BANGALORE: Commuters on the 3.10 pm Metro car from Byappanahalli to Mahatma Gandhi Road, fell short of pants on Sunday. When the journey began, a person dressed in black formals proceeded to remove his pants to reveal his boxers. One might have thought he was a fan of the band ACDC or he might have just wanted to be comfortable. Yet, soon another person followed suit. He even wore a blue party wig. The wig did its magic and soon comments and smiles were seen. Comments such as “Is he mad?” or “What is happening here?” were heard time and again from different people in different languages. Just as people were curious to know what was happening, two more removed their pants.
Initially, people smiled and tried diverting their attention by looking out of the window. When the Indiranagar station arrived, two men dressed in casuals removed their pants in front of the crowd. Before the car reached the destination, there were over 10 people without pants, walking in their boxers out of the station. This was done to mark “The No Pants on the Subway Day”
The day became popular in the United States and slowly made its way to Europe and Asia. The prank is played to put a smile on people’s face and give them a break from their regular routine.
The pranksters dressed in boxers give an opportunity for the viewers to laugh and brighten their day.
On Sunday, Bangalore became the first city in India to witness ‘No Pants on the Metro Day’. Arya, one of the organisers said, “We are not from any groups or clubs. We are not doing this to achieve anything but to get over 100 people to smile. A few days back we made a page on Facebook and created awareness among like-minded youth. We had a good response and many volunteered to participate. We made sure that there were a few ground rules in place — like no public nudity and respecting the sentiments of people on the train. We ensured that the rules were followed.”