âI travel a lot during my college vacation from Delhi to Hyderabad to Delhi. The Indian Railways and its Trains have their own charm. But what adds flavor to my experience in trains are the people travelling with me. People from different states, Backgrounds, Age groups and Languages are brought under one roof in a train journey. People travelling with me make my journey Joyous or downright irritated but nevertheless memorable. These are some Typical guys I encounter in an Indian train some time or the other.
1: The Nostalgic Guy
Every time I book a train ticket I think I may travel along with someone like Deepika Padukone from Chennai Express or Kareena from Jab we Met. Well, most of the times, bad news awaits me. I check the Passenger list pasted outside the train and I see a family of four with a 50 odd year old gentleman sitting near me. He would keep saying sentences such as âWhen I was a 25 year oldâ¦ In 1982â¦.â. I check the time and itâs been only two minutes since he started. Invisible tears roll down my cheeks but out of sheer respect for his age, I nod my head, say âYes..Ya..Correctâ¦Absolutely..Avunu Uncle.. etc.â and complete the relatively year long journey.
This guy needs no introduction. This guy would have brought food from his home but would gorge on innumerable types of food like a person hungry for days. Biryani plus Roti plus Tea plus Lays plus anything under the sky would be game for this guy. He just doesnât care what the compartment thinks of him and keeps eating. In case you havenât seen this guy, you will definitely see him if you happen to travel with me.
3)The Techie Guy
This guy is a byproduct of this crazy generation that we live in. He turns his eyes away from the beautiful scenes outside the window, and instead is completely immersed in a mobile device or Movie or Game or whatever digital stuff that is. Immersed in his Headphones, Laptop and Mobiles connected to charging points,
youâve seen this guy right?
4) The âBeta Thoda Adjust karo naâ Guy
This is Trade mark Indian Right. Once I had to reach my Hometown for vacation. I was in my 12th standard then. I was a Bandh kind of situation in Hyderabad and all the buses towards my home were on halt. The only means of transportation was the Indian railways. I happened to travel in unreserved compartment for a relatively long distance. There were at least 5 people in one square foot area standing, holding dearly on to bars above. All I kept hearing throughout the journey was “Konchem Adjust chesuko Babu”. For all my DTU and CU friends who don’t understand it, It translates to âBeta, thoda adjust karo naâ in Hindi.
At one point of time a guy was literally standing over my feet .This incident gave me the realization that In India no place is ever filled completely. There is always space for more!!. The Pepsi TVC way back in my childhood with the slogan “Ye dil maange more” now makes much more sense to me.
5) The âI can snore the mostâ Guy
Once during a night journey I kept telling to god only one thing. âWhy God? Why me?â I was in upper berth and 3 out of 5 people in my adjacent berths started snoring .I was dead tired and kept tossing over my berth for a long time. No Offence, but sometimes I felt there was some sort of competition going on among themselves as to who snores the most!!
Next morning one amongst the three asked me, âBeta. Had a good sleep?â I sarcastically remarked, oh yes sir!! Absolutely!!
6) The Ultimate Gyan Baba â The Marketing Guy
From Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, Gujarat to Arunachal this guy would have truly travelled places. You would say I am from this place and he would be like âYeah Iâve been to this place. I know the dealer in your X Locality in Y Street.â He would talk about politics, Economics, Cinema, Personal life and what not. Sporting a French Beard this guy usually speaks in five different languages. By the end of your journey you would have learnt a lot of Geography and Philosophy from this guy.
7) The âTicketlessâ Guy
I happened to meet this guy on a couple of occasions. Once during my travel, as usual I was striking a good conversation with around a 30 year old guy. Everything seemed normal until the ticket collector came to our seats. When the TC asked for his ticket he started scratching his head and it turned out he did not have a ticket after all. Not even an unreserved ticket.
8) The âCan you please give this seatâ Guy
This is The Trade Mark Indian Right too . An unmarried, young person travelling alone like me is usually the prey for these guys. The typical turnout of events would be like this. I would be a very happy chap getting a window seat, staring out of the window and having a great time. A middle aged guy approaches me and asks âSon, Since we have come as a family ,can you give us this seat S1 52 and go to S8 24 ?â. I wish I would say to this guy âBerth is my Birth Right and I shall have it.â
But end up saying âSure Uncle..!! Why notâ.