Travel brings out the reader in one… across all age groups…It also helps one appear pre-occupied… all busy…it also helps one avoid eye contact…lest you keep staring at the one seated in front of you… and it becomes all the more awkward… if it’s some pretty face in front of you….beside you…

And this is exactly where… the newspaper comes to your rescue…

As a kid….I remember travelling in a bus/train/tube….and watching folks entering the bus…eyes hunting for a seat….grabbing a seat…and then getting busy…. Opening up a news paper… and folding it small….etiquette… so as not to disturb the person snoozing beside him…

Or dish out a small booklet or a novel….and start reading….A phenomenon common across all age groups….

The tiny tots would open up their school text books…one could safely infer that exams were around the corner…or simply because he was instructed at home to do so… or because he did not have any comics with him….

The office goer would open up the newspaper… just to supervise the goings on in the world and reassure himself that all is well in the world… and also to have some tid-bits ready for conversation over lunch….

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The rebellious college teenager would have a tinsel magazine… or a gripping novel or a Mills and Boons …waiting for the hero to either rescue or propose to the heroine….(depending on the novel category….)

The religious would pick up the holy book and start mumbling the lines….the look on his face conveying his expectation for the rest of the fellow passengers to sit Mum….

Or there would be an occasional odd ball…who perhaps having forgotten his newspaper  would simply stare out of the window…pondering… dreaming… or read the advertisement boards… ranging from relief from piles and copulation miracles finally culminating in Salivation… oops…Salvation

And finally there are the free readers who simply surrounded by the newspapers would simply steal bytes of news from the corners of their eyes…

 

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