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The Right Track for Romance

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
April 2014
The Right Track for Romance

If you’re single and eager to find a partner, you might want to consider public transportation. Driving to work by yourself probably won’t get you much romance, even if you have a bumper sticker that says, “Honk if you’re available.”

Riding a commuter train to work is how engineers Sujata Mahidhara and Anirudh Joshi hooked up. Their romance blossomed during their morning and evening rides on Caltrain in the San Francisco area. They plan to get married next month in a train-themed wedding.

“If it weren’t for Caltrain, we may never have started dating,” Mahidhara told Caltrain’s blog, Peninsula Moves. “Ani describes it as an ideal dating situation. You get 45 minutes of someone’s undivided attention, at the end of which there’s no awkward kiss or reach for the check. Just a promise to see each other again on the train the next day.”

Mahidhara sees other advantages to meeting someone on the commute. “If you see someone on the train regularly during peak hours, you can often infer that he’s employed and successful…” she said. “It works as well as any dating site.”

You have to be somewhat lucky to find Mr. or Miss Right on a train, but it sure beats checking out the driver who just honked at you.

Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
[Comments? Contributions? Please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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