Thursday, December 27, 2007

One night in a Train...

Third posting in one day? Looks like I am making up for lack of postings over the last month or so...anyways...I was reading through one of my old blogs on trains and then I remembered one incident that happened to me during one of my journeys and thought why the hell not blog it down!

So I used to do my internship in Bangalore during my seventh semester college. I traveled to and fro between Bangalore and Chennai very often that I sometimes wondered why I bothered to work away from home when I missed home so much! Anyhoo...that is besides the point and coming back to the story...so one Sunday night my friends Thameem and Bino came with me to the station to see me off...it was an overnight journey and I was seated on the two seater window side which also gave me the top berth. I love top berths as I can sleep as long as I want and wont be disturbed by others...but I never liked sleeping on this side of the train for two reasons...(a) the berth is short and I have to crouch to sleep...not that I was tall but I was tall enough! and (b) because I felt like I was in public view and hated that feeling...

Anyhoo...so I got into the train, put my bags in place and I was about to step out to join my friends till the train started to move...but then I noticed a jackass who was sitting at the aisle right across from me checking me out and then gave the sleaziest wink one could ever possibly give...I was so pissed off...I went and complained about him to my friends...

Bino the smartass told me to slap the guy with my slippers if he made any stupid move and told me never ever to take a night train when traveling alone and so on and so forth...way too much advice from both of them...and thankfully the train was ready to leave...

I got back to my berth and sat down for a few minutes before climbing up and getting comfortable to read my book...then from the corner of my eyes I saw that same jerk jeering at me...and I swear to god I don't know what got into me...I sat up, patiently untied my Nikes, dusted one of it with my hands and then checked to see if he was still looking...which of course he was...I picked it up and moved it to show that I will slap him with my shoes...God you should have seen the look on his face...he turned over and fell asleep and I did not see him at all after that!!!

I felt so proud of myself although I did not sleep much that night...mostly because I was scared of my new found bravery and its consequences....but the next day when I reported my act of bravery to Bino he was dumbfounded...he could not believe that I almost followed his advice and from then he has been scared for me for my own good...He has been minding what he tells me lest I go and do something stupid at the spur of the moment...

I was lucky that the guy did not turn around and do anything nasty or that no fight ensued after I waved my shoes...I am not sure I would advice girls to do that...but then it does make you feel better that you did not let go your dignity in front of some stupid prick!

5 comments:

Megha Bansal said...

h god anu...this post cracked me up!!!...soooo funny...
did u really do that? OMG..i have been tempted to scream at these sleazy people...but to show my show...ROFL... u are great..next time i see u...i will salute you for your bravery!

Trevor Penn said...

Bravo, Anu. :)

Anu Russell said...

yay Megha...I have done more foolish things!!!

Thanks Trevor!

aruljohn said...

Now, you should be a poster girl for Nike-India! Too bad you dusted your shoes before hitting that jerk.

Anu Russell said...

thank you Arul...thank you...i know it was a foolish thing to do...but had to do something to feel less uncomfy.