Despite the weather, poor roads and the accident I managed to reach the Officers’ Rest House in Ajmer within 11 hours of driving from Surat. The condition of the rest house was so bad that I even thought of continuing onwards to Chandigarh! What spiked that thought process was night driving, which I try and avoid to the extent possible. I steeled myself with the thought that after all it was just a matter of one night. The zillions of ants in the rest house kept up their merry march in and out of the room and it disturbed me no end.
Deepak, the Commercial Inspector, had been attached to me by the Senior Divisional Commercial Manager to ensure that my requirements are met. He agreed to fetch me dinner, which I requested for early so that I could turn in early too. By 7 pm he landed up in the room with home cooked food saying that the hotels nearby would not be able to give me decent food! He even brought fruits for me to have on the way the next day. I was overwhelmed by the hospitality and felt I had imposed on him unnecessarily. But then, such is the railway fraternity.