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Thrissur to Bangalore by Airavat Club Class

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The ubiquitous holiday list issued by the state government of Karnataka made me curious - two days of continuous holidays in January - add a Casual leave to it, and I get a 4 day holiday at home. Since I was returning on a weekday, plus my recent experiences of arriving late in Bangalore in Private buses made my choice simple - I did not look beyond Karnataka SRTC. I checked tickets and was quite surprised to see lots of seats available. I hate waiting for my bus, and hence decided to book on a bus that started in Thrissur itself - so it was 2131TRCBNG for my journey. I selected a seat on the right side. January 15, 2014: My hometown was in the peak of festivities. The temple town was packed with devotees as the temple celebrated its annual ritual, called Thalappoli . I was expecting buses to be crowded due to the festival, and hence decided to head to Kodungallur in an auto and take a bus to Thrissur from there, instead of boarding from near my house. I reached Kodungallur around

Bangalore to Thrissur by Kerala RTC Super Deluxe

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This was to be the first visit to my hometown in 2014. I decided to book on a KaSRTC Airavat Club Class for my return - booked the tickets towards the end of December 2013 itself. I had not taken a call on what bus to book for my outward journey. I was in confusion for quite some days. Soon after January 1, I decided to take a call - it was Kerala SRTC's new Super Deluxe for the trip! I selected the 11pm Bangalore-Thrissur Super Deluxe, via Mysore, Gudalur. I tried selecting the second row seat, but for some reason the row was showing up as "Ladies only". So I shifted to the third row - and booked Seat #9. The total fare worked out to Rs. 515 (Rs. 485 base fare plus Rs. 10 for reservation and Rs. 20 for online booking service charge). January 11, 2014: The first long trip of the year. I was curious and excited for sure. I was a bit tensed too - will it be comfortable and will it reach on time? I reached home on time, got ready and was set to leave. My brother dropped

A quick trip to Mysore

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January 5, 2014, Sunday: The first weekend of the new year. I wanted to make a visit to Mysore since long. But everytime, the opportunity got missed between the cup and the lip . This time everything went fine until Saturday evening. But some other got scheduled for Sunday morning, and I saw another miss this time. Sometime towards noon (around 11AM), I decided to head to Mysore. I left my vehicle at Shantinagar BS, and headed straight to A2B restaurant there for a quick brunch. Getting to Satellite BS from Shantinagar is a helluva task. Despite being an important terminal, there is hardly any link between the two bus stations (except for a very infrequent bus route - G6). I had to travel via Majestic (of course, I could've gone via Market as well). I made it to Satellite BS around 1205hrs. I did some photography of the Kerala buses parked there - saw the interiors of the new Tata Super Deluxe for the first time. I finally entered into the bus station at around 1230hrs. I was a

2013.. gone by are those days...

In a nutshell: A generally good year, with lots of trips, and some "to-do" stuff accomplished. I finished 1 year as a teacher - it was a great feeling as you grow up with the kids. They let me hold my head high as the results came - all of them passed with flying colours, and accomplished certain things their seniors did not even attempt. One year of being called a sir . The trainfan in my took a retirement - If my memory serves me right, I did not travel by train at all in 2013. All the journeys were by bus this year. No feats were accomplished in this segment though. I am still excited as the memories of my visit to Gavi in July comes to my mind - a report of that visit is still pending, 7 months on. Two back-to-back infernos snuffed out 53 lives travelling in Volvo buses - the accidents shocked busfans and travel operators alike. I still shudder as I think of the accidents. I am left with nothing to write about the year gone by.. let it go to the pages of histo