June 24, 2008
Last week I got in a train to go to Madras alias Chennai from Trichy. Traveling by train is itself a joy. That too a long travel, with confirmed seat (or berth) is quite njoyable . The thought of missing the station always disrupt us, especially in night. But v can rest ourselves, as the chai! chai!! chaya! sound from the t-vendors will surely wake us. There is no doubt in that. You can even miss the (destined) station but you can’t miss them… The foreign returned/foreigners may get irritated from these noises, but without that, train travel in India is quite unfulfilled. Amidst such a fulfilled travel, I noticed one thing. Passengers in a reserved compartment, r not interested to interact with co-passengers They r not willing to say a hello 2 fellow passengers or not even to look the nearby faces. The ‘I’m the king’ like mentality rules here. Whereas, in unreserved compartment, the travel starts with a quarrel always. That is damn sure. But as the time and train passes, they will become friendlier. They will help the nearby to look after the luggages, or for getting snacks, or for at least chatting through out the journey. And @ the end, they bid farewell, and will part ways. In some cases, the fight will continue tooo. But some how there will be a conversation. I couldn't’t find the reason behind that.
May be the “nothing needed/ everything provided/ its not my duty” is the reason 4 that mindset. Even though we njoy the luxurious compartments, there is no life in that. This seems to be apt for life too. By getting richer and luxurious we lost ourselves