Tea making by IRCTC caterers
bsprasad
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#1
| Sssmokin.....

Tea making by IRCTC caterers

Think Before Drinking tea while travelling by Indian Railway ( IRCTC )

1. Caterers use toilet water for making tea. [shock]
2.Your tea is made in a special zone near toilet. [whoa]
3. Bath heater is used for making tea. [cry]

The snaps attached were taken by one of the passenger while he was travelling in Konkan Railway.

Its really disgusting.....:mad:
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IRCTC1.jpg ,IRCTC2.jpg ,IRCTC3.jpg 

With Warm Regards

B.S.Prasad
Chance Favours The Prepared Mind

21 Replies

#2
| Junior most member
I also got this forward Prasad.. Really annoying to hear such stories..
#3
| Professional cynic
Hmmm, I sort of knew this but managed to blank it out while traveling by train. What can one do? Please tell me that at least the food is picked up in a station and distributed on the train, not made like the tea in some dirty pantry car.

....going to get myself a set of tiffin boxes and thermos I think :( No wonder Indian passengers travel with 60 kg of luggage.
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#4
| has arrived
the food is mainly packed right next to the toilets in your coach itself....
meh...
#5
| Loud Noisy Bird
We take a flask of our own tea. For the return journey we ask in some hotel, where we have eaten, to fill it for us.
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#6
| Account Closed

Originally posted by: bsprasad View Post

The snaps attached were taken by one of the passenger while he was travelling in Konkan Railway.


Those pics did the rounds before here just recently.

Has anyone considered it may be just a hoax?
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#7
| has arrived
perhaps...

one fact to keep in mind... the toilet water or the water that is stored in the trains is usually obtained from RO plants installed on the stations... perhaps not all stations but ive seen RO plants at some stations... just cant recall which ones... :o
meh...
#8
| Professional cynic
Don't know if it's a setup, the pictures 'feel' real to me. The only thing that looks a bit off are the tea bags hanging in the big pot, usually they just pour you the milky water and give you a teabag, no?
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#9
| retired
I've travelled 50,000 kms on Indian trains, I couldn't even calculate how many cups of chai I've had, but it must be more than 1000, and I've never become ill or even had an upset tummy after a chai.

I guess I just love toilet water.
#10
| Senior Member

Originally posted by: thejag View Post

perhaps...

one fact to keep in mind... the toilet water or the water that is stored in the trains is usually obtained from RO plants installed on the stations... perhaps not all stations but ive seen RO plants at some stations... just cant recall which ones... :o


Nice to know one can wipe one's arse with purified mineral water when travelling by trains ... quite a privilege ain't it :rolleyes:
#11
| Maha Guru Member
:D Nice one Steven!

Maybe we will feel better if we start calling it Eau de Toilette.
#12
| has arrived

Originally posted by: gobbledegeek View Post

Nice to know one can wipe one's arse with purified mineral water when travelling by trains ... quite a privilege ain't it :rolleyes:


If it stays in one place for more than a fraction of a second... i always try to avoid having to use a toilet like everyone else but just the thought of traveling in a train throws my plumbing out of gear.. :o

PS: I spent three days this past week in sheer agony. had to travel to pune for an interview. the trains both too and fro were diverted due to sections of the track being washed out... i refrained from having any meals during the 3 days.... and i never miss more than one meal any day.... :( on top of it... the late arrival threw the schedule completely out of gear and i turned up for the interview in jeans and a tshirt stinking like a pig
meh...
#13
| Member
Sorry.. I may be a bit off the line here (definitely not trying to be Sherlock Holmes).

I saw this forward in my mail too. And the first impression was YUCK! Then I realized, how many times I had that tea myself. Did I ever fall sick? No. Then I read from Steve "I guess I just love toilet water."

May be I love that water too.... :cool:

But ti be honest, is that really in a train? Or are we made to believe that is in a train with the words "Konkan Railway" and the "IRCTC" cups? :confused:

I have never seen a water heater in a train... or may be I missed seeing one :rolleyes:

Just may be.... may be... it might be one of those hoaxes... May be true too [Blush]

Souvik
#14
| has arrived
not just the tea cups mate the uniform also lends to the impression.... but the location does not look like a toilet..
meh...
#15
| Professional cynic
S: I spent three days this past week in sheer agony. had to travel to pune for an interview. the trains both too and fro were diverted due to sections of the track being washed out... i refrained from having any meals during the 3 days.... and i never miss more than one meal any day.... on top of it... the late arrival threw the schedule completely out of gear and i turned up for the interview in jeans and a tshirt stinking like a pig


Sorry to hear about that,can imagine it must have been hell. Why didn't you take a plane? There's direct flights from Chennai to Pune, you can stand there in 1.5 hours for around 5000 Rs. Leave in the morning, do the interview smelling like a rose -ok, a slightly wilted one, plane travel isn't high luxury either- and be back home at night. No hotel costs, no hassles with meals (if the airline doesn't strike, that is).
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