Home bound – Part 1

By Sriram Venkatachalam

Thursday, August 21, 2014……

Anything special???

For others it’s simply just another day….But for persons like me it is a very important day in this year…

Guess what??

Placements??  NO…..

Important Lectures?? NO….

Any Competition results?? NO….

Advanced bookings for Diwali open…. (Perhaps the most important day in this year!!!)

Single way track….Only a few couple of trains….Limited seats….Bus tickets up to price of 1000…Journey time more than 12 hours….These are the problems faced by every hostel student from Chennai travelling towards Southern parts during every holiday.

Every one might have noticed the news’s stating that “Reservation for Diwali Finished in Just 10 minutes”.

train

This is the real situation.

Advanced booking for trains opens before 59 days, by 0800 hours over the nation in both the counters and the irctc web page. During festival time bookings like Diwali or Pongal the entire tickets get filled upon by 0810.Remaining persons will only get waitlisted tickets that too in the order of 200+.

Persons will be waiting before the counter from 5 AM in the morning during the opening days. Everyone will be aware of the irctc page’s speed. Though recently some improvements had been done (Hail Modi…) on the speed of the page, it doesn’t meet the actual needs.

Returning to my situation….

For the Last two years I went by bus by paying 1000 each time (Spice jet offers tickets less than this price!!!)….Struck upon in Traffic at CMBT and Vandalur….reached home after 15 hours journey time…. (Will explain the travelling saga later)

But this time….I had my own advantages

I had a Brand new Laptop….Registered High Speed Wi-Fi Connection (Courtesy:NAAC and Computer Centre)…

I was very much confident on booking tickets this time…..

It was the day August 21….

Woke up at 0600 hours (Second time in my hostel life after my first day at college)

Went to every Madurai, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Nagerkovil, Kanyakumari, Tanjore, Kumbakonam, Rameswaram rooms!!!

Woke those too….Finished morning chores (Thank Hostel Committee for Water)

Picked up my lap along with LAN cable (Safety first!!)

Entered Authentication details…..

Time: 0735

Pressed Connect…..

………………………..

SUCESS!!!

Connected to MIT Wi-Fi…..

Time: 0740

Google Chrome….

Entered the domain address www.irctc.co.in.

Loading……loading……loading……

Time: 0745

SECOND SUCESS!!!

Home page opens…..

Time: 0746

Entered the Username and Password with captcha (What the hell is this??)

Time: 0750

Loading…..

Display message: Invaild Credentials!!!Your captcha doesn’t matches.

*******   ******** (Censored Tamil Bad word)

Time: 0753

Hands are shivering….Once again entered the User name, Password and ****** Captcha (lucky this time…)

Time: 0755

THIRD SUCESS!!!

Progressed to personalized user login page.

Here comes another trouble….The page won’t allow for booking until it is exactly 0800…..

Refreshed…..Refreshed….

Time: 0757

My phone ringed……

The display said “Amma”

“Enna da Ticket potiya??”

“Inum open agala ma….open ana udane potruthen…”

“Correct ah potru da…”

“Seri ma….Phone ah vai….potutu soldren (Confident!!)”

Time: 0759

Refreshed…..Refreshed…..

Time: 0800!!!!!!!

 To be continued………………

By Sriram Venkatachalam

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