11 July 2008

I did it?

This post is based on an incident - which happened just 20 minutes back. [Bragging included]

I was coming from the city, in the train, talking to a friend over phone. I was sitting in the last seat of one of the compartments of the train.

There was a Turkish family, with a kid, on the other end (front end) of the same compartment. At one station, when the train was stopped, the little kid (perhaps 4 years old) started running towards the backside of the compartment.

The compartment was more or less empty and she could run quite fast. [The picture shows the empty compartment after most people got down. The kid was at the far end and I was at the place from where I've taken the picture] Compartment

Seeing her starting to run, I knew that she would fall very badly if the train starts to move. The trains here have very good acceleration and it would really push her towards the backside of the compartment.

And on top of her running, when the push comes, she would have a pretty bad fall. I was sure.

The train started to gain speed.

I myself didn't know that I jumped from my seat and ran towards her. Well, I wasn't quick enough... She, kind of, was thrown by the push and fell just two feet in front of me.

But even before she realised that she fell, I had taken her. Just behind her was her father and I handed her over to him.

When I came back, the three people who were sitting around me were looking (staring) at me. Then I remembered that I had had my iPod on my lap. I hadn't even thought about it... it was lying somewhere (switched off). I was worried for a moment that it was damaged. Fortunately, it was working! :)

The surprising thing is that, when I usually ride my bike, I hold the iPod in my hand and always think - if I happen to have a fall/accident, make sure that only I get hurt; not the iPod.

Today in that reflex action, I didn't even think about it! Isn't it amazing?

And, when the family got out of the train, her mom and dad made her say good-bye to me and she waved her hands. It did indeed make me very happy. :) .. That's probably more than what I wanted!

Sometimes you need only small things to make you happy! :)

Signing off, Sands.

PS: Again accused of writing cryptic stuff. I hope that this one was not that bad. :)


Anonymous said...

'sometimes small things make you happy'. I join with you 100%. And sometimes big things which we did will not give us this much happiness.

when you went to hold the kid without falling, what the peope around were doing, just watching this?

Anonymous said...

Good post..This time I couldn’t leave without a comment on your ‘blog’. Good analysis of incidents in life !!. I like so many posts, but which keeps me to come across your posts again is 'This post might be useless’.
My best wishes to become a very good writer.
just a reader.... Indhu.

Sands | കരിങ്കല്ല് said...


Not all the people who see, observe things.

Not all the ones who observe, register things.

Not all the ones who register, think about it.

Not all the ones who think,
act when the need is there.

We were only 4 people around, and only I did this. (Could be bragging)

But, first you have to see the kid, see that she was running, think that the train will start and the kid might fall... and finally should jump out of your seat. Now tell me, how many will do it?

After last night, I was really proud of myself - knowing that I have a good heart! :)


Thanks a lot! :)
I ... a writer! Goosebumps! :)
I went and read that post again..

and... I love the name Indhu! :)

ഗീതാഗീതികള്‍ said...

The humane instinct in you!

I love you for that.

And your answer to the comments! Superb! supreb!!

Got a lot to learn from your posts and comments, sands.

Sands | കരിങ്കല്ല് said...

Geetha-chechi :

Ayyo.. enne ithrakkonnum pokkalle!!
Enganeyenkilum thatteem mutteem jeevichu pokkotte!!


The Lonely Backpacker said...

dey sands.. u r a good man :)...

Sands | കരിങ്കല്ല് said...


Thanks da