He didn’t even bother to look both ways, such hurry! He slammed the door shut and entered the premises of his English class. It was speaking day! And he didn’t even get the time to prepare his speech; he was thirty minutes late for god sakes! To add to his troubles… he was up next to speak! Fumbling and skidding through the surface, he got on to the podium and said….

“ahhh….hmmm…..I…..ah….am so sorry for being late…actually… I ah…..”

“Come on Soumya say something…….” yelled his teacher with a glare in her eye.

“Sorry maam… I am trying”

With much difficulty and hesitation he began to speak with trembling lips and limbs….

“He almost slipped on stepping on to a banana peel, somehow he pulled himself up and ran towards the train, somehow he got into a bogey and wanted to pump his fist in the air, but on realising that many passengers were also present, he discarded the idea. Thankfully, he had got a golden opportunity to grab the widow seat. On noticing, he realised that that many people weren’t actually there. There was this couple, who sat in corner making a closet of their own, doing all the lovey dovey things publicly possible. An old man was dozing opposite to them; he appeared to be absolutely aloof to whatever was happening around him (nothing was, actually). And the train left konnagar station! No wonder it was a Sunday!

The bogey was surprisingly empty, Hind motor arrived within no time and was left behind as well. Uttarpara gave way to a young man most probably aspiring to be an athlete to join our little group.

Nothing happened at Bally either.

While our sportsman was busy tying the lace of his “abidas” studs and the couple busy in feeding each other peanuts which they had brought from a hawker, our nonchalant old guy must have heard some supernatural announcement that his destination, Belur was arriving. Like a robot he got off from his seat and boarded the train down just as it stopped while fixing his shades. Some acquired reflexes that! I have seen many people do that, from being lost in the eternal world of sleep to springing into life just when the station arrives! Damn! I find it astonishing. He must be paying his weekly visit to Belur Math, i thought.

Our athlete has just now taken out a small red plastic container wrapped with many a rubber band and is very carefully disposing some brown granules into his palm only to rub it vigorously for some reason and consume it a most unlikely manner. My pack of blue cheetos is way better i thought and looked away! A little unrest caught my eye…Oh our couple were preparing to leave us in Liluah. And with the least haste they too got off the train while holding their hands, and i be like, some stamina that!

That left me with the sportsman, who now by the way, was engrossed in candycrush!

Slowly but least steadily did Howrah arrive and my sole companion also left. I was left wandering about the numerous possibilities of who these people might or might not have been. This sporty guy who just left could might as well be famous some day. Our old man might have been a great soldier in his day, going by his stout stature and is only in the lookout for peace nowadays. The in-love couple might get divorced some day. Who knows? What life has in store for us?

T.S Elliot was so true. Destination and destiny are so different!(To The Indian who died in Africa)

Suddenly i remembered so it was for my case!! As everything appeared very still, i decided to take a look outside, something read HOWRAH, i knew that didn’t I? But the funny thing is my DESTINATION was not supposed to be here, and….

Nothing happened at Bally either- should not have happened!

As my tuition is at Bally!

And there i was , at my destiny…eh? is it the right way to put it.

I don’t care….as i did manage scamper from howrah to bally at tremendous haste only to give this nonsense of a speech to you all….”

The entire batch roared with laughter at my silly speech, even my teacher was in splits at my silliness..

“The best excuse i have ever heard Soumya!!!….” she added and after a brief pause added the words

“……Somehow” and winked at me.

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