I HOPE ..

MAKE NO MISTAKE .. I FULLY REALIZE HOW BLESSED AND HOW LUCKY AND HOW FORTUNATE I AM TO BE ABLE TO TRAVEL AS I DO. THE ENTIRE POINT OF MY WEBSITE HERE IS TO REALIZE MY DESIRE THAT .. IN SOME SMALL WAY .. ONE OF MY POSTS OR ONE OF MY PHOTOGRAPHS WILL MAKE ONE PERSON'S DAY JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER.

TO FEEL GOOD .. DO GOOD !

I HOPE THAT SOMEONE VISITING MY WEBSITE WILL SEE SOMETHING ON IT THAT THEY WILL NOT EVER BE ABLE TO SEE OR TO DO OTHERWISE .. AND THAT THIS EXPERIENCE WILL MAKE THEIR DAY OR THEIR LIFE JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER !


IF YOU HAVE YOUR HEALTH AND ADEQUATE MONEY TO FOLLOW-YOUR-DREAM .. WITH DISCERNMENT .. FIND THE COURAGE AND HAVE THE GUTS TO DO WHAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO DO!


TRULY THIS IS MY DOXOLOGY .. MY PRAISE TO GOD!

YOU CAN ALSO VISIT .. http://babakaps.net .. TO SEE MY OTHER WEBSITE.

Friday, 29 May 2015

MAY 29, 15 .. SOME WEATHER NEWS FROM THE U.S.

I am here .. actually in India .. living this heat challenge .. And I am getting my news from you back in the United States .. Thanks Patti and 'Zilla ..
Hello Cap,
I just wanted to keep up your spirits as you are getting close to returning to Hong Kong and will be happy to return and enjoy the sea breeze in HK!
The latest article this morning on the heat situation in India. I am happy you are there and not me – you are one tough traveler!!!
Article: “More than 1,100 people have died in a major heatwave sweeping India, authorities said Wednesday, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue.
Southern India has borne the brunt of the hot, dry conditions and many of the victims are construction workers, elderly or homeless people unable to heed official advice to stay indoors.
Roads have melted in New Delhi, where forecasters said they expected the high temperatures to continue into next week — adding to the misery of thousands living on the capital’s streets with little shelter from the hot sun.
Brahma Prakash Yadav, director of Indian Meteorological Department, said top temperatures in the capital would remain around 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) — the national benchmark for a heatwave.
“Maximum temperatures won’t fall substantially. However, major relief can be expected from June 2 as there are indications of good showers,” he said.
Hospitals in the worst-affected states were on alert to treat victims of heatstroke and authorities advised people to stay indoors and drink plenty of water.
Hundreds of people — mainly from the poorest sections of society — die at the height of summer every year across the country, while tens of thousands suffer power cuts from an overburdened electricity grid.” End of Article
Keep cool and have a good flight to HK! It’s interesting BTW how some acronyms carry on! Very nifty, since you and I have been using them for over at least 30 years!
'Zilla ..




Hi Cap,
A clip from my MS web site this morning:
“HYDERABAD, India (AP) — More than 750 people have died in southern India since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday.
The southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana have been hit the hardest.
More than 550 people have died from the unrelenting heat in Andhra Pradesh since May 13, state Deputy Chief Minister Nimmakayala Chinna Rajappa said.
A top state official in Telangana, Bhambal Ram Meena, said about 215 heat-related deaths have been reported since April 15.
Daily temperatures in both states have hit between 45 and 48 degrees Celsius (113 and 118 degrees Fahrenheit). Officials have urged people to stay hydrated and remain indoors as much as possible.”
The article went on to say the heat wave will stay around until next week – about the time you are to depart! At least you should have a nice, cool flight back to Hong Kong!
Zilla
My friend I could not have said it as well as you so THANKS for the input ! 
Cap ..

Why did I put up this Post? Simply because I myself found the above information fascinating. So if it is of interest to me .. then maybe it will also be of some interest to some of you.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

MAY 28, 15 .. THE TRAIN FROM NEW DELHI TO AGRA CANTT

After a considerable amount of 'hand-wringing' and 'mental gymnastics' I have decided to go ahead and create the below Post showing the train trip that I just took this morning .. May the 28th 2015 .. on the Shatabdi Express from New Delhi South to Agra Cantt here in India.

Why the drama Captain? Why the 'hand-wringing' and all of your 'mental gymnastics'?

Several reasons. First I published a Post showing this identical train trip a few weeks ago on May the 18th. Second the scenery today was marginal at best. Third the weather today was poor .. it ranged from cloudy and hazy to just dim. 

Add this to the above: I was sitting backwards. So I had no choice of what I was going to photograph since I could in no-way look forward. All I could do was point and shoot and hope I caught something of interest.

Sports Fans!  Your Captain struck-out on the scenery!

So why publish it? Because it is the only train trip I will ever in this lifetime have on May the 28th of 2015. 

IT IS WHAT IT IS!! .. It is unvarnished .. plain and mundane if you so choose those adjectives. And IF you choose to not look at it .. fine .. I understand. 

Here we go to Agra Cantt on India's Shatabdi Express Train.


Looking back behind me you see the entry door into my coach.



We have cleared the New Delhi Railway Station yards and are now in the countryside.



Yes! Yes! and Yes! It looked as drab and dismal as these photos look. 
































An egg omelette with 'brown bread' that thinks that it is toast!



You make these omelettes into an omelette sandwich and they are really tasty.










We are now into the Agra Cantt Railway Station. Have I ever mentioned in any of my Posts that there are a few people here in India?





Below is what our train coaches looked like. Pretty spiffy.



 Below are what regular train coaches look like. The Statabdi Express is a fully air conditioned premier luxury train.


The railway tracks in India are home to far more freight trains than passenger trains.



 And I arrived at the Pawan Hotel .. MY HOTEL here in Agra Cantt since 1991!




How very nice to see you Akhilesh!


Come On Akhilesh! We go back decades! Are you glad to see me?


Thanks for giving me MY current room .. The room I had a week or so ago .. It is like an old friend!



Here is a thought to end this with. On the train I sat with a young man from Shanghai China. This was to be only one of a few railroad trips that he would be making. He was coming to Agra Cantt to see the Taj Mahal. What he saw with me is what he will take with him in his memory for the rest of his life. I feel sad for him that the Taj will not be at her best this day either.

Smiles and Blessings .. Cap and Patti my proof-reader!