Thursday, February 02, 2006

A Crossing....

Upperberths are a favourite of mine. I dont have to adjust myself according to the sleeping cycles of co-travellers. Infact, i am particularly scared of sleeping on those curd rice and sambar clad lower berths. And just to be clear, no, i dont spill my food on the berth, even if its not mine . So i was happily enjoying my sleep on the upperberth when my cellphone alarm woke up my fellow passengers. M was a little irritated, but obliging my request, woke me up. Stretching my self and the inherent laziness, i sticked my neck out, and read the words "kovvur" on the yellow colored railway board. I jumped up, for, this is a morning not to be missed.

Early mornings are engrossing for me, but for that they are early and in the morning. I enjoy the serenity and beauty of them. I walked to the door and looked out. The sight of the structured arches gave me goosebumps.

Every time i cross this river, i experience this unexplainable joy. Its a feeling of jumping on to mom's lap after a tiring play session, to enjoy a delicious dinner. The sound of the locomotive wheels entering the girder built bridge tells me that the train has entered the bridge. A bloke from the S1 compartment peeps out to catch up the beautiful sight.

The river is not always full. But owing to the heavy downpour we had last year, it beams full, with a great grandeur.

But one will come across these patches of land, beautifully bedecking the river and enhancing its beauty. If lucky, one will be even able to catch a glimpse of beautiful black bucks that live there.

A girder plays spoil sport, as i try to capture the sight of two fishing boats, playing with each other.

But i persist, and get lucky this time. And i realise its three of them and not two. Could you figure that out? :)

And this man looks at me, stands up and poses for the photo. I oblige him and clicks it up. I prayed i get clear of the girders.

But not this couple on this boat. They were really close, but they are turned the other way, and oblivious. I tried to center them for the snap, but the train started to accelerate by then and this is the best i could manage.

And i realised that we are reaching the other end, and welcomed by a sight of a fleet of the fisherboats!

I looked back, and a glorious sight of the bridge and the river posed for me. I just felt my self immersed in the serenity and stood tranquilized.

Moments later, the yellow colored railway board welcomed me, and i just looked at those fascinating words, GODAVARI!


Blogger Anu said...


Beautiful pics..thinlking of converting one into a wall paper...nice to c that ur back in full flow :))


02 February, 2006 10:51  
Blogger Sriram said...

Thank You! :)

02 February, 2006 21:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hiee... how are u?? me back in blore... will write to u smtime.. mail ur cell no smtime..


08 February, 2006 01:43  
Blogger kiraN said...

hi Sriram..

nice pics ya.
i know all these places.
Im from Narasapuram W.G.Dt.,

check my blog for Godavari(river) pics.. :)

hav a nice weekend..

27 April, 2006 05:54  
Blogger చేతన said...

Wow, Sriram..! Very nice pics, serene, calm, Godavari.. and that bridge. I have crossed this river, went by this bridge (the old "kotha" bridge though) all my life. Memories. of nagging parents for coins to throw into godavari. of fighting with brother to get a window seat. Thanks for bringing back all those memories. I'll be going/coming home after 4 years and I hope I get to cross the river again, particularly on train.

Btw, thanks for your comments in my blog. regarding getting bigger pictures, I had a problem with that, too, but thanks to pradeep (@ I'm getting bigger pics in blog (refer to )

02 May, 2006 08:07  
Blogger Sriram said...

thanks chetana... :)

02 May, 2006 22:53  
Anonymous sarat chaitanya said...


i am a stranger to u...i am sarat from rajahmundry and now farr away from my home.i got acces to your blog from orkut...after seeing your photos......i really feel home......thank you for wonderful feeling

07 May, 2006 02:22  
Blogger Sriram said...

hey sarat...glad to know you had a good time seeing the pics. do visit my photoblog for more pics and drop in your feedback.

07 May, 2006 11:00  
Blogger శ్రీనివాసరాజు said...

గోదావరిని చూసే భాగ్యం దక్కింది.. మళ్ళీ...ఇంటికివెళ్ళేవరకూ.. ఇవినా system లో దాచుకుంటా..Thanks.

15 June, 2006 05:51  
Blogger Joan González said...

saludos desde BARCELONA


30 January, 2007 13:21  
Blogger Purnima said...

Awesome! Thanks for posting these here.

14 September, 2008 09:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Sriram,

This is swetha. thanks for the wonderful pics. You have wonderfully captured my place..

20 September, 2008 06:26  

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