Train journeys are certainly the place to findsome of the most interesting and/or weird people. This time, while traveling to home, there was this woman sitting in the compartment next to mine, traveling with her son. And my God! How do people manage to chatter at that rate? Wondering if her jaws didn’t ache. I heard her story of why she was visiting her brothers without her husband accompanying her at least 7 times (I do not have patience to reproduce it!!). And I was only overhearing, that too unintentionally. I pity those to whom she was actually talking.
But what really appalled me was something she did towards the end of the day. There was a 7-8 years old girl traveling in the same compartment as hers. First this woman tried vehemently to prove to this girl that her little brother (1.5-2 years old) was more intelligent than she was. And then she proceeded to explain the reason too, “Bahut bolti ho. Saari padhai-likhai is wazah se dimag se nikal jati hai.” And no, it was not done in the usual way of teasing kids! Poor girl. She was hardly talking more than what a normal child (not overly shy or overly talkative) would do. Don’t know whether it was out of courtesy or what that her parents didn’t say anything to that woman! I was amused as well as furious!