Thursday, 24 September 2009

Agla Station: Ghatkopar

Just last week, I was waiting at Sion station for my usual Thane train to take me to Mulund since I had to pick up a few things. I usually observe around when I am waiting for my train. So, a hapless victim fell prey to the over-enthusiastic Bombay's local train commuters. Our hero wanted to get down at Sion, but as luck and trains would have it, he boarded a fast train that did not halt at Sion. He panicked when he realized that the train did not stop at Sion and Kurla. On seeing his plight, a sympathetic co-passenger came to his rescue.

It seemed that he had been commuting by the 05:10 Asangaon Fast for the past six years and had noticed that the train always slowed down just before the train entered Sion station and crawled at a snail's pace while passing through. The co-passenger told the man to jump out of the running train as it slowed down and that with a little bit of fleet-footedness, he would make it safely. However, knowing the man's inexperience, he added some words of caution:

"Keep running the moment you jump or you will fall. Just keep running." The man stressed on the word, ''running'' lest the man would not know the laws of motion. The train did slow down as it entered Sion station and at the prompting of his mentor, our hero jumped out of the train and started running as if he was running for the Olympics. He did not realize that he was running parallel to the train instead of running away from it. Meanwhile, the train slowed down further, so the man started running faster than the train. In the process, he reached the door of the next compartment and the foot-board commuters there pulled him in thinking he was trying to board the train!!

To his agony, the train picked up speed and sped past Sion station and his new co-passengers started to congratulate him on how lucky he had been, until he told them that they had actually undone what he had done with great difficulty. Those standing at the door of his 'ex-compartment' had witnessed the whole drama and just couldn't stop laughing at the poor man's situation, while he grinned sheepishly!!! I just couldn't control my laugh because I was standing at the platform parallel to the platform where the whole drama unfolded.