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Suicidal Driving...

05:00AM, May 09, 2011, Somewhere between Mannuthy and Vadakkenchery on NH47 in Kerala.

I was driving my Silver Punto, rushing towards Bangalore for a week long vacation. The road narrows down from a well-paved 4-lane road to a horribly paved, dingy two laned road a while before Mannuthy on NH47, while approaching from Ernakulam side. Despite being too early in the morning, the traffic was messy around Mannuthy. The road got emptier as we crossed Pattikad. I had an uneasy feeling right from beginning of the day. It started pouring down as we crossed Mannuthy. My kitten was crying through the time (yes! she was traveling with us to Bangalore).

A while into the 2-lane driving, I started noticing trucks in the opposite direction driving ruthlessely - they came straight head-on, and the onus was on me to avoid an accident! I slowed down, so that I get more time to save ourself from an accident. Trucks in the opposite direction were too rash, and one could feel the effects of overnight driv…

A Real superfast.. in Kerala!!

Perhaps for the first time in life I made one real superfast journey in a train in Kerala! In what could be described as a soon to be extinct species, this train made hardly any stops in the 223 kms journey I made in the train! After a mind-boggling day bus fanning and some tourism in Trivandrum, I was returning home. I was accompanied by fellow railfan Vibin Andrews.With some late bus fanning plans in mind (which got washed down, thanks to the rain), I decided to take the weekly 12698 Trivandrum-Chennai Super Fast.

We both were drop-dead-tired at the end of the day. After a light dinner, we headed out to the platform where our train was berthed. Sadly, the train was taken on PF4. Walking over the foot-over-bridge, we saw a loco with "top headlamps" pulling in to take charge of the train. It was a WAP4 - road number and shed unknown - rather, we did not bother checking which loco was that. My seat was in S1, while Vibin was in S4. S1 was fully reserved - all seats were taken…

Yet another overnight bus journey in Kerala..

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Yet another bus fanning trip, this time to the North. This one was lingering around for a long time, but the decision to do it came at the last moment. I was to join Sankar on some bus fanning at Kozhikode on Saturday, May 28, 2011. My initial plan was to start off on Saturday morning - very early in the morning. I had almost finalised the 4AM from Thrissur, but later had my mind hanging around. I then thought of taking a train - but the lack of reservations just nipped the plan in the bud itself.

Towards evening of Friday, May 27, 2011, I get a call from Sankar saying that he is taking the Trivandrum - Kozhikode AC bus, from Kollam. I changed my mind at the last moment, and decided to join his bus at Thrissur. I called him up and asked him to try to block a seat for me from Ernakulam. No news from him till later in the night. I got set to travel, and left home around 11 pm on Friday. I was to leave my car at the railway station, and then take the bus from the bus station.

Around 23:2…