The all too familiar tadak-tadak dhadak-dhadak sound on a train travel – who doesn’t love it! For those train travel aficionados like me, this even is a lullaby that we miss while on a flight or a bus! Ever wondered the source of that sound? The wheels on the carriage of a train are standard fixture. The railway track is nothing but a series of connected rails. When the wheels move from one rail to another, they pass over the gaps between the rails and this creates the soothing tadak-tadak dhadak-dhadak. Faster rhythm when the train is faster and slower rhythm when the speed is slower!
Imagine how the journey would have been without this sound — like you are in a vacuum with only the landscapes whizzing past. Monotonous. Imperfections of the track can be a good thing!
How would it be if we had a good rain and nothing to show for it? All the water drains away without a trace and the land dries up — would you still be able to appreciate the rain? The puddles in which we jump, play and watch the water being splashed on unsuspecting motorists and pedestrians actually are a source of joy and act as a remnant of the rain. They bring about a few laughs, help recollect special moments and emphasise on the point that life need not always be perfect — the imperfections of the path can actually result in something joyous!
Ever since childhood, we have been filling up one consistent field across forms — mark of identification. If not for the scar, the mole, the extra finger — what would have helped set you apart?
How would life be without the music, the drama, the challenges, the special moments? Monotonous. Let a few puddles, gaps and scars be there — enjoy the imperfections!