Journey by Train
Hello Everyone!!! <3
I AM BACK! I am back from a long break. Lot of things have happened in the last two weeks – a wonderful self-satisfying journey to Pondicherry, meeting my parents, difference of opinion with my boss in workplace followed by mental tension etc etc. So many things to tell and I don’t know where to begin. Well, it has to begin with the journey by train and my perspective about Indian trains in general. 🙂
For most of the Indians, journey in a sleeper class of a train may be difficult. Dirty compartments, unhygienic sanitation facility, overpriced food items, unwelcome entry by strangers, etc. The list can become really long. I also agree with that. But there is one thing which makes all the things tolerable and negligible, i.e. the window of the train. The world can be seen through those small windows. If you look closely, you may get confused on thinking whether you are moving or the world is. I know if you apply reason, then you will say it is you who is moving, but what if the world is moving and you are left behind, sitting motionless in the train.
Normally I don’t get a window seat in train. So when I travel with my family, I steal my mother’s seat for some time and enjoy the scenery of the beautiful world. The trees, mountains, empty lands, sky, and city lights at night – I can stare through the window as long as I am in the train. New ideas get freshly cooked in my mind and words begin to flow like a river. I start rumbling and mumbling the things I want to write. I can even complete some topics which I find difficult to express before. I don’t know how this happens, but I guess while traveling and looking at the world opens up my brain and it becomes proactive. My relaxed mind wants to express with freedom, where there is no pressure or hustle of busy city crowds.
I don’t like crowd. I like to be in solitude, in some quiet place where I feel at ease. However, I like to listen the noise around me. I have seen so many people put earphone on their ears while traveling to listen music perhaps, but the music produced in the chaos of the world is far more rhythmic. The talking of people, the sound of the bus moving, air dashing to your face, the horns of vehicles – all these produce a beautiful melody if you lend your ears to it. Even in train I like sound when the train will be in its full speed. However, I am allergic to the loud, noisy useless chatter of humans.
Coming to the journey on train, one more thing I like in train – the sleep in the night. You can never get a sound sleep, you will be partially awake. But when the train is on move, it dances in the rail tracks resulting in a beautiful swing while you are asleep. It is as if someone is gently swinging a cradle and you are sleeping in it. I love it and I wish the journey would never stop.
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