I thank the DMRC for putting up a 'women only' coach in the metro (usually the first coach of every train). One gets saved from being touched and pinched and ogled at from the male junta. But not really. The ogling still happens. Coz the second coach is for men and so is the third, fourth, fifth and sixth. But one won't see so much crowd in the latter coaches as compared to the second coach and that too at the entrance of the second coach (more so the area where the first and second are joined). That place, between the two coaches is hogged by men. Men who stare blatantly at the female crowd. Men who stare with their mouths open (oh yes, literally!). Men who could've easily found a seat had they moved their lazy a**es to the subsequent coaches. But no they don't, they like standing and giving dead stares crammed in the small area!
I do not mean that the women only coach is filled with goody two shoes women who follow all the rules. I once saw a 45-50 year old woman, who opened her lunch box, unwrapped some aluminium foil and picked up a piece of pickled raw mango and started licking it!!! The whole coach was smelling of pickles and there she was, nibbling away her pickle to glory.
Once after a tiring day, I was glad to find a place to sit in the coach. It was a two seater (which means two people with average or small size derrière could fit easily) and I was happy to have it all to myself. I had just heaved a sigh of relief, and then I saw this women getting up from her seat farther away in the coach and moving towards me. She smiled at me as she got near and then next thing I know, she has plonked herself on the same seat! The process of plonking her derrière (which was neither average nor small sized) with such force, got my a** (which is average sized) push out of the seat and I gave her a mean look. She smiled again said, ''Oh, it gets so crowded during evenings!''
Apart from the few annoying incidents, traveling in a metro can be very interesting. You get to see all kinds of people ( It is one of my hobbies, people watching :] ) and one can never get bored. It is also a place, where you can
compare see all kinds of clothes and shoes and make up and what not. From fashionable wear to drab wear, it's all there! Once in a crowded coach, something bright pink caught my eye. On close inspection it was a pair of baby knickers lying abandoned on the floor. Poor baby, who had to probably go on without his knickers!