I am on a 2 day trip to Jhansi for personal reasons. I was supposed to go to Delhi by train and then fly back to Mumbai. The train (No. 2651, TN Sampark Kranti Express) was supposed to leave Jhansi at 12:10 and reach Delhi at 5:30. I had my flight reservations at 9:25 – a safe 4 hours overhead to catch up with train delays and Delhi evening traffic. Destiny (courtesy our good old Indian Railways) had however planned otherwise. My train is delayed by 4 hours and there is no other train for a long time! My travel plans went for a complete toss. I finally managed to reach the airlines call center and the lady at the other end was kind enough to book me into tomorrow morning’s flight.
Travelling in India is an interesting mix of Air, Rail and Road journeys and it takes quite an effort to keep all of them in tandem. It will be great if the mushrooming travel industry in this country starts innovating. We need solutions beyond “cheap air-tickets” and “low priced luxury holidays”.
Oh yes, I found a cyber cafe at the Railway station and thought of doing some live reporting on this apathy from the scorching heat of Jhansi.