Travelling solo is not everyone’s cup of tea

A suitcase in hand
Backpack tugged at back

A sling swinging along

And shoelaces on

She runs and runs towards a train

Enter B 1 and takes a deep breath

Throw off  her jacket and stretches her legs

And says a voice from behind

What is your seat , 17 is  mine

No 17 is mine and you should confirm.

Takes out phone to recheck

17 is hers but there is some confusion

The coach isB 7 and not the claimed one

She says a sorry and picks up luggage

Crashing down on almost every foot

At last She reaches Seat number 17, B7

And Then starts the real journey

Sits in front a groin scratching monkey

The minute you lookup from your book

There is an uncle ready to shoot

Beta,what do you exactly do

Then there is always an aunty with that look

Thank god my daughter does not roam

A caterer who thinks he should be extra nice

An elderly who gives you free advice

You reach a hotel ,book your room

And The One at reception asks “Is that all?”

You go to restaurant,the manager smiles

“Table for two mam”

You smile and say”Someday later,for today just take my order”

You explore the places and get the same stare

Why the Fuck are You alone here.

It’s time to leave and as usual you are  late

You run towards platform and boom!There goes the sandle.

Juggling bags and yourself at the same time

Someone calls in background”Do You need any help”

I look up and say “Thank You So much,I will manage’

So when someone praises you for travelling solo

And tell you “Oh,how amazing it must be”

With all the baggage and teething problems

Travelling solo is not everyone’s cup of tea.

But it’s as liberating as one can see

2 Comment

  1. Hey pooja,you have beautifully phrased the solo traveller and yes the strangers around stare at you that same way only

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