Tube Travels

Oops! Oops! Oops! Battery low!!

My quick reaction when I saw that there is only 12% battery alive in my mobile and I had one more hour journey left to reach home. So for once instead of digging my head in my mobile and scrolling down my screen to check who said / did what on various social media channels, I thought of keeping mobile back in my handbag and spending my journey idle in London underground Piccadilly Line in the evening busy hours.

In a couple of minutes, my eyes started wandering around in the crowded train. As usual, almost everyone was busy in their own world; either they were listening music, reading books or browsing their mobiles. Seldom I spotted people talking or just relaxing in the present moment.

A few minutes passed and just out of boredom or vague random interest, I kinda started glaring my fellow the passengers. It was a different view altogether! A lady was prepping herself with layers of makeup for an evening do (I guess). Oh, I really liked her shimmery mauve eye shadow. At the end of carriage, a cheerful family had all their bags ready to get down at Kings Cross. Wow, they seemed so excited for their holiday!! And I saw a husband gently taking care of his pregnant wife. How sweet that sight was!

For a change I was enjoying my train ride in a discrete way. Though I was not talking or interacting with any of the passengers, I felt a faint human connect with them. I sensed that I am so engulfed in my very own woven web, engaged in MY activities and so hooked to my whereabouts, that I am missing out particularly in small yet meaningful brief experiences.

Every day I travel on this train and every day I browse net for random reasons but I miss out so much that’s is happening IN THE MOMENT! The experiences may not be note-worthy, but they are dense enough to be captured in our minds. Isn’t it ? Seeing a family excited for an upcoming holiday, appreciating those blissful eye shadows and viewing a sweet loving couple, not just added something to take home, but simply made me smile! Oh yes, not to forget! While my eyes were roving in the tube carriage, I was also caught by two different passengers who gave me creepy looks wondering why I am gazing them / people in a meaningless way. Oops! May be I was expected to mind my own business!

Well, these experiences left me thinking on a different note not knowing what exactly they were. But aren’t we aimlessly wandering in our own life vacuum that we are simply not bothered to look out intending to enjoy the different facets of people rather than reasoning things and simply acknowledging them? Phew! That one hour journey gave me much compared to the updates on Facebook or What’s app. Simple components of fellow passengers and a bunch cluttered thoughts to ponder on while walking to my back home!

Thank you my 12% Battery! Wish to see you next time!

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