We go to see off my SIL to the station. We find that her RAC ticket has been confirmed but she got side upper berth. Now we all know how the train berths are especially the side ones. My SIL is travelling with her 1 and half year young boy.We thought we’ll get it exchanged for a lower berth and that too of the opposite side-we really thought that people will be generous enough to help a lady with a kid.So heres how things went inside the train:
SIL checked with the lady sitting on the opposite side berth whether it’s hers and she said yes they are a group of 5 people travelling and amongst the 5 berths they have one lower one. Gauging the matter she herself said there is no problem to exchange the berths. We were happy that the matter was settled within seconds.
In few minutes the woman’s husband comes in and she tells him about the arrangement that she just committed us to.The husband without even looking at my SIL and the kid or even blinking an eye said ‘No,that’s not possible’ and dryly looked the other way. The woman of course felt embarassed by her husband’s behavior & sheepishly tried to say something to us but since we heard it ourselves my SIL said ‘ It’s okay,I’ll manage’ and the matter ended there !
I felt so so angry about the whole thing. It wasn’t impossible for them to change the berths since there was no older person/a kid/ill person/fat person in their group who could not have managed to climb the upper berth OR better put who would have REQUIRED the lower berth.
Also, the kind of insult the woman must have felt [or she might be used to it may be or whatever] because she committed something and her husband out rightly rejected it without even thinking about his wife’s honor.
And the kind of body language that man was displaying I felt like giving him one tight slap !!!!!!!! Keep your rustic attitude with you man…grrrrrrrrrrrrr