Why would anyone in their right mind want to travel for 25 days on Indian railways without taking a break?
The question itself has the answer. The first of my 12 projects proves that there might be many things right about me. But my mind is not one of them.
As a kid, I would lose myself looking outside the window of the Netravati Express(while biting the cold iron bars of the window). This was long before Konkan Railway was born. The train would take 48 hours to reach Mangalore in Karnataka from Mumbai after crossing all four states in South India.
For most this was a painful trip. Not for me though.
I would relish those days like one would enjoy hot & sweet Indian tea which can only be sipped slowly. From the salted cucumbers in Andhra to egg biriyani and dosas in Kerala – the train wasn’t just a smorgasbord of taste, but also of sights.
It was then that I had imagined – how would it be to travel across the entire country on trains? Every possible train and go to the farthest points of this crazy nation.
Somehow, that thought stayed with me and here I am trying to fulfil it through ‘The 12 Project’.