Mumbai Diary: Monday musings

The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

What dreams may come
For those in the city who have a home of their own, finding sleeping space may not seem like a big deal. But there are many who don’t have a roof, let alone four walls, to call home. Some pay for an eight-hour sleeping space, and spend the rest of the hours in public places.

His support, in more ways than one, comes from his artificial limb. And his blanket is made of dreams, perhaps. Pic/Shubit Rakshit
His support, in more ways than one, comes from his artificial limb. And his blanket is made of dreams, perhaps. Pic/Shubit Rakshit

Others snatch forty winks where they can, if they have not been lucky enough to claim a 6-ft rectangle on the pavement. When stretching out itself is luxury, what price a pillow? Rolled-up clothes, an overnight bag, a stack of gunny sacks...we have seen these and many more things used as pillows by the denizens of the streets.

And in the case of this photograph, taken in the Churchgate station area, a physically disabled man makes do with all that he has, his artificial leg, for a head-rest. After all, it is the city of jugaad. But doesn’t it make you stop and think? And count your blessings?

All in the mind
Mental health has long been swept under the carpet, misunderstood and downplayed by many. But though invisible, it is as important as physical health in fact, the two go hand in hand.

Dr Harish Shetty
Dr Harish Shetty

To this end, mid-day is introducing a new column by Dr Harish Shetty, a practising psychiatrist with vast experience in mental health issues, where he will tackle questions that trouble our readers. Dr Shetty’s answers can help a wider audience in addition to those who write in, as some of the issues are likely to be universal in nature.

After all, as the Roman saying goes, Mens sana in corpore sano (A sound mind in a sound body). Check out Mind Matters on page 33 today.

Talent for good at NCPA
The National Centre for the Performing Arts is holding a show with a bit of a difference, on Wednesday. It’s a multi-genre, multilingual event which will feature performances by young children from different NGOs non-governmental organisations based in Mumbai.

As a part of the NCPA’s outreach initiatives, these talented performers will get the opportunity to perform on a professional stage in front of a live audience. The event includes a range of wide performances from group singing, a puppet show featuring the Panchatantra tales, a Judo pyramid and dance performances in different styles.

Talent from NGOs such as Bal Jeevan Trust, Apun Ka Club and Mumbai Mobile Creches, among others, will be part of this show.

When: April 22, 3pm
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Admission: Free, on a first-come-first-served basis

Returned, with thanks!
At times, we hear of blood relations letting each other down, so the question of trusting a stranger hardly arises. Yet, we came across a case where a taxi driver returned valuable laptop that a couple of passengers had left behind. Cabbie Nitin Gogavale had taken the couple from the international airport to Tilak Nagar in Kurla.

Nitin Gogavale. Pic/Satyajit Desai
Nitin Gogavale. Pic/Satyajit Desai

But well after he drove off, he realised that they had left behind a bag containing an Acer laptop. The 35-year-old driver from Prabhadevi then went back, located the couple after half an hour’s search, and returned the laptop at their doorstep.

He refused any reward, so the least they could do was reimburse him the fare from Nariman Point to Kurla, which was the distance he travelled to give their bag back. We hope there are many more such cabbies in the city. In fact, we hope they’re all like that!

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