As youngsters, we’ve forgotten how it felt like to wake up early in the morning to get ready for school. And if you’re anything like me, you dreaded that time.
Waking up is always a nightmare when you’re usually a pro nocturnal. Even now when I’ve to wake up at dawn to get ready for college, I try to find a hundred reasons why I shouldn’t. Until I found out how pleasant the experience of traveling early in the morning is, so early that even the sun’s only starting to wake up.
Here are a few things I love about traveling in Mumbai local train as early as six in the morning during winter.
No crowd: I live for the days when there is no crowd in the train, albeit they are rare. But when the rest of the world is still getting up and you have to board a train to start your hour-and-a-half journey, you find almost-empty compartments, especially in first class. And what’s a greater joy than finding an empty seat?
Silence: There’s a comforting, mutual silence every person seems to maintain during this time. No one’s yelling, no one’s fighting to get in because there’s enough room for all, no crying babies, no loud sellers. It’s surreal.
No screaming, fighting people: This is a common sight when you travel in train during peak hours. No one has the patience or time to wait around. Pushing and shoving is as normal as breathing. But when most people are at peace, you get a civilized crowd. In the morning, you’ll rarely find one actively starting a fight; people are less likely to run for a spot when there’s place for everyone.
Fresh smell of perfumes: You constantly get whiff of perfumes, especially in the ladies’ compartment, each time someone gets on. It’s not only refreshing, it’s a welcome break from the occasional sewage and sweaty smells.