When it comes down to the topic ‘train’, every Indian has to have at least one stirring experience. Especially, of the local trains.
Even the express train travel has its own charm. As soon as we get into the train with our family from the busy, noisy and filthy platforms, we try to get adjusted in the seats, sliding the luggage under it and confirming that our co-travellers are not irritating! The smallest one of the family then demands and fights for the ‘window seat’, the eldest one checking if everything’s fine and then we all get excited as the train begins to crawl on the rails! People try to enjoy the breathtaking scenery that moves opposite, a few try to photograph it and a few are never interested in the sceneries. Little do they know about the worth of India’s enthralling bounties! The vegetable farms, barren lands, forests, villages, types of soil, children playing, rivers, ponds, small huts, women pumping water…. Ahhh! The scenic view goes on and one can’t stop staring out… Resting the elbow on the sill and the palm on the cheek, people sit there relaxed as the air hits the face. The unkempt and noisy compartments where the wrappers, orange peels are scattered, water spilled on the floor, a wailing baby in the same compartment, and the sudden roar when another train passes by, all these are the common encounters if you travel in an express train. When you’re travelling from one state to another, not only in the scenery you see the change, but also the change in food stuffs sold by the vendors who get in when the train halts at a station. It’s still fun. And if you travel in AC coaches, sad to tell, but be sure you’re missing all the merriment.
And coming to the few who are never interested in the panoramas outside; they too enjoy.It’s too much soothing to have headphones on with your favourite singer singing to you, having a handful of eateries and enjoying the journey! And a few with the books in their hand.. Man! They’re creating their own world. Do Not Disturb. Period. I’ve to admit that, whatever we do in the train turns out to be a fete. Like, all I did once was to – Eat, Sleep, Eat, again Sleep, and Eat again, Sleep and there you’re! Your destination. It feels like you got a reward, to rest, for so much hard work you’ve done in your life till now. In the trains, we even never fail to spend some time on playing. Be it with our friends, or with our family, we enjoy playing cards or any such game.
That’s how the story goes.
Once when I was travelling, the train stopped at a place because there was a crossing and we had to wait till the other train went by. Ours stopped in front of a sugarcane field and we knew that the train is not going to depart soon. We got down with few of our co-passengers, brought few sugarcane sticks, had a good time having them. My taste buds still crave for it. We never know what’s waiting for us in a train travel. It’s so much exciting in spite of all its shortcomings. No wonder train journeys are liked by almost everyone!
To be continued, soon…