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Wireless Utopia

The journey towards a free wireless world.

OT: Observation's on Rails

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

I travelled on a train after a gap of about three years. Train journeys are always memorable for some reason or the other. Its a good option if you want to take a break, see the countryside, do some reading, enjoy music, socialize with unaquainted fellow passengers and just break the monotony of day to day life. This journey was all that. Hopefully the journey back will be better.

Here are some observations.
  • Mobile Phones are ubiquitous. Everyone has one. There was this guy who was conducting his business while travelling on the train. The Indian Railways has responded in kind, by installing charging points on the berths. They should do that in the Sleeper Class as well though.
  • The network has spread. The last time only the bigger cities and towns were covered. This time only some interior rural areas did not have it. Its also amazing to see your phone work on the road.
  • Laptops are a craze. There were dozens of young people, presumeably executives, carrying laptops. Some were watching movies and others doing some work on the move. (How about internet access? The Indian Railways should think about it. Maybe a good idea for a startup to pursue. Wireless Broadband on Rails.)
  • No iPods! People had music players with them, but nobody was carrying the iPod.
  • Laloo Prasad Yadav is a hero in people's eyes. He has created a presonality myth around himself. I realise that he might have a decent shot at Prime Ministership down the line. Unbelieveable! Here's is the guy who invented vote bank politics, destroyed Bihar economically, introduced criminals into politics and amassed personal wealth doing all that. And he is the darling of masses nowadays!
  • Vijay Mallya on the other hand is an icon for the youth. He is a successful man and is very rich. Plus is always surrounded by good looking chicks. No wonder he's seen as the embodiment of success in today's world.
In summary, it was good fun. Its back to work now!

A very happy and prosperous Diwali to everybody.

Technorati Tags: Indian Railways, India.
posted by Rajiv, 9:58 AM


Nice post...
No iPod's coz ppl are unsure that they will still have it with them by the time they get down....seriously
Said Anonymous Anonymous, 8:49 AM  

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