Double Decker Diaries: Mumbai to Vadodara – Part 2

This blog is about Part 2 of my first 130 kmph journey in Indian Railways - unless you count my journey by the Chennai Rajdhani way back in 1993; when I was barely four years old! Of course, I don’t remember anything about that journey; except seeing a few derailed wagons 😛 This was also…Read more Double Decker Diaries: Mumbai to Vadodara – Part 2

Double Decker Diaries: Mumbai to Vadodara – Part 1

You all know that I have travelled by train more times than I can count; but I have never experienced 130 kmph action, unless you count my journey by the Chennai Rajdhani way back in 1993; when I was barely four years old! Of course, I don't remember anything about that journey; except seeing a…Read more Double Decker Diaries: Mumbai to Vadodara – Part 1

Hard Work Doesn’t Always Pay Off

Poem I wrote after struggling with an extremely niche Investment Banking role. Here is the content: "Hard work always pays off"I've heard this many timesBut I would beg to differSpeaking as a recruiterThe nature of our work, is suchThat you may bend your back for two days in a rowAnd ultimately end up getting nothingHowever,…Read more Hard Work Doesn’t Always Pay Off

Choose Your Friends Carefully

A poem dedicated to one of my former college friends. Here goes the content: I counted you as a friend In fact, not merely a friend But a sister Moreover, when I met you I was shy to a fault And it was you Who broke me out of my shell And got me talking…Read more Choose Your Friends Carefully

An Ode To Harris Jayaraj

Yet another poem dedicated to my favourite music composer. Here is the content: Dear Harris Sir I have been a fan of your music Since the age of sixteen When I heard the song “Oru Maalai” Which transported me to another world A world like no other From then on, there was no looking back…Read more An Ode To Harris Jayaraj

Love Is Not Just About Romance

This is a poem about my musings on love. Here is the content: When you think of love What is the first thing That comes to your mind? Romance, naturally! Because that’s what you’ve been fed Through books, movies, TV shows Media, newspapers, radio And so on Yes, romance is indeed love But love is…Read more Love Is Not Just About Romance

Answering The Call Of Pune, Yet Again! – Part 2

After a memorable trip to Pune (one of so many!! 😛 ), which involved touring the countryside with my friend Omkar and staying at his house with him and his parents; it was time to return to Mumbai. The train chosen was 11302 SBC-CSMT Udyan Express, since it was the only train leaving Pune in…Read more Answering The Call Of Pune, Yet Again! – Part 2

Answering The Call Of Pune, Yet Again! – Part 1

Yes, you read it right. Yet another Mumbai - Pune train trip, after my first Vistadome journey 6 months ago: https://ashwinkumar1989.in/2022/05/29/vistadomed-first-train-journey-of-2022/ . The purpose of this trip too was the same - to meet my friend - railfan Omkar - and have fun with him; including a night stay at his house. It was planned…Read more Answering The Call Of Pune, Yet Again! – Part 1

What Does Peace Truly Mean?

Peace is a small wordBut it means a lotWhether it be to an individualOr a familyOr a communityOr a nationOr even, the whole worldPeace has different meaningsFor different peopleFor some, it may mean a world without warsWith every country pitching inTo support its neighbourThrough thick and thinFor others, it may mean finally turning their dreams…Read more What Does Peace Truly Mean?

The Real India

I was prompted to write this poem after a mass conversion of 10000 Bahujans to Buddhism, led by Dr. Rajratna Ambedkar, the great-grandnephew of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, and organised by Rajendra Pal Gautam, Delhi Cabinet Minister (himself a Buddhist); was targeted by BJP, Congress and casteist media channels as “anti-Hindu” and “spreading hate”. A police complaint…Read more The Real India