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Finally at home... On the bus from Bangalore to Thrissur

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Finally reached home this morning at 0950. The bus slowed down quite badly since morning. We had a short break at Sulthan Bathery for light snacks. So here goes the trip report:

I reached the bus station (Kempegowda Bus Station, Bangalore - popularly called as "Majestic") at around 2035. The bus station was crowded heavily. My bus was to depart from Platform 9/10. I reached the assigned platform, and three KSRTC AC Buses were lined up there! And of the three, two were heading to Ernakulam, and one was to Kozhikode. I quickly checked up with a conductor and found out that my bus was indeed there.

The buses waiting around were: RR214 (KL15-6412, of Thrissur), RR220 (KL15-6622, of Kozhikode), RR204 (KL15-6397, of Ernakulam). Another bus of Thrissur Depot (RR213, KL15-6411) was waiting at Platform 14 (working the 2200 departure to Thrissur). The entire bus station was choked by buses parked in all possible fashions. A steady stream of departures kept the Andhra Pradesh section of …

Heading to Kerala...

I am on a sudden trip to kerala. The journey was decided at the last moment, and I am taking a kerala state RTC AC bus. The bus is KL15-6412 (RR214) of TSR depot. The bus is working the 21.30 schedule to Ernakulam via Mysore. We started perfectly on time. The traffic in the city, as usual, was maddening, and took up over half an hour to reach the satellite bus station. The driver is now zipping through on the highway. We crossed Ramanagaram a while back. Okay, let me try catching a few winks ;)
More updates tomorrow, bye and good night...

Metric Musing: A Journey to the oblivion....

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A chilly winter evening in early December (to be precise, on December 02, 2008) saw me loitering around at Yeshwantpur waiting for my train. An urgent and a very important reason had forced the travel upon me, and since it was decided at a very short notice, I had to book on the Garib Rath special. Although special trains are always best avoided, I thought this was the best opportunity for me to check out a Garib Rath! Tickets were quickly booked and my status was confirmed. I was dropped at the station by my brother. The entry area was totally crowded and I had a harrowing time wading through the crowd to reach the platform.
A glowing LED indicator revealed that my train would be departing from Platform 5. My bag was too heavy and I somehow lugged it on top. Just as I reached the top of the FOB, I heard the ever familiar drone from the Generator cars, and LO! my train was already at the platform! The rake was 18 coaches long, comprised of about 16 3A coaches and two Generator cars. Th…

And finally it goes down...

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The Karnataka State Transport Department took a move - that is often described as "political currency" - to reduce bus fares. The department was swift in increasing fares when fuel prices had hit the roof in August. Taking the same stance, the department even reduced fares when fuel prices went down. New fares came into effect this morning, and most passengers were in for a real surprise!
The fares in Ordinary and Pushpak (Pushpak Plus and Janapriyavahini) buses were rolled back to the same level as it was before August. The surprise came later! The exhorbitant Suvarnas have finally been tamed down! Effective today, the fares in Suvarna Buses have been brought down to the rates of Pushpak services. And to add more sweetness to the deal, Daily Passes and Monthly Passes (Pushpak Class) are now valid on these buses!

These stickers - "Passes Not Allowed" is now history! These stickers have either been removed from these buses, or the "Not" has been painted over…

Trivandrum to Bangalore by bus....

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I had been to Trivandrum on a personal reason last weekend. The journey to Trivandrum was by train, and I took the "royal" Kanyakumari Express - the 6526 Bangalore City-Kanyakumari Express - often fondly called as the "island" express. The train journey was just fine, and we were more or less on time everywhere. I had some work in the city till afternoon, and thus returning by train was totally ruled out. But, I had to be in office the next day i.e., Monday. The lack of any train leaving towards evening and the absolute passion to try out a Volvo took me to the Kerala SRTC reservation counter in Bangalore one fine evening. But the person manning the counter expressed his inability to issue tickets from Trivandrum to Bangalore since he did not have access to the reservation system of Trivandrum.

I had to make a dejected retreat. I had almost dropped the idea of traveling by bus, and decided to somehow take a leave on Monday. Although Karnataka SRTC too was operatin…