Rajdhani express had picked up speed as it left Dhanbad. In this particular winter night the train was mostly empty. A thirty something lady on the upper berth was too cold to fall asleep. She looked around and located the pile of blanket across the compartment. She was too lazy to get down and fetch the blankets. Instead, she stuck her head out and looked at the only other passenger sleeping in the bottom berth.”Excuse me sir,” she said with a smile. “If you be so kind and bring me a blanket, I would really appreciate it.”
The middle aged man looked at her, pulled his blanket off, and sat up.
“Sure madam,” he said. But paused for a moment and looked up at her.
“But what is there for me?”
She was puzzled. “What you mean?”
“Well, if I am going to do you a favor, don’t you think it is natural that you do a favor to me?”
She thought for a bit. “Sure, what do you propose?”
“Seeing that we are alone here,” he continued. “If madam agrees, I would propose that we pretend we are married couple instead of strangers.”
She considered the implication for a bit. “Okay, it is unusual, but I agree to that. What do I have to do?”
He grinned. “Please ask me again for the blanket as if you were my wife.”
“Honey, would you please get me a blanket?” she said with a coquettish smile.
“Damn woman get your own blanket. We are married now, I do not have to be polite anymore,” he said and went back to sleep.