This time I was in Netravati express from Trivandrum to Lokmanya tilak, sitting on the seat, adjusting my body to fit the space available, after a family of five members occupied the adjacent space. The journey will be two days long, boring and worthless; that was what we thought, when we saw the power outlet far from our seats. In a two days journey you have to depend on laptop and movies to attract people and passing time.
There were four ladies including an old grandmother and a man, who said he was working for Kerala tourism. Ladies were discussing about the space in the train and their love to occupy a complete compartment where they are free birds and has no external intrusion. People always need privacy even if they are in train but I was sure this thought will change once I start mingling with them. : )
We started the laptop Alias theatre, spreading the sound of the movie everywhere. Laptop was set to its top volume and all passengers started moving around to see the miracle. The people in AC compartments, though human try to imitate the second class gentleman and their ego never permits them to mingle with others or intrude into others life. But human beings have similar characteristics and that cannot be changed, no matter how hard they try to show-off.
Gujarati couples were the starters who asked the permission to join the movie. After this move, many people started joining the group and I felt like a theatre owner who runs his business without selling any tickets. We did not feel anyone disturbing us but it was all sharing happiness and joy. One of the Gujarati women laughed loudly at a comic scene and then people started commenting and blowing whistles. Here comes the real man/ woman who were trying to hide him behind the Suits.
Our compartment had a cute child that was mischievous and lovely. She used to come near me and touch the screen of the laptop and run back to her mother with a sweet smile. She would repeat this often to catch my attention from the crowd.
This reminds me about my sister when she was small and her mischiefs. She always tried to make me angry so I would start concentrating on her.
I repeated one movie after the other until we reached Mumbai. The mechanic in the train always would ask the question whether we are not fed up of watching many movies continuously but he was also interested in watching them to pass his time. He said that he was afraid of the PRESS who will write the story featuring “a mechanic seen in train watching movies compromising his duty”.
The journey to Mumbai was filled with fun and enjoyment. I hope people enjoyed my company and would never complain any intrusion or pray for privacy. Train journeys can further be enjoyed with group chats, debates on common topics, jokes, small games etc. But to enjoy the journey we all should forget the corporate or the First class gentleman or woman we are outside.
I was in Mumbai for 1 week and the time period of my absence from online world seems long. Next continues the story from AAMCHI MUMBAI…