Train journey: A story about two ‘strangers’

Published: March 24, 2014
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He, in the meantime, took a pack of biscuits out of his bag and offered her, “would you like to have some?” “No, thank you.” “I didn’t get a chance to have breakfast in the morning. Now, I feel a bit hungry.” “It’s okay. You can have it.” “Do you always travel by train?” “Not really. My friend sent me the train tickets.”

He, in the meantime, took a pack of biscuits out of his bag and offered her, “would you like to have some?”
“No, thank you.” “I didn’t get a chance to have breakfast in the morning. Now, I feel a bit hungry.” “It’s okay. You can have it.” “Do you always travel by train?” “Not really. My friend sent me the train tickets.” PHOTO: REUTERS He, in the meantime, took a pack of biscuits out of his bag and offered her, “would you like to have some?”
“No, thank you.” “I didn’t get a chance to have breakfast in the morning. Now, I feel a bit hungry.” “It’s okay. You can have it.” “Do you always travel by train?” “Not really. My friend sent me the train tickets.”

“It’s a beautiful day,” he said, to break the silence.

“Yes. It looks good,” she replied, smiling.

“Yesterday was horrible. It rained all day. But now, it seems fantastic.”

“I know.”

“I wish I was outside, sitting in the sun and reading a book. I love sunny days. What about you? Do you like sun?”

“Yes, I enjoy sunny days.” She answered, picking up her book.

“You like crime stories?”

“Yes, I do. But this one is a detective story book. I like detective stories.”

“Me too. Have you read the latest book by James Armtek?”

“No, I haven’t.”

“You must! I’m sure you will like it. It’s a great book, sold more than twenty million copies.”

“Wow! It must be a good book.”

“Yes, it is.”

“Have you read it?”

“No, I haven’t, but I read the review of the book on the paper.”

He then quickly changed the subject to another topic.

“Are you going to London?”

“Yes, I’m visiting a friend there.”

“I’m also going London to see friends in Walthamstow. Whereabouts in London are you going?”

“I’m also going to Walthamstow but I’m going there for the first time.”

“Wow! What a coincident! Me too. Anyway my name is John and I’m a journalist.”

“I’m Suzie, I work in a charity shop.”

“That’s great. Which charity shop do you work in?”

“Oxfam.”

“Is it somewhere in the city centre?”

“Yes, it’s near the bus station.”

“I think I’ve seen it. I haven’t been inside but it looks great from the outside. You must be a manager of the shop?”

“No, I’m not. I just work part-time.”

“Is it the only job you do?”

“Yes, for the time being. I like working in the shop.”

In the meantime, he took a pack of biscuits out of his bag and offered her some,

“Would you like to have some?”

“No, thank you.”

“I didn’t get a chance to have breakfast in the morning. Now, I feel a bit hungry.”

“It’s okay. You can have it.”

“Do you always travel by train?”

“Not really. My friend sent me the train tickets.”

“Wow! You have nice friends.”

“Yes, she is very nice.”

“Do you mind if I ask you which city you live in?”

“I live in Manchester.”

“What part?”

“I live in Spring Bank area, near the football stadium.”

“I also live there.  Do you know which road?”

“Adelaide Road.”

“Wow! I live there too but I’ve never seen you.”

“I can believe that.”

“What street do you live on?”

“Albany Street”

“Wow, this is uncanny. I also live there.”

“I’m not surprised. I can believe it.”

“I know but it’s not a crowded street, there are only very few houses. How long have you been living there?”

“About three years.”

“Me too, but I’ve never seen you before.”

“Me neither.”

“What house number do you live in?”

“House # 56.”

“Oh my God! I live there too.”

Another man sitting close to them was listening attentively and immediately interrupted them and asked,

“This is unbelievable. How can you both live in the same house and not know each other?”

The young woman looked at the stranger, smiled and said quietly,

“This is my husband.”

muhammad.younas

Muhammad Younas

A human rights activist and freelance UK based journalist.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Flabbergasted

    What the hell did I just read?Recommend

  • SugarnSpice

    Why did I waste my time reading this? I want my 2 minutes back!Recommend

  • shoaib

    OMG..can’t believe this…tribune, you really need some good people to choose which blogs to publish..3 mins of my life = wasted!Recommend

  • Arshman

    Seriously? -_-Recommend

  • feeble mind

    Someone please explain it to meRecommend

  • muddassir malik

    what was that …Recommend

  • Ali

    What went wrong with the Tribune. Why on earth would you publish this.Recommend

  • Ali

    What went wrong with the Tribune. Why on earth would you publish this.Recommend

  • AS

    Hahahahahaa oh my god seriously…….Recommend

  • hina

    if this kind of thing can be published , y cant it be mine ? in fact mine is far better then it , et pleaaaaaaaaaaase publish mine pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaseRecommend

  • AR

    it was a sketch on 50/50 ,, years back ..Recommend

  • Shoaib

    You never know with whom you are… The nature of men is the most uncertain thing in this world…Recommend

  • Farwa Zahra

    I understand the writer is a journalist, which implies he would respect intellectual property and not use the plot of an old joke. Enough said.Recommend

  • Saqib Rasheed

    Author have forgotten to mention the references to the actual. I have
    read such a story long ago and the story was written entirely in Urdu.
    Nice copy brother. Finally plagiarism is in journalism as well.Recommend

  • basit

    from now onwards not reading tribune blogs!Recommend

  • https://www.facebook.com/aheartwhoseloveisinnocent Raza Noman

    this UK based ‘journalist’ has plagiarized this piece from an Indie flick from the 90sRecommend

  • fze

    Ha,ha,ha…..good joke!Recommend

  • Fareeha Mashhadi

    LOL! a minute of my life just got wasted.. -_-Recommend

  • volta

    Bolt from the blue.lolzzzzzzzzRecommend

  • Arooj Ahmed

    Isn’t it over exaggeration?Recommend

  • Bint-e-Iqbal

    When i want you to share some really important stuff you have a thousand reasons to reject it and now what you have posted :/Recommend

  • Sarah

    It would have been much better off, if he just left it till the “Oh my God! I live there too.” The husband thing at the end killed it.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Even for Poetic License ……..that’s a stretch.
    Now if the author steps up and explains himself, that possibly may help matters.Recommend

  • Hassam

    I need back 2 minutes of my lifeRecommend

  • Necromancer

    That was really informative I am in a state of shock crying like a infant……please sir can you write more of these master piecesRecommend

  • saad

    Baloney!!!!Recommend

  • Sarhandi

    seriously!!!Recommend

  • Fatima Rehman

    It was an odd story :/
    Recommend

  • Iftekhar Khokhar

    DISGUSTING!!!!Recommend

  • https://www.facebook.com/hasan606 Hassan

    Well, after reading this blog i also had the same expressions like all of you, who has commented already. But then i gave a little thought to understand the theme of this mysterious BLOG I’ve ever read. As soon as i get the the theme of it, i was just amazed. I think the writer tried to point out the Harsh reality of our society that we have made ourselves a hell busy in our lives(using mobile, laptop, facebook etc), and we forgot that there are some people around us who require our attention, love and care.Recommend

  • Zia Saleem

    really? like seriously?Recommend

  • Kinza

    Irony I read this. wasted my time.Recommend

  • Umair Arain

    Peoples …. plz don’t comment when you could not understand. If you guys focus … This is an amazing story ….. !!! I think only married can get better rather than we guys.Recommend

  • Muhammad Saad

    press club rockssssssssssss..!!!!!!!Recommend

  • SarwatR.s

    was his husband sick??? or were they just playing along??Recommend

  • MHZ

    LOL..
    That was a good twist..
    And a good msg in the end.Recommend

  • Supriya Arcot

    Its a very oooold joke . And how did this ‘subject’ make it to the ‘esteemed’ blog section of ET For God’s Sake ?Recommend

  • samster

    Made my heart smile:) One needs such lighthearted readings once in a while.
    It’s also posted in the right section, so maybe, people who are asking for their ‘time back’ should have just stayed to the news section. It’s not like we have a lot of good fiction or creativity spread around us that we reject the ones who even try, even though the theme may be similar to the past literary themes. People need to be critical in the true sense of the word if they want to be, negatively commenting on EVERY single thing is NOT an intelligent critique, and it just wont do :/Recommend

  • Haris

    Alzheimer’s, people. Alzheimer’s!Recommend

  • S.Bilal

    I read this story a long long time ago so this definitely not original.
    Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    hhahaha I loved it. :) Very cute. :)Recommend

  • Ayaz

    three minutes of my life just got wasted. thanks!Recommend

  • sundus

    wat a safarshi blog :/Recommend

  • Dr. Asad

    Such an original depiction. Thanks for posting it.Recommend

  • Dr. Asad

    Yes, we all are suffering from Alzheimer. We are behaving like strangers in our own very home because of today’s inventions.Recommend

  • Hena Ghazanfar Kiani

    Hahahaha. I didn’t get the point?Recommend

  • Younas

    I wish you would have mentioned your reference. Recommend

  • Younas

    I wish you would have mentioned your reference. I would love to know the name of the author and title of the story or the name of the book. Recommend

  • Sane

    What nonsense that was?!!Recommend

  • Mavia

    Seriously? You gotta be kidding me!Recommend

  • -SHAGY-

    Brilliant! i wish people could try to accept & understand such simple and unconventional pieces. I will be looking forward for more of your pieces.Recommend

  • Heisenberg

    Comments were most interesting than blog.Recommend

  • soniya

    some one once said and i agree..no time is wasted reading. fine the piece is not upto alot of people`s taste but if we wouldnt have read how would be value good reads? so chillax and stop demanding ur time back move on :)Recommend

  • Rukh

    Made a story from odd joke….. pathetic piece of witting i must say…Recommend

  • Zeeshan Zaidi

    darn it, that was crap! His husband might be sick or drunk maybe!Recommend

  • Reader

    ohhh….hahaha…NO!Recommend

  • http://about.me/uzidon Uzair Ahmed

    I don’t think any one will be able to help you out with that. I’ve heard it too, many a times, in Urdu. It goes around as a joke and ends with something like “hum dono bhai hain, waqt guzaarnay k liye ye baatain kar rahay thay.”Recommend

  • ainy

    hello, wat was that :S im confused…was it a joke?Recommend

  • abhi

    may be they were blind.Recommend