Early birds catch the train!

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I witnessed this scene at the South Railway Station in Ernakulam last week. The Kozhikode – Trivandrum Shatabdi started moving from the station. Suddenly, a young girl with a shoulder bag rushed down through the stairs of the footbridge and started running along the platform trying to get into the train which had already gained speed. Passengers on the platform yelled at her to stop the adventure. Still, she was not willing to give up. Somehow she managed to catch hold of the handrail of the door but slipped from the step and was about to fall in between the moving train and platform. There was a great panic among those who were watching it. Suddenly, there came a hand from inside and pulled her in. All those who were witnessing the scene sighed in relief. For the rest of her life, I am sure, the girl will refer to that hand as the ‘Hand of God’.

Please start early and reach on time for your flight, train bus etc. Sometimes, circumstances beyond your control might prevent you from doing so. Still, don’t resort to such adventures. Just give up because reaching late for everything everywhere is an accepted practice in India. So don’t worry. After all, what is more important in life than being alive?

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