Madhur Prashant - “In the shoes of a commuter”


 Madhur Prashant

Madhur Prashant has graduated from Humber and is ready for her next adventure!

Many international students are under the effect of a culture shock, and some warm up cosily to climate shock.

I feel a rare kind– it’s called Commute Shock. 

Commute Shock
For many, commute is a daily chore done at-least twice a day. For those that oblige their local public transport, it is taxing, but sometimes relaxing as well!

When commuting, we bump into a hundred faces, each of which reads like a book. Watch carefully and you’ll notice the comedy, horror, suspense, thrill and drama of life come alive.

Many however, may find the company of ‘smart’ phones and smarter books more interesting.

Commuting is a job

Commuting is a job. It’s the job we pay to do. It’s the job we do without bosses or subordinates. It’s a job that takes us near our loved and not-so-loved ones.

With 15 years of training in different parts of the world, I have no option but to use these into moments of observation.

So I study the Job and do the job to Study! Ahh... whatever that means!


“I took a deep breath as I peeked into the dark tunnel and waited for the train to light it.”

I blame my commute shock to habits acquired back home. Some keywords summarize the state of commuters in a well-connected and serviced system back in Mumbai. These hopefully will fuel your imagination and reduce my writing effort.

Peak hour in Mumbai

7:30 am (Peak hour):

  • Queue: was-it-a-queue?! you-were-never-in-the-queue!
  • Privacy: privacy’s-got-no-space-here!
  • Stress: push, shove, growl, rant, pant, glare, stare, gasp, sigh, pointed heels dig into anonymous feet, three-seats-accommodate-four, thirty passengers-through one door, 400 passengers-packed in one car meant for 82........

Like I said, commuting is a tough job. Every minute and every seat is more precious than anything (in that moment). A window-side seat is a lottery.

Having consumed the valuable commuter traits, I began a new journey in a new country armed with old habits.


“I have acquired different commuter habits and have ‘happy feet’ on the move.”