How To Book Railway Tickets Online

To book a railway ticket online, you need to have an IRCTC account and internet banking/Debit Card/Credit card. In this article I will give you a step by step procedure on How to book your railway tickets online. The best part of railways online booking facility is that, you can save a lot of time and money.

  1. The first step is to create an IRCTC account. It is very simple, just like signing up for an e-mail. Go To IRCTC Website
  2. You will be asked for a username and password, as you are a new user, you need to sign up. Click on the signup link.
  3. You will be taken to the registration page. Once you fill the information and finish the registration, an e-mail and an sms will be sent to you which will contain the username and password. A mobile verification code will be sent to your mobile number which you will have to enter once you click on the link provided in the e-mail. When reading this, you will be confused, but it will be easy once you read the e-mail.
  4. You need to have some patience while dealing with IRCTC website because sometimes the site may be too busy or servers may be down, it is a common issue. Now you have your IRCTC username and password.Log In using the username and password. You will be taken to a page as shown below 
  5. Under 'Plan My Travel', enter the station codes, you need to know the station code, which will normally be the short form of the place name. After entering the details click enter.
  6. A list of trains will appear, click on the button to the right of your train's name. Each button will be for each class such as sleeper, A/C etc.
  7. Click on 'Book', enter the passenger details and the ID card you are using and its number
  8. Next you can pay using internet banking or credit card. A notification will be sent to your mobile number. 
  9. Take the printout of the ticket from the 'Print Ticket' section of your profile, that's it you are done.
There is a new initiative by Indian Railway which will enable you to travel using e-tickets, i.e you don't need to take a printout of the ticket. It is an initiative to save paper and save nature. Additional details are given on the IRCTC website

Is It Time For Sachin Tendulkar To Retire?

Tests against New zealand has ended, India has wrapped up the series 2-0. It was for the first time in a decade, we saw an Indian Cricket Team without Rahul Dravid or VVS Laxman. More than their home performances, it was their overseas performances that stood out, so Pujara and Raina has their job cut out when they tour South Africa later this year. Absence of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman has put more pressure on Sachin, no doubt about that.

After watching Sachin's dismissals during the two tests against New Zealand, I am afraid to say that, this is not the Sachin we knew. Getting bowled three times in a row is not a great sign at all. Remember Dravid got bowled consistently during the later part of his career. At Hyderabad in the first innings, Sachin got  an unplayable delivery. Even Sir Bradman would have been bowled by that delivery. But the rest three deliveries were not unplayable ones. Rather those were the deliveries which Sachin could easily hit to the boundary, if he was in form. We saw Kohli smashing similar deliveries to boundary. It is a form thing for sure.

What happened to Sachin? Is age catching up? The answer is no. Throughout the New Zealand tests, Sachin was rusty. Rusty is not a word you normally associate with Sachin, but this time you have to. He was away from cricket ever since the Asia Cup. Sachin needs some time in the middle. If he is able to spend say 3 hours on the crease, the timing and fluency will come back. The real issue is not that,it is the amount of cricket he plays now that is concerning. He is a sort of player who gets better with practice. After the New Zealand tests he is away from cricket once again. He is not getting enough match practice to let go of the rustiness. It is a big problem, either Sachin has to decide whether he should continue playing cricket or he should start playing both forms of cricket without rest. Of course you can have one or two matches off not more than that,not an entire series for sure. I think, that will save Sachin for another couple of years and we can see the old Sachin back.

I really don't want to talk about Sachin's age here. I know he is 39 and for a cricketer 39 is really old. But what will you say if a 20 year old player made the same mistake that Sachin made? Exuberance of youth or lack of maturity? If you are performing, age is nothing, as simple as that and Sachin knows how to perform.
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