Part 2 - A train Journey from Mambalam to Meenambakkam
Guys, I am back with my second installment of "A train Journey from Mambalam
to Meenambakkam". I left with us entering Guindy aka the gateway of serendipity. The real fun starts from here.
Though the name suggest there is a mount you wont see anything like that any near. It seems to be so far you can hardly notice. The stretch from here to Pazhavanthangal is by far the most enjoyable part of the journey.
For starters you have a vast bed of grass adjacent to the station. it resembles an once agricultural land with a huge well too. Now it serves the purpose of being a playground for area boys as they would like to call. A really wonderfull sight to watch.
Main course is a vast area of water covered with vegetation nearby the bridge. It is a mini- Vedanthangal here. You see lots of birds here. You can say I attend all five hours of my college to see this serene sight in the evening ;).
There is a church which has been dilapidated. Before seeing this I never ever believed in the weirdest of imaginations that a church with broken walls coupled with vines covering them would please my eyes that much.
Pazhavanthangal aka Land of extremes.
Hey this not just a nickname I mean it. One side of it is bustling with life and another side of it covered with thick thorny vegetation. Those waste lands are now in the process of becoming a group of Apartments, with that, summoning the water problem, pollution and blah blah blah. The stretch from here to the Final destination Meenambakkam, there are lots of trees. There is one noticeable sight, from the nearby over bridge, you can see the St Thomas Mount so clearly with a building on the top and some lights, if its dark. It is a really good sight at night.
Meenambakkam aka Birdambakkam
Many of you would have not got the nick name. I'll explain. Meen in Tamil means Fish, since there is an airport nearby, so Bird+ ambakkam ;). You know what I mean, there is no meen only flying airplanes ;P. This station is a sanctuary for the college students, who find it hard to enter the college which is a few steps away and park their arses here. You see they have lots of commitments like Kadalai potting ( flirting) , smoking , chatting, messaging. They are very busy people how can you expect them to come to college. My college has a huge campus which also acts a rest place after they have hard day out watching movies. I pray to God that I getthe train as soon as I finish or cut my classes so I could not see any of the antics of these jackasses and head home as soon as possible and switch on my computer.
Things you cant miss to notice if you travel by train.
- plastic covers
- emptied paan paarag packets
- Paan parag spits
- Cigarette buds
- Broken train handles
- Bills stuck under "the stick no bills", that too with their phone number. Really gutsy.
- Scribblings of their name along with their lover's name
- Name of their friends group. Weird, yet sucking like hi guys, Bcs guys, danger guys blah blah blah
- Singing Beggars, some of them are really good
- Small businessmen, selling stuffs on their own.
For the past 2 yrs, I have been travelling via train. Before that, I hardly travelled by train. What, once I did seldom, is now part of my life, atleast for a year or so more. Whatever it may be, I will certainly cherish every moment of it, both the nice ones and not so nice ones.