Read Train

Read Train

Read Train


What do you usually see when you take the train? People chatting? Sleeping? Hooked to their cell phone? Or reading? These questions keep running through my mind when I take the train. Why do I take the train? Because it is faster and cheaper. I do not need to get stuck in the traffic jam with a lot of other people. Even though I have to cram inside the train car with other people, I do not care, because for me price and time are everything. Besides, often time I enjoy the surrounding on the train. There is no border inside the train. It accommodates the old and young, women and men, various ethnicities and religions. Everyone is equal and unite, no social caste.

Nevertheless, there is one thing that always bothers me. Most of the passengers are always glued to their phone. Some use their earphones, listening to some songs. Some laugh while watching their screen. I understand that it is their right to use their spare time on the train, but isn’t there anything more interesting than watching the screen full of radiation? One time, my eyes were hooked on a middle-aged woman. No, not because of her face, but because of what she was doing. She was reading a book. When most passengers were attached to their phones, she was reading intently.

That time, I imagined how it would be if all train passengers read during their travel. Of course, it would be pleasant to look at. Not only that they will spend their time, they will also have more knowledge on many things. With that, I am sure literacy rate in Indonesia will skyrocket as it should be. No more ranked 60 above Botswana. We will be in the same rank as Malaysia, Thailand and even Finland. From a simple “Train” to a “Read Train” because of people’s reading habit in Indonesia. Yes, hopefully.