Jagriti Yatra 2017: A look inside the train's pantry, and its tireless staff

Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of daily updates from on board the Jagriti Yatra — a 15-day train journey that traverses 8,000 kilometres across the country. This national train journey, one of the longest of its kind in the world, begins and ends in Mumbai. This cross-country jaunt will see youths from across India interact with a variety of business entrepreneurs and experts in Kanyakumari, Bengaluru, Nalanda, New Delhi and Ahmedabad among its many stops. Firstpost will bring you day-to-day coverage of this marathon journey.

One of the most interesting aspects of the Jagriti Yatra, for me, was the kitchen and how precise it was in its operation. The meals arrived at the same time every day, with generous helpings of each item. The operation is overseen by Amit Kalukhe, who started out as a facilitator in 2008 and has been associated with the Yatra every year since. The total staff employed for the smooth functioning of the kitchen is at 105, which includes the catering staff.

The train carries stock of items such as flour, rice and sugar from Mumbai, it’s starting point, and stocks up on vegetables, bread, and milk among other supplies every few stops. The kitchen staff work in the most difficult conditions on the train, with the pantry being unbearably hot at times.

The kitchen employs about 25 people, together with thecatering staff they total up to about 105 people - Copy

The kitchen employs about 25 people; together with the catering staff, they total up to about 105 people. Firstpost/Shubhra Dixit

Kitchen staff serve breakfast to the yatris, two bogies at a time - Copy

Kitchen staff serve breakfast to the yatris, two bogeys at a time. Firstpost/Shubhra Dixit

Dinner preparations begin immediately after lunch - Copy

Dinner preparations on the train begin immediately after lunch. Firstpost/Shubhra Dixit

They have to work almost constantly - Copy

They have to work almost constantly, and are the last to eat on the Yatra. Firstpost/Shubhra Dixit

Shaitan Singh keeps a watch over the kitchen operations - Copy

Shaitan Singh keeps a watch over the kitchen operations. Firstpost/Shubhra Dixit

Suresh Prajapati, one of the maharaj's (cook) on board works on the day's dinner. - Copy

Suresh Prajapati, one of the maharajs (cook) on board, works on the day's dinner. Firstpost/Shubhra Dixit

The train carries large supllies of essentials like sugar, rice and aata, and stocks up on vegetables, bread etc. at every stop - Copy

The train carries large supplies of essentials like sugar, rice and flour, and stocks up on vegetables, bread and other goods at every stop. Firstpost/Shubhra Dixit

The kitchen staff works almost 24X7. Meals are served with clockwork precision - Copy

The kitchen staff works almost 24x7. Meals are served with clockwork precision. Firstpost/Shubhra Dixit

Evening snack being prepared - Copy

Two staff members prepare the evening snack. Firstpost/Shubhra Dixit


Updated Date: Jan 08, 2018 20:51 PM

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