Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The train journey

A short story written during my train journey on the Pune Mumbai route

A family of three. A son probably of 5 years. Son sitting on mother’s lap. Father standing throughout the journey. Mother and son wearing nice footwear. Father’s footwear is worn-out and reflects life’s struggles. My assumption is that only seat was booked instead of 2 if not 3. 

A vendor comes and sells some drawing books. Son sees a picture of doraemon and wants it. Mother and father talk in signs about the cost. Mother scans through the books and after much deliberation purchases a set of 3 for 50. Son is happy. An extra train ticket would have cost 120. Inspite of their struggles parents do their best to give the best to their son. 

Story of countless lower middle class people.

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