Former Indian captain Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Such is his popularity that cricket fans worship him as the ‘God’ of the game.
This former batsman is not just an extraordinary player but known for being an excellent human being too! During an initiative by Mumbai Railway Police, he recalled an incident that still terrifies him. Also, it made him learn a valuable life lesson.
As a kid, he regularly traveled by train and faced the inevitable hustle and bustle of the public transportation. He recalled:
“Right from the age of 11, I travelled by trains in Mumbai. When I travelled, I had a kit-bag. I have also experienced jostling, being pushed in and out of trains…these experiences will stay with me.”
Then he recounted the incident where he along with his friends decided to cross the railway tracks to save time. But at the same time trains started coming from all the tracks. To save themselves they ended up crouching on their keens in-between the tracks. Here’s what he said:
“In school, I had gone to Vile Parle to a friend’s place. We five or six boys had practiced in the morning and had gone to his place for lunch. Then we decided to watch a movie. After watching the movie, we got late for practice and hence we decided to cross railway tracks and go to the platform, and board the train at Dadar.”
“While crossing the tracks, halfway, we realised that trains were coming fast on all the tracks. We ended up crouching on our knees in between the tracks with our kits. That was a scary experience and then onwards we never crossed train tracks.”
This experience stayed with him and taught him a valuable lesson that time is inconsequential in front of life. Thus, he urges every passenger to travel with safety, never to cross the rail tracks, and not to sit on train roof. He said:
“I feel in today’s world every minute matters, there is competition everywhere. I feel, a lot of time (the thinking is) if we cross railway tracks, then we will reach quicker, there will be benefit of five minutes instead of crossing the bridge while going to the other platform. These are small things — one, you are breaking the law, and you are risking life for five minutes.”
“Your family and friends are waiting for you back home and if you reach there five minutes later it really does not matter. It is important to be there, safe and sound, rather than be in hospital. I will request: do not sit on the train roof and travel if the train is crowded. Everyone is hard pressed for time, but still (I ask you), leave that train, be patient and do not break rules,”
The ‘Master Blaster’ is right, there’s nothing more important than your life. So, travel safe and let TopYaps give you company during your journey!