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After spending more than a year travelling (mostly getting pushed around by the crowd inside) by metro to my college on a daily basis ( excluding the mass bunks or any other such ‘valid’ holidays); I consider myself somewhat experienced in this particular subject.So here are some of the basic survival tips to the young and naive who want to enjoy their time in our beloved Delhi Metro!!
It is literally another world when you enter a metro station- loud talking, people pushing other people, the long queues for token/metro card, cries of babies…in other words….complete chaos! As I mentioned, if you are, indeed, naive and young , you might find the whole experience a little intimidating…..so here comes the first one : do NOT panic! Take deep breaths and calm yourself. If you can, go with your friends or family if it is your first time ’cause it can be a little confusing…if not, ask somebody at the ticket counter or the security personnel to give you directions if you’re confused . They USUALLY help….I went to college with my dad for admission, and he showed me the directions and routes.…I pretty much remembered the directions next time, so it wasn’t that confusing…
Now, if you’ve taken all the precautions like reaching the station early to avoid the crowds, you might imagine the platform like this:
It might ACTUALLY appear like that on a few occasions.
But mostly, it appears like this:
Here, you’ve to be sure that you are wearing sports shoes (girls too!) otherwise you might suffer pain on account of random people stepping on your toes while you’re being squished around like a giant football, every now and then. Trust me , sports shoes (of good quality) are a lifesaver in such situations!!
Or if it is during peak hours…..
NOTE- These are those dreadful office hours you must avoid at any cost!!( FYI- 9 am in morning and 5 pm in evening)
may occur during festivities also(diwali, rakhi etc)
I’ve been in this situation a few times, and it wasn’t nice at all!
The only advice I can give in such cases is- avoid overcrowded trains. Catch the next one. If you got pushed inside, then try to move towards the lesser-crowded areas and check your belongings (pickpocket alert!)
Life before ladies’ coach:
I rarely got that reserved seat and if by chance it happened, everyone(mostly men) stared, which creeped me out!
Life after ladies’ coach:
Everyone still stares, but now I can stare back at them and ofcourse, I ALWAYS get the seat!
There’s a new trend in these special coaches- ladies want to ADJUST with others. It’s ridiculous, but this is something even I had a hard time dealing with. There was this girl who adjusted next to me and wanted me to adjust some more for her friend. I was in the CORNER! I politely asked her if she could see anymore space I could squeeze into. She was unusually quiet after that!
ADJUST only if you’re comfortable with it.
Apart from these tips, there’s a 24-hour(as claimed) DMRC helpline to help the customers. And the various precautions that are announced are for everybody’s safety-MIND THE GAP, DON’T LEAN ON DOORS, DON’T LITTER THE METRO etc. So please listen to them and…
use you COMMON SENSE!!!