I was in line to buy some ice cream. Just as it was my turn and I was about to step forward, a guy jumped in front of me from nowhere and placed his order. I was surprised and angry. This was not the first time this happened to me. The first few times I had kept my anger bottled in and caused a little ulcer so this time I asked him – "Where did you come from? I am in line." He said "Sorry, I did not see a line. " Well, I was part of a big fat line right there. Mistake I had made – fallen prey to the US personal space concept and not stepped right up nudging the person in front of me as he was done.
There are two types of queues in Indian – the long snaky kind and the crowd line. In both you have to watch your spot and stick to the person in front of you.
Navigating a snaky queue: These are usually long and everywhere. If you are female try looking for a ladies queue. Get over your aversion to violating personal space and having yours violated. Feel free however to stamp the feet of anyone of the opposite sex getting too close. It works as a good warning sign. Then the goal is to stick to the person in front of you and not let others get in. Also it is very advisable to bring extra family members and seed them in parallel queues.
I am going to take the kids on a train tomorrow. Today's minor loss in the queue world has me all prepped up to take on anyone and anything that resembles a queue. If my being polite does not work I will nudge and push and maybe even don a Lady Gaga costume (shock and awe). Bangalore station - queue one up for me.