“Every morning, I wake up with the fear of missing my train. This train journey to work has become an integral part of my life.
When I look back, I realize that I’ve spent more time in this train, traveling to Chennai, than I have at home. They say life is a journey but it seems like mine was destined to pass in a local train!
The only good part about my entire day is my commute, because I’ve made some wonderful friends during the journey, who have had fates similar to mine. We talk, share our woes, smile and laugh together. That’s what makes me happy. You might think that friendships made in trains wouldn’t last long, but those women are the only family I have apart from my children!
I got married around the age of 18 and moved to Madurantakam from Thandra. Having studied only till the fourth standard, I wanted to make sure my children studied well. I made sure I push them towards academics, even if it meant sleeping on an empty stomach on certain days. Today, my daughter is a nurse and my son has done his Printing Technology. In a life full of challenges and struggles, just the sheer presence of my children and their happy, successful faces add relief.
Every time I feel low, I look back at how I have changed and grown in the last couple of years. I thank my stars and God for making it all fall in place. After all, you don’t need the best of luxuries to be happy. Making friends like family, seeing your children taste success and look after you is all that matters!”
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