The rain-cooled breeze is kissing my face and turning it colder by the second as I look at the green fields pass-by. Mushroom-shaped trees randomly dotting them. The rhythmic thak-thak-thak of the metal wheels leaving one piece of rail for another below seems like a melody to my ears now. The pattern only broken by the blares of the occasional trains rushing from the opposite side. The monsoon clouds above have only grown thicker and darker with each passing hour. It seems a thunder-shower is inevitable. The small and big towns showing-up on this side of the window and that also have started to acknowledge the approaching night; the lights have come-up.
Sitting by the window and seeing the world pass-by is something I have come to love over time, ever-since I have started to take trains more and more.
It’s completely dark now but thanks to the bright moonlight, I can still see the dark clouds reaching for the curved hill-tops. It is only a matter of time before the heavens open-up, I feel. The already cold breeze will become even colder then.
It has been hours since darkness set-in, even more since I boarded. Half-a-day actually, but no hawkers have shown-up and it has now become tougher to try to keep my hunger pangs in control only with a steady supply of water, which thankfully I am carrying. Ruchi had asked me to carry with me at-least something to eat before I board the train but I had ignored her. I should not have.
I had thought, during all my past train-journeys that I had been on (which were far and few), never food was that last thing that I had to look for. Thanks to the omnipresent food-hawkers. They had always facilitated a constant supply of eatables of all sorts. And irrespective of whether I was hungry or not, I remember I hardly stopped stuffing myself with food of every variety. From munchies to my most favourite jhal-muris to ground-nuts to eggs to biriyani and what not.
Today however seems to be completely different, unlike those journeys which used to be gastronomical riots. Today it seems, I would have to make do with this cold biriyani!