How to Travel in a Metro Train

How to Travel in a Metro Train

1. Stand behind the yellow line, or maybe on it, or just maybe in front of it because if you wish to be the first one to enter the veins of Delhi, you must risk it.

2. If the day is bright for you, you will get the privilege of walking yourself into the metro and if not, then even better, because everybody around you will take you inside. A tip is, to know beforehand which kind of a traveller you are. Are you the one who travels in a Women’s coach? Or the one who prefers General? Or do you constitute the population that stands on the connecters?

3. When you travel in the metro almost every day, it will begin revealing its secrets to you. Just keep your ears and eyes open. For example I, who after travelling in the women’s coach for a year now have realised that the area that connects a women’s coach from the general one, actually separates them from each other. Being the distinction only two lovers standing on either side understand. A binary understood only by the man who has to walk from the women’s coach to the general one, when he accidently enters the women’s coach. It’s a gap discovered by a girl who is wearing a dress and feels intimidated by stares when she travels in a general coach.

4. Your metro journey will give you the strangest of all experiences, beginning from the random smiles you will exchange with strangers to sometimes striking a conversation with them. You will witness women quarrelling over seats and women standing together to cover a breastfeeding mother. You might be intrigued to see how everyone is enamoured to a kid’s presence, and how this metaphor of capitalism is a platform for human connections to breed.

5. If you travel from the route I take, your reverie (because day dreaming is inevitable in metro) will soon be broken as you head into the underground line towards Rajiv Chowk, with your own reflection in the glass door. You may end up feeling alienated to your own physical appearance, but that’s okay, I am sure by now you know how to fool yourself.

6. When you finally reach Rajiv Chowk a huge swarm of people will be waiting for you to get out of the metro. Struggle your way out and make sure you don’t leave anything in the there, most importantly, your own self.

7. Finally when you regain your breath feel free to be amazed by the variety you experience there. As you walk along the yellow coloured feet to catch another metro, you may feel the insignificance of your existence in this capsulated world with people of sorts. But don’t worry; just remember that the crowd around you exists, because you do.

8. The next step is to run just like everyone else around you, but if you are not that competitive like me, then you may watch people running and laugh at them for that but remember, the same may happen with you too when you might be running late.

9. And now when you have finally caught the next metro successfully, maybe you can just resume your reverie amidst the pretty quarrels, funny gossip, prayers full of sincerity and banter oozing with love, and wait for your destination to break it again.

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Rhea Hans
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