So, we had two marriages, one in Allahabad and other one in Ajmer. And my whole family was present, so we decided to take a train trip from Allahabad to Ajmer, which is a direct train. And we were 14 heads, with 9 adults and 5 kids, and 12 births. 6 in 2nd AC and 6 in 3rd AC. The reservation for 10 births were from Kanpur and rest 2 were from Allahabad. But we all boarded from Allahabad. So the journey started with 14ppl and there 24pieces of luggage. We took a Vikram, a Toyota Innova and a Maruti 800 car to reach the station and we had to take the back route to the platform so that, we can be close to the coach, see the irony.
The train was coming from Howra. First it was 1.5 hours late and then for some reason the train was coming onto the different platform. As you can see the number of items we had. So we paid almost 300bucks to three porters with a trolley, and believe it or not we negotiated to this amount when they started with Rs.500.
So nearing the time of arrival we started moving to another platform. Train arrived as announced but we lost the track of the porters and they got vanished, as we paid them half the money in advance. Train just stops for 2 mins on the station and remember we were 14 ppl with 24 items and with no porters. We started moving towards opposite direction as we thought the AC coaches would come towards the end. While on the move, we figured out, that its the other way round, so we again started moving in the trains direction. With all the luggage, then from somewhere these porters started coming in and we were thrown inside the train.
So we somehow managed to get in, now the problem was for the 24 pieces of luggage, we kept all the stuff in the corridor, under other persons birth. I could hear people saying, how do people travel with so many pieces of luggage. But yeah, the good part was, we were all in and waiting for the TTE to arrive. First we tried to bribe him, he tried to be smart and wanted to make full ticket, we were prepared and then he realized if he makes the ticket, everything will go, so he later settled for 25% of the ticket amount.
In all this fighting with TTE, securing luggage, and taking turns in two coaches, which were luckily side by side, came Kanpur, where we secured all our seats and then started the food time. We opened the kitchen in 2nd AC, where we had more legroom and hence everybody had turn to come in and eat. Kaavya in the mean time had her little jet lagged nap, meal of milk and she was up refreshed and ready to do more shaitani.
When we were done with food, we sat for couple of hours, did some chit chat and soon came the bed time. In the mean time I found time to sit with kids and play some of there games.Kids always love to have me, as I love to play there games and thats what kids want. Well it was night time and we made beds for kid and ourselves and dozed for a short night. Time to reach Ajmer was 4.30a, and we were not sure if somebody is coming to pick us up. We were dead tired and as soon as we dropped on to the bed, at least I was sleeping. I just woke up one station before Ajmer, and woke up everybody else as well. On the station, it was the groom himself waiting for us to receive, with his 2 friends.
There were two incidents happened after we reached Ajmer. Basics, I am born and brought up in Ajmer, leave me anywhere in the darkest of the streets, I can come out easily, with my eyes closed.
Incident #1 - On the Ajmer station, Manu asks another person where is the bridge to get out of the station and I was standing there, next to her.
Incident #2 - One of the grooms friends was driving us home, and he dint realize I am a localite, was waiting for the groom to tell him directions. For a second I thought of bashing him then and there itself.
Anyway, we reached home. This was the most memorable trip ever, with so much of fun and thrill. And moreover, I was in Ajmer after 3.5 years.