Listen Carefully!

Hours spent IM’ing each other, calling potential speakers and having occasional disagreements. These are the things one goes through when putting together what is arguably the most important part of the convention – the speaker and sessions lineup. So without further ado here’s the list of who and what you will be listening to. Apologies in advance for not putting this in a tabular format (WordPress sucks sometimes!).

08:30 – 09:00 : Registration and Breakfast. Sridhar’s cooking up his signature dish – the veggie upma pongal!

09:00 – 09:15 : Where all of you will say, “Present, Saar” and watch as we start the loco.

09:15 – 09:45 : The Numbers Game – Rabibrata and “Koochuckchuk” Krishnan will let fly a volley of numbers. Ever wanted to find out what loco took out the Trivandrum mail on 26th Nov. 1983? This is the chance to find out!

09:45 – 10:15 : Driving by software – Sujeet Mishra from CLW will let us know how he did that on a WAP-7! Updates, news and all the loco gadgetry you ever wanted to know straight from the source.

10:15 – 10:45 : Private Railways of the 60’s – Ajai Banerjee delves into his vast source of trivia and comes up with something no one’s paid much attention to. If you are a history buff, you will love this.

10:45 – 11:30 : Shutterbug – “Poochi” Venkat and Apurva Bahadur share some tips and techniques on photography. They will also be delving into solving the obstinance of IR’s bureaucracy, RPF tightrope walking and all the other small things that go into taking photos. Please bring along your questions – we will have lots of time for Q & A.

11:30 – 11:45 : Chai (Laloo style, hopefully!)

11:45 – 12:15 : Errr..where does the transformer go? Mr. Parimala Kumar from Perambur Loco Works will be telling us about that and a whole lot more about loco maintenance, POH’s and other juicy details about operations in PeLW.

12:15 – 12:45 : To Road No. 6 – Sridhar Joshi will take you on a video tour of the MAS RRI cabin. He’ll be talking about receiving and dispatching trains and some mysterious bits about shunting.

12:45 – 13:15 : The UN is right! NMR richly deserves its Heritage status. Telling us about how it came to and a whole lot more will be a representative from the CME’s office.

13:15 – 14:00 : Lunch! (Three cheers for Chettinadu Chicken curry! Veggies, don’t worry. You will be catered to!)

14:00 – 14:30 : Part 1 of The Build Your Train Quiz. Ajai Banerjee and Sridhar Joshi test your IR knowledge.

14:30 – 15:00 : South Of The Vindhyas – Mohan Bhuyan talks about the line from Khandwa to Mhow. Includes some never before seen photos!

15:00 – 16:00 : Part 2 of The Build Your Train Quiz. Ajai Banerjee and Sridhar Joshi test your IR knowledge even more! Your only chance to be crowned the ultimate IRFCA guru.

16:00 – 16:20 : Throw Your Questions @ VSP – After the FAQ’s he is probably IRFCA’s most important resource. Don’t miss your chance to question him on reservation rules, train numbers and waiting list arcana.

16:20 – 17:30 : Engineering Allowance – Some videos, small talk, auctions, and good byes!

Update: Forgot to mention this bit — All sessions are likely to change. There is an odd chance that you all might see a dance show as a filler!

— Bharath

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13 responses to “Listen Carefully!

  1. Ranga

    Veggie Upma…? Come on…Sridhar would not stoop so low for an event like this 🙂

    Will ensure that VSP gets a shot of brandy to get him going 🙂

    A special Present Saar session for Alok Patel…if he shows up. Caution: Might turn violent.

    Dance show…yeah! I am getting my Mithun Chakraborthy Disco Dancer suit cleaned. Borrowing some jewls from Bappi da too!

  2. Vivek

    Looks like a fun filled session with lot of information to grab around

  3. V.SRINIVASA PRASAD

    Dear Ranga,

    I dislike Hot Drinks. 🙂

  4. V.SRINIVASA PRASAD

    I may be allowed to carry my Time-tables.

  5. V.SRINIVASA PRASAD

    Dear Bharat,

    I am taking 2759 on 27.1.207 at 18.10 hrs. Hope I can make it.

  6. V.SRINIVASA PRASAD

    I am sorry, the date may be read as 27.1.2007!!!

  7. V.SRINIVASA PRASAD

    Dear Bharath,

    You said:
    08:30 – 09:00 : Registration and Breakfast. Sridhar’s cooking up his signature dish – the veggie upma pongal!
    11:30 – 11:45 : Chai (Laloo style, hopefully!)
    13:15 – 14:00 : Lunch! (Three cheers for Chettinadu Chicken curry! Veggies, don’t worry. You will be catered to!)

    and

    16:00 – 16:20 : Throw Your Questions @ VSP – After the FAQ’s he is probably IRFCA’s most important resource. Don’t miss your chance to question him on reservation rules, train numbers and waiting list arcana.

    ========================
    I suggest that you may announce in the beginning, as follows:-

    In the Breakfast/Tea/Lunch Sessions VSP will clarify your doubts, if any, about Timetables, Quotas etc.

    …..because, I feel, the 20 Minutes which you have allocated may not be sufficient for the participants to clarify their doubts; and the these 20 Minutes may be allotted for some other ‘interested IRFCIan to make a Presentation/ to give a Brief Speech on any interesting topic.

    I hope you & organisers will consider my request/suggestion made above.

  8. V.SRINIVASA PRASAD

    I posted above message at 14.20 hrs., but your site is showing the time as 8.49 a.m.

  9. V.SRINIVASA PRASAD

    …………..better still make necessary corrections in the schedule announced by you.

  10. Bharath

    VSP, I thought you were spamming! 🙂 By the way, you have all the time in the world do your thing. 16:00 to 17:30 is yours if you want it.

  11. Ranga

    Don’t worry VSP garu…brandy is not a hot drink…I will load it with ice to make it a cold drink.

  12. V.SRINIVASA PRASAD

    Mudiyadu, Sir.

    Make yourself free from 22.00 hrs to 23.00 hrs. on 25.1.2007!!!
    I am attending SR Forum Get-together in Egmore from 20.00 hrs. to 21.30 hrs.
    After that I will reach my Hotel and you be there!!!

  13. V.SRINIVASA PRASAD

    …..alongwith Bharath Moro & Sridhar Joshi. Let us give a final touch-up for 2007/Convention

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