Travel Shot: The apology !

It had been a hectic Friday at the University and I was glad when I boarded the tube that would take me to Baker’s Street station, which was closest tube stop to where I lived in London. It was a cold January day and all I wanted to do was to get into the warmth of my room. As I hurried towards the exit, I saw a notice on one side and idly glanced at it as I passed it.

What I saw stopped me in my tracks as I had seen nothing like it before. I mean, nothing like it before in India.

I was amazed to not only see an apology over a delay in the services of the Bakerloo Line (of the London Underground) that day, but also the reasons for that delay. And to top it all off, the apology was sincere and a personal one from the General Manager of the Bakerloo Line himself !

Anybody who has travelled by any system of transport in India, would understand why I was so astonished to see the apology. The only thing we get to hear are the “we regret…” or the “hamein khed hai ki…” — a line which is used for delivering a condolence message or delivering automated messages!

Can you imagine seeing such a poster or apology put out by the Indian Railways, or local transport services in the various cities of India?

6 thoughts on “Travel Shot: The apology !

  1. What a wonderful apology letter! Sometimes, no matter how frustrated you are or how drained, an apology seems to make it all good again. No, I am yet to see an equivalent here. 😀

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    1. You have put it very aptly, Deboshree. An apology, and that too a sincere one, just seems to make things better. During my year’s stay in London, I came across a few more “apology” letters and announcements, but this one has to be the best that I have seen.

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  2. Very nice Sudha, as usual. I am impressed with your postings. I wish to see such apology in Algeria as well. Keep up the good work and writing. You are really raising awarness not only in India but throughout the world.

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