This happened on – the very day Honourable PM of India stated – Nothing more important than Human Life….(in the event of an Indian farmer hanging himself to death from a tree).
While travelling from Trivandrum at Changanancherry,(18 kms before Kottayam- when one travels northwards from Trivandrum by train) this happened- one aged couple along with their grandchildren in their teens boarded a train on platform in the sequence- granddad, grandson , grandmother, by the time it was the granddaughters turn to board, train had picked up speed and she hesitated. Then set in a bizarre reverse process, granddad jumped out, grandson jumped out safe landing. Grand mom jumped out, disaster struck- the train had reached a point where the flight of stairs to the foot over bridge to platform two begins. She jumped and hit the pillar which supports the flight of stairs.
She had to be wheeled away & is reportedly in hospital.
In the moment before deciding to jump – she must have balanced the pros and cons and also would have asked the question is my life valuable….
The saddest part is that they had boarded Trivandrum bound train, when their destination was Palghat.
This made the train halt at the said station for more time than allotted. I had never seen this city, though umpteen train journeys past this station.
I got down and went to coffee shop, asked auto driver to take me to famous St. Berchman’s College. Saw it from outside.
The reason is the college basketball team used to consistently perform well at the All Kerala Basketball tournaments from late 80’s and early nineties. College team members have gone ahead and played for state.