Thursday, September 14, 2006

"Traveller Tales"

Okhil Chandra Sen wrote this letter to the Sahibganj Divisional Railway Office in 1909. It is on display at the Railway Museum in New Delhi. It was also reproduced under the caption "Traveller Tales" in the Far Eastern Economic Review.

"I am arrive by passenger train Ahmedpur station and my
belly is too much swelling with jackfruit. I am therefore went
to privy. Just I doing the nuisance that guard making whistle
blow for train to go off and I am running with 'lotah' in one
hand and 'dhoti' in the next when I am fall over and expose all
my shocking to man and female women on plateform. I am got leaved
at Ahmedpur station.

This too much bad, if passenger go to make dung that dam
guard not wait train five minutes for him. I am therefore pray
your honour to make big fine on that guard for public sake.
Otherwise I am making big report to papers."

Thanks to Mr.Sen who saved our Privacy on Train Journey's, It led to the introduction of TOILETS in Indian trains.

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