Rajan is a Marketing Officer, working with a leading Nationalised Bank. As each MO has to take care of the marketing operations of 10-15 branches of the bank, Rajan has to travel a lot. In fact, Rajan moves so much that he is occasionally home. Being a travel freak and fond of dealing with different people, he loves every aspect of his job. Most of the times, his journeys are by train.
“Don’t you get bored touring alone so frequently? How do you pass your time en route?”, I could not contain my curiosity and asked him one day. He grinned from ear to ear and told me that he had devised several innovative ways to make his transit time interesting and memorable. Sensing my restlessness to know more, he apprised me of his travel time pursuits.
Work is Worship
Many a time, he has to give presentations soon after reaching his destination. So, at those times he usually focuses on his work and does his homework. It didn’t come as a surprise to me because smart devices and 24/7 internet connectivity have become a norm today. And denizens of the modern world are accustomed to working not only in their offices and homes but just anywhere.
If visiting a new place, he generally idles away his time peeping out of the window. If he likes the view, he clicks pics. Only recently, he had to travel to Jammu and Kashmir. He captured the jaw-dropping beauty of the enchanting hilly terrain and hamlets in his camera.
The Movie Buff
At times, he downloads movies or his pet TV shows on his laptop and watches them. Modern technology has made it possible for us to comfortably access YouTube and enjoy whatever we like – our most-liked serials, movies or any other videos. Apps like Hotstar, Netflix, Voot, and Google play movies, etc. have made it a cakewalk.
Books as Buddies
Digging into his favourite book or magazine or newspaper is another way he employs to utilize his train travel time. While journeying alone, you can spare time to have books as your companions. It is a time-tested amusement recipe for book lovers. Kindle had made it easier for reading enthusiasts to carry a whole lot of books with them wherever they go.
Mind Storming Relaxation
After revealing his other pastimes, it was time for Rajan to disclose what he loves the most. His face lit up with a mysterious smile as he challenged me with a riddle, “It is something very traditional, yet very new! You must have seen the ultra-rich revelling in this entertainment in Classic movies, family members and friends making merry with it in social get-togethers, and the elderly immersing themselves in it in clubs and parks. It is a much sought-after theme of Bollywood parties. It knows no borders and differences. Everyone loves it.”
Pondering over options such as chess, ludo, ‘antakshri’, and gossiping, etc., I finally zeroed in on Playing Cards. “Yes! That’s right.”, he exclaimed with joy.
Card games easily overcome all sorts of barriers to bring people closer together. Your fellow train passengers tend to become friends as they spot you bringing out a deck of cards. Card games successfully arouse everybody’s interest and once you engage in them, time seems to fly and your journey is over in the blink of an eye. Rummy, for one, is a top-rated card game. A simple card-melding game, it exercises your mind and reinvigorates you like anything!
And what to do if you forget to carry a physical deck of cards or do not want to interact with strangers? No issues at all! Go for online rummy. Just log on to a rummy website and dive into the mind-boggling entertainment web rummy offers. The online version of the card game of skills is even more interesting as it moves very fast.
What’s more, other train passengers can play it on their own smartphones. Six people can very well play digital rummy together at the same table. The online game tables are really attractive, and the interface is easy to navigate. It’s sheer fun!
Different people employ different means of time-utilization and relaxation when they travel by train. Peeping out of the window, listening to music, reading, watching movies, using social media, and gossiping, etc. are some of them. However, card games are a great travel time recreation that almost everybody likes to engage in. This is especially true of rummy. You can play 13 card rummy or other rummy game with real cards or on the radiant tables of online rummy. What would you choose?