Mumbai Diary: Saturday scene

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

What to do when it gets hot
The heat is certainly making itself felt, and those who can take time off are heading to the slightly cooler climes of popular vacation spots such as Lonavala and Panchgani.

But do be careful when taking a dip, as the refreshing water can also be treacherous to the unwary. Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar
But do be careful when taking a dip, as the refreshing water can also be treacherous to the unwary. Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar

But you don’t have to go that far. We spotted fun-loving youngsters splashing around in the Bhadsa dam in Shahpur taluka (Thane district). The irony is that villagers of Khardi village, which is near this and a few other dams, don’t get water supply and have to walk to nearby wells to fetch water.

Complaint? It won’t fit here
What's the use of a broken complaint box? That’s what women commuters using Nahur railway station on the Central line wonder. The complaint box, meant for women, has been installed next to the station manager’s office.

Where do we complain about this? Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar
Where do we complain about this? Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar

The box is locked, but it is broken, its cover bent and misshapen. Obviously, complaints will fall out as soon as they are dropped in. Much like “in one ear and out the other”. Is that what they are trying to tell us?

Old-school advertisement at work
Goafest, the Indian advertising fraternity’s annual meet, is going on in the sunny environs of Goa and the message on the first day hinged on digital being the big thing (which, of course, they have been saying for the last five years).

This handwritten advertisement is stuck on a pole at Andheri station
This handwritten advertisement is stuck on a pole at Andheri station

And just when we thought that digital is indeed what the world of advertising is all about, this ad at Andheri station caught our eye. In the age of information, with an overload of messages bombarding us while we commute, this plain old handwritten ad, that too in Devnagri, sans pictures and frills, did what an ad must do ‘catch one’s eye’. 

It’s nothing fancier than a dhobi advertising his services, with a simple poster on platform 3 of one of the city’s busiest railway stations.

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