A train horn was the only thing I could hear.
I was in a hurry to get home from work and the train was coming from my hometown.
My mother, however, was not having it.
“The train is late,” she told me.
“They’re all late,” I replied.
I didn’t think much of it at the time, but I was quickly convinced that she had a problem.
“I don’t like late trains,” she replied.
“We are not used to late trains, so we don’t really want to be late.”
“I’m sorry to hear that,” I told her, trying to find the words.
It was a week later and I still hadn’t been able to explain my problem to my mother.
When I told my mother, she was genuinely worried.
“It’s not a problem, is it?” she asked.
“No,” I said.
The next day I called her and she told her I was thinking about trying to get my mother to understand my predicament.
I explained that the train I was talking about had left my hometown and that I had to get to my home in the city of Pune.
My mother said I was wrong.
“You’re not going to be able to reach your mother,” she said.
“The train has to leave.”
I was confused and felt like I was going insane.
She asked me to come with her to the train station, where I was told to get off.
Once on the train, I was relieved to find that the engine of the train had stopped and there were no passengers on board.
It wasn’t until I got on the platform that I realised what had happened.
Before I could ask my mother if she had any idea, I had been thrown off the train and landed in a muddy field.
A few minutes later, I realised that I’d accidentally taken a picture of my mother on the ground.
In the days that followed, I became increasingly worried about my mother and started asking her questions about the incident.
On the day I got the call from my mother that I was being thrown off a train, she asked me a question about the circumstances of my injury.
That was when I realised something very important: my mother was not alone.
We are all connected, writes Jyoti Khera in the book.
According to a survey by the International Institute of Human Rights (IHRI), a Mumbai-based advocacy organisation, women are three times more likely to be injured by a train than men.
There are around 50,000 female casualties every year in India, according to the IHRI.
And this number is rising rapidly.
Women are six times more often the victims of physical violence in India than men, according the survey.
India has the third-highest number of women killed by violence on the road in the world.
At the moment, only five Indian states have passed legislation to increase the minimum age of drivers to 20 years and have given the government more powers to enforce safety rules.
But the most pressing issue facing India’s women is their inability to access education, employment or health care, says Akshay Mishra, an expert on gender violence.
Indian society has traditionally seen women as the breadwinners, the backbone of the family.
Yet, the IHI says, the number of Indian women who are pregnant is three times that of their male counterparts.
To be fair, it is not all bad news.
For example, the gender gap in employment and employment skills is narrowing.
Women in India are also more likely than men to have been sexually abused in their childhoods.
So, yes, India has a lot to worry about. Mashable