Saturday, May 18, 2013

How to Board a Moving Train

Ever tried boarding a moving train. I guess lots of people in Mumbai do it quite frequently on the crowded railway stations . Some may have done it  just because they reached the railway station late and had to run to catch the train. Well recently i came across a totally new way of boarding a train.

So how does one board a Moving Train?

Step 1 
Choose Strategic Spot where the train slows down at the turn just enough to be able to catch a handhold. Choose the train bogey which has its door open.
Step 1 -- Choose

Step 2 
Hold on to your dear life , a slip here can cost your life

Step 2 - Hold On

Step 3 
Haul your self onboard
Step 3 : Haul yourself up


This man made it look easy but the reality is it is very difficult
Place : Somewhere between Londa Station and Castle Rock Station
Photos Taken from : Poorna Express from Margao to Pune

You would ask why would it be necessary for the person to board a moving train like this. Well it is shear necessity as there are no other modes of transport out here. The nearest road front is a good 1 hr walk thru old jungle tracks.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Tatkal Ticket IRCTC Website Issues Saga

I am sure everyone  has a Tatkal Ticket IRCTC Website Issues Saga of their own. Just the other day i sat for booking a tatlkal ticket on goa expresson the IRCTC website and here is the ticket position by popsition snapshot of my endevor to secure three tickets on the site between 10am to 10:21 am 

My Tatkal Ticket IRCTC Website Issues Saga
 

  • 9:45am -- waiting for site to load
  • 9:46am -- Logged in
  • 9:47am -- hit plan my travel 
  • 9:48 am -- Session Expired :-(
  • 9:50 am -- waiting for my username and password to be acknowleged by the IRCTC website
  • 9:52 am -- connecting :-(
  • 9:53 am -- yes i finally connected 
  • 9:54 am -- plan my travel 
  • 9.55 am -- 503 error on train station name , Damn you  - IRCTC Website Issues Saga Begins , i take a risk and hit search 
  • 9:57 am -- connecting , waiting 
  • 9:59 am -- trains list is shown , i hit AC -3 
  • 10:00 am -- biting my nails seeing the java applet going round and round
  • 10:03 am -- i see 35 seats available and i hit book
  • 10:04 am -- waiting for  IRCTC Website to respond 
  • 10:05 am --  horray i see the booking list 
  • 10:06 am -- i fill the form and scroll down -- damn where the hell is the Capcha code 
  • 10:07 am -- biting my nails seeing the java applet going round and round for the capcha code 
  • 10:05 am -- i see the code , enter it click make payment
  • 10:07 am -- waiting 
  • 10:08 am -- i see the payment page 
  • 10:08:30 am -- Damn 6 seats left ( WTF -- i started with 35 seats just 5 mins back ) -- damn i am in a rat race now 
  • 10:09 am -- i see the options hit credit card  and select the gold category gateway 
  • 10:10 am -- i still have hope :-) - i enter my details and hit pay , site redirects to gateway
  • 10:11am -- money is charged on my credit card 
  • 10:12am -- i am still starring at a blank screen waiting for the irctc website to show me the fruits of my labor and my Tatkal Ticket IRCTC Website Issues Saga.
  • 10:13 am -- i see a small part of the website starting to load 
  • 10:13:30 am -- i have no more nails to bite .. 30% of the site is loaded , still no sms confirmation on my phone
  • 10:14am -- I am now the proud owner of 3 Talkal tickets . YES ALL CONFIRMED :-) 
  • 10:15 am  -- waiting for SMS of tickets , I logout as a good Samaritan, so thats others may also succeed :-)
  • 10:16 am -- SMS arrives :-) :-) 
  • IRCTC Website Issues Saga Ends

Classification of Banks & Payment Gateways based of success rate in the month of April 2013 on the IRCTC Website . Now you know which gateway to choose while booking tickets especially the tatkal tickets which seem to end quickly 


Gold Category ( Success rate >= 80%)
HDFC PG
 
Silver Category ( Success rate between 70 - 80%)
STATE BANK OF INDIA
AMEX PG
CITIEMI
CITIBANK PYMNT GATEWAY
ICICI BANK
AXIS PG
ICICI PYMNT GATEWAY
HDFC BANK
FEDERAL BANK
INDUSIND
CITI DEBIT
SBI ASSOCIATES
IDBI BANK
 
Bronze Category ( Success rate < 70%)
ICICI Debit
SBI DEBIT CARD
CANARA BANK
ANDHRA BANK
INDIAN BANK
AXIS BANK
PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK
BANK OF INDIA
UNION BANK
Bank of Maharashtra
BANK OF BARODA
KARNATKA BANK
Vijaya Bank
OBC
Allahabad Bank
SYNDICATE BANK
Central Bank of India
CORPORATION BANK
ICICI EMI
IMPS

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