In Transit

Train stations, airport terminals, subway stops: soulless spaces full of distracted, stressed zombies, or magical sets for fleeting, interlocking human stories?

If I had to choose between waiting for a few hours in either of an airport/railway station/bus station in India I would pick an airport. No contest. I hate waiting in railways stations or bus stands, they are the pits. Airports tend to have better seating and better food and are much more cleaner and sanitary. I would say that the Kochi airport is fine, has some good seats (mostly couches), plenty of drinks and food is good too. Ofcourse the food stalls at the airport have a sense of humour when it comes to food prices though – a small chicken cutlet is Rs.30-40??? Motherfucker!!

I really liked the Delhi & Chennai airports. Lots of good food stalls and good seating. Mobile, laptop and tab charging options and plenty of shopping. A little too rich for my taste but still there are options. I can easily sit back and read for a few hours or use my laptop and connect to the wifi and enjoy a little Facebook or Twitter or work on my blog. That’s what a station should be. Not the crappy, smelly and pathetic bus stations and train stations I am used to. I remember once entering a railway station’s toilet in Kerala and almost puking due to the intense smell of stale urine and shit. A big blast of that stench just assaulted my nose! Puke avoided by moving out as soon as I could – peed in record time!

A couple of bus stands are also terrible. Terrible smells, bad bathrooms and bad seating. Cheap food at the stalls though which is the only saving grace. Sheesh! Another reason why I hate traveling in India.

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