Monday, June 15, 2009

Travelogue Of Kolkata

I've travelled alone always, but this time I decided that let's see how it feels to breath with other's wish ! So, I wen't to my maternal uncle's house in Kolkata and I decided that I for the next eight days, will dedicate my life according to their wish.
I know it will be hard for me to obey their commands as I'm a sort of dictator in nature and also the fan of Hitler, but still I think it as an exiting task and proceeded towards the excercise.
As I sat on the train in Allahabad and was watching my parents' standing on the platform, suddenly the weather changed and the rain started along with heavy wind which disturbed the right schedule of the 'Kolkata Mail', which resulted in a three hour extended journey towards Kolkata.
Many interesting things happends during the journey in the train which I think I should share with you before the main Kolkata episode.

In my surrounding, their was an old woman, travelling along with a girl aged around 20-22yrs. Two boys who were going for some exam, an old man, a middle aged man. I was in the upper berth,the old woman and the girl were sharing the same berth as the girl's reservation was nit confirmed, they were on the lower berth on my side, the old man was opposite to them, the two boys were on the middle berth and the middle aged man was opposite to me.
The old man was probably the most unsofisticated human being I've ever seen, he seems to hate each and everyone in that part of the train,he looked at the talking of the two boys and make various types of faces, when he looked towards that middle aged man he ordered the middlw aged man to move as he wan't to sleep,then he lied down.
Soon, all were felt asleep but not me, I was wide awake.
PART 3 (The Next Morning)
Two boys were going for physical test for some army or police recruitment and were baffled because they were given the address in between two stations, so they don't know where to get down, but then slowly as the train reached 'Dehri-on Son' they leave the train.
The old man also leave on 'Parasnath', not before painting the door of the train with spitting tobacco and beetel leaf.
Then, the middle aged man, the woman and the girl and myself started talking to each other. That man was also going to Kolkata, and those two were going to 'Burdawan'.
I was noticing a boy from another compartment was moving infront of us many times with mobile phone in his hand, then in one station he came on the platform and sat on a bench infront of our window.
Then as the train moves on he came inside and walk away infront of us,suddenly the girl who was travelling with that old woman, jumped off from her seat and move towards the door, then we hear a quarrel and then the girl came back very angrily!
"What happend?" I asked.
"That boy, was talking my pictures on his mobile camera, I was noticing him, and now I caught him, and I tried to snatch his phone,he said sorry and left." She said.
Then the 'Burdawan' station came, and they came out of the train I helped her with her giant luggage, no one had come to recieve them,they were standing on the station awaiting for some 'Coolie' as the train started moving, so I said bye to them and went inside the train, leaving the old woman and the brave girl in the platform.
Then as the train moves towards Kolkata I and that middle aged man started talking, and I was surprised to know that he was not an middle aged man as I thought, he was going to retire from his job in next few months and so he was aged around 60!
Then he brought me a tea, we were sipping it, when suddenly the train gain speed, and his tea falls on his pants.
"I don't care if the tea fells,but the good thing is that, the train is moving at last."He said shyly.
Atlast the train entered the 'Howrah Station', and I came out, finding it was the end of the platform where my boggie stopped, then I saw my uncle was coming I called him, and together we wen't towards the car parking.


  1. Hi,

    Just came for the first time!! Very Interesting short story!!!

    Liked it and looking forward for more details!! I liked ur blog hadder lines so wrote a comment.

    Make a travel to my blog also and write about ur experience.

  2. First time on your post. Travelling by trains is a very enriching experience. The time spent with the co-passengers are really special. You come across so many stories.Looking forward to more from you. cheers.