Language not a barrier - Okhil CH.Sen

Okhil Babu’s letter to the Railway Department (early 1900’s )

Dear Sir,

       I am arrive by passenger train at Ahmedpore station and my

     belly is too much swelling with jack fruit. I am therefore went

     to privy. Just I doing the nuisance, that guard making whistle

     blow for train to go off and I am running with lotah in one hand

     and Dhotie in the next when I am fall over and expose all my

     shookings to man, female, women on platform. I am get leaved at

     Ahmedpore station.

       This too much bad, if passenger go to make dung, that dam guard

     no wait five minutes for him. I am therefore pray your honour to

     make big fine on that guard for public sake. Otherwise I am

     making big report to papers.


Yours faithful servant,


Okhil Chandra Sen wrote this letter to the Sahibganj divisional railway office in 1909. It is on display at the Railway Museum in New Delhi. It was also reproduced under the caption “Travellers’ Tales” in the Far Eastern Economic Review.


Any guesses why this letter is of historic value?

It led to the introduction of TOILETS in trains!!!!!!!!!

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