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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Shift...

In those days, I used to travel a lot between Hyderabad and Bangalore.Initially by train and then mostly by buses. The train from Hyderabad leaves at 7:00 in the evening. I would keep looking out of the window until it became dark,read a book until I felt hungry,eat and then read again until I felt sleepy. After a good night's sleep, I would get up to a beautilful morning and keep looking out of the window until I reached Bangalore by about 7:00.
I so loved those train journeys. And I loved the lower berth seats in the passage with its big windows. That is, until that night- the night when I woke up in the middle of the night feeling a hand placed on my bottom. I got up, looked around to see all darkness around and every one in the adjacent compartment sleeping. My scream must not have been loud enough.I was then awake for a long time till finally sleep took over me. The same thing happened yet again. The same person had come back and tried to place his hand on me again. I could not sleep thereafter. That's when I decided never to take passage seats again. Or to switch to the buses.

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    • At 11:24 PM, Anonymous CP said…

      they try to steal from open windows at night. turned out to be a nasty exp for you. very bad.
      at night, usually ppl keep the windows closed, having the compartment doors open for air.

    • At 8:24 PM, Blogger Shankar said…

      True story or "rail" biDthayidhya?

    • At 8:30 PM, Blogger Roopa said…

      nine irbodu ansatte adu

    • At 12:42 AM, Blogger Akshatha Kamath said…

      Similar experiece with me when I was travelling alone to Bangalore during night. I was so angry, I just told him "matte muttidre kocchi haktheeni", that guy apologised and started crying. The sad part is, these are the educated civilised men!!! Whole night, I was awake like an owl. Never after that I slept during night jouneys and I always keep some sharp objects like big safety pin if travelling alone is inevitable :o|

    • At 10:41 PM, Blogger sumanth said…

      oops I never traveled in a train

    • At 6:41 AM, Anonymous vivek rao said…

      from ur orkut profile, looks u r an adventure gal, in that case u should never fear, it is said that"in a mind where there is no fear, even the feierce tiger claws find no room" , so be bold, dont fear.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Obstacle

Shrunk with age, the old lady had to perch on her toes to reach the window at the consulate office. Having stood in the line for hours together left her little strength to even stand.
The Officer at the visa consulate asked "how old are you?"
The old lady spoke in Tamil and pointed to a cardboard on which some information was written.
'76' he read from there and asked her confirmation. The woman nodded in affirmative.
"What is the purpose of your visit?"
'Visit son' he read from the paper.
I gathered from the conversation that they woman had 2 sons, one in the US and the other in Australia.
"what is the guarantee that you will come back?"
Again,the woman pointed to the cardboard and nodded her head.
'Own a house in Coimbatore' read the cardboard.
"But this does not guarantee anything, you have no one there.There are all chances you would want to stay with your son in the US" said the officer.
The woman just nodded and pointed to the cardboard.
"I am sorry, I cannot give you the visa Madam" said the officer.
The woman still nodding pointed to the cardboard..



    • At 6:44 AM, Blogger STALAG SUKHOI said…

      yes i have seen such incidents ,well it is the sad state of affairs :(

    • At 3:35 PM, Blogger Shankar said…

      If you look at the people working in groceries, gas stations and restaurants in the US, it is quite evident that many of these so called visitors never returned back. No wonder the visa officer has a "guilty until proven innocent" attitude.

    • At 3:11 PM, Blogger Roopa said…

      @ stalag sukhoi

      they need the F1s and H1s to bring money to their economy..the least they can do is be liberal with the aged parents who want to visit their children.

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