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General Travel
Jul 13 2012 (17:48)  

knightowl   49 blog posts
Entry# 480117            Tags   Past Edits
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?
Predictions: 22
confirm: 20
rac: 0
wl: 2
Journey: Tue Apr 03, 2012 @ 23:10
Class: AC 2-tier - 2A
Travel: ED/Erode Junction   to   ERN/Ernakulam Town (North)   |   303 km / 592 km
16187/Karaikkal - Ernakulam (Tea Garden) Express (PT)
Entry# 385747

Posted by: knightowl   49 blog posts
PNR: 443-xxxxxxx   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Apr 01 2012 (00:47)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 3 (Booking Status: W/L 4,PQWL)
Chart NOT Prepared

Please analyze this PNR, and predict the final Charting Status. Thanks.

Latest Status as of: Apr 03 2012 (12:27)
Passenger 1: Can/Mod (Booking Status: W/L 4,PQWL)
Chart NOT Prepared
Mar 01 2012 (17:53)  

knightowl   49 blog posts
Entry# 361577            Tags   Past Edits
What ever happened to the old look? The from-to station search for the trains and such. Please tell me that will come back.

Mar 01 2012 (17:55)
ThE BoSs*^~   14329 blog posts   64994 correct pred (69% accurate)
Re# 361577-1            Tags   Past Edits
Sir go through this Link...

Mar 01 2012 (17:55)
Gaurav Awasthi*^~   1933 blog posts   17532 correct pred (81% accurate)
Re# 361577-2            Tags   Past Edits
Feb 27 2012 (23:21)  

taherpwl   429 blog posts   677 correct pred (62% accurate)
Entry# 359463            Tags   Past Edits
how to take a A screen-shot of the e-ticket...?

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Feb 28 2012 (00:27)
knightowl   49 blog posts
Re# 359463-29            Tags   Past Edits
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 (15:28)   12261/Mumbai CSMT - Howrah AC Duronto Express

PKV*^~   19108 blog posts   76 correct pred (81% accurate)
Entry# 351933            Tags   Past Edits
> 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 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.

46 posts - Fri Feb 17, 2012

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Feb 23 2012 (15:39)
knightowl   49 blog posts
Re# 351933-110            Tags   Past Edits
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).
So the moral, eat whatever you want, only thing - want to eat just right.

Feb 23 2012 (16:19)
Gopal*^   13899 blog posts   58584 correct pred (81% accurate)
Re# 351933-111            Tags   Past Edits
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

Feb 23 2012 (16:29)
Tejas Shekar*^~   6576 blog posts   4342 correct pred (64% accurate)
Re# 351933-112            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks Dr Ajay.I get your point.

Feb 23 2012 (19:37)
knightowl   49 blog posts
Re# 351933-113            Tags   Past Edits
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.

Feb 24 2012 (13:00)
Gopal*^   13899 blog posts   58584 correct pred (81% accurate)
Re# 351933-114            Tags   Past Edits
Thank you.Will check the FDA site for more info

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