Beware the female, on the Delhi metro scourging,
In the ladies compartment, surging,
In pursuit of a glimpse of an empty space,
Attacking at a frantic pace,
In an already packed coach,
She’d aim for that wedge to encroach,
Between two women, sitting together side to side,
And head straight towards the mark, glue eyed,
Like a missile launching towards its target,
On a blazing mission, not for the faint hearted.
She’d trap you with an ishaara, a wave of hand,
Urging you to move away, in the direction fanned,
No please or thank you, just a gaze, chilly and still,
Hinting, that move you have to, and move you will.
And if you pretend, to suddenly acquire a squint, and look the other way,
Or act dumb, and not understand what she would say,
Pat comes the nudge, and the shove, and the retort,
“ Arey, adjust kar lo na !” she bellows like a fiery sport.
If you’d be so lucky, and be a little fat,
Well my dear, you have an upper hand in the combat,
For the predator would tend to look the other way,
And direct her effort towards the slimmer, frailer prey,
Jabbing and bulldozing the hapless commuter,
Ambushing her victim, the victorious sharpshooter.
What I can’t seem to discern,
Is that for all the trouble, and the heartburn,
All that is achieved, is to park half an arse,
Uncomfortably lodged in that space sparse,
Which is not pleasant, given the length and breadth of it all,
Vexing the co-passengers, and which is more, boosting self’s cholesterol.
And oddly enough, to manage to get a ‘seat,’
In this modus operandi, is often considered a ‘triumphant feat,’
No wonder then, that I am awed by this ‘lady like’ resilience,
And the metro trips give me a ‘Chak De’ experience.
Wondering frantically in my head,
Glancing at that superwoman with dread,
“Iska pair left ki taraf muda hai, yeh left mudegi,”
“Par iska face to right ki taraf hai, yeh right chalegi,”
“Lekin iske haath meri aur bade hain, ai khudaa,”
“Yeh to seedha shot legi, hai rabbaa mainu bachaa !”
So fear the womaniya in the metro,
She may seem feeble, with mellowness aglow,
But give her, in the train, an inch of free territory,
And you’ll see her unmasked, preparatory and predatory,
As she scorns at you with disdain,
Looking contemptuously, at the game slain,
Her thoughts screaming, “ Look sharp. Make haste.”
“ Let not, a nanometer of bench space go waste !”