Lavanya Opines


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Dear Ht Diary

Dear Diary,

It has been two weeks that I have been travelling in Metro as I was residing at my paternal uncle’s for some time. I always board the women’s only coach during my travel. In the beginning when Government announced the introduction of women’s only coach, I was very bewildered. To my knowledge, I hadn’t seen or heard any incidents of misbehavior with women or unnecessary brawling for seats in the Metro. There was no cry from any section of the society for women’s only coach. All these were quickly settles in my mind when I boarded the women’s only coach first time. Though I have travelled in Metro before, it was the first time I was feeling relaxed. There was no anxiety regarding who would brush past me in such a crowded coach. I also felt having some space to breathe as in the women’s only coach no body would try squeeze in between. It’s just the constant cacophony of girls that interferes the silence. Moreover, the pink displays are just so cute to stand over them. I appreciate the Government and Metro Department for taking such a farsighted decision. The only concern being the plight of passengers in other coaches. It’s time the Metro Department should increase the number of coaches as Metro is the cool and happening way of public transport.

Lavanya

P.S: never published in ht city, written on 1 nov


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Dear HT Diary

Dear Diary,

I travel by a specific bus 727 Exp low floor bus to reach my office daily. I board the bus at 7.50 AM and reach the office by 8:50 AM. I always listen to music on my cell phone and am, generally, oblivious to the surroundings. However, one day, I forgot my headphone at home. It was terrible thing for me since I am so used to music in the morning that all other things appear as noises. It was at that day I realized that there were two sets of Times Of India newspaper. They were kept by the driver and the conductor of the bus. I took the newspaper and started reading the Delhi Times section first. By the time I realized I have reached my stop, I noticed that I had read the main paper also. A few days later I noticed, many people reading the newspaper. They included those people also, who at first glance won’t appear as people reading an English Daily. The practice followed by the bus driver and conductor need full accolades. I realized not to judge people by what they appear. The newspaper helps to complete the long journey smoothly and without having the need to listen to music. I hope this practice is followed in all buses.

Lavanya

P.S: never published in ht city, written on 10 Oct