An intriguing moment in a train journey occurs during food time. Most passengers open these small packets of love shipped from home in the most shining wrappers or warm tiffin boxes. It is fascinating to see how carefully these wrappers are unwrapped, looked at, admired, thanked for and polished off almost all at the same time. Pride engulfs a person as these are his/her loved ones snippets of care and belongingness.
I travel extensively and a lot of my loved ones pack food for me in these ways. The ones I remember are when it has been detailed out in words like ‘Sweet –Must have’ or ‘ Wonderful Mango Pickle’ or ‘Appetiser – Papad’ or ‘Main Course – 3 can eat’ , small chits with deep messages. Messages denoting care, thoughtfulness, love & food.
I remember one journey when I was late and didn’t get my message box on time and during lunch everyone proudly opened theirs, showing off boxes overflowing with guardianship and protection. I, not hungry but was longing to eat a mango in the hot UttarPradesh climate and these yellow things being the only thing on my mind. Just then the lady opposite happened to recognize me as her Art of Living teacher and filled my lap with two big huge dasheri’s (mangoes). My messages of sweetness, messages of gratitude and messages of devotion were instantly delivered to the master due to these two small yellow messengers in my lap. It always reminds me of a course in which He kept asking everyone “Main apna Kaam kar raha hoon ache se” (I am doing my work efficiently?)
The most unusual food which I have had in a train journey has been mango with fresh cream, pani puri’s, hot chocolate and brownie with chocolate ice-cream. Let me know if you have been crazier than this!!