#MumbaiRains – The Big Reveal!
I’m not the type of guy to post about this on Social Media, but oh well, Mumbai you’ve compelled me to do it!
Amidst all the rant that will be going on about how the rains have screwed up everyone’s life, here’s a big thank you to Mumbai & every person in this city for reminding me that I live in such a kick-ass city with some kick-ass people!
I left home at 9:30 in the morning for Andheri, drenched wet within 10 minutes of exiting the house, waited endlessly for a Cab but couldn’t get one. Out of nowhere a Cab WITH a passenger stops by & the guy inside asked if me & the random guy next to me were headed for the station, which we were so we obviously joined him. To my surprise, this followed with absolutely NO conversation in the cab except for the initial thank you & welcome, as if it was taken for granted that single passengers are supposed to do an act like this.
Reached Andheri eventually, running late for my errand & not able to get a rickshaw, in the end I rushed & caught a Bus. FML; it was the wrong bus. Now I had to wait for the next stop… but guess what, the conductor stopped the bus mid-road just so that I could get down & also gave me the correct route (Conductor of Route 257, Thank You!). I was embarrassed yet amazed, he didn’t really need to do that, right?
An umbrella in one hand, my phone in the other, the arrogant me relied more on Google Maps than the people around me. Frantically crossing roads & figuring out where the hell am I supposed to go with a barely functional wet screen, this random Panwala who’s been observing me go in circles, calls me out from across the street, asks me where do I want go & gives me the exact directions. He could have just minded his own business, but no, this man helps me out.
Done with the work I head back, again no rickshaw so it’s a long walk to Andheri Station, saw a bike stuck right before the flyover, went in to help the guy sort it out, gave it a push & there he was off. And for some vague reason, the traffic cop at that flyover gave me an informal salute. As if in some way I helped him by helping this guy. But even if so, why did he need to do that? He could’ve just continued with his work.
Reached Dadar, again no cabs, but this time no buses either, the road seemed to be temporarily closed. Waited for 15 minutes or so, meanwhile I noticed this huge branch on the road in front of the Plaza Bus Stop. Tried nudging it, didn’t work out, tried to lift it, again no use. But in the course of these 30-35 seconds of me failing at moving the branch, 2 Random Guys joined in to get the branch off the road & yes we managed to move it. Again, no conversations between us, as if we were all doing our job.
Tired of waiting, I chose to walk home in this weather with knee deep water on the roads & for some god forsaken reason every person I come across struggling in the rains is actually smiling at me; strangers who I don’t even know, who I may never even meet in my life. But here’s the funny part, for some reason even I’m smiling back at them. As if we both know the ordeal that we are going through, as if they’ve had their own set of experiences today exactly like mine.
Experiences which make us realize that this city is not filled with rapists & murderers as what we see on the news, but with people like you & me who are living in this crammed up city, trying to get a life & at the same time understanding the pain that the others are going through. It’s days like these that make me realize how easy it is to rant & scream about how pathetic this city is, how bad the infrastructure is, & blah & blah… but in all this commotion miss out on those beautiful nuances that the people in this city have got to offer.
Whether you are from Mumbai or not, you gotta commend this city & its people! So here’s a thank you to Mumbai & to everyone who’s been a part of this kick-ass city. I’m sure in one way or the other, you have impacted my life. Maybe after reading this you are reminded of the moments that you might have missed… maybe after reading this you’ll live the moments yet to come a little bit more.
While Mumbai might as well stop in the coming few hours due to the rains, the People won’t; and I guess that’s what matters. Proud to be a Mumbaikar.❤