Trip Sheet 2014

January 2, 2015

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Dadar-Pune – 183 Pune-CSTM – 192 Mumbai-Ahmedabad – 493 CSTM-Pune – 192 Pune-CSTM – 192 CSTM-Howrah – 1966 Howrah-Madras – 1661 Madras-Mumbai – 1279 CSTM-Pune – 192 Pune-Satara – 145 Satara-Mumbai – 338 LTT-Igatpuri – 118 Igatpuri-LTT – 118 CSTM-Madras – 1279 Madras-CSTM – 1279 Total: 9627 kms New route: Bhusaval-Howrah Advertisements

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Football and filter coffee

December 18, 2014

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Long before Rajinikanth entered the realm of mass cinema, when he was on the path of being the populist persona that he is now there came a comedy called Thillu Mullu (1981). The movie, directed by K Balachandar, was a remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Gol Maal that had Amol Palekar in the lead. Every remake, […]

Rajinikanth rambling

December 11, 2014

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Tonight is going to be anxiously long and never-ending, for tomorrow the Superstar is back on screen the way we like him: live action and larger than life. Being a Rajinikanth fan, years of waiting culminate into cascading emotions whenever his movies release. It will be no different as the dawn will give way to […]

Posted in: Cinema, Madras, Rajinikanth

59 hours and counting – Part I

October 26, 2014

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“Your hair is disheveled and you look tired. Have you realized that you have been travelling for 50 hours straight?” said my father as I stepped out of the side entrance of Madras Central, with the evening sun bouncing off the clock tower. “It’s 59 hours and 15 minutes,” I hit back, with a glint […]

Regret

October 1, 2014

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Today was the last day of metre-gauge operations on the scenic Barak valley railway line from Lumding to Silchar in Assam. Among the last of the metre-gauge routes in the country, the line was an engineering marvel. Sadly, i have not been fortunate enough to have travelled on this route. Although, I was supposed to. […]

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A small experiment

August 13, 2014

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As I write this, the Howrah-Madras Central Coromandal Superfast Express, has crossed Nellore, my ancestral city. It means in 173 kilometres, I will be home, Madras, after 10 months. Last year, I decided to put myself through a little experiment, to see how long I can stay from my city. Fighting random bouts of homesickness, […]

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Satish Sivalingam: living his father’s dream

July 29, 2014

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  As dawn arrived on Monday, the Sivalingam household had spent a sleepless night celebrating the exploits of their elder son Satish. The 22-year-old weightlifter, a native of Vellore in Tamil Nadu, had rewritten the Commonwealth Games record en route to winning the Gold medal in the 77 kg category event. When Satish clinched a […]

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