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Air India A319 Bengaluru to Hyderabad!

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The annual gathering of pharmacists was happening in Hyderabad this year. I am not a regular participant to this gathering, but decided to make it this year. A large group of my students were presenting papers at this conference, and I had a presentation too. The initial plan was to travel with my students by train to Hyderabad. As the travel date came closer, things went awry and I had to postpone my journey. An exam I had to officiate got postponed and got right into my plans. I had to let go my train ticket - and decided to look for alternatives. I preferred reaching the previous evening, so that I can be at the conference a bit fresh after catching up a bit of sleep. I got down to hunting tickets for my trip - being the beginning of a long weekend, trains were mostly sold out. The only one that had a ticket wasn't suitable for my timing. Buses were overpriced - thanks to a long weekend. The buses would drop me quite late in the city, and I wasn't very happy at that as we

On the 'new' Jet Airways: Kochi to Bengaluru

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I wanted to make this journey an ATR special. My outbound was booked two months in advance on the Air India Regional ATR42 (Read here ). I hadn't booked the return ticket in anticipation of a new regional airline coming up in the South - but as the date came closer, there was no sign of the new airline taking off, and I got on to hunt for my return ticket. I wasn't shocked or astonished to see that the sector leader, Jet Airways offered the cheapest rates on the route. Without much thoughts, I went ahead and booked a ticket on Jet Airways - after all, this would be an opportunity for me to try the new full-service offering from Jet. Jet Airways operates 5 services on the Bengaluru-Kochi-Bengaluru sector, all using ATR72s. I was taking a day off on Monday, and hence had the option of picking one of the three evening departures - I chose the one at 1910hrs - the other two are at 1605 and 2225hrs. I've been on the 2225hrs service twice earlier, while the 1605hrs would mean I&

A short hop on Maharaja's ATR42: BLR to COK

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Air India, the national carrier of India, is always an airline of fantasy for me. Also known the Maharaja, Air India flies a puny ATR-42 to Kochi from Bengaluru (this is Air India's only ATR route in South India). The flight is operated by their subsidiary, Air India Regional, and operates only on 6 days of the week (except Sunday). The Aircraft operates Bengaluru-Kochi-Agati (Lakshadweep Islands) and back. Since they don't fly on Sundays, and their Bengaluru-Kochi flight is in the morning, I never had an opportunity to fly them. Sometime in November, Air India came up with a sale, and sold tickets at very cheap rates. I decided to grab the opportunity and booked a ticket on the morning flight for a Saturday departure in mid January - a whole 2 months in advance. This was perhaps the first booking done without the routine hunt for cheap tickets. It was a long wait for the D-Day! In the meantime, Air India received their first ATR 72-600 - I was a bit worried if they would repl

Conquering the Nilgiris and the Silent Valley...KSRTC Fans Trip; Part-3

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..Continued (Read Earlier parts here and here ) Warning: A very long post ahead.. proceed at your own risk !! The second day of the KSRTC fans' ride covered two ghat sections - in fact, we were to go up and down one ghat section, then again go up and down the second - both belonged to the same Western Ghats. The route for the day was Sulthan Bathery - Pattavayal - Devarshola - Gudalur - Ooty - Coonoor - Mettupalam - Karamadai - Chinnathadagam - Anaikkatti - Agali - Attapadi - Mannarkkad (and further to Kozhikode and later to Thrissur). That is the route we travelled in the day - we did the distance is about 13 hours! July 27, 2014: The day started quite early for four of us - Sankar, Jayadeep, Ashwin and Yours Truly. Me and Jayadeep started from the hotel, where we stayed overnight, sometime around 0630hrs, while Sankar and Ashwin followed us a while later. The two of us walked from the hotel to the bus station - a cool early morning walk, clicking all the buses which