My sandal falls into the gap between Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express and Nagpur railway station platform. It is December 21, close to midnight.

I lower myself into that gap, not completely. My foot struggles to find and slip into the sandal.

I hear a very loud horn. My heart is beating violently. No, that was another train. I’ve still got atleast two minutes. Phew. These metal wheels are so big, and its so dark and filthy here.

My foot finds the sandal! I am coming up now!

It slips out again.

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