Are we on the right track?
It definitely seems so. If we have trains that are safe and clean, provide good food, are affordable, run on time, have internet and TV on board and can keep up with the increasing population....what more could we want?
It's time to lure back the middle class from the woeful Deccans to the versatile Indian Railways. Not to mention that it is greener.
If I am given a choice between an AC ticket in a train and a comparable fare to fly, I'd go for the former. Nothing beats the charm of long train journeys in India. And good riddance to all the stressful checking-in mockery of an exercise of the low cost airlines that reduces the airport nothing lesser than a market where women and children are trampled upon for the luxury of a window seat.
A good book, coffee and snacks every 2 hours, freshly laundered bedding to laze on, a view that never lets you down and the occasional stranger who makes the journey even more interesting.....yessir, I am a fan of the great Indian Railways!