Complaining letter that got toilets installed on India's trains


26 Responses to “Complaining letter that got toilets installed on India's trains”

  1. BijouxBoy says:

    Lord that was funny. What a day. From bad to worse. Too much jackfruit.

  2. Kimmo says:

    What beautiful Indlish!

    : D

  3. Mark Dow says:

    I’m hoping Next Media Animation will do a CGI re-enactment in sepia tones, with a bit of steampunk and Bollywood flair.

  4. Ted Mills says:

    “All My Shocking” will soon be somebody’s Tumblr site. In 1…2…3…

  5. Nathan Barry says:

    What a fantastic typeface too, someone please make it into a webfont!

  6. Steven Vanderveer says:

    How was that letter produced? That font can’t possibly be someone’s actual handwriting…

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      How was that letter produced? That font can’t possibly be someone’s actual handwriting…

      It says that the original is in the archive, so that’s probably a hand-lettered poster for display.  Painstakingly hand-lettering a complaint to a civil servant, however, would not seem out of place in India, particularly in 1909.

    • Into_anus says:

      A copy of the original typewritten letter can be found on the following link, there are a couple of differences in it too which I guess the “hand letterer” introduced:

  7. gwailo_joe says:

    This is all kinds historical wonderful: for myself, when running with Lotah and occasional Dhoti I am always endeavor to not be exposing all my shocking…

    It is my sincere hoping that these are the persons to get the proper filicetious recommendations in future livings…

    Edit: never run with a lotah. Period.

    ‘occasional’ dhoti wearing could get one arrested however; but perhaps not in SF…

  8. Daemonworks says:

    All your shocking are belong to us.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  9. And that is how you get shit done in India.

    But wait a second, so a guy has to go to the toilet, and since he didn’t factor that into his departure calculations, the conductor whistles the train to go without him.

    Then he threatens to make it public (that the conductor made the train leave on time) and hopes the conductor will get a big fine…

    Makes perfect sense to install toilets after that. The solution to trains leaving on time is to install a toilet. Ever since trains in India are late because they have a toilet.

  10. By the context, I read “Lotah in one hand and Dhoti in the next” as something quite shocking indeed.
    However, the dictionary says Lotah is a “globular water container” and Dhoti is “A loincloth worn by Hindu men in India”. Given the seriousness of the letter, it certainly makes more sense, although I personally prefer my initial reading for the comedy value. I was just waiting for spaghetti to fall out of his pocket too.

  11. retepslluerb says:

    female women? So I guess they had male women, too?

    No, seriously, why “female women”? Is there a grammatical construct in any of the languages the gentlemen grew up with that would lead to such a translation?

  12. claybob says:

    Pretty amazing that India’s rail service sparked so many people into action. Gandhi, this guy, and I wonder how many more.

  13. AlexG55 says:

    I don’t know any  Indian languages, but I can imagine a language where the word for “person” generally means “man”, and to say “woman” you would say “female person”.

  14. Paul Renault says:

    I am forgetting to be saying that I was being reading that letter in Chilly Beach’s Constable Al’s voice…
    Bonus, he is being wearing a dhoti in this episoding.

  15. bobchadwick says:

    The toilets on Indian trains still look like they were installed in 1909.

  16. Remind me never to eat jackfruit…

  17. Hugh Johnson says:

    Wow, reads like a trouble ticket email I get from our helpdesk.

  18. Fallandmisstheground says:

    And by toilet, you mean a hole cut in the floor. A very “refreshing” but slightly disconcerting experience, relieving one’s self with the tracks rushing underneath.

  19. pthree says:

    Who knew they had babelfish in 1909.

  20. petr says:

    is a hole on the floor of a moving train more disconcerting than a hole in the floor where the pigs come looking up at you in anticipation?

  21. Stranger Stranger says:

    Cant stop laughing for a moment :)) damn there were his guts displayed in the letter, dont know what he dispayed in the station :))

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