July 19, 2008

The Jackfruit Letter

There is a legend about this hilarious letter which was apparently written by a very irate railway passenger who was left behind at a station while attending nature's call at the platform rest rooms. The letter is supposedly written around 1909 (a precise date of July 2, 1909 is also sometimes claimed), and is addressed to the East Indian Railway or the Transportation Superintendent at Sahibganj, West Bengal.

Dear Sir,

I am arrive by passenger train at Ahmedpore station, and my belly is too much full of jack fruit. I am therefore went to privy, Just as I doing the nuisance, that guard making whistle blow for train to go off and I am running with lotah in one hand and dhotie in the next hand. I am fall over and expose my shockings to man, females, woman on platform. I am get leaved at Ahmedpore station.

This too much bad, if passenger go to make dung, that dam guard no wait train 5 minutes for him. I am therefore pray your honour to make big fine on that guard for public sake, otherwise I am making big report to papers.

Your faithful servant,

Okhil Ch. Sen


It is widely believed that this letter was instrumental in Indian Railways making toilets available in train coaches.


38 comments:

  1. I never knew anything like this. Interesting! :)
    *left thinking*

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  2. By the way, out of a little curiosity, who first introduced this letter in IRFCA circles?

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  3. hmmm....if d trivia is true then it sure worked for d better!!!
    1 man's discomfort leading to relative comfort for all
    :)

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  4. wah wah...the world need more brains and guts like these :p

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  5. haha, thts funny...english ki folltooo waat....m sorry i cudnt catch up wd ur blog off late

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  6. @ Sach

    Thinking... why? I know it is interesting, but still....

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  7. @ Sriram

    I bet the legend is as old as IRFCA itself!

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  8. @ Numb

    Welcome here.. yes, Mr Sen's discomfort and embarressment led to one of the most important necessities in today's travel!

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  9. @ Ashu

    Yeah, but then it was worth it.. came to some use and also made us laugh!

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  10. Ah yeah.... I saw this as a forward!

    And somehow.. I think it may have been true...

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  11. Lol!We all should be thankful to him I guess :P

    Have a good theerth yatra :)

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  12. Hey Vrij,

    You designing that award? I wanna announce winners!

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  13. Wow!!! Am kinda guessing that this would somehow end up as forward mail! :)

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  14. :))

    this i read before as well:))

    good one:))

    u cominmg to shirdi:))

    any chance to come to pune?

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  15. bwuahhhh :)
    myy gawd. tat was hilarious..

    was teh guy lallu himself by ne chance???
    ;)
    high probability ryte
    ?

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  16. bwuahhhh :)
    myy gawd. tat was hilarious..

    was teh guy lallu himself by ne chance???
    ;)
    high probability ryte
    ?

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  17. Wow, now that is one hellova letter~~

    have a good trip to Shirdi..shall not forget the trip i made abt 4yrs back to the place~~~:)

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  18. When we will have showers in trains ?
    Waiting...

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  19. hhahahaha...lol..


    yeah someimes even nuisances cn do wonders and turn events.

    u knw small stuffs big discoveries.

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  20. too good!!where do you get the stuff???this is like a curio shop!!loved every minute here!!:)

    Scribblers Inc.

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  21. @ Sindhu

    It probably is true..

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  22. @ Sneha

    Sure will design an award.. just hang on till tomm :)

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  23. @ Curious

    This was actually taken from a forwarded mail!!!

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  24. @ Chaks

    Pune not possible this time yaar.. wid the family and tickets r booked!

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  25. @ Keshi

    :)


    @ Jane

    Could well have been Lalu had it not been 1909!!

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  26. @ HOBO

    Welcome here...

    Showers in trains.. u'll see them soon.. there's actually a proposal pending! Waise.. the Palace on Wheels does have a shower!

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  27. @ Nidhi

    Welcome to this space..

    Yes, sometimes the most unexpected things can bring about a major change!

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  28. @ Scribblers Inc

    Welcome here and thanx for the compliments..

    I just write what comes to mind.. nothing great though :)

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  29. Vrij

    You should seriously consider writing a coffee oops chai table book...

    you have interesting bits of things to share...

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  30. hahahaha! really?@ :P

    i have read this smewhere! but makes me laugh everytime i read it :)

    poor guy !

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