“Sister , do you mind exchanging places?”

The first thing I noticed was his hair , longer than the girl next to him. He was sleek, mostly like my batch-mates from the university.
Bemused I stood amidst smelly shirts and adamant heads , unable to figure out that the voice was meant for me. In a jiffy ,
I shook my head and we exchanged places. I took the corner near the gate right next to the lady he accompanied.
Five minutes earlier ..

I was late for my university examination. Having missed the 9.05 metro , I was left with no time to reach the allotted examination center. I had somehow rushed through the queue , down the escalator and managed to push myself as the door slided open. Metro railways in my city work perfectly fine but using it as a means of commutation during the office hours is a dreaded task.
Since I had somehow managed to reach the metro station in a hurry , I had missed the door to the ladies section and getting in the general area was even dangerous. Mostly a daredevil stunt, we were taught. No matter what, I had sneaked in anyhow with intentions to tackle the crowd that left me aghast.
Oh yes, missing the special section devoted to us the ladies, did not promise good news for a thirty minutes ride.
“For any lady traveling alone , it isn’t a safer option.” 
My mom always frets about.
I remember how I had tried all practical justifications on equality to make her believe that we belonged to the 21st century but all in vain. An ordeal every Indian girl would relate to.
Nevertheless, it was just not my day to find a place to where I belonged – ‘The Ladies Compartment’
The bag-pack I carried was right in front of me and I struggled to hold myself straight against the jerking.
Minutes into a song I felt a touch as if someone nudged my shoulder. I struggled with my earphones and the crowd seemed ruthless.
“I’d rather keep it away” spoke my saner self.
I felt it again.
Every face I saw was as old as my father is.
But then, what moved at the back?
I could sense someone leaning in, someone camouflaging me and my movements.

Just when he made that call,
“Sister , do you mind exchanging places?”
        Yes , I had nodded a thank you and he had returned the smile.

But NO.

It’s not that I was a girl in distress who needed help.
It’s not that I am incapable of dealing with something that all of us are battling daily.
It’s not that I were to endure anything that is not an outcome of my fault.
In a country that thrives to develop and break free inhibitions, it’s all in our genes to face , to stand and to raise our voice against injustice. We’ve been raised to serve ourselves our own safety in a world that hardly cares.
So what he did barely mattered.

Or maybe it did? 

And maybe it does?

He could have been a mere spectator.
A silent spectator.
He could have shut his eyes and pretended to be blind.
He could have shook his head to anything that might have happened.
I wouldn’t have been amazed. ‘Cause that’s what I’ve grown up watching.

But what he did has left me startled.

To that guy I met in Kolkata metro at 9.15 am on 2nd June, 2016.
“Thank You BHAI”

Not for saving a girl from a situation that shames the society. 
But for exchanging places to know how it feels.

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  1. My god, beautifully written

    1. Thank you so much πŸ™‚

      1. My pleasure

  2. Yeah, beautifully written Sweta πŸ™‚

    1. Thank You πŸ™‚

      1. you’re welcome πŸ˜ƒ

  3. Words resembling picturesque .. Hats off to the guy and you too for writing this so beautifully.. And making us realize good people and humanity do exist..
    Beautiful.. *_*

    1. He deserves a write-up. That’s the least I can do for him πŸ™‚ And Thank You ! *_*

  4. Again, beautifully written!

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

  5. Now,this is writers pen spellbounded so beautifully articulates the whole scenario and yes,not all fingers of the hands are similar some men are really the men.Hatts off to that person.I remind a quote for him”The world is full of rascals, i choose to be an honest so that a rascal is less from the world’.

    1. Yes definitely. The least I could do was to pen this down. πŸ™‚ His action calls for appreciation. And thank you. I’m glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

  6. Unique way of expressing feelings.thank you!
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    1. Thank you. I’m glad you found this unique. πŸ™‚

      1. Ur welcm frm☺

      2. i nominated you for 3 days quote challenge frnd

        1. Thank you so much for the nomination. However, I had taken part in a challenge a few days ago. I’ll try my best to participate again. πŸ™‚

          1. thank you so much frnd

          2. And happy birthday to you sry for late

          3. Thank you so much. πŸ™‚

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  7. Awesome piece

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

  8. WOOOH! Now this was not what I was expecting when I started reading it. YES TO EQUALITY. You have written a inspiring piece for women and men alike. We are not meant to be segregated as a people but unified and respectful to each other xx

    1. Exactly what I wanted to portray. Thank you for appreciating. I’m glad we’ve been sharing the same point of view always πŸ™‚

      1. Well I got the message Sweta. Yes, me too. You have great vision and insight and express that wonderfully in your wrting x

        1. I’m honored. πŸ™‚ Coming from a beautiful soul like you, this is motivating and special.

      2. aaaw <3 .you are so sweet xxx

  9. Great write Sweta! πŸ™‚

    1. thank you. I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚

  10. What are the odds of ‘the guy in the metro to be a WordPress blogger’?
    Beautifully written 😊

    1. I’m hoping he is one! Thank you for stopping by and appreciating πŸ™‚

  11. Girl Beautifull!!!!! Very nice.. you are such a great Blogger!!!
    πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹Hugz, Miss B.πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

    1. Thank you so much. You are very sweet and kind to say that.
      Hugs πŸ’œπŸ˜˜

  12. Beautifully written Sweta

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you like it. πŸ™‚

  13. I can relate to it as I used to travel by local trains in Mumbai. Well written Sweta.

    1. Thank you Radhika! Local trains in Mumbai must be a challenge I suppose. Daily commutation is still very tedious for us.

  14. I am going to show this to my boyfriend. I can imagine him doing something as selfless as this for a complete stranger. 😊

    1. I’m glad that you know of someone as selfless as this man. Also, I’m glad to know of such men myself.
      Definitely show this piece of dedication to him and thank him for being the man he should be and he is. πŸ™‚

      1. I showed it to him. He said if only such acts were not treated as novelty and were done by every person he would have felt so much prouder. πŸ™‚

        1. I can completely relate to what he says and how important is it for every person to do the same regularly. Thanks to both of you for reading and sharing your views. πŸ™‚

  15. Such a beautiful expression of thoughts..u just nailed it ! Sure.. Every Indian girl can relate to this !!

    1. Thank you so much Jahnavi. I’m glad you like it. πŸ™‚

  16. So beautiful….i love how you vividly described each scenario..

    1. Thank you so much. I’m glad you love it. πŸ™‚

  17. So beautiful….i love how you vividly described each scenario..

    1. Thank you so much. I’m glad you love it. πŸ™‚

  18. I showed it to him. He said if only such acts were not treated as novelty and were done by every person he would have felt so much prouder. πŸ™‚

    1. I can completely relate to what he says and how important is it for every person to do the same regularly. Thanks to both of you for reading and sharing your views. πŸ™‚

  19. So beautifully written Sweta amazing simple and nice.πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

    1. Thank you so much. I’m glad you like it. πŸ™‚

  20. So beautifully written Sweta amazing simple and nice.πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

    1. Thank you so much. I’m glad you like it. πŸ™‚

  21. Oh my God wow. What a true gentleman willing to put himself in your shoes and not join in on the suffering you had to endure. Hats off to him and to you for this blog post, very well written. I’m glad you’re safe!

    1. A true gentleman indeed. I couldn’t meet him again but if I happen to meet him ever I’d definitely want him to know he is a true gentleman.
      And don’t worry, aren’t we just as capable to save ourselves? We are safe till we do not depend on others. πŸ™‚

      1. We’re indeed capable and that’s very true; you can’t rely on others to keep you safe. The reason I said I’m glad you’re safe is just that anything could have happened and I’m glad that nothing did happen.

        1. Yes indeed. That’s really very sweet of you. It’s a June incident and I just hope all of us can be this glad for every girl sooner in this world.

  22. Beautifully written!

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you like it.!

  23. Beautifully written!

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you like it.!

  24. such people are getting rarer.

    1. Absolutely. So rare that we need to celebrate their existence.

  25. such people are getting rarer.

  26. until all of us start seeing others, not as men or women but people, some of us will have to step up, to help the rest of us. Bless that guy! πŸ™‚

    1. Yes absolutely. I hope he reads this someday. πŸ™‚

  27. until all of us start seeing others, not as men or women but people, some of us will have to step up, to help the rest of us. Bless that guy! πŸ™‚

    1. Yes absolutely. I hope he reads this someday. πŸ™‚

  28. This is such a big deal in today’s world. Logically speaking this should be something every human should do. But looking at our current situation I am so grateful that people like this man exists. You live in Kolkata? I am in Kolkata too.

    1. Exactly my point Tanya. Something that should be so common is so rare that we end up celebrating humanity these days.
      And yes , born and brought up in this city of Joy. Glad to meet you. πŸ™‚

  29. This is such a big deal in today’s world. Logically speaking this should be something every human should do. But looking at our current situation I am so grateful that people like this man exists. You live in Kolkata? I am in Kolkata too.

    1. Exactly my point Tanya. Something that should be so common is so rare that we end up celebrating humanity these days.
      And yes , born and brought up in this city of Joy. Glad to meet you. πŸ™‚

  30. Your writing made a visual of the incident..Take a bow to that..But dont be late again because time ll not be the same…Everything in the world is next to our safety…Stay gud and be safe n secure always…nicely penned..

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you like it.
      And yes, I try and be punctual always. πŸ™‚

  31. Your writing made a visual of the incident..Take a bow to that..But dont be late again because time ll not be the same…Everything in the world is next to our safety…Stay gud and be safe n secure always…nicely penned..

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you like it.
      And yes, I try and be punctual always. πŸ™‚

  32. A brilliant dedication to a decent man.

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you like it. πŸ™‚

  33. After so many people complimenting !! All I can say is somewhere somehow our generation is leading up to the change !! Yes we are the new age people who don’t just talk but do !! To the amazing bhai you met and to you, cheers!!!
    And well, Happiest Diwali!

    1. Your comment accidentally hit my spam folder. I’m glad to have been able to retrieved it today! cheers to you too. Stay blessed. Thank you for reading. πŸ™‚

  34. After so many people complimenting !! All I can say is somewhere somehow our generation is leading up to the change !! Yes we are the new age people who don’t just talk but do !! To the amazing bhai you met and to you, cheers!!!
    And well, Happiest Diwali!

    1. Your comment accidentally hit my spam folder. I’m glad to have been able to retrieved it today! cheers to you too. Stay blessed. Thank you for reading. πŸ™‚

  35. Unique way of writing.enjoyed reading this beautiful post.

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you like it. Thanks for the re-blog too. πŸ™‚

      1. Welcome

  36. Unique way of writing.enjoyed reading this beautiful post.

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you like it. Thanks for the re-blog too. πŸ™‚

      1. Welcome

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  39. Once again.Very beautiful writing Sweta.

    1. Thank you so much. I’m glad you like it. πŸ™‚

  40. Once again.Very beautiful writing Sweta.

    1. Thank you so much. I’m glad you like it. πŸ™‚

  41. A very heartwarming post…

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you think so. πŸ™‚

  42. A very heartwarming post…

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you think so. πŸ™‚

  43. Beautiful. ..writing is in your flesh and bones 😊

    1. Thank you. That’s a lovely compliment. πŸ™‚

  44. Beautiful. ..writing is in your flesh and bones 😊

    1. Yes absolutely. πŸ™‚

    1. Yes absolutely. πŸ™‚

  45. Greta post and a picturesque description of the metro incident. Hats off to that guy!!!!

    1. Thank you so much. Yes , he is a true gentleman I believe. πŸ™‚

  46. Greta post and a picturesque description of the metro incident. Hats off to that guy!!!!

    1. Thank you so much. Yes , he is a true gentleman I believe. πŸ™‚

  47. Well expressed. This blog is filled with endless good posts.

    1. Oh thank you for such kind words. What a lovely compliment to make my day! πŸ™‚

  48. Well expressed. This blog is filled with endless good posts.

    1. Oh thank you for such kind words. What a lovely compliment to make my day! πŸ™‚

  49. When clicking the follow button, it says Unable to follow this blog… Don’t know why!! πŸ™

    1. I guess the issue is resolved already cause you now follow my blog. Thanks for stopping by. Nice to meet you. πŸ™‚

      1. Same here. Nice meeting you.

  50. Interesting story with a situation I’m not familiar with. Thanks for sharing your work. Best wishes. Brick

    1. Thank you for reading and appreciating. Glad you like the work. Best regards, Sweta. πŸ™‚

  51. Interesting story with a situation I’m not familiar with. Thanks for sharing your work. Best wishes. Brick

    1. Thank you for reading and appreciating. Glad you like the work. Best regards, Sweta. πŸ™‚

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