Shatabdi musings – from jolarpettai – part 1
The old and the young, the sleepy and the silent, the restless and the curious, the bored and the bores , all wake up suddenlty to attack the cold food, not necessarily out of hunger , but just to fulfil the need to do some activity .
A curious kid is still at it – the questions keep coming – idhu traina busa , namba eppo madras povam, nee enna sapre ( is this a train or a bus, when we reach madras – ok the kid said chennai , what are you eating ?)
Some phones ring and loud voices fill the air . A man switches effortlessly between kannada and tamil giving some instructions , another is talking about blackberry phones, the girl next to me is singing besura with her headphones on , aunty close by is reading her favourite magazine .
I shut my mind and look out , but the sun is shining right through . I draw the curtains, close my eyes, put the phone on silent and try to sleep or at least day dream . Another three hours to go to reach Madras .
PS – This is my first ever live post from a train and its the first time I have used my phone – Blackberry to blog . Thankfully, the network is very good . As I travel between Bangalore – Madras (Chennai) every month , I hope to make Shatabdi Musings a monthly feature – hopefully you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy posting them