Saturday, August 8, 2009

A train Journey from Mambalam to Meenambakkam. Part 1


Off late i have been reading a few travel blogs, this is my honest attempt at writing a travelogue. Since you all know my idea of vacation is very dumb ;). So this what i've got for you "A train Journey from Mambalam to Meenambakkam." to my college.


Image courtesy : http://www.irfca.org

When i visited the Mambalam station on the first day of my college, little did i know about trains, i got into the wrong train only to get back down. First few days were really interesting, watching the sights whizz past me. I prefer standing on the foot board that faces the opposite side of the platform, feeling the wind on my face. 


Vehicle Parking Stand aka Vettaiyadu Vilayaadu stand


My journey starts at Mambalam station where I park at a place which resembles the place where the Psycopaths bury their kills in Vettaiyadu Vilayadu (tamil movie), near that that creepy banyan. On rainy days the place becomes a swamp. Now you know why I don't want it to rain when I am on my way home. One thing you get there is nice shade, i would be happy if they improve the parking there.


Mambalam aka Man vellam( flood of people)


The place is so crowded that it is impossible to commute by a vehicle. The people follow no rules whatsoever. They walk in the middle of the road which is just the size of a pavement. Then you will see being vehicles parked just below the sign " NO PARKING RS 500 FINE". Then you pass through some beggars. There is no noteworthy sight but for the concrete jungle from this stretch to Saidapet. Railways' idea of renovation is adding a LCD screen and publishing the advertisements back to back, non stop, you just say it like rhymes along with them. Nice way to promote a product. ;)


Saidapet AKA The Land of the Unconstructed Subway.


This is the station I hate the most because it so dirty and damn polluted. People piss and spit on the walls surrounding it.  And there is the this monument which has been part of its setting for the last 5 or 6 years, the unconstructed subway, certainly has a place in sands of time.  Then there is the famous Karneeshwarar Temple which looks majestic from one side and worn out on the other side. The stretch from Saidapet to guindy has one of the 'has been beautiful sights'. I am talking about the Adyar river. Well that is what it is now. I, being a person who admires water bodies, it was really a nail in my heart to see such a sight daily. The waters look fresh once rain water floods it, but that is lost soon. This is a sight after the floods occured in 2007 wonderful isn't it ?




 The whole area surrounding it is so contaminated with slums, people faecating in the open and other yeuchy stuff. Then the King's Institute which is enriched with very lush vegetation. The stretch from here to the Guindy bridge, it darkens for a second and has so many trees, I don't know what's there in the that place, but what ever it is, looks very good

Guindy aka The Doorway to serendipity.


Guindy marks the end of the city limit with that gone is a little bit of pollution. This, especially is a very busy place. Many people board and depart from the train here, since it is an industrial area. The stretch from here to St thomas Mount is not so happening except for a few cinema posters of Vasanth & co owner's son. There is also an open toilet here. Many suckers piss and rubbish in the bushes.

With that ends the first part of my travel ends, I will be back with my second instalment. I bet its definitely gonna be a serene experience because you have passed the gateway of serendipity.





                                                                                      To be continued........................................    

48 blesses 'n' curses:

worldatoz.blogspot.com said...

nice man wat ever you wrote here is correct

worldatoz.blogspot.com said...

nice man wat ever you wrote here is correct

Meow said...

Me too was a train passenger for 3 full years and yo've put it so so well ... i can understand ur anger, sarcasm et al. loved the post da :)

Meow said...

Me too was a train passenger for 3 full years and yo've put it so so well ... i can understand ur anger, sarcasm et al. loved the post da :)

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Hee hee... I am Chennai Bus person... Not much awareness and experiences in Train... Ask me bout bus, I can tell u lores and legends... :D
But I love namma Chennai Local Train, whenever there's a choice, I opt for train...
Nice post.. :)
My Travelogue

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Hee hee... I am Chennai Bus person... Not much awareness and experiences in Train... Ask me bout bus, I can tell u lores and legends... :D
But I love namma Chennai Local Train, whenever there's a choice, I opt for train...
Nice post.. :)
My Travelogue

Srini said...

Funny read... loved the additional titles to those stations. I travelled quite frequently to Nungambakkam by train - and I still love to take the train when I can.

'Guindy - road to Serendipity'- was partic'ly hilarious! :)

One small observation (and it applies to others I have seen in the sphere too): I think you mention "since four to five years" or something like that in this post. It should ideally be "for four to five years" or "since four or five years ago!" "Since" and "from" are almost synonymous and do not indicate duration.

I am sure it is just a slip... but it is sth you may want to look at! :)

Srini said...

Funny read... loved the additional titles to those stations. I travelled quite frequently to Nungambakkam by train - and I still love to take the train when I can.

'Guindy - road to Serendipity'- was partic'ly hilarious! :)

One small observation (and it applies to others I have seen in the sphere too): I think you mention "since four to five years" or something like that in this post. It should ideally be "for four to five years" or "since four or five years ago!" "Since" and "from" are almost synonymous and do not indicate duration.

I am sure it is just a slip... but it is sth you may want to look at! :)

HaRy!! said...

i just luv train journeyz...they certainly kill yur time whilst travel! unlike bus journey which really tires yu out. Chennai MRTS are the best...so beautiful journey , its a shame that its not built upto the entire IT corridor...! kalakungo..awaiting yur continuation.

HaRy!! said...

i just luv train journeyz...they certainly kill yur time whilst travel! unlike bus journey which really tires yu out. Chennai MRTS are the best...so beautiful journey , its a shame that its not built upto the entire IT corridor...! kalakungo..awaiting yur continuation.

vEnKy said...

@ sowmi

NO anger i am just at laughing at it

vEnKy said...

@ sowmi

NO anger i am just at laughing at it

vEnKy said...

@ venkat

thanks for your comment man

vEnKy said...

@ venkat

thanks for your comment man

vEnKy said...

@ srini

I realised the goof up srini thanks now changed it. I never knew once again thanks for the info

vEnKy said...

@ srini

I realised the goof up srini thanks now changed it. I never knew once again thanks for the info

vEnKy said...

@ Mitr-frnd

I have also travelled a lot by bus only now i am travelling by train. Yes train is far better than a bus travel, do check out the second installment too

vEnKy said...

@ Mitr-frnd

I have also travelled a lot by bus only now i am travelling by train. Yes train is far better than a bus travel, do check out the second installment too

vEnKy said...

@ hary

they contemplating a Metro in chennai exactly behind me in that that pic in the sidebar. I would 30 plus by the time it is over. And u must have had better experiences travelling the London tubes, of course nothing is like travelling on the foot board feeling the breeze hit the face.

vEnKy said...

@ hary

they contemplating a Metro in chennai exactly behind me in that that pic in the sidebar. I would 30 plus by the time it is over. And u must have had better experiences travelling the London tubes, of course nothing is like travelling on the foot board feeling the breeze hit the face.

Sandhya said...

Good observations on your part.. When we spend most of our time travelling, observing the activities around you helps in killing time!

Sandhya said...

Good observations on your part.. When we spend most of our time travelling, observing the activities around you helps in killing time!

anupama said...

dear venky,
good attempt.we learn a lot from the train journey interacting with people and enjoying the scenery.
i hope before my next visit to chennai,i will update my geographical knowledge of chennai.
happy writing........
looking forward to know chennai more,
sasneham,
anu

anupama said...

dear venky,
good attempt.we learn a lot from the train journey interacting with people and enjoying the scenery.
i hope before my next visit to chennai,i will update my geographical knowledge of chennai.
happy writing........
looking forward to know chennai more,
sasneham,
anu

Ajay Shyam said...

well,,all said 'n done, de train journey is one that all of us enjoy!!

Ajay Shyam said...

well,,all said 'n done, de train journey is one that all of us enjoy!!

Vignesh Sundaram said...

its a nice idea to write a travel blog. post is cool.

i like saidapet station da, coz i get down there and get bus to thiruvanmir to meet my lover. so i like tat station( he he he)

of course the walls are painted with piss and stains of tobacco, but tat is wat u ppl say as democracy. so enjoy the fragrance. wat else can be done?

nice post.
waiting to see the next

Vignesh Sundaram said...

its a nice idea to write a travel blog. post is cool.

i like saidapet station da, coz i get down there and get bus to thiruvanmir to meet my lover. so i like tat station( he he he)

of course the walls are painted with piss and stains of tobacco, but tat is wat u ppl say as democracy. so enjoy the fragrance. wat else can be done?

nice post.
waiting to see the next

vEnKy said...

@ sandya

ya it sure does

@ anupama

thanks your u are welcome i will update you on the second part.

vEnKy said...

@ sandya

ya it sure does

@ anupama

thanks your u are welcome i will update you on the second part.

vEnKy said...

@ Ajay shyam

We all enjoy that specially because it is less crowded and there is no conductor to monitor us and stop us from standing on the foot board. THis tradition of train has stuck on to us thanks to the poms

vEnKy said...

@ Ajay shyam

We all enjoy that specially because it is less crowded and there is no conductor to monitor us and stop us from standing on the foot board. THis tradition of train has stuck on to us thanks to the poms

vEnKy said...

@ Sundaram

U said it da one witty comment i liked it very much.

vEnKy said...

@ Sundaram

U said it da one witty comment i liked it very much.

Shankar said...

well said... My father is in railways... So most part of my traveling is with trains only.. I love train journeys..

Shankar said...

well said... My father is in railways... So most part of my traveling is with trains only.. I love train journeys..

Shankar said...

I have tagged you in my latest post....

Shankar said...

I have tagged you in my latest post....

vEnKy said...

@ Shankar

hope your father is hearing what i say

vEnKy said...

@ Shankar

hope your father is hearing what i say

sayrem said...

yesterday was my FIRST EVER local train journey. the station at Garia smelt of rotten fish nd shit, and the station in calcutta was full of drunks on the overhead bridge.

They stank even more than the rotten fish and shit.

sayrem said...

yesterday was my FIRST EVER local train journey. the station at Garia smelt of rotten fish nd shit, and the station in calcutta was full of drunks on the overhead bridge.

They stank even more than the rotten fish and shit.

vEnKy said...

@ Sayrem

Are all the staions in India like this hahahaha

vEnKy said...

@ Sayrem

Are all the staions in India like this hahahaha

rimz said...

Thats pretty nice. [U missed an 's' in the heading "The Land of Uncontructed Subway".]
Ur depiction of the place n situations are very nice.
the train thing, standing on the footboard, dts quiet common of guys, i too wanna experience it some day..:P
The water-bodies-love was also nice.
And never to mention the pix u provided are very nice n appropos.
Kip writing.
cheers..:)
n ya thanx for visiting my blog.

vEnKy said...

@ Rimz

Why an 's' i am blank. And u will see a lot of me in your blog

rimz said...

its uncon's'tructed, u wrote uncontructed.

isn't it?...:)

vEnKy said...

@ rimz

now noticed it corrected it now

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