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November 6, 2006 / lazybug

Hyderabad to Solapur – Day Journey

I have travelled this route several times, but always during the night. When after months of pleading from my Mom I finally decided to do what she said (go to Solapur, and meet my grand parents who were eager to see me), I was not too excited. I bought a business magazine just before getting in, so that I did not feel bored.


But train travel always enchants me. The memories of my last outing with my family to Badami were still fresh in my mind…that was an awesome experience. The sights and scenes that I got to see will forever remain etched in my mind. This time, however, things were different. I was travelling alone in a compartment full of people. I had an upper birth reserved for me but managed to get a window seat :d.


The scenery outside was obviously more attractive than the one inside…so there I was looking out and trying to make sense of what I saw…fields of crops, fenced pieces of lands, factories, dirty lakes, streams and course, people, lots of them.


Where is the real nature? I asked myself. Perhaps I was asking for too much. Clouds had begin to appear by that time and I had some respite, I love the grey weather. The scene outside remained more or less the same – more and more fields. I must admit that they were all lush green, but somehow it did not seem alright. The real nature, my heart reminded me again. But almost as if someone had decided to fulfill my wish, a breathtaking scenery appeared. I saw what can only be described as nature at its best. Amidst the fenced farm lands, polluting factories and empty streams appeared a vast expanse of lush green uninhabited land consisting of natural greenery on small hills. Combined with the grey cloud cover and a slight drizzle, it presented an exhilarating example of nature’s ability to amaze you with the simplest of things. WOW! I said as my minds tried to take in as much as it could of the natural beauty. And then I realised that I did not have camera. I cursed myself for a moment, but soon realised that these pictures were permanently stored in my memory. So I did the next best thing. I took out the pen from my hand bag and began to write on one of the pages of the magazine I was carrying.


By the time I was finished penning down my thoughts, however, the train had travelled. Signs of civilisation began to appear all over the place and I felt lonely, again. I tried to look at the positive side and said to myself, if it were not for that brief moment of ecstasy sponsored by nature, it could have been worse! I kept imagining being in that place again and again…



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  1. Chittaranjan / Nov 7 2006 5:32 am

    A Train Journey is always enchanting…no matter where one is going! Photuaan kab daalte? BTW, is it the same Solapur as in ‘Sholapuri Chappals’ ??

  2. lazybug / Nov 7 2006 11:40 am

    I agree!

    But i did not take ne photos yaar…no digicam…

    and yes…there is nothing called solapuri chappals :p it is actually kolhapuri chappals :p

  3. Pete / Nov 7 2006 1:18 pm

    I feel as if i am going Mumbai(it goes through solapur i think) again by train..

    v.nice post ..

  4. Aravind / Nov 8 2006 3:30 am

    Hey Akki, great post mate. I think they are Kolhapuri Chappals, not Sholapuri chappals. Cheers to Mother Earth.

  5. lazybug / Nov 8 2006 3:54 am

    Thanks pete and gyani 🙂

  6. Yashashwini / Nov 9 2006 6:00 pm

    All this reminds me of the various occasions where you talked and talked and talked some more of buying a cam. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU? Go buy one NOW. This was Nature’s way of threatening you that she’s now weak to keep sponsoring such luxuries… 😛

    LOL abt the Sholapuri chappals!

  7. lazybug / Nov 9 2006 6:06 pm

    Hmmm i guess u r rite yashu…will have to buy one soon…

  8. Chittaranjan / Nov 10 2006 5:00 pm

    Logaan mere baat ka mazaakaan udaare? 👿

    Sholapur mein koi chappal nai pehente kya? Un chappalon ko Sholapuri chappal nai bulaate toh kya bulaate??

    I rmr someone ‘aspiring’ to become a good photographer and take lotsa good photos….I guess hez gonna do it the ‘Mohanbabu’ way (the one where the holds up two fingers of each hand in a camera pose) 😀

  9. footie / Nov 12 2006 8:00 pm

    Err..Solapur is famous for chaddars ji 🙂 …aur kolhapur well known for kolhapuri chappal and kolhapuri chicken,the spiciest of them all !!

  10. lazybug / Nov 13 2006 4:16 am

    It’s OK ycee, we appreciate ur knowledge (or the lack of it :p).
    Abt my photographic ambitions, I will surely not go the Mohanbabu way. 👿

  11. Chittaranjan / Nov 14 2006 12:53 pm

    We’ll see abt that! And know what, Knowledge is Power :mrgreen: And Lack of it is Bliss :0

  12. Aparna A Pai / Nov 20 2006 6:52 am

    Some scenes get etched that way..
    and we dont need a camera to snap it.. It just needs a photographic memory!

  13. lazybug / Nov 23 2006 6:49 am

    Thanks Aparna. That is so true.

  14. mandar / Dec 21 2006 12:50 pm


    I want to go to Hyderabad from Solapur. How much time it will take ? Which is the best mode ?

  15. lazybug / Dec 21 2006 3:57 pm


    I am no travel consultant, but there are a whole lot of options available. You have regular buses from Imlibun and there are atleas 3 trains that go to Solapur. Buses wld be faster. Hope that helps.

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  20. Chittaranjan / Jul 12 2007 1:44 pm

    Phir badaldiha 😐

  21. Assem / Dec 3 2007 4:01 pm

    Im in Hyderabad man!

  22. lazybug / Dec 4 2007 4:44 am

    Welcome to hyderabad, assem! what are your plans?

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