Posted by: Punit Dawda | July 3, 2009

Train ki kuch halki phulki baaten.

It’s almost 2 years, that I travel by Mumbai trains.

What I feel about Mumbai trains is, they are very moody, sometimes they come on time,  sometimes they don’t, sometimes your regular train comes half empty or sometimes there is no place, sometimes announcement happens that 12 compartments train is arriving at platform number 2 finally that train which arrives is not 12 compartments it’s 9 compartments. Trust me its few minutes fun to see hush-hush among people.

I have usually seen while traveling in the train, there are different types of human beings who travel;

People talk to their friends or colleagues that nothing good is going to happen in Mumbai its getting worst day by day or this government is just not doing what they actually have to do or every politicians are corrupted xyzzzz.

But these talks just remains for few minutes & what I have started believing after couple of years of traveling, that we enjoy these talks, it doesn’t last long may be 5 mins or till the time person goes in his personal comfort zone.

As soon as the person gets into his personal space he goes into his own thoughts.

There few things I have observed what people do while traveling in the wonderful trains of Mumbai.

There are few types of archetypes you will meet in the train

Talking maniacs:

  • This type of humans will start talking about what happened today in the office with their friends or colleagues or their fellow travelers. Or
  • They will start the everlasting hot topic called share bazaar. Or
  • They will have topics related their family or society.
  • People who don’t know each other, almost starts with the current situations like:
    • Aaj kuch zyaada rush hai na or
    • Aaj train late hai na

This type of humans are straight face, tired body, looking at one thing, doesn’t have any emotion on the face, standing quite doing nothing. God knows what they must be thinking, there can be only two possibilities one is positive thinking or negative thinking. If you ask me I will go with latter one.


These kinds of people get themselves in something or the other:

They will start reading newspaper or any book.

Person next to him is also an involver he will start reading the same news paper. May be he is reading some other news or the same news but for sure he will be pissed once the paper is turned to next page.


Some will involve themselves in cards; this kind of people has their x particular train to catch on y particular time. They meet in the train without uttering a word they start with their old game.

Some are Indian Idols they have their gang and they meet in x particular train till their stop comes they go on singing bahjans. They sing whole heartedly and trust me they have amazing tune. I believe there is huge unexplored talent in India. Thanks to shows like Boogie Woogie & Indian Idol they are nurturing the real talent from small places in India

There are some kinds of people who knows on which second they have to climb in the train, they know the trick to get into the jam train. Within few seconds they are gone inside.


There are these old guys who are pre decided where they want to stand they will enter the train and want to go to that same place where they are comfortable in.

I don’t understand one thing why old people catch these peak hour trains , may be they have to reach somewhere on time but what’s the hurry at this age they can’t be late for some time and catch less jam train.

They get in these pack trains and trust me they are scared of the crowd coz of that they hold them so tightly that it’s very difficult to stand besides them.

There are some old jerks I don’t know what they are thinking at that moment of time if you say anything to them they will straight away shout on you.

For an e.g. Few days back I was in a train and one guy besides me told one old uncle, please if you can go little inside so I can stand properly, this jerk started yelling on this guy without any reason: there is no place where should I go, you come here and see, should I sit on your head. I was completely annoyed looking at this. Strange right, imagine if there is a guy like this one in every train then how many mad people are roaming around in Mumbai.


Outlier is also a routine guy he wants to go in his actual train but he has an allergy to get into the train. He will stand outside near the door & on every station he will get down to allow people to go in & then again he will stand in his actual place. Usually there are 4 to 5 people standing in that zone & from that the best place to stand is the first place (First in the direction where the train is heading) The second guy who stands behind him will always be geared up to jump to that place as soon as he moves out.

That place is awesome once I had a privileged to stand there it was amazing experience,

wind blows on your face,

there is no hush hush to move around &

if your station arrives you are the first one to get down.

Whenever you travel in the train try and stand in that area it’s simply awesome experience but be careful. (Hold your hands tightly to the side rod and be vigilant) and if you want more fun then try to occupy someone’s else place when he gets down at the station to allow the crowd to pass.

In the end I would like to say these are my observations in the first class compartment of Mumbai trains, I strongly believe names of these archetypes can differ but characteristics will be more or less same and if your thoughts are not matching my thoughts then outside it’s your world & your eyes. Right now you are in my world!!!! 😉

If I come across some other archetypes I will surely add them but till then keep reading.


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