Recently, many newspapers spoke about how Indian railways do not wash the blankets they provide to the travellers for almost two months at a stretch. Now, that I am travelling in one of the trains, I can’t stop but ponder over how uncivilised this is. I have no idea when was the last time the blanket was washed. Who used it before me? What if the person wiped his running nose in it.? What if his or her kid leaked on it and the railways just let it gradually dry. What if someone enjoyed themselves and left some semen behind ? Or, what if somebody left the stains of tears of a broken heart ?
This blanket that I have put on myself tonight is carrying many secrets. And, it will do so till the next time it’s washed. Perhaps, even I might leave behind a little secret in it.
Hoping the railways will do something to gain some transparency. Till then to all the Indian Railways travelers, happy journey 🙂