I find certain things about an air journey quite amusing. The first is the instructions you receive at the start of the journey. As you enter the aircraft, someone welcomes you with folded hands- not with roses (they cost money). You are soon tied up to your seat with the seat belt. Next, the airhostess starts making scary pronouncements. You are informed about emergency exits, life vests and so on. You are told what to do if your plane lands on water. Before you are able to decide whether to get off, you are in the air. You can’t dare ask the pilot to drop you on the way.
The second amusing thing is that in the name of in-flight entertainment, you are treated to songs you have never heard and shown movies which could not last beyond a week in any movie house. The only silver lining is that the songs and movies help you fall asleep and forget about the scary pronouncements made by the airhostess.
The third amusing thing is people asking for cotton to plug their ears. The crew members oblige you by handing over the smallest quantity possible. They know, you don’t require it for weaving thread. It’s nice of them that they don’t ask you to return the cotton once the journey is over.
The fourth amusing thing is that whatever goes wrong during the journey- delay of several hours, water getting exhausted in toilets- there is always an apology on offer. It is always worded in the same manner and delivered in the same tone irrespective of the gravity of the inconvenience caused. You have no option but to accept the apology- you are in a hurry to go home.
No such things during train journey. No scary announcements, no apologies, no cotton, no in-train entertainment. Just relax and enjoy the journey with all its virtues, vices and risks.