My travel to Nashik is invariably by the train (because the bus journey takes much longer and is damn uncomfortable…blame the govt.!!). I love the journey…specially by the Panchavati Express. Its nice to get away from the Mumbai Hullabaloo for a while…sit in the window seat and enjoy the breeze in my face…listening to my favourite soundtracks. There’s only one thing that pisses me off completely…and kinda spoils my mood.
People simply thrown anything and everything outside the windows..!! There are dustbins in the train (yes they are full…agreed) but throwing the garbage outside is not the solution..rather simply put it under your own seat…the train gets cleaned when it halts at the terminus…the garbage will go in the right place then. I follow the practice…and whenever I see someone throwing it out..I make it point to tell him what I just explained.
The frustrating part is yet to come. After such a simple and lucid explanation, people still throw it out. I don’t know what they get by showing me that they have a ego which I cannot hurt. Or they feel they cannot listen to someone as young as me?? The level of frustration is yet to reach!! When I put the waste below my seat people stop me from doing it..they say..why dirty your own area throw it outside…”The World is our Garbage Bin, our Home is not”!! When I do not listen to them…they make faces…for God’s sake…why don’t people simply accept the fact they can be wrong sometimes.
When in the train, the tracks speed away…so we do not notice the filth left by us…but try walking along these tracks…you cannot bear it. Someone has their homes around that place…if not our home, care for theirs. Most of the waste is plastic which is a bigger problem. With India having the largest network of railways, we need to understand the gravity of the situation.