Went to Dehradun and Mussoorie last weekend and wanted the trip to be as cheap as possible, keeping in mind the finances the onward journey was to be a train journey in sleeper class. My friend told me to remove my gold chain and other valuables, sleeper class is not so safe. It had been almost 10 years that I travelled in the sleeper class, I thought to myself that it can’t be that I should worry about safety of my valuables in a train in 2017, I thought that of course there would be a security guard in the train and nothing will happen to me or my valuables. Also, I wear my SriSri locket (it’s a big deal in the art of living to have the locket) in my gold chain, so I have this belief that as long as I have the locket nothing bad will happen to me 🙂
As soon as we boarded the train, it was like all my worst nightmares came true at once. Anyone and everyone walked into the reserved compartment like it was their right to a berth.
I was sitting on the window seat, and a guy walks up to me, from the other side of the window he asks me ” Mera ek bag hai apne pass rakh lo” (I have a bag, keep it with you in the compartment). I told no. He became furious, started shouting that there is so much place in your compartment why can’t you keep my bag here. With as much rudeness as I could muster(I was genuinely feeling stupid and funny to even reply to him for a request like this) I told him NO and then he left.
There was a family in our compartment (traveling unreserved ) and while getting on to the train the lady’s chain got snatched :o. She was in deep distress and rest of the compartment was sharing various incidents of chain snatching and how this particular train was famous for it (it stopped in the middle of the night in some weird station which was famous for hosting the goons of Haryana).
There were drunk and half naked people with torn clothes roaming here and there (clearly didn’t have a reservation). There was this distressed family, the victims of chain snatching, and there were some saintly looking old people sitting in the side berth (later I came to know that these silent people did not have a reservation either 😦 )
My friend happily went to sleep in the upper berth and I was given the dangerous middle berth. I will not say I was completely fearless. But then I just told myself, nothing bad will happen to me and went to sleep. In the middle of the night, the train stopped and someone from the platform was shouting “Meherbaani karke darwaza khol do” (Have some mercy and open the door please). Obviously, no one opened the door.
With these adventurous experiences, I decided that the return journey will be at least a 3-tier AC. I bid adieu to sleeper class in my mind(like forever) and for the return journey, tatkal 3-tier AC ticket was booked. On the return journey, we saw that our whole bogie was filled with army jawaans. I became so happy, just threw my luggage below the seat and peacefully went to sleep without worrying about anything.
Gold chain and gold chain wearing human(me) both reached back safely 🙂
I was thinking how discipline and freedom are related, the disciplined army personnel even by their mere presence made me feel so free and secure. 🙂
This independence day, if you want to feel free, take up some discipline and live up to it 🙂
Mine is as follows: Priority no 1 for meditation and yoga till Navaratri 🙂
Happy independence day, Happy Krishna Janmastami