Conversation With A Stranger On A Journey.

Humans cannot live alone and hence the society has emerged as a large institution to keep people united. But it is impossible always to get familiar with all the people of the society. A few days ago, I had a conversation with an unknown person and it was highly interesting.

I was travelling to Mumbai, and suddenly noticed that a young English woman of almost my age was sitting beside me. I was reading a thriller and coincidentally the lady was also reading the same thriller. Meanwhile, she also noticed me and started talking about the book that we were reading. I also participated in the discussion with her eagerly. Gradually I came to know that she is a wise woman and knows more about the writer of the book than me. I was reading the book for passing the time on the train. When I do not have anything to do in such cases, I read novels for passing the time. This is a habit for me but I found that reading novels was a fascination for the lady. We discussed different issues of the entire thriller series.

Gradually I introduced myself and came to know about her. Her name was Jessica Bill. She was a teacher of English in a local elementary school. She lives alone in Mumbai and her family was in England. The school authority had hired for a three-year contract to teach British English at the school. She is a fan of thrillers and also told me that she has a huge collection of thrillers written by different renowned writers. She loves to read. I also expressed myself to her.

The conversation between us took place inside the train. As a female, I took my seat on a corner, designated for females, and Jessica also sat by me on the same row. The train was less crowded as it was noon and everyone was busy with their respective works.  We discussed numerous issues during the journey. We got down at the same station and her residence was a few minutes’ walk from there. We exchanged our telephone numbers and social network identity to remain in touch.

I am an introvert in nature, and accordingly, I do not prefer to talk with unknown people in most of the cases unless there are any emergencies raised. But the scenario was completely different here. Jessica was unknown to me and the issue was also similar for her. She was the lady with a cheerful mind and made the first move to talk to me. So, a sense of friendship grew between us. We shared our views and ideas about the world. She is living alone here and so I invited her to be at my place in Mumbai on her weekends where she will get an entertaining environment. The conversation was interesting for both of us. We laughed out loud while discussing the comical events of the movies made based on the thriller- James Bond. In fact, being an introvert, the number of my friends is limited but when I met Jessica, she behaved like a good friend to me. I was highly amazed at her ability to meet someone so fast and make them feel comfortable with her. She could do this only because of her extrovert nature and her outgoing attitude has made her company comfy for everyone and even talking with her is also interesting.

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