Act 2, Scene VII : Set in an Indian second class train compartment. The train had just left the station and is passing through a jungle area.
TC on Indian train to passengers : Everyone, tickets please !
A group of annoyed passengers : And just who might you be ? How can the fate of two thousand rail passengers be decided by just a couple of ticket collectors ?
Reality Check who happened to be on the same train : Relax guys, the TC is just enforcing the rules of the Indian railways. The rules say that every passenger must have a valid ticket in the correct class, for the correct date, for the correct train, and between the stations they board and the station they alight. Please produce your tickets and enjoy your journey.
Irate passengers : Shut the eff up Mr Reality Check, no one is talking to you !
Shortly afterwards, a major commotion breaks out. Other passengers join in, someone pulls the chain so the entire train comes to a screeching halt. Since it has stopped in a lawless jungle area, there is a threat of Naxals hijacking the train. Some foreigners find the whole thing curious and start taking pictures.
At this point Reality Check decides to climb on to his berth and catch some sleep. He has trouble sleeping with all the noise. He looks around and sees others in the berths sleeping soundly, completely unaffected by the din below. Feels a little jealous.
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