Given my frozen experience in 2AC going to Delhi, I thought I would splurge (just this once, right) on a 1AC in the other direction. I am delighted that I did, but not for the added comfort (although it was quite nice). I was very fortunate to have as my cabin mates a pair of brothers who were absolutely fascinating to chat with, making the 17 hour journey fly by in no time. Both have vast experience in the IAS, with one retired and the other soon to retire and move to Calcutta. They are both quite well traveled and had good advice about places to go in India. I may even meet up with one of them for a brief trip in the south along the east coast.