Maddur Station

25 Mar

This story comes from the “Uncle Archives”. My uncles Ravi and Prabhu both went to NIE Mysore and were avid cricketers. Ravi in fact played Ranji for M.P, University Cricket for the University of SouthHampton, and county cricket for Hampshire before moving to the USA in the mid 60’s. Some of the stories they have are stuff that urban legends are made of.

So once they are all coming back to Mysore from Bangalore after playing a tournament (for Sunny Side Cricket Club..I think). The train stops in Maddur for a few minutes and restarts again. As it started, one of the guys puts out his hand to take an orange from a vendor who was carrying the basket on his head. Now, because of the train moving, his hand hits the basket, and the entire contents spill over the platform. The vendor of course starts shouting, and the engine driver sees this and stops the train. The vendors friends are all getting into the compartments to search for the “loafers”. In the meantime our heroes(my uncle including), are scared out of their wit and the entire team (YES the entire team) squeezes into the bathroom and locks the door. People are piled on top of each other. A few minutes later, the guys give up their search and the train restarts. Our “dirty dozen” does not come out of the toilet until they reach Mysore.

I still don’t understand how their equipment and other things were untouched.


16 Responses to “Maddur Station”

  1. praneshachar March 26, 2007 at 2:33 am #

    Dirty Dozen in one bathroom in train
    from maddur to mysore wonderful
    all their belongings in tact because
    it was couple of decades back if it were now
    wither each one of them would have been
    drgagged out of bathroom ( because IQ of
    people is increased!!!!!) or their entire
    belongings would have been out
    maddur anda kudle maddur vade kathe
    irutte antha tilididde nanna oohe
    tappaitu totally wrong

  2. Murali Partha March 26, 2007 at 4:40 am #

    Ha Ha! Loved the last sentence. The point is after twelve guys spent the rest of the trip in a bathroom, nobody wanted to talk about their equipment. I am sure they are trying to forget the whole episode – might have been traumatic for some 😉

  3. Vijay March 26, 2007 at 5:14 am #

    Pranesh: Paapa naana chikkappanige Maddur anda gella..he only remembers this..

  4. Shruthi March 26, 2007 at 5:16 am #

    Ha ha!! Enjoyed this story! I read “Maddur”, and started reading the post, my mouth watering, convinced it would be about Maddur Vade.. but it was about… ughh…. train toilets 😀

    I enjoy reading your blog. Just thought I would reiterate…. since I don’t comment too often. 🙂

  5. Vijay March 26, 2007 at 5:19 am #

    Shruthi: Thanks for your appreciation.. sorry to disappoint you (and Pranesh as well )..

  6. destinationsrik March 26, 2007 at 7:51 am #

    Coool one. Happened 20 years before I was born and the word “loafer” was in existance even then, interesting!!

  7. Vani March 26, 2007 at 12:01 pm #


    I too thought of Maddur Vade ! Che Che….No wonder dear Veena calls us “Thindi Pothas”! Were the toilets so spacious in those trains?


    yenri, adella nimge patent andkondideera? 😉 just kidding!

  8. Prashanth M March 26, 2007 at 12:57 pm #

    lol!! & Me too was searching for Maddur vade here 😦

  9. Vijay March 26, 2007 at 1:07 pm #

    Vani: Illa ree, the bathrooms on Indian Trains have been the same size since the beginning of time…

    Prashanth: Thindi, Thindi, Thindi !!! Now next time I write a Maddur post you guys are going to think that I am writing about a bathroom 🙂

    Srik: Same question to you as Vani 😉

  10. greatunknown March 26, 2007 at 4:24 pm #

    “I still don’t understand how their equipment and other things were untouched.”
    That’s because the fruit vendor seems to have an absolute country bumpkin who hadn’t thought of the many vacant seats.
    I’m sure the ‘eleven’ thanked their stars, or else, they’re ‘family jewels’ may have been in real danger!!!

  11. Veena March 27, 2007 at 5:01 am #

    That was so funny.. paapa ree idannella public maadtheeralla ? Buying things at the traffic signals & such stops sometimes are difficult & sometime it sounds so tricky.. like we end up thinking.. “yaak bekittappa” ..!

    It was some 7 years back & we set of school friends were travelling from Mysore to Bangalore to attend one of our friend’s wedding. It was in Maddur or Mandya station, breakfast time.. We all thought of having dosa’s there. Almost was down there for couple of minutes, not even aware that the train would move.
    I was strictly counting on whether we have purchased the DOSA’s to all of us, the train moved.. one of my friends shouted at me, hey come on…!
    It was a dare attempt of mine to jump in to the moving train, I had almost skipped 2-3 breaths, Even today such events reminds me that one!!…

    Vijay, adella sari, asthu hottu toilet nalli avaru hege survive aagidru ? Its a place to faint… Devare kaapaD beku…!

  12. Mysorean March 28, 2007 at 10:33 am #

    LOL! LOL!

    Unbelievable maatra! Adu henge the people didn’t notice 11 people getting up and stuffing themselves into the bathroom is it?

    Aa kaala ne bere irbeku! Tough to understand!

  13. My3 April 28, 2008 at 9:37 am #

    Innocence of the villagers and total apathy of the other passengers 🙂 saved all their equipment . I hope some of the “dirty dozen”, heh heh heh, good name by the way, come upon your blog and read about their exploits and try to explain it away to their kids now!!!

  14. Meera August 17, 2008 at 5:29 am #

    Namaskaara yellirigu. Thumba interesting aagide nimmadella maatu. I wonder hoe ‘loafer’ originated’! I mean, considering the fact that for most people in Bengaluru/Mysuru, loafing is their religion. I remember loafing around Gandhi Bazaar, ending up at Vidyarthi Bhavan and/or National High School KaKa. Now here was an Indian who was an institution by himself. My staple diet during MSS and NCJ. Later English Honours snob classmates considered VB Bakery more suitable to their English ‘image’ and very often I had to reluctantly give in.

  15. Vijay August 18, 2008 at 6:21 am #

    @Meera: Welcome here… to “Loaf” means to wander around aimlessly.. which is what we did I guess… Didnt know that VB Bakery had an “English” image.. 😀

  16. Meera August 18, 2008 at 12:56 pm #

    Gottu ree dictionary meaningu. What I meant to say was, why was ‘loafer’ used to mean ‘rogue’? English image of VBB as in cakes, buns, bread, et al as opposed to kallekaayi, kaka’s maavinkaayi+uppu khara, etc.

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