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... came later. So, the train that we had hoped to take was "only second class", and we were strongly advised NOT to take that train. So, our options were an overnight sleeper car or waiting until the next day. Since its Diwali, getting a hotel room in Mumbai would have been complicated at best. So, overnight sleeper it was.
A basic primer in Indian trains:
There are 7 levels of types of seating.
"Sleeper"class is 6th out of 7. ...
... so be it - and this is a nation that strongly believes in karma!
During times when I've felt impatient or frustrated, I've kept having to remind myself that all of this is neither good nor bad - it's just different. India has a culture so far removed from Western ways that it can feel confronting. Bollywood movies are completely different to Hollywood, beeping isn't used when a driver makes a mistake but to let other drivers know they are there (trucks mostly have ...
... wasn't possible and we'd have to try from the ticket office in Mumbai. The added difficulty was that it was a public holiday on the day we originally planned to travel to Delhi (rookie error not realising that!). Hoping that things would just work out ok in the end, we went back to Candolim and sorted ourselves out to leave for Mumbai that afternoon. The bus to Mumbai made me think of one of those Japanese capsule hotels where you 'sleep' in pods... We ...
... an Indian passport and have your own transport. So I meet these chaps who make me never want to return to India, and then the most pleasant, enthusiastic, head shaking man will come up and speak to me or help when I ask or talk to me about the pitfalls and great things of India. That fused with the absolute beauty and charisma the country has to offer, the former disappears. Indians think that it is perfectly acceptable to throw rubbish on the floor and here is one thing I ...