I love Chennai..i think it should be this way..I like to stay in Chennai because of my own weird reasons..
People are warm..the crowd don’t care at all about other’s matters..and after all im a stranger in this city
But there are times when we truly wish if there was somebody to give a helping hand..
Once after Byju’s classes,I was waiting at Nungambakkam station for my train to tambaram..Suddenly two girls came out of the station master’s room weeping very badly..One female was cursing the other one for some strange reason..the other one was weeping over the phone calling names..
Usually I don’t used to bother much about these things..but this time I bothered..And there is a reason for it..
Lets go back in the time machine..
When I was in my 3rd year of the college,I was travelling with one of my friends from Chennai to Trichy..
We were in a hurry that day and for our bad luck,my friend lost her train ticket..Train is at 1030pm..We literally did a security check in our luggage to find out..but NO!!!
The mess was made more spicy when she told that the ticket is actually not in her name but in her cousin sister’s name;as she was suppose to travel that day..phew!!!
We checked the name list stuck on the coach..my name is there and of course her cousin sister’s name is also there..But still we got inside..we sat in the respective seats..
There come the villain of the movie..TTE..Huge build..face full of the scars of measles or chicken pox..altogether a mix of Amresh Puri and Om Puri to look like a yuck puri..with the essence of both him and his over-coat not seeing water for months..or may be years..
We both tried convincing him a lot..we told him a lot of family stories like a TV soap..nothing worked..
In the end he told us to pay Rs 500 as fine and take a new ticket worth Rs178.Haaaa..we started mining our wallets..got Rs535..But that was not going to help us..He was shouting at top of his irritating voice..
We told him our PATHETIC condition..tried doing drama with tears..
Grrr..I think his heart is made of diamond(strong..strong.. )He told my friend to get out of the train and get inside the general compartment..that too at 11pm
We were watched by the whole compartment as if some movie is going on..they comment each other..some idiots laughed at us..the crowd was having fun..But i noticed a lady who was sitting on the upper berth staring at us..
She looked like the brand ambassador of Pantaloons or Fab India as she was dressed in such an elegant manner but with so much make-up..She must be in her early fifties..Out of blue,she called me and gave me Rs 500 and told to get things settled..
OMG..OMG..we thought God himself came down to help us..We didnt even try to ask who she is or the reason for her to help..we bothered about nothing..we were so happy that somebody helped us to make the “villain”s mouth shut..
We thanked her..1001 times may be..we were nearly in tears(no drama..original one)..We came to know that even she had this same situation and was helped by a stranger..but she couldn’t repay her..so she was just completing that debt through us..we promised her to pay her back once we reach college..Slept within seconds as we did so much of verbal and emotional hard work
We had planned to take her address in the morning..but for our surprise,she had vanished by the time we woke up..
Now coming back to our current story..by seeing those girls weeping without money,i was able to empathize them..i enquired the matter..
There were four girls travelling..two had to get down at Nungambakkam and two at Beach station..the tickets were with the other two..I didnt bother to check whether the story is true or not..i paid them Rs 400 and gave business card to contact me later..
when the train came I got inside without waiting for them to come back after settling the issue..But i was satisfied and happy that I was able to pay back a debt..
But still after some weeks,they paid me back..So what do you think???I accepted it or …..????