Monday, June 16, 2008
The Night train from Berlin to Paris is a lot like our Indian trains. There are cubicles for 6 people to sit. Those of you who have seen Eurotrip will recognize it as the one where Mr 'Miscuzzi' gets in. So in my cubicle there were only two people apart from me. A white French girl and a white Brazilian boy. There is a reason why I mention 'white' which will soon become apparent. The ticket checker had already come by and it was getting late. So we switched off the lights and drew the blinds. It had been a long day and I immediately fell sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night, I was rudely awakened when a man walked into our cubicle and switched on the lights. It was guy from the 'Polizei' and he was asking us for our passports. He checked mine first and for the other two he just waved his hand and said "It's ok" and summarily left.
All done and I was ready to go back to sleep when I notice that the others were staring at me. The Brazilian looks at the French girl and says "I can't believe he just did that..!!" and then continues looking at me with a mixture of concern and disgust. But what did I do? The French girl then says "It's just not fair, this is discrimination". Then slowly it dawns on me that they were referring to the policeman. Sometimes you need foreigners to give you a rude awakening.