Mumbai Diary: Sunday shorts

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

Monsoon-er rather than later
So, we are moving towards a season of dark clouds, potholed roads, challenging commutes and flooded areas that may lead to all kinds of disease, including dengue.

White mountain: Labourers collect salt in the salt pans near Airoli creek before the monsoon hits in earnest. Pics/PTI
White mountain: Labourers collect salt in the salt pans near Airoli creek before the monsoon hits in earnest. Pics/PTI  

Monsoon is the time when you read headlines like, 'Man broke leg because of pothole', or 'Child falls into manhole, rescued'.

Morbidity and negativity aside, there are some, one-for-the-photo-album moments as Mumbai gets ready for the monsoon.

At first glance, these two pictures may look disconnected (because what do salt and cycles have in common besides the alliteration?).

Wheel deal: Policemen patrol Girgaum Chowpatty on their newly allotted bicycles. Patrols at beaches intensify during this season. These bicycles are currently generating a lot of attention. An interesting experiment, we'd say
Wheel deal: Policemen patrol Girgaum Chowpatty on their newly allotted bicycles. Patrols at beaches intensify during this season. These bicycles are currently generating a lot of attention. An interesting experiment, we'd say 

But, they both show how the city is preparing for its monsoon moments. So, enough of yammering because like the big picture on the page says: a picture is worth a thousand words. So, we will let the pictures tell the story.

Finding blue
Ever since the afternoon this diarist spotted him perched upon a wired railing along the railway track wall, the eyes scan the branches, overhead wires and walls between Elphinston and Lower Parel Station.

Twice lucky, the time is always noted, hoping that the meeting will recur at the same time the next day.

Usually, the train ride commences at noon. The scorching sun overhead and the dull surroundings make it easy to him. But common kingfishers are a sensitive lot.

Thank God for their royal blue coat, which makes them easy to see once in a while.

All fall down
The rains claimed a four-wheeler. Fortunately there was nobody in the car when a tree fell on a car parked near old Prabhadevi Mandir On Friday night post midnight. The Prabhadevi Road was blocked as the tree lay across half the road early Saturday. The fire department cleared the road at 7 am, but the remnants lay about even a few hours later.

A tree damaged a car at Prabhadevi yesterday. Pic/Hemal Ashar
A tree damaged a car at Prabhadevi yesterday. Pic/Hemal Ashar 

One heard that the authorities were waiting for the garden department to clear it. Meanwhile, the smashed car stood attest to nature's sudden fury. The tree seemed to be uprooted and keeled over with force.

The bustling lane, well-known for Sarang Bandhu vada pav and playing host to the annual Prabhadevi fair, was abuzz. Bystanders took pictures, made small talk and the overall sentiment was of relief that no one was injured. All in a morning's work.

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