Recently I came accross the number seven for a number of things. This reminded of an incident. I was travelling from Baroda to Mumbai in Shatabdi. I still remember my seat number was C1,40. My ticket was checked and approved a few minutes after I boarded the train. The train stops for 10 minutes in Surat which comes two hours after baroda. The snacks at Surat station are so popular that everyone gets down at the station. As surat came everyone sitting around me got down to serve their tastebuds. I returned to the seat quickly and was sitting almost alone in the bogie. At that time a mother-daughter pair came and started looking for their seat. I was a little confused at this action as the bogie (railway carriage) was full when I had boarded and everyone’s ticket was also checked. Suddently the daughter came upto me and said,
daughter: Can you get up from my seat.
I was shocked at this order and replied: I have a confirmed ticket for this seat.
daughter: I just now saw in the sheet outside. My seat has been confirmed from waiting list and its this seat.
Me: Well yours was waiting list, mine has been a confirmed one since the last 2 months.
daughter: Check your ticket, I have just verified from the list outside.
This annoyed me and I replied, “My ticket has been checked and approved by the TTE an hour ago”.
This argument continued for sometime where both of us didn’t move from our grounds. Ultimately the girl decided to verify again from outside. She asked her mother to sit on the neighboring seat. The guy on that seat had a confirmed ticket which too was verified by the TTE(Ticket Examiner).
After few minutes the guy returned and the same argument occured between the mother and the guy. Finally the TTE was called who checked the list and replied,
“I checked all the tickets here. Your seat is in C7 not C1”.
To which the girl replied “Oh is it seven? I thought it was one”. At this, the entire bogie started smilling.
The whole confusion occured because the girl had read seven as one. I don’t know about the girl but whenever I get anything with digit 7 or 1, I always doublecheck the digit. People try to avoid the seven star but I try to avoid the seven confusion.