Last Sunday, Sridhar Joshi called. Meeting at Gowri Shankar’s place. Poochi and Aravind also arrived. In Gowri’s cramped room we discussed and discussed….lot of things; amongst them a few issues regarding the Convention too. Yes…it is quite difficult to focus. Rail fans have so much to talk! Gowri treated us to some excellent pakodas and tea. Poochi regaled us with his Andhra trips. Sridhar had to call his wife and have a tele-check of all the payments made so far.
I know a lot of you are wondering what happened to the cheque or DD you sent. Apologies. We are all a bit busy as we have some mundane lives to live apart from rail fanning. Gowri and Sridhar are handling the payments party. Expect acknowledgements soon. By the way we have received payments from 59 people so far. The updates from the meeting were posted here till date.
Today is Sunday. Meeting at my home. This time Krishna Kumar also turned up. As usual it was videos and discussions amongst the discussions and action plans on the Convention. In the mean time, Sridhar Joshi raided my kitchen and whipped up a delicious ghee and vegetable loaded upma and coconut chutney followed by hot coffee. A few jokes and funny videos later, we were back to the big event. Here are some updates from the discussions:
59 people paid so far. Numbers are not encouraging as of now, but hopefully by November 30, we would have 100% paid up capital. So please remember to send in the payment if you haven’t done yet. Remember there is an eager wait list for the event ever since we stopped registrations.
T Shirt idea is alive. We are pursuing another alternative. The earlier one required a minimum number to place an order that was not met from the T shirt registrations, even including requests that came post deadline. Send no money now. But we will try to have the T Shirts ready on the convention day.
Requests for slots for presentation are not coming in yet. A few have sought suggestions off line on other media. They have been advised. We have already lined up a few sessions involving railway people coming in as guests. A sneak preview: Expect something on the Nilagiri Mountain Railway’s heritage status. There is also something from Perambur Loco Works. We have left it to the gentleman we have invited, but expect a techie session like say, the POH of a WAP4 or something similar. Probably something from Mr. VSP no less. All your queries on PQWL and RQWL. Say how about a session on tips on how to beat the reservation system (legally of course :)) for that confirmed seat/berth. We have an expert in the man mentioned. But a sincere request….please persuade the shy gentleman on our behalf to present. Then there is the loco road number game that came to our mind. Is anybody game to do this? A quiz like the last time is confirmed. A Debate is being considered but not finalized yet. Perhaps a more moderated and serious one this time.
We are also planning a video and photo session similar to the first convention. A half hour slot for each. Members can send in their videos and /or photos on CD for the same. There will be a selection made here of course. But a word or two of caution: No footplate video or photo please. Also please give some consideration to the quality and the USP of the work. Preferably footages and photos unpublished so far would be considered. Please send a synopsis of what you plan to exhibit before you actually send the stuff.
Poochi is considering an exhibit of photo prints. Anyone with a great pic could contact him for the same.
Once again, if you have something in your mind about a presentation, do contact us.
OK…the recipe as promised in the title:
A cup of Semolina, ghee, 3 cups of water, a carrot, a handful of fresh peas, An onion and a potato, 2 green chillies, a small piece of ginger, ghee, a pinch of asafoetida, a teaspoonful of mustard seeds and urad dal each, curry leaves, salt and Sridhar Joshi.
Have a rail fanning meet at home. Invite Sridhar Joshi. Show him into the kitchen and provide the rest of the ingredients.
Upma will be ready….eventually. Meanwhile have a Diet Pepsi.