Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Tales

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

It's a dog’s life
That's what harried train commuters think sometimes when the going gets really tough.

These dogs are as busy as regular commuters at Dombivili station while
These dogs are as busy as regular commuters at Dombivili station while (below) being a friend of the commuters, this dog gets a helping hand in return when she has a handful of puppies to take care of. Pics/Shrikant Khuperkar

Being a friend of the commuters, this dog gets a helping hand in return when she has a handful of puppies to take care of

Maybe that’s why these dogs hang out with train travelers at Dombivili station, sharing the atmosphere if not the actual journey. Meanwhile, one commuter did his bit in return, offering food to a new canine mum outside Dombivili station.

Just another train commuter
Train commuters on Central Railway were in for a surprise. On Monday evening, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis decided that the best way to reach Kalyan during the evening peak hours was not clearing the roads with a siren-toting pilot car, but taking the humble train!

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis

The CM, complete with entourage of guards and bureaucrats, boarded the 6.29pm Kalyan-bound semi-fast train at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. “He wanted to reach Kalyan on time for a function and so he suddenly decided to take the train,” said sources who also travelled in the same train.

Regular commuters were taken aback at seeing the chief minister in the first-class carriage, but did not remain bewildered for long. Out came the camera-equipped cellphones, and in addition to taking pictures of themselves with the CM, pictures of the CM, and pictures of themselves, some commuters even rang up their folks and asked the CM to speak a few words too! Now this was an imposition, but the soft-spoken CM obliged around 10 commuters.

He also talked to the commuters about improvement of train services, reducing congestion at platforms as well as in the trains, in the near future. The train reached Kalyan around 7.50pm. We’re glad the CM chose not to disrupt traffic, which is what often happens when VIPs travel by road in their official plus escort vehicles.

Book those chuckles
Online ordering may be convenient, but there is nothing to beat actually picking up a book, reading the blurb and sampling the pages, in a bookshop. So we were meandering in one the other day and came across a whole shelf full of one of our favourite authors PG Wodehouse. Oddly enough, however, the books were in the children’s section.

While PGW is all about humour, it is more likely to appeal to (and be understood by) adults rather than children, we think. Of course, looking at some of the fiction that is produced for kids these days, PGW is probably recommended reading, as it is clean, “family” entertainment and impeccably written, as well. On second thought, we could do worse than dip into the world of Bertie Wooster.

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