Okhil Chandra Sen wrote this letter to the Sahibganj divisional railway officer in 1909. It is on display at the Railway Museum in New Delhi.

Any guesses why this letter is of Historic Value?

It led to the introduction of TOILETS in trains in India!!!

Yes that’s correct. So are you stepping back because your english is not good ?
Then don’t be. This letter by Okhil babu is the reason why you have toilets in the Indian trains today.

letter-to-railway toilet


Dear Sir,

I am arrive by passenger train Ahmedpur station and my belly is too much swelling with jackfruit. I am therefor went to privy. Just I doing the nuisance that guard making whistle blow for train to go off and I am running with lotah in one hand and dhoti in the next when I am fall over and expose all shocking to man and female women on platform. I am got leaved Ahmedpur station.

This too much bad, if passenger go to make dung that dam guard not wait train minutes for him. I am therefor pray your honour to make big fine on that guard for public sake. Otherwise I am making big report to papers.

Your’s faithfully servent,

Okhil Ch. Sen.


If even you know bad english and not good english, not be afraid to speak up. Subject matters not language. 😛

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