After knowing me so well, now I can confidently say that my first experience at things/events isn’t good – EVER!
As a kid, my parents never allowed me to travel alone till it became an absolute necessity!
And even till this age, I get the same repeated sessions of DO’s and DON’Ts to be followed while I am travelling alone. Not that my folks are scared that I’ll get talking to strangers and become friendly with them, but more about my health and doing things on time (“in time” according to them)!
After my first journey in the Indian Railways, I realized why my parents preferred roadways to railways. Here are a few of them enlisted –
1. You won’t need to book/buy your tickets months in advance for a road journey.
2. You can manage to get late for a road journey. You can hop on to the next bus and its super convenient if you own a car. The train may get delayed on its own, but in case it’s on time – it won’t wait for you!
3. Breakdowns. A bus may be replaced, trains are generally cancelled.
4. In case of fog, or bad weather, buses will still comply to deliver passengers to their destinations – generally taking a little longer the usual time; railways take no such guarantee.
5. Mishaps. Accident possibility in railway journey might not outnumber the one by roadways. But extent of disaster is worse.
6. Roadside dhabbas don’t serve you chai made in sewer water and food out of God-knows-What ingredients. Eating from railways’ food department is a sure shot invitation to Food Poisoning.
7. It’s tough to change your seat or exchange it with fellow train passengers.
8. The fear of losing your luggage in trains is higher! 😐
Although my train journeys in the past have been pretty eventful, but most of them ended at my destination SAFELY.
I have now made a clear-cut choice to pick roadways whenever possible, and railways are preferred only for the sole reason of SPEED-DISTANCE-TIME ratio.