The Mumbai Trains daily have a new story to unveil. If you are ready to experience, each day will leave you spellbound or disgruntled. Equal chances, but that’s how life is, isn’t it? Travelling in these never will cease to surprise you.
You will have people getting at each other’s lives to secure a place to sit, there are others who tread over dangers, live on an edge and prefer hanging on the foot-board rather than dehydrate themselves in the packed confines. But on the other hand, the same people will go out of their way to leave no stone unturned if you are in distress. The same happened for two days in a row. And I was witness to it.
The wrath of Mumbai heat has been infamous for a while now. More so the perspiring bodies and the overhead fans that mostly serve as a showpiece since they are don’t much serve the purpose for which they are hanged there!! Everywhere you see, you can find faces of people like the villagers in Lagaan, awaiting a drop of rain. 😀
It’s been two days in a row that I have seen ladies fainting due to extreme heat and dehydration. When this happens the same people who are fighting a second ago, have a sudden split personality, drop everything including their egos and fights and are there to help. They go out of their way to make the lady lie on the seat, fan her continuously, call from her cell phone to know her whereabouts and help her regain her senses. A truly wonderful sight. They are as much in a hurry as others. Yet, the only thing they have in mind is the well-being of the person fainted.
It amazes me to behold such a sight. The goodness and the selfishness with which these people display affection is truly what being human is! They are suffering in the same way, yet they do not hesitate to help. I love the spirit. The worries about reaching late to office and having to face the music are left for another day. I hope this continues as is. And how much ever I crib, I would want to be in this city till the end of my life. Not that I have much choice there, but just. Whatever travelling woes I face, Mumbai Locals are by far the most convenient and fastest mode of transport. Of course they have some drawbacks, but that I will leave for some other day.