How to Travel in Delhi Metro in a Sane Way?
The title, How To Travel in Delhi Metro in a Sane Way might seem funny or even idiotic. However, if you follow through, you will understand the reason why I wrote it. I travel in Delhi Metro daily. I use it to commute to my office and back home. There are two major reasons for that. First of all, it saves my time and I don’t have to bear the blazing heat. Secondly, and more importantly, it gives me enough time to read. While commuting, I have come across several awesome people regularly who make you cringe in shock and sometimes hate. The interesting fact is that most of these people are educated and indulged in a routine job.
How to Travel in Delhi Metro without being insane? Don’t be proud of the following:
1) Bursting through the doors
When I first noticed the directional arrows, I was amused. I mean, we’re all educated enough to know that you have to wait until all the passengers de-board before you board the train. Surprisingly, I was wrong.
So, there are two arrows that point towards the entry and one arrow that points towards the exit. They have been painted bright to tell people where they have to make the queue for boarding the train. However, nobody gives a shit. People stand right in the middle, obstructing the way for people who want to de-board and even push them back inside so they can possibly find a vacant seat.
It happens every day and serves as a prime reason why I felt like telling people how to travel in Delhi Metro. I have myself faced it while moving out at my destination. It’s ridiculous and might even leave you with a bruise. People lose their shoes, sandals, purses, bags, spectacles etc. in the mad rush, but it doesn’t stop anyone.
The behavior is animalistic and yet people are proud of it; evident in the way they laugh after doing it or flaunt that idiotic smile.
2) Occupying the lift
This one is glorifying. The lift has been installed in the metro stations to facilitate the specially abled people, senior citizens and for people who are not in a condition to walk down the stairs or use the escalators.
But who cares? The young bloods don’t know how to travel in Delhi Metro and they run as if participating in a 100-meter race in the Olympics just to catch the lift. Well, it’s really not a problem unless they push every single person coming in their way.
I was stunned when I saw that a guy forced his way inside the lift, leaving an aged person behind. Of course, he had to wait till the lift came up again.
The behavior is shameful and yet people are proud of it; evident in the way they ignore the disappointed eyes of their elderly.
3) Taking possession of the seats
I usually give my seat to the elders, people with insane amount of luggage and women whether I’m occupying a reserved seat or not. I believe it’s humanity and moreover, I’m capable enough to travel the entire 90 minutes of journey while standing.
That’s what everyone should do. This time, I do not want to target just the men. I have seen women claiming their seats, even when an old aged person is standing right in front of them. I have seen a young girl fighting with a woman whose only crime was to ask for a seat because she had an infant with her. Even some men do not stand up for the people who might be needing the seat more than them. But the difference is that people usually ask such men to leave their seat by hook or crook. It’s hard to say anything if the person of interest is a woman.
The behavior is hypocrite and such people have no idea on how to travel in Delhi Metro without being a blockhead. The sad irony is that the same people never stop talking about such things in social media and yet they are proud to do it themselves; evident is the way they pretend to be asleep or plug in their earphones so they don’t have to hear anything.
Oh, how can we stop being succumbed to our carnal desires? This one won’t need much explanation. If you’re a girl and you travel via Delhi Metro, you must have experienced it a million times.
Let me narrate a small memory. While I was changing my lane at Central Secretariat, I saw a girl, talking on the phone. She was tall; and I mean really tall and well dressed. I believe it’s all right to notice her in the crowd, because she stood different from the rest. However, it becomes all wrong if the noticing becomes staring. There was a guy who could not take his eyes off her till he fell down the stairs over another guy who was staring as well. I could not help but laugh; I thought they deserved it.
Even without deliberately focusing on the same, I can see the shameless eyes every day. I was very much inspired by the short movie where a guy stands between the shameful sight of a guy and a girl in order to stop him from staring. I do what I can but it’s simply not enough. I’m not generalizing anybody here, but only targeting guys who actually stare and even pass lewd comments. These guys definitely need a lesson on how to travel in Delhi Metro in a sane way.
The behavior is ridiculous, especially because the same people are talking about women empowerment and yet they are proud of it; evident in the way they never cease to stop.
5) Sitting on the metro floor
Believe it or not, most of these people are the students of Delhi University. With huge phones in their hands, loud and expensive headphones on their heads and those trendy bags, it’s difficult not to acknowledge the fact.
“Do not sit on the floor.” Everybody must have heard it. But what’s a better display of swag than doing what has been restricted. Care to ask them to stand? Oh, it’s like taking the bullet to your head because they will do anything but listen to you and you might even become the target of their silly jokes and taunts or even minor abuses. The sad thing is that no one will speak with you against them.
Again, you can find a whole assortment of such people from various professions, educated and uneducated, men and women. By this time, you might have realized why I had to write a whole article on how to travel in Delhi Metro irrespective of it being a common sense.
The behavior is rude and obsolete and yet they feel proud of it; evident in the way they find it worth boasting and worth fighting.
6) Public displays of affection
It is perfectly fine to hug your dear ones or even the ‘kiss of love’, which was debated so much a few months back. However, it’s not right when the love turns to lust. It’s a public transport and I believe there should be some limit to the public displays of affection. You would not want to walk with your kid in a metro station where a couple is engrossed in their burning passions.
There are several metro stations where you can find couples making out and in other obscene positions. This is the reason why the government has put up CCTV cameras everywhere. However, the blind spots can always be found and that’s where you will find them.
Oh, not to forget, some people do not stop even inside the metro.
The behavior is inappropriate and yet they feel proud of it; evident in the way they do not care that this amount of explicitness is morally incorrect.
I know that I’m going to be judged by so many people after reading this. The truth is that it is my opinion and I’m all ears to hear yours. The freedom of speech allows you to judge and comment and it allows me to share my views. All I do is hope that it will be a healthy discussion, even if you disagree with what I have written.
I really wish I could have taken some snaps to accompany each point above. However, that would have made me irresponsible as well; taking a picture in Delhi Metro is not allowed. Do let me know if you also need to shed some light on how to travel in Delhi Metro in a sane way.