Thursday, January 08, 2009

55. Experience Colours during Train Journey


During train journey, you can see a vast menu of colours spread on both sides of tracks. It is not possible to see so many hues of nature in such a short span of time so comfortably except when you are on a moving train. You see open fields of grass, thick vegetation, small plants and bushes, huge trees, orchards of mangoes, coconut/areca nut/ tea/coffee/banana/bamboo plantations, sheets of yellow flowers spread all over, farms of different types of vegetables… You find farmers working in their fields, looking up just to see the train pass by. Small huts emerge, with children playing in seemingly unlimited space. Tractors and bullock carts move leisurely on country roads.
Suddenly, you are on a bridge- your train challenging the river thunderously. People can be seen taking bath on its banks, boats moving in its waters and fishermen waiting with their nets cast wide. In a flash, you are back to open fields of grass.
Sometimes, your train stops at obscure places to show respect to another train while at other times, it ignores small villages and stations. Small children standing near tracks occasionally mock at you, fully secure in the knowledge that on a moving train, you are helpless against them. Sometimes, speed makes you immobile.
The variety is always there whether your train is passing through plains, deserts, mountains or beaches। Air travel limits your visual experience to some mountains in the distance or some clouds nearby. If you put some strain on your neck, you may occasionally be able to see the ground, shorn of its varied richness. Being close to the ground has its own rewards.

5 comments:

Aviral said...

Your second last paragraph is very good..."speed makes you immobile"-nice!

Indrani said...

Makes me want to take a train ride immediately... but to where?

humanobserver said...

Wow ! abother post on train joureny...I enjoyed it completely...You words were true...

R. Ramesh said...

Being close to the ground has its own rewards, i like that...btw, thanks for yr comment OK..

Saadia said...

The best train journey I've ever taken: Venice to Vienna. Its like seeing heaven, over and over again, on every turn the rail tracks take.