So, yesterday I boarded a not so crowded train (yipeeee to that) and overheard this conversation between a group of 4 girls who I assume are studying in the same class
Girl 1 (G1): Arey that guy he is such a loser
G2: Whom are you talking about
G1: That guy who takes the XYZ class..uff I am so pakoed with his teaching
G3: And he cant even speak English…did you hear the last time he was telling us *Mimicking him* Speak eeeeennnglish,..if you dont know want to speak eeeennnglish, you cant learnt…God even his grammar is so bad
G1: I know and I hate the way he teaches…as if he knows everything
G2: Why are you quiet G4
G4: oh nothing, I was thinking, what if someone here knows him and go back to him telling that we are making fun of him
*giggles, giggles, giggles*
Yesterday morning, in a slow local going to Bandra
G1 asks me: is this a fast train
Me: no its a slow local to Bandra
G1: oh God! how will I reach on time
G2: but we are getting off at Parla na..then whats your problem
G1: but its a slow local, it will go slowly na..if it were fast, we would have reached on time
G2: looking at me embrassed, G1…if it were fast you wont reach parla only because after andheri it will stop at bandra
G1: looking at me..is it
G2: *rolling her eyes* you have taken trains all your life and what the hell is wrong with you!
Last Week on a slow train to Borivali in the evening
Two ladies jump up at Goregaon as the train leaves platform no. 3
Lady 1 (L1): Oh God I almost didnt catch the train
L2: If we had missed this, we would miss the 6.40 at Borivali to Virar and miss our regular to Boisar. and the next shuttle would be at 8 na…
FYI: Boisar is not even in Mumbai its about 45 kms beyond Virar.There are shuttles between Virar to Boisar.
L1: I am fed up with this daily travel to Goregaon
L2: yaa but what to do, I need the job and thankfully my boss lets me leave on time. Its my daughter’s exams and I have to go home cook food and then sit with her maths today.
Meantime, both of them see me staring at them with my jaw down.
L1: Kya hua beta
RM: Err..kuch nahi
L2: bolo bolo…you are angry that we Virar guys have gotten into a Borivali train
RM: No no nothing like that. I was just wondering, how you manage? I mean commute so much and then go back home and do all the work
L1: We get up at 4. Finish cooking and all that by 6. Get the 6.30 train to come to work at about 8.15. Leave office at 5.45 to reach back home by 7.45 and then we do the cooking, cleaning, sitting with the kids for homework, etc and then go to sleep by 11.30 or 12. AND then get up again at 4
RM: basically speechless
L2: Laughing at my reaction And we have been doing this for over 15 years now
RM: just speechless
Here I am cribbing about my travel!
Last month, R and I are going to pick up my mom. We are travelling from Kandivali to Borivali by train(yes yes I am cheap that ways, I dont take a rick from my house to Borivali station. I take a bus to Kandivali station and then get on a train to the next station, thats Borivali. Cheap na..and guess what R travels for free ;))
I digress. So anyways we are travelling. Its about 8.30 in the night. Ma’s train is going to come in at 9.00
I sit at the edge of one seat while a lady takes R from my arms and makes her sit next to her. R looks around smiling at everyone and manages to wheedle two chocolates from the lady sitting in front of her and two from a lady sitting beside her. Grrr!
So we get off at Borivali. she waves bye to the whole crowd of ladies and then we wait for Ma’s train.
Ma’s train comes and we are way ahead of the compartment where Ma’s getting off. I run towards the compartment holding R in my arms, while she screams ‘Barodu, Barodu..meri Barodu kahan gayi, Koi dekho, meri Barodu kahan hai!’ while passer-by stare at me as if I am crazy!
*Barodu = Baroda Thathi. my mom’s new name coined by R!