Troubles always come in groups… huge groups. And troubles have a special affection for your dear author. And the beloved troublemaker of all times… The laptop… (For glimpses of the trouble-making refer this followed by this). So one fine day pretty close to exam time; when my laptop entered the yearly phase of trouble-making (this time it was motherboard which had passed away); I had no other option but to bunk my classes on a weekday and give the service center a visit. And after gloomily handing over my beloved laptop in the center; and having ‘something’ to eat from the roadsides of Kolkata, I decided to return back to the hostels. And this is precisely where the fun begins…
I look at my watch which says 5:30 PM and rush to the metro station… And I saw exactly what was expected – A sea of people… No literally… Combine the following facts together – End of the office time; a country of 1.2 billions; a city of over 4 millions and the cheapest metro of the world. What else would you expect? So waiting for the metro amidst the crowd you realise how insignificant you are and how large is the world. 😛 And as soon as the train arrives, the fiercest of the races starts – the race to a vacant seat. Being extremely well versed in the art, I kicked a person ahead of me, punched another who was trying to get ahead and gloriously sat on the seat which I had won. But as fate always has it moments of glory were limited. A couple of moments elapsed and I realised the mistake – the above the seat, proudly announced, “WOMEN ONLY”. And so did the eyes of a lady standing just in front of me. I cursed my luck and the race which I lost after winning and humbly left the seat.
After the metro, came the train, where luckily seats are not reserved for women (certain compartments are). But there too, neither my luck nor the fairer gender spared me. After successfully establishing myself on a hard earned seat, I thought I could relax an have a nap. So with A.R. Rehman plugged in my ears, I peacefully dozed off. But for long… a (gentle)man wakes me up. I realise that a lady is sitting next to me and the (gentle)man sat besides her. “Don’t sleep! Sit properly!”, said he. I analysed the situation… dress extremely traditional, age- 40 to 50, man and lady sitting side by side – Conclusion: They were a couple. And the problem was that in sleep there was a slight possibility that by mistake I touched her wife. I mean… what the hell… If you have problem with sitting besides a young ‘potentially dangerous’ man, why don’t you exchange your seat with your husband? Why disturb the sleep (which is the most dear thing to a student) of a person who is now forced to keep his eyelids open, staring at nothing for the 2 hour journey?
And finally the bus… For the half an hour journey, I deliberately chose a bus which was scheduled to depart an hour later (as it was be empty) so that I could securely get a seat and ‘relax’. No use… Slowly as people poured into the bus, I could see millions of standing souls. And… despite 50 per cent seat reservation… a few of the souls were ladies. Unfortunately one of those souls stood besides my seat. And being a young blooded gentleman, I forgot all my sleep and left the seat for her… so that the atrocities of the violently rocking bus (yup… it was on Indian roads) are born by these tired legs…
In short that day (as many other days) made me realise that we are the most unfortunate group in India. Caste reservation eats up half of the seats in the competitive exams for any ‘general’ candidate. As a ‘young’ citizen you are supposed to be responsible and sympathetic. And as a guy, you must be considerate towards women – even though they receive reservations in buses and trains; they pay atleast half of the fee we pay in any exam, preferential treatment in scholarship and so on…
But… Ladies! Beware! Every gender has its day (or set of days)… There would be a day when train compartments would announce “Women Not Allowed”
October 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm
Lol..”Women Not Allowed” I wish to see that day at the Earliest…
BTW 3 mistakes of our life is and being in the young category they are–1.I am a Male,2.I am General and 3.I am an Engineer(Third one applies to Engg.).. 😛
Glad you reach home safely and was able to put up this post.. 😉
October 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm
Hahaha… The day will come… surely come
And I could not agree more on the 3 mistakes of life (glad that I did not make the third mistake :P)
October 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm
Hadd hai… btw i can totally empathise with you on the metro journey… but still… there are men who would not vacate the ladies seat… i would here quote one incident… the girl asked a young lad to get up from the ladies seat. He said “kahan likha hai??” She pointed above the seat where it was written and the answer she got… “to wahin baith jao” …
October 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm
Us ladke ko public ne kuchh nahin bola?
October 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm
Arre ye delhi hai… yahan koi kisi se pange nahi leta…
October 25, 2013 at 6:47 pm
Too bad… Yahan banda 3-4 gaali to kha hi leta… Ho sakta hai laat ghoose bhi kha leta…
Abhi 3-4 mahine pehle metro mein ek larke ne supposedly larki ko chheda… Result: Use jee bhar ke peeta gaya… next stop pe police ke hawaale kiya gaya…
October 25, 2013 at 6:50 pm
“supposedly??” but its good ki wahan thoda log aware hain … yahan to everybody is on their own…
Accha wanted to discuss about the guest post, so what’s your e- mail id..??
October 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm
Haan… ‘politically correct statement’ 😛
sending you on your email id…
October 25, 2013 at 6:57 pm
October 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm
That gave a good laugh!
October 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm
October 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm
Hahaha.Women not allowed?Well, that’d be the day. For Apocalypse.
I’ve had the dubious pleasure of sitting in a reserved(women only) seat.The guy who got down Rabindra Sadan stood next to the door resting half his posterior on the hand-rest, he boarded the train at Dumdum,when he could have seated himself in the unreserved seats three of which were still empty.
Also I find it quite unpleasant when an old man/woman has to stand but a young,obviously fit boy/girl sits on the only available seat.
Have you ever wondered why the ladies compartments in the local trains allows male hawkers well above the age of majority but doesn’t allow a 9 year old boy to even put a step in?
I do empathise however,I spent many a days trying to adjust so that I don’t jostled too often.And I’ve become quite adept at elbowing people outta my way too.Or aiming a swift hard kick to those who step on my feet.
We learn,we live. C’est la vie.
October 26, 2013 at 6:23 am
Sometimes we too leave the seats just for the ‘fun’ of standing… but given the time we generally travel via metro… standing in metro is mostly not much ‘fun’. Although his posture might be considered rude…
Well elbowing, kicking and punching are vital tools of survival in metros and locals in Kolkata. Else it is ‘impossible’ to get through stations like Dumdum and Bidhan-nagar…
October 27, 2013 at 11:39 am
Hahaha. Isn’t it just? “Oh!You can’t elbow your way out?Get down at the terminal station.” LOL
October 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm
October 26, 2013 at 11:28 am
well I will love to see the day when the trains and metros and buses are split half to men and half to women, oh boy! we women will have all the fun we want 🙂
on a serious tone, thank God that you are not a working woman in India. I mean it!
October 26, 2013 at 11:48 am
Yup… We boys would also have all the fun… 🙂
And… Please don’t embarrass us more… I only hope and pray that the situation improves…
October 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm
being a commuter for years in the transports available for common people of India i.e. buses, trains and metro I really preferred having ladies compartments and seats :)- without them women wont stand a chance in India to travel with a little comfort I mean. But I don’t mind, and never will if men’s only compartments and seats come up 🙂
October 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm
I agree… but… sometimes ladies do misuse the privilege they get… For example in a bus why should a lady travelling with her husband sit in the unreserved seat if the reserved seats are available? As I mentioned… sometimes it hurts to be a general category, young boy in India… 🙂
November 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm
“So waiting for the metro amidst the crowd you realise how insignificant you are and how large is the world.” – liked this sentence.
November 2, 2013 at 6:51 pm
November 5, 2013 at 6:09 am
Aww poor you! I have seen and heard resereved seats for the old and disabled but never heard of reserved seats for women. 🙂 Being a woman I am not sure which side I should take even though I do feel sorry for the young ‘good boys’! 😉
November 5, 2013 at 10:13 am
Well… In India there is reservation for women… To provide their ‘tender’ body a seat to sit on 😛 😉
No… but on a serious note… women reservation is required here to an extent – for their empowerment. The problem only arises when they over-exploit their freedom.
Thanks for sympathising with me and the ‘young good boys’ 🙂
November 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm
True, there should be a balance but I totally understand where you are coming from. Society is full of those who over exploit their entitlements.
May 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm
They are not tender bodies… male bodies are just too rough for them
second, nobody exploits their freedom, when a seat is reserved for someone, claiming it is a right… and third… just for once, try commuting in a coach where u are the only lad and the whole coach is filled with girls of every age staring at you with extreme dedication… and maybe then you will realise how “tender” you are…
May 9, 2014 at 9:03 am
We don’t have rough bodies… female bodies are just too tender for us… 😛
True… claiming a reserved seat is one’s right… but sitting on an unreserved seat when seats reserved for you are empty is wrong… Now you may ask why would someone do that? Answer… Love… You see sometimes the bond of love gets annoyingly strong… 😛
Why would I travel in that compartment? Such a compartment is reserved for ladies… And I generally don’t break laws… 🙂
May 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm
its not always true plus since a seat is reserved does not exclude that person from claiming a non- reserved seat
November 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm
Hahaha LOL I am seeing your innocent sad face right now 😛 Tuch Tuch 😛 But you know you have to sacrifice your comfort for the common good of Indian Women 😛 😛 Your country must be proud of you 😛 Lol you know I always sleep too while travelling but Thank god I never have to face things like you do….. That aunty and uncle story was hilarious….. 😛 I hope you get to sit and listen to AR Rehman comfortably someday 😛
November 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm
Haan haan… tu to aaraam se soyegi hi… Ladki jo hai… 😛
Main apne AR Rehman ko room pe hi sun loonga… 🙂
Glad you liked it!
November 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm
Lol better for you 😛
November 13, 2013 at 7:03 am