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:

Sach said...

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

Solitaire said...

realllllllllly?

Sriram said...

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

comfortably numb said...

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

Pri said...

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

Ashu'z said...

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

Vrij said...

@ Sach

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

Vrij said...

@ Sneha

Really !!

Vrij said...

@ Sriram

I bet the legend is as old as IRFCA itself!

Vrij said...

@ Numb

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

Vrij said...

@ Pri

Sure!

Vrij said...

@ Ashu

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

Sindhu :) said...

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

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

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

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

Have a good theerth yatra :)

Solitaire said...

Hey Vrij,

You designing that award? I wanna announce winners!

Curious said...

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

Chakoli said...

:))

this i read before as well:))

good one:))

u cominmg to shirdi:))

any chance to come to pune?

Keshi said...

lol sooo funny!

Keshi.

rantravereflect/ jane said...

bwuahhhh :)
myy gawd. tat was hilarious..

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

rantravereflect/ jane said...

bwuahhhh :)
myy gawd. tat was hilarious..

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

Aaarti said...

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~~~:)

HOBO said...

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

иidhi S said...

hhahahaha...lol..


yeah someimes even nuisances cn do wonders and turn events.

u knw small stuffs big discoveries.

Scribblers Inc said...

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

Scribblers Inc.

Vrij said...

@ Sindhu

It probably is true..

Vrij said...

@ Sameera

Thanx :)

Vrij said...

@ Sneha

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

Vrij said...

@ Curious

This was actually taken from a forwarded mail!!!

Vrij said...

@ Chaks

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

Vrij said...

@ Keshi

:)


@ Jane

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

Vrij said...

@ Aaarti

Thanx :)

Vrij said...

@ 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!

Vrij said...

@ Nidhi

Welcome to this space..

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

Vrij said...

@ Scribblers Inc

Welcome here and thanx for the compliments..

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

lukkydivz said...

ROFL

ceedy said...

Vrij

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

you have interesting bits of things to share...

Princess Mia said...

u've gogtat be kidding me

Veens said...

hahahaha! really?@ :P

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

poor guy !

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