Even this will “PASS!” – no pun intended!

October 13, 2007 at 7:06 am 22 comments

first class pass train ticket 

There was a total blackout. I could hear blaring sounds in my head. Voices, objects and people in scores, thumping and banging around with drums of steel making clanking noises so loud that it seemed my eardrums were to come apart.

Soon enough there was absolute silence as I dwelled into the beautiful home of ‘nidra’ meaning sleep, without a reason and without my own realization of it.

It was only after about another 10 minutes or so, that I regained consciousness. My severe attack of migraine had just passed me with a small objectionable visit that was impactful, but was thankfully not prolonged.

I left my workplace and was heading towards home as one of my workplace employee got me a rickshaw to get back home safely.

The drive was going to be lengthy so I rested in the luxurious and cramped vehicle.

Luxurious because anything and anyplace that let me just slide in now felt so comfortable and cramped as the ‘jhankar beats’ in the rick was in full swing all of a sudden that was clobbering my head.

I asked him to ‘Just shut it’, as he looked back with a not so contented face, he sure did.  I was in no mood to explain why to him but damn, I just should have.

As the alacrity of that awesome machine and the not so positive feelings of the driver got together, the vehicle kept swirling across many bewildering lanes and pathways, I felt as if I was being taken for a ‘ride’ and I double checked to look at the roads.

He was heading in the right direction. I guess it was just my head that was still raging with the earlier impact then.

Soon enough the resentment and frustration of not allowing him to play the wild and horrible songs in his vehicle caught up with him and he was showing no signs of slowing down.

Bang….. Bam….. thrash!!!

Our awesome flying saucer was hit by a ‘lorry’ and the little vehicle rolled sideways.

Strangely and by god’s grace nothing happened to me as I came out of the vehicle with not even a scratch, except for my head that was now screaming with the rising agony called migraine.

The rickshaw-valla was hit roughly and I with few others took him out of the vehicle.

He was still able to stand as he looked at himself and then at me as if I was some alien.

I took him to the nearby traffic policeman who escorted him to the doctor as I left for the close to railway station.

I was in Sion station soon enough.

Now the effect of the collision and my now very active and boisterous headache was taking its toll on me. I was getting extremely exhausted and could not even descend the steps to reach to the platform. But it was me, so I eventually did.

I got in the first class compartment and just lied down inside. It was noon and it was quite empty.

I was woken up in a not so subtle fashion by someone who by looking at my face which was too weary by now probably thought I was drunk. It was the TC.

He asked me for my pass and as I reached my hand towards my pocket, I realized I had unknowingly donated my wallet apparently in the road accident. I explained to the TC but in vain as he asked me to get down and go to the place where the ticketless travelling classes of people are given due and generous attention by more than one TC.

All my explanation was futile but I told him of what had happened from the start of the day, he then looked a little bit more convinced. I was not in a position to talk as I sat down on the seat and it was just then that one of the sessions from my management class just hit me hard.

Brand sells.

I searched for my bag and showed him my student id that I had with me of one of the most elite institutions in India and the name just hit him hard. I guess, it is true, Brand does sell.

He mellowed down and asked me where I work and got few other details. He also asked me if I had any money to buy a ticket. I told him, my wallet was gone and had none.

He asked me to get down with him in the next station and believe it or not, he bought me a ticket for second class for my way back home and got me in the train compartment safe and sound.

That was a very positive experience I had that day.

Sure I have heard of gruesome stories about them, but that day, needless to say, I was impressed to see humanity still to be so much in existence. They too have too many cases of not so genuine reasons many a times I guess. Anyway, I was also glad that I was awake when the lecture was taught in the class saying, Brand sells!

As I continued my routine journey in the train from the next day, I met with the same TC by the end of that week again. It was the same TC in the compartment of the first class and I reminded him of the incident.

I gave him my fine that was due from the other day, took the receipt and for a change happily got out off the train.

It was never about the money I guess. It annoys people normally because of the way they treat you many a times.

But I guess, You give something good and you get something good in return.

I don’t know whether every person could deal things this way always like that TC did, the world would be so much a better place then and if they don’t, as the old saying goes….. Even this shall PASS! No pun intended.

Let me know your views and comments on the same as you always do:

Mail me at techdivine@gmail.com

Be well

Ananthanarayanan V


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22 Comments Add your own

  • 1. karishma  |  October 13, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    hey awesum piece u hav there ……..:) will read more of ur stuff and keep commenting 🙂
    take care

  • 2. shruti verma  |  October 14, 2007 at 4:53 am

    hi ananth

    yours is one of the most fun and interesting blogs i have been reading off late.

    very well written. and a great write up

    keep them coming.
    shruti verma

  • 3. hrishikesh  |  October 14, 2007 at 9:01 am

    great work anant…excellent stuff. that unexpected turn in ur story is quiet a pleasant surprise. way to go buddy 🙂


  • 4. techdivine  |  October 14, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Hi there shruti,

    Thanks for the comments.

    WIll keep writing more.

    Do watch this updated. It will be updated constantly.

    Be well

    Ananthanarayanan V

  • 5. techdivine  |  October 14, 2007 at 10:41 am

    hi there, Hrishi

    Thanks buddy.

    Keep reading and keep commenting.

    Be well

    Ananth V

  • 6. techdivine  |  October 14, 2007 at 10:42 am

    hi Karishma,

    Thanks for the views. Really appreciate it.

    Keep reading and commenting

    Be well

    Ananth V

  • 7. sangeeta  |  October 14, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    great write – up….
    the road for the journey of ur story from the chaos in ur brain (migraine) to the chaos in the station is having gud twists & turns 🙂

    i will b lukin forward to read more of ur articles…

    all the best
    sangeeta …

  • 8. techdivine  |  October 14, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Hi thanks Sangeeta,

    I will do that definitely.

    Keep watching this space.

    Be well and keep writing your comments.


    Ananth V

  • 9. bipin  |  October 15, 2007 at 6:38 am

    hi ananth…..

    you paying up the fine…. the next time you met the same TC shows… how good a person you are….
    keep it up buddy…. good one


  • 10. purna das  |  October 16, 2007 at 4:17 am

    hi ananth

    excellent written. great sign of being an amazing writer. liked all the write ups very much buddy.

    purna das

  • 11. rachna jeremy  |  October 19, 2007 at 2:07 am

    hey, ananth…


    your writing is as sweet and original as you mister. read all your write ups. simply superb. keep them on.

    loved this article of yours as much a si got crazy for your book. cant wait for your first novel release. keep me posted.

    bye and lots of love

    Rachna J

  • 12. Rajesh M  |  October 22, 2007 at 3:47 am


    an amazing twist of event sirjee.

    very nice article written.

    Great blog.

    Rajesh mathur

  • 13. Lize  |  December 4, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    What a surprise to find such upliftment.
    I was searching for the poem Even this will pass away and found your blog.
    It was just what I needed to read at this very point in my life. There is so much truth in it.
    Thank You.

    Lize (South Africa)

  • 14. techdivine  |  December 5, 2007 at 3:09 am

    hi lize

    thanks for your comments

    keep reading and keep posting your views

    be well

    ananth v

  • 15. ananth  |  December 15, 2007 at 7:29 am

    Hi bipin,

    Thanks for your good comment dear friend.

    be well

    Ananth V

  • 16. ananth  |  December 15, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Hi Purna

    thanks bro’

    glad to see you read and liked my article.

    Be well

    ananth v

  • 17. ananth  |  December 15, 2007 at 7:31 am

    hi rachna

    thanks for those sweet words

    Keep commenting

    be well

    ananth v

  • 18. Rashmi AN  |  August 5, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Mr.Big W

    great artcile. you always write very well. you are never available or seen Mr. India. Where are you.

    anyways, keep writing and be in touch at least

    See ya

    Rashmi AN

  • 19. Rashmi AN  |  August 5, 2008 at 3:59 pm


    great artcile. anyways, keep writing

    See ya

    Rashmi AN

  • 20. Shervin H  |  August 8, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Brilliantly crafted article. Very well done. Keep writing

    Shervin H

  • 21. Pratish Nagre  |  August 22, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Hahahaha…. Brilliant and hilarious sirji. Great article. Only in mumbai.

    keep sending andwriting lot more



  • 22. Bill Bartmann Scam?  |  September 8, 2009 at 4:09 am

    This site rocks!

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