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Jul 13 2012 (5:48PM)           
 

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My parents, both senior citizens, wish to make a long train journey. They have asked me about 15905-1906 Kanyakumari-Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari journey. I have searched in the forum, and the only trip report is quite negative. The thing is they are old, they need reasonable cleanliness and decent food. We will be travelling in 2A, if we do.
Can anybody guide me regarding the cleanliness, food, water availability in the toilet, and very important, disturbance from unreserved travellers entering the compartment?
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Mar 01 2012 (5:53PM)           
 

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What ever happened to the old look? The from-to station search for the trains and such. Please tell me that will come back.

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Mar 01 2012 (5:55PM)        

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Sir go through this Link...
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Feb 27 2012 (11:21PM)           
 

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how to take a A screen-shot of the e-ticket...?

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Feb 28 2012 (12:27AM)        

knightowl   49 blog posts  
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with the ticket on the screen, press 'prt scr'; open 'paint' from the start menu and paste; save in the format which your phone supports (I am sure your phone supports pictures since it has a camera); transfer it to your phone through the USB port (which would have been given as an accessory); open it on the phone and confirm that PNR no. and the passengers name are seen clearly on zooming. And there you are!

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Feb 17 2012 (3:28PM)   12261/Mumbai CST - Howrah AC Duronto Express        
 

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PRE-BOARDING ACTIVITIES
> Collected my bag from the hotel and back to CSTM AT 3.15 pm, with a a full 2 hours to go before the departure of the DURONTO to Howrah.
> Received an sms from our admin Sabyasachi to the effect that I was placed in Coach H1 Cabin E (later on it turned out to be a coupe). My special thanks to him.
.> Received a similar msg from IRCTC (since it was an e tkt) giving details of the PNR and the coach/coupe etc. IRCTC ZINDABAD.
> As PF18 was then vacant, I went and occupied a sofa at the fully air-conditioned waiting Room for upper class passengers. Very well-maintained
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with sofas, cushioned chairs and a huge LCD TV telecasting a news channel.
> Among trains being announced for departure were the
11019 Mumbai-Bhubaneswar Konark Exp, 16381 Mumbai-Kanyakumari Exp,
12125 Mumbai-Pune Pragati Express, 11401 Mumbai-Nagpur Nandigram Exp,
and 12123 Mumbai-Pune Deccan Queen Express
> At 4.15 pm went to PF18 in anticipation of the arrival of the empty rake of the Duronto. The coach composition of the train as displayed in the LED boards was ENG-GV2-A3 to A1, H1, PC, B9 to B1, GV1, SENG. SENG was a diesel loco WDM2 KURLA. BTW if you are curious to know what that abbreviation stands for, SENG is railway short form for SHUNTING ENGINE, or so I presume.
> Admin Sabyasachi had already SMSed me that my coach was 5th from the engine and as usual he was right.
> I parked myself in front of the RAC/WL reservation charts and suddenly found 2 Bengali youths struggling to ascertain from them the fate of their WL tickets which they had purchased only that morning. They could just not make out what their position was. One of them told the other that it was not traceable, so “let us try to search according to the PNR numbers”while the other said “ no,let us try to match with the names”
> I graciously offered to help them out and they readily handed over their PRS ticket to me, They were making the mistake of locating the current WL numbers 53/54 instead of the running serial numbers 121/122. I told them that they had been allotted RAC accommodation in Berth 55 of Coach B5. Wished them best of luck for getting confirmed berths which they eventually did. I felt SORRY for them as waitlisted tickets upto WL 117 were all confirmed on charting and theirs were WL 121/122. in 3AC. WL tickets upto WL 146 were placed in RAC.
> Interestingly, these 2 youths had a frivolous but, as per their version, a serious complaint against the Indian Railways. According to them they had confirmed 3AC reservations the previous night by the 12809 Mumbai-Howrah Mail. But to their great misfortune, when they arrived at CSTM at 20.30 to board the train, which was scheduled to depart at 20.35 hrs, they found that their train had already departed at 20.25 hrs. DOES SUCH A THING EVER HAPPEN IN IR ? I did not argue them with them and instead told them to approach the TTE for confirmed berths after departure.
> In 2AC tickets waitlisted upto WL 39 were confirmed on charting and no RAC was there. 3 lucky passengers from 2AC got upgraded to 1AC including my co-passenger in Coupe E.
> Meanwhile, seeing me play the role of a GOOD SAMARITAN dressed in a navy-blue suit, more and more guys started milling round me, requesting for confirmation of RAC etc. Fortunately, the train arrived at the platform and I had to run away to secure my prime objective of occupying the window seat in Cabin E. That I soon did, being among the first to enter the H1 coach.
> The lay-out in Coach H1 was 4 cabins, viz. A,C,F,H and 4 coupes B,D,E,G.
> Occupied the window seat of Coupe E and soon my upgraded co-passenger, Mr. D.Chakravorty, aged 59, joined me. We had barely settled down when a gentleman from Coupe D came to us and requested both of us to shift to that adjacent coupe. Apparently his wife and 23-year old son were travelling with a doggie and according to him, his son experienced giddiness and nausea, if he were to sit facing a direction OPPOSITE to the motion of the train. I have never heard of an illness of this sort before. The seats in coupe E faced the loco whereas those in Coupe D faced the guard van. Before I could respond, my co-passnger readily agreed. Apparently he was not a railfan. No railfan likes to sit against the run of the train but I was left with no option but to acquiesce silently. However, in order to cut losses, I again ran and made sure I got the window seat there too.
> Peripheral to PF18 was a sort of cab road were a few cars were parked. There were also an SBI ATM and a few UR ticketing counters at what transpired to be the fag end of the station.
> Requested my co-passenger to keep an eye on my bag and walked 5 coaches ahead to witness the coupling of the loco, a WCAM3 KALYAN Loco, bearing serial no.21887. (Sabyasachi wanted me to note down the loco numbers, perhaps, because he wanted to store them in his mobile  )
> Greeted the LOCO PILOT who readily acknowledged and said he and the loco would take the train upto IGATPURI.

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Feb 17 2012 (8:47PM)        

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Hi Mr. PKV. It is a pleasure to read your posts. I have found them to be sane and witty, especially when bloggers' emotions start building up. Your's generally bring a sort of balance to the debate at hand.
I want to say two things.
1. I am a doctor. Any motion to which a person is not accustomed to will bring on giddiness. Some people are especially sensitive in this regard. The young chap's motion sickness is well documented.
2. It is nice that you could get the window seat. You, being a veteran traveller, know how things work in railways; and make plenty of trips and very often. But I just could not help thinking what I would have felt
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if I was the one who shared that coupe with you - I, who probably would get to travel once in six months and so eagerly look forward to the journey and hoping fervently that I would get a window seat. I guess this is the reason that I dont travel in first class - I have booked and rebooked in 2A so that I would get assured side seat/ lower births. But first class, well, one never knows what maneuvering takes place.
But all the same, let me live the journey through your blog. Keep sending them.
Ajay.

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Feb 17 2012 (9:46PM)        

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Thank you doctor for pointing out that such a medical condition does in fact exist. I now stand corrected. I am happy to have provided you and many others reading pleasure and I do feel highly encouraged when my efforts are acknowledged by all of you. Thanks a lot doctor.

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Feb 23 2012 (3:39PM)        

knightowl   49 blog posts  
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Well, Mr. Tejas, I am sure that you are alluding to the opinion that the fat distribution in cashews is optimal and cholesterol negligent, in which case you will be right. But letting you in on a secret, most food stuff when taken in moderation will not be harmful; unfortunately these particular nuts are so damn tasty and it is very tough to stop munching on them. That is why one needs to be cautious. If one is iron willed, then by all means, one can go ahead and enjoy them.
About the nuts being beneficial because of the differences in subtypes of fat, well, that is not proven; our body can change almost anything to cholesterol, so you eat ten nuts more than you planned they will add to your buoyancy in water (become fat stores).
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So the moral, eat whatever you want, only thing - want to eat just right.

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Feb 23 2012 (4:19PM)        

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Moderation is the bottom line.One clarification about almonds.It is being proclaimed by various forums,that they are beneficial in reducing LDL,if consumed in limited quantities.Is it so and are there any harmful side effects too,which are not being disclosed?Thanks Dr Ajay

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Feb 23 2012 (4:29PM)        

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Thanks Dr Ajay.I get your point.

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Feb 23 2012 (7:37PM)        

knightowl   49 blog posts  
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A few nuts, like almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pistachios MAY have a LDL lowering effect, but it is not proven. You may check FDA site under foods, labeling and nutrition, label claims. I am unable to post the link here.
Regarding harmful effects, the studies were not designed to evaluate them, so it is hard to give a reasoned assessment.

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Feb 24 2012 (1:00PM)        

Grand Cherokee**   12434 blog posts   19446 correct pred (72% accurate)  
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Thank you.Will check the FDA site for more info

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Feb 17 2012 (7:42PM)           
 

knightowl   49 blog posts  
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what is the cancellation charges for e-ticket? where can i get them?

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Feb 17 2012 (7:45PM)        

विश्व नाथ**   12271 blog posts   265 correct pred (75% accurate)  
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Normal and same as PRS ticket but IRCTC and Gateway/Agent charges are not refundable.

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Feb 17 2012 (7:50PM)        

knightowl   49 blog posts  
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i had a confirmed ticket for two 2A berths on 19th. cancelled it just now. so 2x60 has been deducted. is that right? has it always been like that? I thought it was much lesser.

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Feb 17 2012 (8:01PM)        

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Since your ticket is confirmed and hence deducted Rs.60 per passenger. In case of RAC or WL cancellation would have been just half.

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Feb 17 2012 (8:03PM)        

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thanks vishwanath and ranjeet
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Feb 12 2012 (7:00PM)           
 

knightowl   49 blog posts  
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why are some of the posts in green?
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Feb 11 2012 (2:00PM)           
 

knightowl   49 blog posts  
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is there an underground path across the road (a foot underbridge) for pedestrians from trisulam suburban station to chennai airport?

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Feb 11 2012 (2:00PM)        

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Yes there is one and I have used it

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Feb 11 2012 (2:08PM)        

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Yes there is.I too have used it

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Feb 11 2012 (2:08PM)        

Journey from 9W to EK   3506 blog posts   13828 correct pred (69% accurate)  
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yes its there inside trisulam station to airport entrance
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Feb 11 2012 (1:28PM)   16537/Bangalore City -Nagercoil Express        
 

knightowl   49 blog posts  
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shouldn't there be a reversal at Erode?

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Feb 11 2012 (1:30PM)        

Journey from 9W to EK   3506 blog posts   13828 correct pred (69% accurate)  
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loco reversal is there @ ED
trains which comes from salem and going towards karur all trains have reversal @ ED
Now its updated check
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Jan 31 2012 (11:16PM)   12244/Coimbatore - Chennai Central Shatabdi Express        
 

knightowl   49 blog posts  
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Can one book from CBE to MAS and get on at ED?

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Jan 31 2012 (11:18PM)        

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Get on?
On = boarding @ ED -- No
= Deboarding @ ED -- Yes.

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Jan 31 2012 (11:21PM)        

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no boarding en route ,all halts are Tech. purpose only... you will not be allowed at ED

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Feb 01 2012 (11:03PM)        

knightowl   49 blog posts  
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Then what happens to my reserved seat? It has to go empty, right? So what will happen if I do board the train. No one will be able to make me get off, right? Cos I will have a valid ticket. Just curious.

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Feb 01 2012 (11:05PM)        

Anand Nambyar☆**   6161 blog posts   5949 correct pred (61% accurate)  
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no sir, you will be marked absent by TT and the ticket will be invalid, boarding is not allowed as its a technical halt and not commercial one
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Jan 20 2012 (2:15PM)   15906/Dibrugarh - Kanyakumari Vivek Express        
 

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As per the theory of Long distance of this category of train, I have written a letter to my Zonal manager to start some of the following vivek expresses
1. Bandra terminus sealdah vivek express
2. Bandra terminus Varanasi vivek express
3. Mumbai Central Dehradun vivek express
4. Valsad Chennai Egmore Vivek express
5. Ahmedabad Dibrugarh vivek express
6. Porbandar Rameshwaram vivek express

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is vivek express another sort of speciality express like sampark kranti / duronto and such?

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To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda which will be celebrated in 2013,RM proposed new trains called “Vivek Express”.The first four such trains are:
i. Dibrugarh- Thiruvanthapuram-Kanniyakumari Express (weekly) via Kokrajhar
ii. Dwarka-Tuticorin Express (weekly) via Wadi
iii. Howrah-Mangalore Express (Weekly) via Palghat
iv. Bandra (T)- Jammu Tawi Express (Weekly) via Marwar-Degana- Ratangarh- Jakhal- Ludhiana

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