Have You Ever Slept on a Railway Platform?

A Man Sleeping Under a Mosquito Net at Bandra Terminus, Mumbai (Maharashtra, India)This photo was taken at Bandra Terminus, Mumbai (Maharashtra).

Regarding the question: Yes, I slept on a railway platform years ago at a remote railway station.

The reason: Railway Station was approx. 12 km from the town. The last bus from town dropped passengers at that remote railway station – approx. 11 in the night. The train arrival time was at approx. 1 am to continue the journey.

What to do from 11 pm till 1 am?

During those days in India, mobile phone was not that commonly used by common people as it was very expensive.

I used to carry a newspaper to spread it on railway platform and had a sound sleep for two hours till the train arrive to continue the journey.

This continued on and off for one year. And the best was, I never missed the train. The journey continues..

Masala Khichadi, Gujarati Kadhi and Chaas

Masala Khichdi, Gujarati Kadhi and Chaas at Bhuvneshwari Khichadi Center, Navsari, GujaratThis photo was taken at Bhuvneshwari Khichadi Center (air-conditioned), Opp. Parsi Hospital, Navsari, Gujarat.

Timings: Open at 11 am till 11 pm (3 pm till 5 pm closed).

Rs. 70 for Masala Khichadi and Rs. 40 for 2 glasses of Chaas.

Total amount paid Rs. 116 including CGST AND SGST.

The journey continues..

Mazar E Maisaheba (Hajani Dargah), Dandi (Navsari), Gujarat

Mazar E Maisaheba (Hajani Dargah), Dandi (Navsari), Gujarat, India

Dawoodi Bohras, Mazar E Maisaheba also known as Hajani Dargah is situated behind Saifee Villa (Gandhi Memorial Museum) at Dandi, Gujarat. Upon request, Shabbir the manager of the trust narrated the History of Mazar E Maisaheba (Hajani Dargah) as follows:

About 500-550 years ago, Hajani Bibi and her daughter – Fatima Bibi was returning via ship from Mecca, Saudi Arabia after attending Hajj.

Unfortunately, the ship drowned in Arabian Sea due to storm. Nobody survived but Hajani Bibi and her daughter – Fatima Bibi body was found at the shore of Dandi beach. This is the mazar/dargah of them.

There are three more tombs. One is of Ratan Aai who died while going to Mumbai approx. 200 years ago and two more of caretakers.

During Urs, there is festival. There is a provision of accommodation and food also but only for Dawoodi Bohras.

Shabbir asked me, if I wish to have food. Thank you – said I. The journey continues..

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