On thursday I reached home at 2 pm and we left at 3 pm for station, our train was scheduled to leave at 3.50 pm to Bharuch.
Enroute in the rickshaw I checked that my seat was in S-6. We reached the station at about 3.30 thanks to a lot of traffic.
Now there is only one train that goes from Indore to Mumbai and Bharuch is on the way, Avantika Express. It normally stands on Platform no. 5, when we entered the station with our back packs the train was waiting at the platform and S-6 was straight in front. We climbed in and sat at our seats. The train I must say was pretty empty, which is not usual at this time in Avantika, just 20 minutes for the train to leave the station.
At about 3.45 pm I got up to see if the chart was stuck on the bogie and to check our names on it to find it was missing, I went in the train again and checked the tickets if I made a mistake in the date while booking. I didn’t, the tickets were right…
Perplexed I showed to another guy standing besides us, my name is missing. Wondering in my mind if the railway could ever do something right, without making any mistakes
The guy asked me after looking at my ticket : where do you want to go ?
Me : Bharuch !
The guy : This train doesn’t go to Bharuch Bhaiya ! This is Nizammuddin Express !! Avantika is on platform no. 3
Me : What ! oh I thought this was Avantika ! shit.. its on platform no 3 !!! 5 minutes for it to leave… !!!!
Luckily we had only back packs and we put them on and ran.
Enroute my 4 year old son tells me worriedly while running : “Addha tame to keva cho, naam bi nahi vaachyu ?” (in eng : Dad, you are strange, didn’t even read the name of the train !!)
So much for me the educated, literate, graduate me and my wife… great beginning to the trip… bah !!! in the running helter skelter forgot my newspaper and magazine in the old train !!!
I really felt sheepish, such a silly mistake…
I am sharing this to see if I am the only sheep or are there more ?????
p.s. more bharuch stories to follow