Here are four reasons why local trains are the best form of public transport. No, this is not a post about how it’s better to be stuck in a cramped up compartment with sweaty women v/s moving at the speed of 1 Km/Hr on a traffucked highway. What this post will tell you though is how you can be entertained in a local train compartment if you are stuck there anyway. So, here are the entertainment possibilities.
1. Impromptu shopping: Honestly, I don’t know how the hawkers manage to peddle their wares in crowded locals, but they do. They’ll walk around with a host of products – right from a bunch of safety pins to lingerie and even dress materials. It’s a housewife’s dream come true.
What’s interesting: I’ve always noticed that if the woman sitting beside you is rummaging through a box of earrings, you will too. It’s like a pattern.
2. ME Time: You can smirk about this as much as you want but the fact is that if you’re living in Mumbai, you hardly have time for yourself. You’re technically commuting alone in a train and if you learn the art of ignoring people around you, you manage to gain a full hour to think/reflect/introspect. It’s quite awesome once you learn how to ignore the neighbour aunty yelling loudly on the phone.
What’s interesting: The sight of people swaying while dozing. It never fails to amuse me.
3. Prepare for Olympics 2016: Think about it, where else can you practice for multiple sports in one place? That too for around Rs. 500 a month? Alas, accidentally falling on people and stepping on their feet is not considered as an Olympic sport otherwise some women would definitely win a few gold medals for India.
What’s interesting: These women will not only accidentally fall on you every five minutes, they will also somehow manage to push you from your place and manage to get sneak in and soon you’ll be blocking the way for others. Sigh.
4. Get reassured that you are not the only freak on planet Earth: No need to spend more money on psychiatrists; just take a train ride and witness all the weirdness in one place. From women who decide to squat and sit on the seat to women who actually change sarees in the train (true story), you’ll find them all.
What’s interesting: It’s fun to notice how seemingly ‘normal’ people end up doing the vaguest things sometimes.
Now excuse me while I get ready for a joy ride. Meanwhile, why don’t you tell me the weird sights and sounds that you have spotted in the train?
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