On top of every seat there is a small slit, just wide enough to slide a paper. What passengers do is they just keep their tickets or passes on the slit (for e.g you would keep your ticket on the slit on the seat before you). The conductor won't disturb you if he sees a pass in that place. If he sees a ticket he will take it out, punch it and then keep it back in the slit. There is an option to buy the train ticket from the conductor as opposed to the station itself. Given the way I time catching the train until the last minute - I always buy the ticket from the conductor. After paying the money, he'd take the ticket punch it, ignore my outstreched hand and keep the ticket on the slit in front of my seat. I'd sit there with a confused look.
Also, I noticed, he has a gun holster like thing around his waist. It has three or four cylinder like things hanging from the holster. Each cylinder houses a particular denomination of coins. So if he has to give me 90 cents change back, he would press the cyclinder that houses quarters (4 annas) 3 times, dime cylinder once and the 5 cent cylinder once. Voila! - I have my change. He is like a mobile coin vending machine. The ticket is also uncomplicated - he just needs to punch on a generic ticket the zones I am covered for. Ofcourse our PTC bus drivers have their own system of rupee notes in fingers, pen behind ears, and coins in the bag kind of thing going on. But I couldn't help thinking that this holster might be a good idea for them. Its so effecient, if they have a generic ticket, they can get rid of the bag and just walk around like a western hero with a holster. They will be like the 'meanest ticketman from the west' who draws change faster than John Wayne or Clint Eastwood .
Sudipta has tagged me and asked me to name 5 weird things about myself. I am not sure if I can name 5 but I'll try.
1) During school, university exams, I had this habit of putting margins on every paper before I start reading the question paper. So the moment the answer sheet is given, I *have* to draw margins for all the pages in the main sheet. I will not look at the question paper before that. For most of the exams during my 12 STD Board exam, the question paper was given immediately after the answer paper. While, all other students quickly started looking at the question paper, I patiently drew vertical left-side margins on all pages, drew the horizontal margin on the top of the front page, and wrote the date before looking at the question paper. I Did this till my 8th semester.
2) If the house has marble mosaic floor, I can't step on the boundry of 2 mosaic tiles. I would carefully step on the center of every tile. If it happened to be a multi-colored tile floor, I'd just go crazy. I couldn't believe when I saw 'as good as it gets'. Thats me. Thats exactly me. In our house in Vellore, the house had black and white tiles. I was learning chess then. I'd imagine I was a bishop and only walk diagonally. It drove everybody nuts. Also while walking on road pavements. I can't step on the boundary of pavement tiles. I have to time my walk such that my right leg crosses into the new pavement tile without touching the boundary. Needless to say I have a habit of putting my right foot first into any room/train/bus I walk - but then again I guess this is not so uncommon.
3) If I am in the car back seat. I'd like to sit diagonally from the driver.
4) When I increase or decrease volume/color/contrast on TV, radio etc. I will set the volume to an even number. Not an odd number. It drives me crazy if the volume/color remains at an odd number if I am visiting a friends house and he changes volume.
5) My temple habits. The less said about it the better. But seriously, prostrating in the temple, in areas beyond/after-crossing the Dwajya Sthambam is so against temple etiquette. Please don't do it. My grandparents unfortunately taught me this when I was a child and it always bugs me when I saw people falling down in arbitrary places. I get so distracted. Especially in Thirupathi right outside the golden temple. There is a reson why Dwajya Sthambam & Garuda (the gap is bigger in thirupathi) is kept near the entrance. C'mon you have decided to go to the temple. Do it right. - anyway you now know why this falls under weird stuff about me.
I am not tagging anyone, but I will just throw open the comment section for people to write their own 5 weird things. If you like, you can write it in your blog and let me know. I'll update it here. Thanks Sudipta for tagging me :-)