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.





St Thomas AKA Mount near oblivion.

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.

  1. plastic covers 
  2. emptied paan paarag packets 
  3. Paan parag spits 
  4. Cigarette buds 
  5. Broken train handles 
  6. Bills stuck under "the stick no bills", that too with their phone number. Really gutsy. 
  7. Scribblings of their name along with their lover's name 
  8. Name of their friends group. Weird, yet sucking like hi guys, Bcs guys, danger guys blah blah blah 
  9. Singing Beggars, some of them are really good 
  10. 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.

Comments

  1. Hope you see an Alaipayuthe by the end of this year! :D Never travelled by trains.. A die hard fan of MTC buses! Nothing beats travelling on the foot board! :D
    Enjoy!

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  2. Hope you see an Alaipayuthe by the end of this year! :D Never travelled by trains.. A die hard fan of MTC buses! Nothing beats travelling on the foot board! :D
    Enjoy!

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  3. i sorta agree with de comment above,, if u asked me i would prefer de bus journey over de rail journey,, i am almost immune to de commotion and de chaos to go with de noice ,, uhh,,is jus fun!!

    if i were to foot board, i might havta switch sides,, you have air gushing all over u while travellin through a train 'n u go whoaaaa!!

    either way,, i jus love travellin,, be it trains or buses!!

    P.S: its jus amazin how u could ever notice all these stuff while travellin!! as i said it could be only U who can ink your thoughts this well!!

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  4. i sorta agree with de comment above,, if u asked me i would prefer de bus journey over de rail journey,, i am almost immune to de commotion and de chaos to go with de noice ,, uhh,,is jus fun!!

    if i were to foot board, i might havta switch sides,, you have air gushing all over u while travellin through a train 'n u go whoaaaa!!

    either way,, i jus love travellin,, be it trains or buses!!

    P.S: its jus amazin how u could ever notice all these stuff while travellin!! as i said it could be only U who can ink your thoughts this well!!

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  5. Train journey is fun... so much of things buzz arnd us .... I thoroughly enjoyed for 3 full years :) and superb nicknames... superb post.. loved it.. lived thru the post... inum tambaram varikum extend panlame :P

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  6. Train journey is fun... so much of things buzz arnd us .... I thoroughly enjoyed for 3 full years :) and superb nicknames... superb post.. loved it.. lived thru the post... inum tambaram varikum extend panlame :P

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  7. u forgot hippies,people who sit n eat by the door and the many other kinda obscene grafitti on the walls

    :P

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  8. u forgot hippies,people who sit n eat by the door and the many other kinda obscene grafitti on the walls

    :P

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  9. Venky,

    Good one. Liked the description for Pazhavandhaangal! :) And whenever I have travelled by the local train I have also enjoyed the stretch beyond St. Thomas Mount the most!

    Another post that brought back stored memories. Cheers mate! :)

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  10. Venky,

    Good one. Liked the description for Pazhavandhaangal! :) And whenever I have travelled by the local train I have also enjoyed the stretch beyond St. Thomas Mount the most!

    Another post that brought back stored memories. Cheers mate! :)

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  11. i think u never speak to anyone during train journey... I also think u look outside the train most of the time... nice one...

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  12. i think u never speak to anyone during train journey... I also think u look outside the train most of the time... nice one...

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  13. hahahah!! a very nice and different post!!
    u forgot the worn out Nidhi school in st. thomas mount!!
    a nice name for meenambakkam!!! Wright brothers would have been happy after learnin that venky named a place after their invention :P
    u belong to AM JAIN COLLEGE?!

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  14. hahahah!! a very nice and different post!!
    u forgot the worn out Nidhi school in st. thomas mount!!
    a nice name for meenambakkam!!! Wright brothers would have been happy after learnin that venky named a place after their invention :P
    u belong to AM JAIN COLLEGE?!

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  15. Millions must travel by this very same train everyday venkat. But I wonder how many of them see waht you saw :)

    Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

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  16. Millions must travel by this very same train everyday venkat. But I wonder how many of them see waht you saw :)

    Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

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  17. @ Sandhya

    I have seen it many times, yeah travelling on footboard is fun but illegal hehehe, " thirutu maanga rusi jaasthi"

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  18. @ Sandhya

    I have seen it many times, yeah travelling on footboard is fun but illegal hehehe, " thirutu maanga rusi jaasthi"

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  19. @ sowmi

    I am glad i will try though i travel very less beyond that

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  20. @ sowmi

    I am glad i will try though i travel very less beyond that

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  21. @ Ajay Shyam

    I am glad that compliment came from you thanks, train journey is far better

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  22. @ Ajay Shyam

    I am glad that compliment came from you thanks, train journey is far better

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  23. Dude... it's a route I've traveled almost everyday for the last 6 years. Was nostalgic reading that. :P.
    But travelogue should be more adventurous. You know... like that hill right opposite Tirusulam Station... ever climbed it? He he... you should try. It' awesome. I hope to see a more crazy you in the following travelogues. :)

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  24. Dude... it's a route I've traveled almost everyday for the last 6 years. Was nostalgic reading that. :P.
    But travelogue should be more adventurous. You know... like that hill right opposite Tirusulam Station... ever climbed it? He he... you should try. It' awesome. I hope to see a more crazy you in the following travelogues. :)

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  25. @ EA

    Yes i forgot the people who deprive off my place near the door, i hate them ;)

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  26. @ EA

    Yes i forgot the people who deprive off my place near the door, i hate them ;)

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  27. @ Shankar

    U Know what i think, i think you are spot on

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  28. @ Shankar

    U Know what i think, i think you are spot on

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  29. @ Srini

    thanks mate and i am happy it made you feel nostalgic

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  30. @ Srini

    thanks mate and i am happy it made you feel nostalgic

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  31. @ shruthi

    Nice to see in my blog. This whole blog is unconventional because it is written by a freak like me.

    Ya i missed AJS NIdhi school and that Kalyana Mandampan, to hard when u have so many good things in that stretch

    Yes i do belong to that college

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  32. @ shruthi

    Nice to see in my blog. This whole blog is unconventional because it is written by a freak like me.

    Ya i missed AJS NIdhi school and that Kalyana Mandampan, to hard when u have so many good things in that stretch

    Yes i do belong to that college

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  33. @ Ajai

    Tirisoolam is beyond my boundaty man. I have already mentioned in the 1st part that my idea of vacation is so dumb for details take a look at this tag of mine

    here

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  34. @ Ajai

    Tirisoolam is beyond my boundaty man. I have already mentioned in the 1st part that my idea of vacation is so dumb for details take a look at this tag of mine

    here

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  35. @ Sayrem

    I am humbled thanks for the compliment

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  36. @ Sayrem

    I am humbled thanks for the compliment

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  37. Hey Venky,
    Drop into my blog to collect your special gift... Congrats... :)
    My Travelogue

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  38. Hey Venky,
    Drop into my blog to collect your special gift... Congrats... :)
    My Travelogue

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  39. Well one thing, the south Indian names are really big n hard to pronounce...Pazhavanthangal like things...:)
    Ur article was very nice , i felt like having a close view of ur journey. The things u mentioned under 'Things you cant miss to notice if you travel by train' arealso the same here. Let me give u 1 info ,in case u dint know, the worst crowd is in the ladies' compartment, donno wherefrm they hail n in wat lingo they speak.. Being a girl myslf i feel shameful.
    Another thing beside the beggars n singers in the trains r the transgenic ppl, who even abuses ppl if not given money(or amnt of their choice)..
    Overall ur piece was a treat..
    nice...:)

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  40. hmm kalitingo.. thats nice observation yu know..especially beggars singing..have seen quite a few of them singing all the ilayaraja songs very well!
    Ha ha lol abt the Meenambakam fact...i was wondering for a looong time wat it exactly stands for..now i know!..ha ha... how abt Big memories..do share them if yu have one!


    H a R y

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  41. @rimz

    come on rimz how would i know ladies compartments hahaha. I only know that the compartments are often not crowede and they enjoy a goo journey

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  42. @ Mitr-friend

    thanks i am humbled

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  43. @ Hary

    I have seen only beggars singing TMS songs ( T M soundarajan).

    Ennapa big memories ?

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  44. Hi,

    First time here, hopped from Hary

    Very nicely described. Sad state of affairs that people misuse public property. Graffiti on train walls, mutilating handles and seats, spitting..why dont people use it with sense.

    I use the city train service whenever I come down to Chennai. I travel from Park to Saidapet and I can relate to this post somewhat.

    :-) Ciao

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  45. Those things happen if its INdia. I have hardly travelled beyond mambalam. Would like to travel one day. Keep visiting

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