The Bombay Spirit...Aamchi Mumbai

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

This can happen only in our Bombay (Aamchi Mumbai) where else. Read

Only local train passengers in Bombay will know how helpful commuters
try to be......  Last week, a hapless victim fell prey to the over
enthusiastic Bombay's local train commuters.

Our hero, a man from Pune, wanted to go to Matunga, but as luck and Trains
would have it, boarded a fast train not halting at his destination. He
panicked on realizing his mistake but by then the local had started moving.
On seeing his plight, a sympathetic co-passenger decided to come to his

It seemed that he had been commuting by that particular train (6:03 pm
Kasara Fast) for the past 6 years and had noticed that the train always
slowed down just before Matunga station and crawled at a snail's pace while
passing through it. He told the man to jump out of the running train as it
slowed down and that with a little bit of fleet-footedness, he would make it
safely on terra firma. However, knowing the man's inexperience, he added
some words of caution:

"Keep running the moment you jump or you'll fall. Just keep running." He
stressed the word "running" lest the man not know the laws of motion.
The train did slow down just before Matunga station and at the prompting of
His mentor, our hero jumped out of the train and started running as if
allHell had broken loose.

What he didn't realise, of course, was that he was running parallel to the
train instead of running away from it. Meanwhile, the train slowed down
further, so that the man was running faster than the train. In the process,
he reached the door of the next compartment and the footboard commuters
there pulled him in thinking he was trying to board the train!

To his agony, the train picked up speed and sped past Matunga and his new
co-passengers started to congratulate him on how lucky he had been, until he
told them that they had actually undone what he had done with

Those standing at the door of his "ex-compartment" had witnessed the whole
drama and just couldn't stop laughing at the poor man's situation, while he
grinned sheepishly!! !

Ae dil, hai mushkil, jeena yahaan,  
Zara hatke, zara bachke,  
Yeh hai Bombay meri jaan


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