Sunday, November 22, 2009

Drive from Kolkata to Hyderabad

Kolkata to Hyderabad 
Total: 1550 KM

My career takes me to Hyderabad from Kolkata. A new job in Hyderabad, brings in a lot of planning and vacation time for me and my colleague. We decided to drive down to Hyderabad from Kolkata. Enroute we planned our stay in Vizag and a breakfast break in Bhubaneswar at a friend’s place.

I picked up my friend from his residence after his day completed on Friday. His shift used to end at 2 am so we planned to leave latest by 3 so that we can reach Bhub by morning, plan was to drive and reach Vizag before lunch. Just 100 kms before Bhubaneswar, an unfortunate accident happened with us. We ran over a diversion having a huge bump of soil and sand. That time my car was okay enough to run till Bhubaneswar, there were a few minor glitches here and there, so decided to get it checked in workshop in Bhubaneswar.

Came to know from Ford people that it was too risky for us to drive to Hyderabad in that condition. So my friend flew back to Kolkata and I went to Hyderabad by flight. Came back to Bhub after 10 days and resumed the journey from Bhubaneswar to Hyderabad. Left Bhubaneswar around 4 AM in the morning and reached Hyd 9 PM. Went straight to my cousin’s place in Secunderabad. There was some disturbance happening in HYD due to telengana activity that day. Luckily I found the roads all clear when I reached hyd because of that reason.

Although the journey from Kol to Hyd didn’t complete at one go and was not that exciting but I learnt another lesson of my life. Never ever drive when it’s dark and always be extra cautious while driving at night. Never lose sight of the road, not even for a fraction of a second. 

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