Category Archives: Commuting Woes

Raining. Reading.

Going by the news on TV, Bombay seems to have drowned to its depths and re-emerged today. But really, does this not happen every year?  Despite everything,  I completely trust Railways in this regard. Trains will be delayed, they’ll be … Continue reading

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Gaah!

Last week I got caught in a miserable discussion with three fellow women travelers in the local train. The women had a 2 yr old child with them who was squirming in her tight pants. The women promptly decided that … Continue reading

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Beggar’s World

  The world inside the ladies compartment is a faithful reflection of the outside world: a world of the haves and the have-nots. Those who have a seat, and those who don’t. It does not matter whether you are educated, … Continue reading

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“Only for Ladies”

      In these crowded times, a reserved seat is a much appreciated commodity. If you are a woman, a senior citizen, or a physically challenged person, there’s a space of your own in a BEST bus. But beyond the policy … Continue reading

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The Fourth Seat

When they ran the first electric train between VT and Kurla in 1925 I think they hoped people would travel comfortably on planks of wood. The operative word is comfortable. The lengths of the planks were designed just right for … Continue reading

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Maximum City, Maximum Farce

So then…Raj Thackeray gets arrested, and the city simply limps.  We woke up to sms beeps, cautioning us to travel safetly to work. My father calls up and simply asks me to stay put. My mom says, “Its better to … Continue reading

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Dusshera on wheels

Until he retired, my father and his train group had this annual dusshera ritual. Money would be pooled in, and tasks delegated. Someone would get flowers, someone else would get the decorations, a cocunut, and lots of sweets. Everyone would land up on the station, one … Continue reading

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Commuting Blues…and Blurs!

Sometimes i wonder why i even bother staying in this city. Perhaps this city is just for those who have cars. Or those who live in ‘town’ and need not bother about commuting. Its not for people who live in … Continue reading

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Floods and the City (again!)

Ok, as the world knows by now, Bombay got lovely incessant rains since last night, continuing well into this morning. Mamu got stuck in the train at Kalyan. Chechi stood at the platform with hundred other commuters, hoping that the … Continue reading

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Singing in the (T)rain

Train Singing: noun, org. India. Singing songs in a group during a train journey, as loudly and lousily as possible. Song repertoire may include old and new Bollywood film songs, Marathi hits, Bhajans, accompanied by beating of train walls, briefcases … Continue reading

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Rain, and Train Trauma

Rains have come to Bombay, but the experts say that monsoon is still a few days away. Yet, this afternoon, it rained pretty heavily in and around town. I was in Dadar, and view from the fifth floor office was … Continue reading

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Preface

After traveling all the way from Ambernath to Santacruz for three years of my graduation, I had had enough. This route covered both central and western railways of Mumbai suburban train network. Attending college meant putting in more than four … Continue reading

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