It was strange that I calculated the time required to reach Chennai central well over a half an hour short. So there I was just under 5 minutes before it departed, almost catching it on the move.
I had reserved in Tamil Nadu Express, – not the one that hit the headlines today for the fire accident killing over 30 (they are still counting) – but the counterpart going to Delhi. This super fast train true to its name was right on time… till it crossed Agra at about 4 am. Then the Northern power grid collapsed and shut all trains in the region including, – according to a mobile message a Delhi resident on board received, – the Delhi Metro rail.
So instead of reaching New Delhi at 7 am it reached at 12 noon. I patted my back for not booking the 9 am train from New Deli to Jammu to avoid a possible delay to the SF train.
With the help of a Tamil co-passenger who is an Army soldier I got an economy lodging to bath and freshen up. Then I enjoyed a lunch of north Indian roti and channa dal. It was cooked and served steaming hot from the pan and I relished it. The ripe mango achchaar was awesome.
Train to Jammu starts at 8.40 pm and my reservation has improved from WL 40 to RAC 9. Still 3 hrs to go before the charts are finalised and I am hopeful of a confirmed berth. That’s all for now. Wait for more…. : )