It morning now. Last night I went to sleep early. It was too dark to see
anything outside. When the train stopped early this morning, I woke up. It was Madgaon. That was written on the board at the platform. Appa said that we were going through the state of Goa.
Sometimes, I can see small ponds, and far away, behind the hills, more water. I can’t make out if it is a river or the sea. The air is cooler, and not so dry as in Ahmedabad.
The train passed a ‘level crossing’. People are waiting on both the sides of the crossing for the train to pass. There are buses full of people, cars, trucks, autorickshaws, cycles, motor cycles, scooters and even tongas and bullockcarts with people and goods in them.
Some people do not switch off the engines of their vehicle even while waiting. There is a lot of smoke and noise. I see some people going under the bars of the level crossing. How dangerous this is!
At times our train crosses another train. Unni and I tried to count the carriages in one such train, but both the trains were going so fast. We always got confused.
Ö What was the difference in the scene that Omana saw from Discuss Sometimes people cross the tracks even when the crossing is closed.
sound of the moving train changed – khud, khud, khud… I opened my eyes. Guess what I saw?
Our train was crossing a very big river, on a very long bridge! As it was crossing the bridge it sounded very different. The wheels rattled as there was no ground, only the tracks, and the water down below. When I first looked down, I felt giddy. It was really quite scary!
The river down below was full of water and had some boats. I could also see some fishermen on the banks.
I waved at them, but I did not know if they could see me. Alongside our
bridge, there was another bridge for buses and cars.This was built differently from ours. I think going over our bridge was more adventurous!
The last few hours have been so exciting. After breakfast, I climbed on to the upper berth to read my comics. It was bright and sunny outside.
Imagine, if on the way there had been no tunnels and bridges, how would Omana’s train have crossed the moutains and rivers?
very tasty. The scene outside has changed again.
Many people who were with us from Ahmedabad have got off. People have also got on to the train from different stations.
Sunil’s family is getting off at Kozhikode, which comes at around 6 O’clock. We have exchanged addresses and plan to meet in Ahmedabad. You will also like Sunil and Ann.
On the way from Gujarat to Kerala Omana’s train went through several states of our country. Find out and list which states it crossed.
We have also started packing up. The train will reach Kottayam in about
Tonight we will go to Valiyamma’s house. Tomorrow, we will take the bus that will take us to Ammumma’s village. We all are quite tired.
After all, we have been on the train for two days. What a long journey it has been! We had a lot of fun. I will put my diary away now. I will write again after we reach Ammumma’s house.
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