticket than irukkan….1300 ruba….ok va??”

“………….”

“Thambi yosikatha….itha vitta engeyum kidaikathu….Pongal time….”

“Seri na….oru ticket kodunga…..”

(BOFORS Scam, 2G Scam, CWG Scam, Coal gate scam, Maxis deal scam…..Ticket sales scam during festival time)

It’s the day…..13th Jan….

I packed up my things. Imagined myself with Sweet jaggery, Pongal and Sugarcane.

Boarded on 114 – to CMBT…….Logged into Facebook with headsets on…..

My friend ‘Samjeet Singh’ from Delhi updated his status…

“Long holidays. Departing to home town” feeling happy at Chennai International Airport

My bus waded through Pallavaram…Airport….Guindy….Ashok Pillar…..

Samjeet Singh’s updated status.

“Selfie with Mom & Dad” at Indira Gandhi Domestic Terminal,  New Delhi.

……Vadapalani….CMBT.

At last I located & boarded my Rs.1300 seat.

The bus started its journey towards my hometown.

I started to see “VIP” movie on my phone.

Dhanush danced…..Amala Paul arrived…..His mother died…..Amul baby came….Both fought…..Danush at last opened the newly constructed houses.

My bus exactly stood adjacent to Rohini Theatre.

At this fine time I’ll explain a new travelling concept to all of you.

‘We can split up our journey towards home by bus into two’

‘Before & After Perungulattur’

‘Both will take up the same time’

After a journey time of exactly 14 hours and 53 min I reached home, after the pongal celebrations were finished.13

My mom gave me the prepared Pongal in a small cup.

“Dei….Moharam Friday varuthu….3 days leave….veetuku vanthutu po….Naliku train la booking open aguthu….Intha time avathu correct ah potru….”

“!#%!@^%!@*”

The pongal I gulped up exactly stroked up between my mouth and stomach.

 

(Travelogues never end….)

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