Dhanyobad Okhil Da…

February 2, 2007

Had he beaten the guard for his foolish and irresponsible(?) behavior that day, he would have never been remembered after almost hundred years, for what he has done for the Indian Railway.

Instead this gentleman, Okhil Chandra Sen, wrote this letter to the Sahibganj Divisional Railways office in 1909,

“I am arrive by passenger train Ahmedpur station and my belly is too
much swelling with jackfruit. I am therefore went to privy. Just I doing
the nuisance that guard making whistle blow for train to go off and I am
running with ‘lotah’ in one hand and ‘dhoti’ in the next when I am fall
over and expose all my shocking to man and female women on plateform. I
am got leaved at Ahmedpur station.
This too much bad, if passenger go to make dung that dam guard not wait
train five 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

This letter is on display at the Railway Museum in New Delhi. Any guesses why this letter is of historic value?

It apparently led to the introduction of toilets in the train.

(Source: e-mail from a friend)

2 Responses to “Dhanyobad Okhil Da…”

  1. Sahaja Says:

    perfect…hilarious but still serious…..humans learn from experiences!!…we dont tend to realise the absence of something till we feel its presence!!

  2. Tara Prasad Says:

    @ Sahaja
    rightly said…

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