Ironically my colleague got the for Durga puja holiday tickets through an agent only. They said they can give Diwali tatkal tickets as well but the rates are not known now and will be decided by babus (railway) during that time.
I came office early today to book tatkal ticket. From 10 to 12, not a single time I was able to see the login page. And still the website is not working.
Now I am planning for bus to go to my native villages and it is going to be very hectic because its 1000KM.
I predicted this 4 months in advance when the booking for this day was opened. I opened the website to book the ticket for going home at 1:30 pm and I saw a regret.
I then booked my tickets next day morning (for the next day) and was able to book it by 8:30am (tatkaal booking started at 8 that time) and got around 60 waiting.
Well the load on their website is HUGE, and I don't know of any Indian website that has that kind of load.
For a website like this, you got to have very good servers (hosting it on a single server won't help for sure). Your database and code design should be very good. I guess IRCTC is lacking both of them.
I was reading an article from one of the players who toured India in the 70's, Fletcher? I think. He said during that tour the Indian groundsmen had been instructed to prepare a 'result wicket' for the first test and then the rest of the tour as 'draw wickets'. The gameplan of the Indians was to go all out for a win in the 1st test and then bowl as slow as possible in the remaining tests in order to secure draws. He then suggested that that would be the Indian plan for this tour too.
I'm finding it hard to believe this could be true. I can't see the Indian fans being happy if they are watching their team play for a draw at home? What are your thoughts?
This might not be completely false because if you see that most of the matches were ended in draw. One reason could be that we were a very defensive side at that time so if we had the target of seccuring the series win at the cost of making the series boring was not unfair.
Things are lot different these days so you can expect the result this time.
As a fan I want the team win, even though it is a boring one sided match. Other factor in lot of Indians is they want to see their batsmen score runs. If they bat for 3 days scoring 700 runs with some making centuries, fans will be happy seeing that.
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