"Don't settle down and sit in one place. Make each day a new horizon. Just get out and do it. You will be very, very glad that you did."- Alex Mccandless in Into the Wild.
It doesn't take me long to get itchy feet. I take care that I don't sit around in the college for the weekend. Mostly, because of the fact that college robs my life of the freedom that I religiously cherish. Two weeks back, sitting at my table and fiddling with my pen, I was wondering about the next place I should see. There was no particular reason as to why Pondicherry came up. But it did. Without much thought, I booked my tickets to Chennai. My friend heard about the plan and decided to come along. Hence, we booked four sleeper tickets instead of two. The rest of the weeks were spent in desperate anticipation.
We boarded the train from Aluva railway station. I felt that I was back home. Sleeper trains are the most comfortable and cheapest way of travelling long routes. The added benefit is the view. I never miss an opportunity to travel in them. Trees, mountains, rivers, the setting sun and the rhythm of the wheels. Perfect evening. Dinner was the awesome egg biriyani at the Palakkad station. We drifted off to sleep with dreams about the next few days.
We were greeted in the morning by the Chennai sun. The train stopped at the Chennai Central station. I was so happy to see water vending machines at the station, something that all stations in India should inculcate. We took a bus to the Marina beach area, roamed around aimlessly and had breakfast at some random hotel. Oh the idli-sambhar in Chennai! It was a fantastic meal. We went to a friend's place near Thiruvanmiyur to freshen up and were grateful for the Rasam-rice they served us. The home-made achaar was lip-smacking. We left their place and headed towards a nearby bus stop. We climbed a bus at 2:30 pm that took us through the East Coast Road route. Ensure that you travel through this route. You will see some mesmerizing views of swaying trees, backwaters, the oceans and vast areas where salt production is done through evaporation method.