Thursday, 7 April 2011

EMU in Chennai - The good, the Bad and the Ugly

Its been more than a year and a half since i started commuting through trains. So, I thought it'd be a good time to just take a look back at stuff I've observed in this journey.

The Good

The electric train in chennai has got a very good onboarding process. If you want to get into a train all that you need to do is to just stand in the vicinity of the entrance to compartment. There are people out there who'll push you harder and apply all sorts of peer pressure to make sure that you are into the train.

Jesting apart. Its an easy way of commuting (forget the crowd factor for a moment). The frequency of trains is yet another WOW factor. They have trains running every 8 mins during the peak hours, without which they wouldn't be able to handle the crowd. The huge advantage is that it skips the road traffic and you exactly know how much time it is gonna take for you to reach your destination.

You get a quality time when you are travelling that you can use to read (newspapers, books), listen to music or you can even think about your next blog post.

The Bad

I did say that listening to music is a good idea, but listening to FM when you are in the train is generally a bad idea. The reception is never good. If at all you try doing that you'll end up hunting for the position and orientation to tap the signals.

One thing that you can never miss when you travel in a local train is the scribblings all over the compartment wall. Looks like people still posses the age old skills of cave or rock art. I don't know when do they get to do that. But, there isn't one single compartment that doesn't have such junk. You can find all sorts of thathuvams and advice written out there. The worst thing is the kind of mistakes those people make. Some examples here:

Girls are rocks
Smart dueds
Ice melts when heated. Eyes melts when hurted.

The Ugly

The most annoying factor while travelling in train is the herd of people who occupy almost half the pathway and sit there. For those lucky people who haven't experienced it yet, here is a sample pic:

Those morons are completely void of common sense and they dont give a damn if the train is crowded or not. You can ask me why cant people just tell them to get up if they are not using their senses. Well, thats quite a tough job and you cant be successful unless you have enough experience in street fights. The best part is when they advice people to go inside the compartment as if they are very much concerned and the rest of the crowd standing there is stupid.

There is yet another category of people who just buy all the edible items sold by any vendor and consume it in the compartment itself. I'm not bothered about what they eat. But am irritated with what they do. Here it goes. They buy a fruit. Peel the skin and drop it in the compartment itself. Eat the fruit. If at all it has a seed, they'd drop that as well in the compartment. What the !@#$?? Will they do the same in their own house?? You have trash bins provided in every damn station. If they cant wait till then, they can at least throw it outside. After all its an organic waste and will get decomposed in the course of time.


  1. loved it...reminded me of my bombay local train days....

  2. good one .. perfectly points out that u need a trash bin in every coupe

  3. about scribbiling on the wall.; i guess it is a form of art;; i have seen it everywhere i have been to ( not only in india i promise);.. in few places they make this huge with graffiti/ street art forms.. .. eventhough many of those are not good.. few philosophical ones must still be there