Indian Railways is by far the most extensive transportation system in the world spanning across the vast subcontinent of India. They have a large base of workforce at various levels to service the travellers. Nevertheless at times due to faults and fallacies of some one in the link, you may be observing a discrepancy and/or encountering some trouble.
You need not fret on the occasion. Help is around the corner operated by Ministry of Railways on the social media platform. Tweet them a quick message and they would try responding to your issue through the nearest available railway station or staff. Here are the various tweet handles of Indian Railways.
And if you are trying to voice your concern in detail, you can do so after the trip by logging on to http://pgportal.gov.in/ and selecting ‘Ministry of Railways (Railway Board)’.
It turned all out of the blue for me that on the day of Diwali, I wanted to make a trip to Suruttapalli. This place is 1 km from Uthukkottai and within Andhra Pradesh state border. This place features Lord Shiva in sleeping posture by name ‘Pallikondeswarar’ temple.
Trip on Diwali (October 30): I started from Sembakkam around 11.45. When I reached Tambaram bus stand I was lucky to get 202 (Avadi Bus) that travels via Outer Ring Road instead of slow traffic city roads. The bus reached Avadi around 1.15 PM. After a few minutes wait I got a bus to Periyapalayam (PP). The bus reached PP around 3.30 PM. From there, I came to know that MTC bus to Uthukottai has just crossed so caught the mofussil route and reached Uthukottai. From Uthukottai I got a private bus to Suruttapalli and reached by 4.15 PM. While I could have a glimpse of Pallikondeswarar, Valmikishwarar and Lordess temples were closed for 5 PM Abhishekam. So bought the 25 Rs. ticket and entered that shrine. After having the glimpse of Abhishekam and Maha Arathi, had a circumambulation of the temple and came out at around 6.45 PM.
For the return route, I got a APSRTC bus to Sathyavedu and alighted at Uthukottai. And again took a bus from there to PP. From PP, I travelled to Red Hills. From Red Hills I got a bus to Tambaram (114) and from Tambaram got an Uber to Sembakkam.
I got to know from the temple that October 29 was Pradosham and next two Pradoshams were Shani Maha Pradoshams.
November 12: I had the opportunity to visit Suruttapalli . This time the up route was Sembakkam – Tambaram – Cmbt – Red Hills – Periyapalayam – <fortunately i got a straight bus from here to Suruttapalli> There was a big crowd at the temple and managed to have a glimpse of Nandhi Abhishekam. However there was a serpentine queue for Pallikondeswarar. The volunteering to manage queue at the temple is not that good. So there is a literal commotion at the place where the queue merges into the sanctum sanctorum hall. After having the darshan of the deities took the road from Suruttapalli – Uthukottai – <straight bus> – Red Hills – Tambaram and then Uber to Sembakkam.
November 26: This time the onward trip was powered by 202 whereas the return trip was similar to November 12.
At least for the past few years, the month of September had been particularly turbulent on me or I used to be tensed in that month. For that specific reason, this year the whole of September my Outlook calendar was scheduled with pilgrimage visits every weekend.
Here is a summary of the same. In detail travelog of each items would feature separately in the blog.
- 1st Weekend: Original Plan was for Mattapalli/Vijayawada. But since due to Waiting List issue had to take a detour and visited Thirunallar instead.
- 2nd Weekend: Nagercoil and Thiruvananthapuram
- 3rd Weekend: Rameswaram/Thiruppullani
- 4th Weekend: Sri Sailam
Perhaps this divine seed sowed for the month of September continues more pilgrimages scheduled.
A few days back I was waiting near Medavakkam Koot Road and the Uber taxi driver told me that he is standing near Indian Overseas Bank Medavakkam. I was confused and asked him again because AFAIK there is no IOB in Medavakkam at all. So he asked me to slowly walk from Koot Road towards Medavakkam and after a couple of blocks next to Dindigul Thalappakatti Restaurant there is this branch and I located the Uber.
I just noticed a few things about this branch. It was around 8.30 PM. Most of the other neighborhood buildings are brightly illuminated but the name board of this building or the campus was too dark. Even while crossing the building, it was little scary because of the appearance of this building like haunted house and possession of ghost/spirits.
The Uber driver was telling me that it is indeed the branch and is functional during daytime. However my surprise is that why isn’t a simple lighting of the campus can be given to the building or nameplate. I didn’t believe him and was telling that it might have been functional but most probably they had shifted to a new location because of the fact the signboards did not have lights.
A CpGrams (DEABD/E/2016/12295) posted on 9th October 2016 to the head office hasn’t elicited any response from them yet.
The caption might look strange because Chennai is considered a hot place and its closest proximity to the ‘Sun City’ of Vellore. However had a few commitments and hence chose Chennai for this weekend schedule.
- SETC has improved a lot. You need not travel to CMBT and then fight through the traffic to reach suburban areas like Tambaram and Chengalput. There are direct buses from/to Shanti Nagar to Tambaram although the frequencies are limited. The bus plies through Chengalput or Padappai.
- The weather as usual is shitty and sultry and sucks thanks the previous regime of DMK and the so-called Flyover Minister (MK Stalin) signed scammy deals in favor of his partymen to construct lot of flyovers by deforesting the city and usurping private lands.
- A few government departments publicly presented a good gesture but their inertia and weather issues were a kind of irritant to me.
- Wherever you commute in the city, buses might be less but autos often block your way seeking to offer a ride for exorbitant rates. I think we should recommend naming Chennai as ‘Auto City’. After all, ‘Auto Shankar’ the dreaded mafia who was hung to death a few years back hailed from Chennai and had tough unbreakable unholy nexus with a lot of politicians and law enforcement keeping them in his control too.
- Whenever I stay in Chennai other mundane tasks preempt me off visiting holy places. Perhaps this makes me brand Chennai as a ‘Sin City’.
- The two month long dental pain finally found a relief thanks to my dentist, which sends a good positive note.
Back to business early hours of Tuesday!
After posting an article about Bangalore, the Facebook is pulling out some of the older posts and images from my sibling blog and shows it as a preview. Interestingly those blogs are not hyperlinked in the specified posts.
Looks like the secret of the preview can be unraveled only Facebook Developers team. Except for KSR status the other two images are from sister blogs.
This is a follow-up of my weekend pilgrimage to Maddur. Since the bus stopped at MRBS (Mysore Road Satellite Bus Stand), I had to catch a bus to Kengeri Bus Stand first because there are no buses to Electronic City from there. Again from Kengeri it is a long haul bus 378 which takes a arduous ordeal route from Kengeri to Electronic City.
The bumpy roads, bad motoring, nasty traffic conditions of Bangalore besides the 2 PM hot weather was intensely tiresome that no sooner did I reach home than I just thought would take a deep sleep and woke up only by 8 PM.
I think BBMP needs a thorough visit of the route map for 378 (Kengeri to Electronic City) and repair the roads at the earliest.