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Six Things Delhi Metro Travelers Are Proud Of

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 sometime hate. The interesting fact is that most of these people are educated and indulged in a routine job.

Here are the six things Delhi Metro travelers are proud of:

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 every time. 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 run as if they are 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 because people never stop talking about such things in social media and yet people are proud of it; evident is the way they pretend to be asleep or plug in their earphones so they don’t have to hear anything.

4) Staring

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.

I 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.

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.

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.

Post Author
Anmol Rawat
Anmol Rawat is a contributing author of three anthologies - A Little Chorus of Love (also edited and published), Six Degrees - Game of Blogs and Blank Space. He is also a bibliophile, a music lover and a dreamer.


  1. posted by
    Vishal Bheeroo
    Jul 13, 2015 Reply

    Sharp observation. Feel people get so irresponsible, flout rules and lurk with danger. While travelling in public, we need to show respect to other and help whenever possible.
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  2. posted by
    Jul 13, 2015 Reply

    Nice observations,
    But we all do observe the same but not speak about it.

    Yes these shits happen daily but i have seen some better part of it also, and i hope you we all must have noticed it too.

    For eg.
    Stopping someone to come in a way to people boarding.
    People offering seats to needed people both men n women
    College groups who keeps on talking with each other, yet care of everyone around to give them way and not to disturb them much.

    And also noticed that these types of people are much more than the culprit once.

    So lets hope for the best. And lets wait for these kinds of people to be a little mature.

    • posted by
      Anmol Rawat
      Aug 12, 2015 Reply

      I agree with you. Not all are same. However, whatever things you have mentioned occur once in a blue moon while the negative side is prominent anytime you board a metro anywhere.
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  3. posted by
    Pawan Verma
    Jul 14, 2015 Reply

    One More. I try to open closed doors of other-nonactive side, sometimes I get succeed, sometimes I don’t. 🙂

    • posted by
      Anmol Rawat
      Aug 12, 2015 Reply

      Yeah even that!

  4. posted by
    Michelle Liew
    Jul 15, 2015 Reply

    LOL. Sounds a lot like our Subway system in Singapore!
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    • posted by
      Anmol Rawat
      Aug 12, 2015 Reply

      Sigh! People are same everywhere. It’s like we lost our senses while evolving.

  5. posted by
    Nick #thisyearinmusic
    Jul 15, 2015 Reply

    Sounds just like the London Underground. Man I love the tube!

    • posted by
      Anmol Rawat
      Aug 12, 2015 Reply

      So, senseless people everywhere then? 😀

  6. posted by
    Eydie Stumpf
    Jul 15, 2015 Reply

    Sounds terrifying, actually.
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    • posted by
      Anmol Rawat
      Aug 12, 2015 Reply

      It is, and after reading the comments I know that the terror exists everywhere.

  7. posted by
    emilia m.
    Jul 16, 2015 Reply

    Not on a metro, but on a regular train, in my Uni times I was sometimes guilty of sitting on the floor… and the travel time was less than 90min… 😉
    and while travelling on vacations, by train – that was a normal thing to do, the trains were overcrowded…
    But on a regular commute – that sounds like major tripping hazard…
    Thanks for pointing stuff out!

    • posted by
      Anmol Rawat
      Aug 12, 2015 Reply

      That is the basic problem. We ourselves indulge in such activities and when it creates a nuisance for us, we get angry 😀 Human nature, I’ll say. But yeah, do think of others and maybe, we can make the world a better place.

  8. posted by
    Purba Chakraborty
    Jul 16, 2015 Reply

    A great article, Anmol. Superb observation and wonderful writing garnished with a subtle humor.

    • posted by
      Anmol Rawat
      Aug 12, 2015 Reply

      Thanks Purba and welcome to my blog 🙂
      Wow, for a serious person like me, someone noticing subtle humor is like an achievement.

  9. posted by
    Jul 24, 2015 Reply

    You made some respectable points there. I looked on the internet for the problem and found most people will go along with together with your website.

    • posted by
      Anmol Rawat
      Aug 12, 2015 Reply

      Thank you for noticing and appreciating. 🙂

  10. posted by
    nikki yadav
    Mar 31, 2016 Reply

    Nice Blog..
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  11. posted by
    Nikita yadav
    Mar 31, 2016 Reply

    Very Nice.
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