Until the 90s, children had only a few means of entertainment. In the name of roaming, Mama used to go to the house or aunt to her aunt’s house. During this time, there was the pleasure of those children, who were away. Or there would have been a chance to travel on a train under some pretext. Perhaps the children born in modern times are surprised to know this.
But in childhood we have lived, there was nothing more thrilling than a rail journey. For us, it was like an adventure. We would have seen the outside world only during the hour we used to watch TV. Apart from that TV, there was nothing else which could show us anything other than our way from school to home.In such a situation, ask the children before the 90s what the importance of rail travel would be. So let us visit the days of childhood and know what was the same between us and the children of today during the train journeys:
1. The crowd of the station
There must have been some children in your class who have never gone anywhere other than their little ones. Many such children would not have travelled by rail till one age. In such a situation, when we knew that the train ticket had been booked and now we have to travel in the holidays, we used to tell a lot of interesting stories to friends. It used to be said that like we do the train journey every month, but when we reached the station, once the whole mouth was opened automatically, seeing the crowd here. It was intimidating to see so many people together and seeing the scene here. People of all kinds meet here. We used to spend some time watching the crowd here.
2. Cool Uncle Most Strong
There is a great trend in children to show their strength. Many children used to pick up a brick with one hand and show their pieces to friends repeatedly. In such a situation, when I saw Coolie Uncle carrying the bags on both the shoulders and the head, it seemed that they are stronger than my class. We used to watch them till Coolie Uncle brought our equals to the right platform. It seemed that now the bag would fall from his head but he would never fall. Then it seemed that he is really the strongest man in the world, more than father.
3. Running to the station
Such freedom was available after a long time. It seemed that mother would not shout and father would not tell among so many people. Taking advantage of this, it was very fun to run around here and there at the station. But when Papa and Mummy used to forget the presence of people and scold them in a terrible way, then we would also hang up. It was then understood that to scold children is the birthright of parents and they can take advantage of this right anywhere.
4. Fun to buy things with your money
If the things kept in the shops located at the station were giving voice to the ten notes in our pockets again and again, how long could we stop ourselves? After asking the mother, buying something of 10 rupees from the front stall, it felt like someone was doing a big business deal. These were our money. We used to pull out the piggy bank and made it special for this train journey.
5. Briefcase chair and trunk bed
Heard a scolding from my mother, father, ate anything from the money lying in my pocket, but what to do now if the train has not yet arrived A little rest is made. In such a situation, the chair and trunk would become a bed. Now together with siblings, they would make a blast quartet. Mother used to fear that the briefcase might not crack, so she would scream again and we would hang up and sit back. You had to listen to the scolding as much as you enjoyed during the train journey. But where was the impact of the scolding for much longer.
6. Weighing Machine
The biggest attraction at the station was the colorful weighing machine with colorful lights. On seeing him, he started to think that once he is mounted. Now, for this, pulling the pallu of the mother’s mother is to weigh two holidays. Never received money in one go. But on persistent persistence, the mother also tired and handed the money in her hand, and we could not rest until we weighed.
7. See Name in Train List
After waiting for hours, finally a big train train would be waving in full swing and we were looking at the train for both fear and thrill. Sometimes it seems that this train is not a big monster. But when the train hit the platform, then all the fear also escaped. Now we had to find our name in the passenger list outside our bogie. Reading your own name in the list was a different fun.
8. Battle of the window seat
The greed of the window seat is such that it does not come by seeing age. From father to children we had to sit in this seat, but who should tell father. In such a situation, a recommendation was made by the mother to make a mouth. Where the problem still used to be solved, it was more complicated. People feel that only in politics there is a fight for the seat, not for the brother window seat, even brother and brother and sister are mutilated. In the end the victory is small and you have to see the view sitting outside, sitting next to it.
9. Chain’s secret
Train stop chains and emergency windows were always a mystery to us. If it was lying on the above berth, then it would have come to mind that once by pulling this chain and see what happens. At first it seemed that this chain is the brake of this train, it is not pulled that the train will stop where it is. It was fun to open and close the window like this. And the most exciting of these was the opening of the middle birth at night. We used to keep a tuck watching how a new seat is made. After that it was afraid to climb on it, thinking that it might fall.
10. Fun to eat on the train
By the way, I used to feel that whatever is coming on the train is going to be sold. They used to try once to buy every thing sold, but the mother refused every time by saying that ‘now’ she had taken it. And he was the one who took it to the station. Well who should argue with mother Yes, but all the complaints were forgotten when the food box opened from home. It was also fun to eat the food in the train which we used to tantalize while eating at home.
11. Fear of falling in the toilet
Toilets proved to be the biggest fear in this exciting journey. It had a big open mouth and a moving train, it seemed now that it is sure to fall. Susu used to come, but her life dried up when she went alone. In the same way, applying toothpaste on the brush in the moving train while brushing in the morning was also a challenge in itself. Like a sharpshooter, with one eye closed, he used to aim for the paste on the brush.
There was also the fear that the paste might not get too much. Apart from all these things, reading comics on the train, drinking the tea with the ax, moving the moving body and moving it was all my own fun. If you have enjoyed rail travel in this way then you have lived a wonderful childhood. Today, not all children get this happiness.
Even when travelling by train, instead of enjoying the beauty of the outdoors and the fun of the train, we are engaged in the phone. In such a situation, we and you have kept these thrilling memories of childhood.