From the train

“Mommy, I’m scared…will we be safe?”
An Indian boy with an American accent.
The mom closed her eyes
Held him tightly
Started telling slokas
The mumbling of her lips was evident
Being in America hasn’t changed her habits !

But her husband
Was fuming in anger
At the danger we were exposed
Blaming the Indian Rails
And their stupid systems…

The little baby was just 6 months old
It could feel the fear around
The crying was unstoppable
Mother’s hugs also didn’t help !!

That old man started breathing heavily
His son was worried
Dad, take your pipe and blow, says he
Asthma attacks when in fear !!

That heavy and bulky man
With a much bulkier backpack
Kept pushing everyone
To reach the exit…
We could feel the tempers
And fear on the rise !

15 mins back
It was a peaceful journey
Of laughter, music, hawkers…
An ordinary train journey
Was shook out of its reverie
By one man running down the aisle
Shouting “Fire” !!

People suddenly jumped out of seats
Grabbed all they could
Suitcases and loved ones
Rushed to the entrance
To get out safe…

The train had halted
It was pitch dark outside
Someone got down
To check the fire
But said that he could see none…

Thoughts were running wild
What if this train catches fire ?
Where are we ?
How do we reach home ?

And then there was this brave little one
Merely 5 years of age
“Don’t be scared Ma…
I’ll fight the fire
Like a fire-fighter…
Just give me 1 ltr of water…
I even have a smoke-detector
Inside me”
This little one
Gave me courage
To face that moment
With more calm !

There was some spark
And people saw smoke too
Which gave them the jitters !
But all fine now
Reported the TTR
And the train started moving

Some moments happen in life
To look back and reflect
Of things done and yet to be done
And to feel gratitude
For all the little blessings
That life is made of !!


13 Replies to “From the train”

    1. True that Gulshan…5 year old knows no fear !!
      And I want to share it here, where everyone reads…those moments of fear did teach a thing of two – mainly feeling good about being alive 🙂


  1. The 5 year old’s words must have calmed down the people around more than the reciting of shlokas, I think. Love the baby who shows his love to his dad by asking him to use the pipe. Thanks for sharing this experience, Uma!

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  2. It would have scary no. Here fire fighters come to school to show them how they handle fires and also they show what they wear. They bring fire truck to school. In a way they encourage kids to take this profession. When you ask a child what they do..they explain it so well which we don’t know. They were told not to panic…

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    1. Yup…quite a scary 15 mins there…
      But that’s life’s way of teaching us some lessons and I stand to learn !
      Aaah…that boy with that cute smile and no fear…cannot forget !!

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