Monday, December 12, 2011


My wife had been telling me for quite some time that she would like to visit our family jewelers in Karol Bagh for updating few items. I had been culprit of dilly dallying but yesterday I agreed on one condition that we would go by Metro. She agreed and I was very happy because it takes just 40 minutes by Metro while by car it takes more than an hour due to traffic as well as hassles of finding proper parking place. So off we went around 11:45 am.

We boarded the Metro and found that though it was not crowded like buses but there were no vacant seats. So we stood holding onto support rails. As the train moved a lady in mid 20s or so who was occupying a ladies seat got up and offered her place to my wife. She insisted that my wife sit while she would stand. I was quite surprised at her gesture. Within a minute or so a young boy of about 18 or 20 got up offering his place to me. I asked that lady to sit but she declined asking me to sit. I saw an elderly lady of my age or so standing a little ahead, so I asked her to take that place. She showed gratitude and sat down. And lo behold! Another young man of early 20s got up to make me sit at his place. While sitting I saw two young girls of 18 or so occupying two seats meant for “ Elderly or Handicapped Persons” and chit chatting away without any botheration for co-passengers who could be rightful persons to sit there.

After we finished our work we again boarded Metro for return journey. This time the train was very crowded. There was a man sitting along with a lady in place meant for two ladies and he made place by pushing towards other side asking my wife to sit. Again within a minute a young person of mid 20s got up offering me to take his place.

These two incidents made me feel that there is still silver lining and there still are some good Samaritans who care for elderly. This specially after my experience at that Bank branch which I wrote about in previous post.

May the breed of such persons prosper as each one of us will reach old age.


☆ Rià ღ said...

Yes Uncle Jack, there's always a silver lining. In fact I always offer my seat to the less abled and elder people and i know there r several other ppl like me who do the same.

Tanvi said...

We are not a hopeless generation after all. It is just a matter of good and bad experiences. Like you said, may the breed grow and flourish! :)

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♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

Your last post was about people not being concerned. And here it is about some people who still have the decency and the humanity :)
When one person makes a move, so does the others :)
Nice post :)

Me said...

All of a sudden, I am proud of my generation :) :)

Sweet...but not all of them

Jyoti Mishra said...

World is full of crap n bad things..
but, there exist few good ppl.. n they r the ones who r responsible for making this place still worth living.

I really feel good that if not much but few young ppl have retained sanity in them :)

Upasna said...

So awesome! I think I see it very often in the metro. As long as the good experiences outweigh the bad ones, I guess we're okay!

Shreya said...

Yea.. right. This is what I commented about in last post. Nice to read that some people respect senior citizens, and help them in possible way. :)

Felicity said...


Rohit said...

really happy to find the silver lining in the dark clouds....
especially after ur last post

Meera Sundararajan said...

Really nice to hear that people still care for the elderly! These days the youngsters and even middle aged people are so callous!! These simple things make life worth living!

Harman said...

nice..I hope people behave like that all over the place...and give due respect to the elders!
In US I do see this courteous gesture all the I came to the door ..and guy inside opened door for me as good gesture.. or me ..seeing a teenager holding a door for me in the school//
;) I like that~!
Specially I wud say help the handicapped and show coutesy to them.

Amrita said...

Yes uncle there is still a lot of goodness left in the world. I still remember your post about the young man who did not bribe his way out of a traffic police man. So may there be more and more such people!

Lady Whispers said...

Indeed some silver linings reigns everywhere :)

I am glad you got to experience the good kinds too :)

Take care uncle :)

Suruchi said...

Amen to the thought and all sorts of varieties make the world-what we come across makes or breaks ours!:-)

Ann said...

I know.. it's hard to find good people these days who think for others, but yes they haven't disappeared.. And hope the generation learns some basic manners and etiquettes

Jack said...


It is so heartening to know that you do such a noble act. May God bless you with all the happiness. Take care


True, it is just that some people bring bad name to the whole lot. Take care


You are right. It is one person who can make the difference by being the first to do a good act. Take care

ME :

So am I, your generation is good but few bring bad name. Take care

Jack said...


As I said may the breed of such good persons increase. Take care


There definitely are some good persons and may their number increase. Take care


I am sure you are one of such good persons. Please do influence others. Take care


I am so glad to see you here. Hope next time you share your valuable views also . Take care

Jack said...


You are right. It was such a pleasant experience after what I had to face in the bank. Take care


I think this sort of behaviour tells on our generation as we have not been able to inculcate sound principles. Take care


I hope that it happens here also. It does make one proud to see young ones behave so courteously. Take care


I agree there still are a lot of good persons but some bad ones spoil the name. Take care

Jack said...

L W :

Welcome to my space. Hope to see you here regularly and have your valuable views. Please do give me your link to I can visit you also. Take care


One has to enjoy sweet alongwith salty also, isn't it? Overall it is still a good lot. Take care


I agree that they have not disappeared totally. Hope such habits can be spread by them. Take care

Jack said...
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♫♪♥PhilO♥♪♫ said...

Thank You so much for your comment :) Do come by again!

Sakshi said...

Amen! :)

Jigyasa said...

Great read. May the breed and goodness flourish. Amen!

Live2cherish said...

lucky you!
train rides are most intriguing.

PS: word verification is jammu, so strange! it was not jammu tavi train :P or may be it meant jamm gaya!

Jack said...


Yes, I will surely visit today itself. It is a pleasure to read your posts. Take care


Thanks for your support. Take care


It is so nice of you to support my wish. Take care

L2C :

Train rides do give a lot of exposure into human nature. At times the words mentioned to enter before comment can be posted are hilarious. JAMM GAYA , LOL.

Iqra said...

I agree with you and yes there is a silver lining. I guess we young people are having enough energies to stand for few minutes and it is our responsibility to give seat to old people :)

Ellen said...

I'll say 'Good job!' to their parents. It all starts from the home. Although a small number, certainly the exception and not the rule, divert from the values taught them in the home.

Our youth is the hope of our land.

Celestial Dreamz said...

awesome post ... I love to visit your blog ...

Alka Gurha said...

This makes me feel sooo good...Delhiites are not really known for chivalry and concern.

Irfanuddin said...

well, i think there are very few who don't care about ladies n aged ones while traveling and i am happy that you had a good experience out there...:)

Jack said...


I agree with you that young persons can bear discomfort better than elderly. So it is basic courtesy to offer place to elders. Take care


You are absolutely right. It is upbringing which inculcates such good manners. Take care

C D :

It is my pleasure to have you visit and give your valuable views. Take care


Surprising but so pleasant, isn't it? How I wish we all could be so good mannered! Take care


As it is said few fish dirty the pond. Those few bring bad name to the whole lot. Take care

Rose said...

It's nice to see that people still do care. Although I didn't expect such courtesy from the Delhi public, no offence meant.

Jack said...


It is nice to see you here. You are right, it was a pleasant experience as I also did not expect this. If you read my previous post you will know the reasons.

Take care

Ms. Capricious said...

I am not sure, how I would have responded coz there have been instances when I have been sensitive to elder, and insensitive. And reading such instances fuel goodness. I am heading to the previous post. So saving words for there :)