How many times have we heard murmurs of discontent about the reserved Ladies Coach on the Delhi Metro? How many times have there been disgruntled men looking at a near-empty first coach, while they rue the fact that they need to stand and brace the crowd. And how many times have those men been answered?
Metro conversations make for the most amusing tales, but this one takes the cake. Owing to the second round of the Odd-Even rule in the national capital, there has been a marked increase in Metro riders, but this young lady happened to catch a conversation on the Metro that puts each one of those disgruntled men right their place.
“Overheard in Metro.
Guy 1: Dekh ladies coach poora khali hai. Idhar side itna bhara hua hai, par fir bhi hume wahan jaake baithna allowed nahin hai. Khali padi hui hain seatein.
Guy 2: Haan yaar. Dekh, poora coach de rakha hai unko, wo bharti hain nahin, upar se humare coach mein bhi do do seatein de rakhi hain, hum baith gaye to utha diye jaate hain, bhale poora unka coach khali pada ho. Wo to bhar lein pehle!
Badass Aunty: Aap log paida hi nahin hone de rahe ho na beta, aur naseeb se paida ho bhi rahi hain to unko padhne likhne, bahar nikalne se rok rahe ho jee jaan lagake. Ye sab kaam band kar do, kokh mein maar dena, doodh mein dubo dena, rok tok karna, fir dekho na beta, metro ki seatein kya, office ki kursiyan, khel ka maidan sab kuch bhar dengi ye, par usi cheez se to darr rahe ho aap, hai na? Hai na beta?”
Here’s a translation
Overheard in Metro
Guy 1: Look, the ladies coach is completely empty. This side is so full, still we aren’t allowed to go and sit there.
Guy 2: Yeah, man. Look, they’ve been given an entire coach, which doesn’t get full, plus two seats in every one of ‘our’ coaches. If we sit on those too, we are made to get up – even if the entire ladies coach is empty.
Badass Aunty: That’s because you are not letting them be born, beta. And, if somehow they are, you are doing everything in your power to stop them from studying, working, going out. Why don’t you stop all this – killing them in the womb, confining them to role of child bearers, curbing their movements and freedom. Then see, how they fill not just metro seats, but office spaces, sport fields and everywhere else. But then, that’s exactly what you’re scared of, beta. Aren’t you?
Unsurpsingly, the post has evoked many reactions, mostly in support of the elder lady, and the societal problem she so simplistically, yet pointedly, highlights.