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Travelling alone from Jabalpur to Rajkot, which is 28 hour ride by train, and that too when your ticket is under RAC (you only have half of the seat) definitely leaves you with a lot of time! And so, I was fully prepared to confront those 28 hours…I had a phone with two seasons of...
Travelling alone from Jabalpur to Rajkot, which is 28 hour ride by train, and that too when your ticket is under RAC (you only have half of the seat) definitely leaves you with a lot of time!
And so, I was fully prepared to confront those 28 hours…I had a phone with two seasons of Lost, 3 movies, more than 1000 unsolved Kakuro and Sudoku puzzles, a fully charged 13000 mAh power bank, a charger, and quite a lot of songs, and of course a book on Sociology, which I knew I might not even open! And of course I planned on spending some quality time on whatsapp as it’s been long since I had a chat with many of my friends!
As the train started rolling, I arranged my luggage and stretched my legs on the seat (thankfully my co-passenger was supposed to board after 4-5 hours! Combination of heavy breakfast and nice air conditioning can make you sleep in minutes! But the problem with side lower berth is that anyone and everyone seem to have a license to come and sit there on the corners! And then with continuous movement of train and these bums…I mean their bums, within no time, they are the ones in comfortable position and by that time the high of heavy breakfast and air conditioning gets lost somewhere between cramped legs and shouting kids!
It didn’t take much time to realize that chatting in moving train can be a pain due to fluctuation in network. Well I still had a lot to do…I watched 2-3 episodes of Lost, and a movie, had my lunch, listened to few songs, solved 4 kakuro puzzles until my phone started screaming for mercy! After putting my phone on charging, I realized that Rajkot was still more than 20 hours away! It was a relief to have a charging point on my seat and a power bank at my disposal. With this very thought started the train of thoughts! To think of it…so much has changed over a period of time…!
Back in my school days…summer and winter vacations were the time to travel and train travel used to imply a reservation in sleeper class! At times when ticket did not get confirmed, travelling in general class was the alternate…although troublesome, but with a little persuasion and negotiation with the TT (or TC) it was still manageable! And now, even when the summers are yet to reach their peak, the thought of travelling in Sleeper is somehow scary…and in winters it’s definitely not an option as that would mean packing a blanket! Further, the concept of watching a movie or browsing internet during train journey was alien at that time. The only modes of killing time were chatting with actual people, eating peanuts, reading chacha choudhary and nagraj and maybe playing on handy videogame till the pencil cells lasted. Offcourse using rechargeable pencil cells was also not an option as there were no charging points in train! Also, one of the most important parts of pacing used to be selection of cassettes for Walkman! Now I don’t see nobody reading those comics or I don’t hear those monophonic sounds of clearing a stage! So much has changed!
But then, the kids still love jumping from one seat to another, and climbing to top berth is still a mission worth accomplishing for them. Still there are parents who give their piece of mind to those kids when they lose their peace of mind trying to keep a tab on movement of those kids! The wailing of these kids still resonates with the crying infants. Still there are people persuading and negotiating with TT for seats and ofcourse, I do have childhood memories of people first sitting at the corner and then slowly getting comfortable on my seat! People still get down at stations and bring back samosas and bread pakodas! And you can always find people standing near the door feeling the speed of train! So much is still the same!
Maybe things are still the same and it’s me who has changed with the journey of time and it’s this relative change which triggered this whole train of thoughts…or maybe it was just me getting bored!
Anyways! What matters is these thoughts have helped me kill three more hours and now it’s time for dinner and then I can continue watching Lost and playing kakuro!
Outside his apartment. Clueless and lost he stared into the sky for some answers. Life felt like a vicious circle!? Noraiz stuck the lonely face and breeze dried away his tears. Everything seemed to fall in place. All it took was… All it took was…A fresh epiphany, a deep breath and a click of trigger....
Outside his apartment. Clueless and lost he stared into the sky for some answers. Life felt like a vicious circle!?
Noraiz stuck the lonely face and breeze dried away his tears. Everything seemed to fall in place.
All it took was…
|All it took was…A fresh epiphany, a deep breath and a click of trigger.
Finally, ending his own path, his own life
A deep breath, click of a button and his only companion roared to life.
Once again, ready to travel his own path, his own life
She broke her barbie while playing and scared of scolding asked her neighbor to fix it. Next noon when she woke, Barbie was all fixed…but she was bleeding and bite marks were now sore. Now whom should she ask to fix herself? At what cost?
She broke her barbie while playing and scared of scolding asked her neighbor to fix it.
Next noon when she woke, Barbie was all fixed…but she was bleeding and bite marks were now sore.
Now whom should she ask to fix herself? At what cost?
Ok…bbye…good night… and haan…do stay in touch..!! On this note Ambrish ended our conversation… a conversation dated around 2-3 years back…and since then we have been busy in dealing with our individual problems… or maybe enjoying the things that came our way… or maybe something else… however “do stay in touch” faded away somewhere…...
Today…it was the third time…I streamed the documentary to see it…and then I did the same mistake again… I somehow recalled all the news about it…I recalled all the details I read about things that were done to her… and “thought” about the agony she might have faced in reality!!! Somehow after all those thoughts...
Today…it was the third time…I streamed the documentary to see it…and then I did the same mistake again… I somehow recalled all the news about it…I recalled all the details I read about things that were done to her… and “thought” about the agony she might have faced in reality!!!
Somehow after all those thoughts I could not click the play button…just fearing what I might “feel” after watching that documentary! I know…that SHE actually went through all that and I somehow fear the thought of just listening to it again! I know…this is not something to be proud of!
I have read the reviews of people who were enraged about the comments some lawyers made. There were streams of #angry #sad #disappointed posts on facebook…twitter…etc. but then what?
Maybe 16th December was the incident which got so “hyped” up by so many protests and hashtags that the then government had to do something to save their face! Why was it so much hyped up? Was it the heights of gruesomeness or was it the coverage of media or was it the bleeding heart of so many people??
If it was gruesomeness then there have been other such cases after 16th December also…but none of them got so much attention or fast-tracking of judgment! And off course I know about these cases (that something similar happened) because media was kind enough to bring these cases to light! If it was the bleeding heart of so many people, then what happened to those hearts when other such cases came to light?? And as there were no such protests (or protests were not highlighted) our kindest authorities functioned in their usual way!
So…here is my first question…
Is there any other starter other than mass protests that our authorities start functioning in a bit more diligent way?
Offcourse many might just say for my previousquestion…that “if that’s how authorities in your country function…then why not do it for all the cases?” Well, ideally…we are the citizens of this country and we should take the responsibility for improving the conditions here! True!
BUT when it comes to implementation…I am afraid of organizing a protest because I might be termed as nuisance creator and be arrested….I am afraid of getting hit by police in a lathi charge…I am afraid of spending my precious time on “others” when there is so much I am yet to do for myself…and then I am afraid of losing my job if I go for protest for every assault that comes in my knowledge! (There is an assault every 20 minutes and thanks to media…atleast one of them is covered in a day!)
Thus…here is my second question…
Is there any way, by which I (a normal middle class citizen) can get rid of my fears…so that I can be able enough to push the authorities to act as they did for 16th December case?
I hope atleast someone helps me find the answer!!
Kids, I have seen some really good times…there was a time when men and women…children and elderly…all used to flock around me and even fight with each other just to be with me! It was the golden era for me, when rather than listening or talking to anyone else, all used to silently sit around...
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