This Is The Metro

At some point, you will find yourself wondering why you bother traveling by the metro. It's a convenient way but let's face it. Unless the coaches are empty, it's a bad way to get somewhere.

The people are terrible. They are loud and unyielding. They keep attempting to make space where there is none. The sallow faced men and women are the worst, their craggy faces in no way betraying the sheer elbowing power they can display. And elbow you they will, anywhere they possibly can. The women with their embroidered clothes that prick with each turn.

It definitely isn't the charm of the whole thing. That lost out after the first six days spent with some woman's hair lodged in my face and her hands on my shoulder for support.

But then, once you can get past the people and their grabby hands, you can't help but feel some pride. Pride in the metro, in the way it functions and that even the whole of Delhi still hasn't managed to degrade it completely.

And just as you start welling up with that pride, a woman comes and manages to scratch your arm, claw at your face and step on your foot all at the same time. While squishing you against the door.

Signing Out,
Disgruntled Passenger.


Vikash said...

I believe that is a great improvement considering the sad affairs with the DTC buses. I would also like you to know that metro can be equally annoying and sometime torturous for the not so fair sex. Atleast women have their reserved compartments.

Well written though...totally reflects your love for the metro.

Antara said...

Heh, yes. I know. It's torturous for all of us who do not indulge in the pushing and elbowing. :)

mikkidismom said...

Ummm..not trying to pick on you, but how does the pushing and squishing have anything to do with Metro? Isn't that the people on the metro and the population?
Btw..you should check out DC metro during rush hour..not much different