Monday, 9 August 2010

The lost shoe...





My rather elusive best friend pinged me on gtalk today morning. "Nikki, a rather funny thing happened to me today morning!" said she. Now I don't get 'pinged' by her every now and then [she is going to kill me for this but hey we both are both girls! :p]. I was like, "What happened?"

Ancel [the elusive one] said, "When I boarded the train in the morning to get to work, it was crowded so I got pushed into the compartment as usual. But today in the process my shoe came off and I was pushed further inside so I had no chance of retrieving it!"

Me said, "Eeekks...no shoes in the dirty local compartment?" [Okay our Mumbai locals are not so bad but I cannot imagine boarding one bare feet or rather with only one shoe.]

Ancel said, "Yeah...I thought my sandal was gone...my Clarks! So I stood quietly and then found that someone had actually kicked my shoe inside the compartment. Phew...I quickly wore my shoe!" 


I am sure everyone has some incident of this sort to narrate when it comes to travelling in our Mumbai local. I have one too. A cardinal rule of travelling in trains here is that if you live in Andheri or Borivili [far off suburbs in Mumbai] you never get into a Virar [very far off suburb] local at rush hour. But nobody told me that when I started college. So flash back...rewind eight years back, my friend and me wanted to reach Andheri as soon as possible. However, when we got to the platform the Borivili fast had just left and the Virar local stood empty. So we were tempted and coolly got in. 


Soon a mob-like crowd filled up our II nd class compartment. In a fast train one can reach Andheri in 7 minutes flat so when the station closed in, we moved ahead only to be cursed, shoveled, and pushed around. Of course we got nowhere. Instead of letting us out, the incoming crowd pushed us in further. I am tiny so I am completely lost. Suddenly a hand pulled me out and that was my friend of course. Phew...a long sigh of relief. But my nightmare wasn't over yet. I realized my left foot was still stuck in the compartment and the train would start any minute. 


Panic set in...and I thought I was going to be dragged and then killed by this speeding monster of a train. Now the women panicked as well. So there was a lot of pushing from both ends. My friend was pulling me away from the train while  two ladies were trying to kick my foot out [no exaggeration here!]. After what seemed like a zillion seconds, my foot was out! Phew. But my shoe...my new shoe was split into two! :( 


The heal was nowhere to be seen and possibly still being trampled upon within the compartment. I wanted to cry but my pal instead of consoling me, burst out laughing. She kept giggling while I walked bare feet to the auto rickshaw stand out and took a ride home. Bah. 

28 comments:

R. Ramesh said...

ahhahaha...i dunno y but i also feel like laughing...hey seriously yar...

sujata said...

The locals in mumbai are nightmarish, but i enjoy them a lot when i am travelling in the opposite direction of rush hour traffic.

Nikita Banerjee said...

@ R.Ramesh

Yeah its funny when I look back and think now...

@ Sujata

Yeah when you travel in the opposite direction then its cool.

Raj said...

lol :P

see the main deal about getting in a local is, board it just before it starts. that way you really enjoy the ride. and getting out is easy.

Standbymind said...

haha- i never travelled by local..but seen them for sure..

Nikita Banerjee said...

@ Raj

I know what you are saying but then if there is no breathing space inside the compartment then how does one enjoy the ride?


@ Standbymind

Kabhi koshish kar lena...:P

Raj said...

offo. i meant the dangling on a cliff kinda ride. one foot on the train the other flying. sigh.
that's a ride! :P

Iggy said...

Yeh hai Mumbai meri jaan :)

Nikita Banerjee said...

@ Raj

Haan toh fir enjoy karna theek hai! :P

@ Iggy

Yup and I am gonna miss being here in 6 months!

SSD said...

Nah, it's okay. You get used to it. I kicked two people to get down at Andheri from a Virar train. People at Central are way nicer. They grumble, but they let you get down. Stupid Westerns.

blunt edges said...

Hahaha...I know why your friend laughed, coz it was phunny :P

Nikita Banerjee said...

@ SSD

Oh...westerns that bad compared to Central? I have not tried any stunt of this sort after this incident!

@ blunt_edges

haan abhi toh phunny hee hai!

Pesto Sauce said...

I can never ever travel in Mumbai locals...never even think about them

buckingfastard said...

cummon...dat was soo totally lolz!!

kinda same thing happened...dadar to s'cruz with luggage :P had to shove the luggage over the crowds head and dey angrily threw it out on platform!! mission accomplished for me :P

Nikita Banerjee said...

@ Pesto Sauce

They are not so bad ya...just avoid the Virar fast.

@ buckingfastard

Dude you are brave to even attempt that!

R. Ramesh said...

:)

Julia Smith said...

LOL! And I thought my old Dufferin bus in Toronto was bad...LOL!

D2 said...

I once had my watch strap ripped apart on a Calcutta local. My arm was wedged between a couple of rather chubby men!
Nice testament to troublesome local train experiences! :D

Chanz said...

Oh my god... thats kinda funny... I cant really blame your friend for laughing at you. If I had been there, I would have done the same... :D :P

Nikita Banerjee said...

@ R.Ramesh

:D

@ Julia Smith

You must visit India now!

@ D2

Thank god you did not lose your watch! :D

Nikita Banerjee said...

@ Chanz

I know...now even I laugh at it!

D2 said...

Oh, but I did! That's why this post reminded me of that incident more! :D

Nikita Banerjee said...

@ D2

Oh damn! too bad!

R. Ramesh said...

Happy Independence Day buddy:)

R. Ramesh said...

Happy Independence Day buddy:)

Nikita Banerjee said...

@ R.Ramesh

Thanks buddy...same to you!

Raj said...

yo nikky! find my blog!

Jyothi said...

Never had the good fortune of traveling by Mumbai local trains. I have heard a lot about it though. Maybe I will, someday.:)

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