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A truly Indian List,

Apparently they’ve opened a major section of the Metro in Delhi, When we visited they where digging the tunnel at Connaught Place; mainly by hand it has to be said.

Anyone who’s visited India, will remember the lists (like the massive one at Customs in the Airport), well now they have the metro, they have a new excuse to come up with lists. This is of the do’s and dont’s of the Metro.

Do’s

  • Do stand in queue.
  • Do limit your baggage to 15 Kgs, not exceeding 60 cm (Length) X 45 cm (Breadth) X 25 cm ( Height) in size.
  • Do use the dustbins.
  • Do stand on the left side of the escalators and while moving keep to the right.
  • Do move away from escalators immediately after use.
  • Do make way for the physically challenged.
  • Do remember that the train stops for 30 seconds only.
  • Do show your tickets to Metro personnel, when asked to.
  • Do consider the comfort of your fellow passengers.
  • Do abstain from drunken and unruly behaviour.
  • Do take care of your valuables.
  • Do contact Metro Police for assistance.
  • Do contact female security personnel in case of any problem ( for lady passengers)

Dont’s

  • Don’t bring eatables inside the station premises.
  • Don’t bring pets inside.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Don’t carry firearms.
  • Don’t travel without your smart card or token.
  • Don’t jump over the ticket barrier.
  • Don’t share your card or token with another person on the same journey.
  • Don’t cross the yellow line on the platform.
  • Don’t step onto the Metro tracks.
  • Don’t travel on the roof of the train.
  • Don’t try to force the doors open.
  • Don’t deface or put up posters inside the Metro station or train.
  • Don’t step on the Tactiles meant for the visually impaired. ????
  • Don’t use the lift, it is meant for the physically challenged.

Now your starter for 10, how many of these rules will actually be obeyed by the travelling public?

in the list of fines we have

  • Travelling on the roof or any other part of the train, not intended for the use of the passengers, will result in a fine of Rs. 50/- (about 65p? or have i got my units wrong?) or imprisonment of 1 month or both.

Offshore?

Now, I know that offshoring jobs is going to happen, when you sit in your companies boardroom it probably makes financial sense, cheaper workers, and less union hassle, but I’ve been to India, and I am amazed at the number of companies who are investing a lot of their futures in a country that can’t keep electricity supply’s going to 5 star hotels in the capital city.

now, Norwich Union, is continuing the trend and moving some more jobs oversees, to India, and more interestingly Sri Lanka. I think that’s a bit of a major risk since it transpires that it can take just one ships anchor to knock the country off the map

Tennis in Athens and trains in India

My morning trawl of the my email, I.T. Websites, the news and some sport does take me to some strange places, for example today, we discover that the runner up in the men’s Olympic tennis (Mardy Fish) was pronounced “the best two-year-old tennis player in the world” by a Minneapolis TV station in 1984.

A more interesting story comes from the bowels of the BBC News Website, with once of those correspondent type articles about Queues in India. This reminds me quite a lot about our trip to India last year, which at the time scared us quite a lot, but with time I am beginning to remember fondly some of the more amusing cultural points.

We didn’t actually have to queue much during our visit, but we did visit the main ticket office for the trains in Delhi.

One part of our trip was going to be from Delhi to Mussoorie, via the wonderful national transportation network that is the train system in India. Now India is moving with the times, and from the year before where our friends had gone out to live until our visit, the online booking system had been introduced.

Now the online reservation system turned out not to be all it was cracked up to be, the first indication of this came when the web site said you could only book tickets between 8am and 10pm at night. It all became clear however when we arrived to pickup the tickets.

As far as I could tell, this is how the Indian Railway online reservation system works;

  • You go online, find your train number (believe me this isn’t as easy as it sounds, you can’t just search for a train)
  • You pick your ticket type and submit all the details.
  • At the Indian end of the operation, something comes up on the screen, and a little man (they are almost always men, and quite small), writes down your booking in a ledger
  • Now we are in the Indian system
  • When you arrive in India, you have to report to the ticket office and collect your tickets.
  • In the ticket office you hand over your printout from the webpage and your passport to the man on the counter (hitherto known as “the boss man”)
  • The boss man, looks up your name in the ledger, writes down your details on a piece of paper and passes them to man no2
  • Man No2 goes out the back and gives your information to the computer wiz.
  • The computer wiz, enters your details onto a computer and prints out your ticket, and gives it to man no2
  • Man No2 passes the ticket to the boss man,
  • The boss man, takes your money and crosses out your name from the ledger, and gives you the tickets

Of course this didn’t work for us, because we where travelling in October around the time of Gandhi Jayanti (Gandhi’s birthday), we didn’t actually get a ticket but on a waiting list, the long and short of it is that we went through all this only to get on the waiting list for a train, which in the end we didn’t get on and instead we took a taxi, to Mussoorie, which was a very interesting journey.

going for a walk?

Oh and you may have noticed it’s 5:30, and while yes I have just ranted about work, I don’t think that’s what woke me up (it is why I couldn’t sleep though), I had quite a strange dream about walking down a hill in India, a load of quite scary snakes, and a gym hall.