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Asha Palo

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Asha Palo

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That Train From Madras..

That Train From Madras..

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Dear Diary,


Today was the end of the holiday, a 4 days long weekend, the Easter weekend came to an end:) So thought of finishing the pending bit of cleaning activities before the week starts and we are clung to our work laptops, having no more of free time. 


Grabbed a dusting cloth, wore a mask and kicked off. It took me close to 2 hours to clean my dusty cupboard. There I come across an old photo of mine. like really old..maybe I was 5 then!..a colored picture, might be from the Kodak camera we had then; which was from a trip to Madras around the 90s... My husband saw me starring at it and smiling.. he sat on the bed and gave me a nudge. I was like for a moment I am not in this world .. had flashed back to 90s ..Haha !!


He  asks me 'what's special about it?'.. and then followed my story. Mumma Papa Bhai and I had been for a family trip to the South of India..  a vacation for almost 25 days :) It was full of fun, tourism visited lots of temples..all why South India is famous for! ; so we moreover call it as a pilgrimage! We went with hardly a suitcase and a trolley; but while on our return each of us had two big bags to carry :D.. and all the credit goes to Mumma and her shopping spree- LOL.


All done, enjoyed a lot and we were about to start our return journey that the train was set canceled for technical reasons; but there was another one scheduled in which we all passengers were adjusted with no choice of choosing seats:) We were all allotted seats by default and had to go by it!. Nevertheless, glad that we weren't stranded there!


Bhai and I were quite tired with all this hassle and just needed some sleep.. as soon as we boarded! It was 10 pm and we were supposed to start at around 4 pm on the initial train .. boarded onto this, got the luggage set..chained them up..grabbed our seats and were off to sleep in no time :) Papa was dozing while Mumma remained awake .. for a good time!... Lights  switched off, curtains were pulled... AC bogies were supposed to be guarded but it wasn't as much I remember. 


The train was on its fullest speed when I woke up to use the toilet. Mumma came along with me, she doubted few people standing there..


We came back to our seats once I was done and she whispered 'not sure who these people are. Maybe they haven't booked and have just boarded..trying to escape !!' I went back to sleep and all that I remember then is .. Mumma yelling, Papa searching for luggage !!.. Everything was stolen..only memory with us are those photo hard copies that  Papa found some under the washbasin near the toilet !! Yes, that was the pic I was starting at 😊


Unforgettable incident !!.. 


Uhm, so did you think I was cleaning all through 2 hours... Nah !! It was me narrating...



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