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   My friend, who lives on the 21st floor... (July 17, 1991)

My friend, who lives on the 21st floor and who like most industrialists has his own fleet of airplanes and helicopters, was telling me this morning: "With the railway fares having gone up once again, I simply cannot afford to travel by Indian railways any more. I am planning to buy myself a train."

"That would be nice," I said. "Have you thought of any particular train that you would like to buy?"

"Yes, I was thinking of either the Rajdhani or the Deccan Queen. But when I approached the railway ministry, it said, why should it sell its trains to make money, because any time I wants to make money it can raise the fares."

"That is true," I said.

My friend continued: "I though of importing a train, either the Orient Express or this Japanese train which is said to be the fastest in the world. But then I thought I will make my own train, which will be faster than the Japanese train. You also save foreign exchange by doing that."

"Yes," I said.

"My men are working on the design, it will be on the lines of the Palace On Wheels, but the bathroom fittings will be all in gold, like on Khashoggi's yatch. There will be master bedrooms, guest bedrooms, the Taj kitchen and catering, and the dinning-room will have a live band. You are welcome to travel in it, there will be fax machines to file your reports."

"Thank you" I said. "Have you arranged with the government to run your train on its railway lines?"

"Well, I did them, and I was offering them a reasonable price for using the tracks, Rs 10,000 each time for every mile of the track used. But the railway's ministry said, why should it hire out its tracks to make a little money, when everytime it wanted money all it had to do is raise the fares."

"Ah!" I said.

"I am building my own tracks," my friend said. "They will run parallel to the existing railway lines all over the country. Plus, I am installing lines to Mahableshwar and I am having a Konkan line before the railway has its, probably before the end of the monsoon."

"I am building my own tracks," my friend said. "They will run parallel to the existing railway lines all over the country. Plus, I am installing lines to Mahableshwar and I am having a Konkan line before the railway has its, probably before the end of the monsoon."

 
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