Mumbai Local trains

Mumbai, well known for her rapid moving lifestyle is always evolving in some way or other, but one thing which is still and will always be the same is the local trains. They quote her as the lifeline, and yes it is. More than 7.5 million commuters avail her services, daily, hence it is considered one of the busiest rail networks in the world.

Local trains, apart, from being few minutes late allows commuters to reach on time to their respective destinations. During any natural calamity or some accidents, local trains are most vulnerable but still, she stands firm and delivers what is expected. Trains are so important for every Mumbaikar that even if she stops in the daytime, a tense situation will be created. Local trains are proud carriers of the very famous "Dabbawala's" who has received an award of Six Sigma for making less than one mistake in every six million deliveries.

Just to give you a brief of Mumbai's railway lines, there are 3 lines that are Western, Central and Harbour out of which Western line is most busy and the busiest stations in this line are Andheri and Dadar. There are lots of people travelling from and to Andheri at the same time. Every mode of transport has some travel etiquette which people follow, with respect to trains, the only etiquette is that people first get down and only then others board the train.

Assuming you are in the train and standing ahead at the side of the door where the platform will be appearing for Andheri station, amidst the crowd, someone behind you will ask, Dost Andheri? It actually means that whether you want to get down at Andheri station as the train will stop at the junction, as that individual wants to get down. Either you will say yes or no, your reply to the question is as important as a decision from an umpire in a cricket match, or a Supreme Court judge's final verdict. The reason it is so important is that your statement will determine how the person who asked the question will behave with you in the next few moments to come.

If you say, “Yes”, that means you will get down, then that individual will just give you a nod confirming you are safe and you won't be wiped out from the crowd wave behind you. It's like you are in a safe zone and will enjoy all the facilities available for that group. Slowly and steadily the crowd will push you as the platform is visible and without any effort from your end, you will automatically reach the edge near the door. Before the train stops, you are already out of the train, others left inside struggles to quickly get out as from Andheri station next slot gets loaded with equal speed as compared to the speed of offloading slot.  The equation here is that if 10 people get down at Andheri, 15 people get in, such is the equation.

If you say, “No”, then my friend only God can help you in that situation. It might be the biggest mistake of your life if you are not getting down at Andheri station and standing ahead of the people who are supposed to get down. The first reaction will be a grim look, then the 2nd reaction will be verbal and the flow of words that follows, later on, you will never forget. These will be terms of superlative curse words involving your family members for no reason; you on another hand, wonder what on earth has gone wrong. Actually, these people don't like to hear "No", they will keep on saying until you let them go ahead.

The stereotypical replies would be like as follows

    a)"Arre pehli baar aaya hai kya train mein, chal piche aa",

Translation – Have you been in train for the first time, get aside, let me go

      b)"Nahi utarna hai toh piche kadha rehneka",

Translation – If you are not getting down then why the hell you are standing ahead of us

      c)"Bhai, utarke chadna"

Translation – Bro, get down, then again board the train.

      d)"!@#$%^^ &&**)(*"

Translation – No need, even translation will mean the same “!@#$%^^ &&**)(*"

Statement (d) meant the best possible abusive language you can hear in Mumbai, so epic that it restricts me to feature in the blog.

Like Andheri, there are various other stations like Dadar, Kurla, Thane, and Kalyan which has similar scenarios, only thing changes is the language and statement (d) to be precise. This observation was in guy’s compartment but I am very much curious to know what the ladies speak when they face such a situation. So those ladies, who are reading this blog, do comment if you have heard or said anything related to the topic.

 People who travel daily in local trains can relate so much to this, those who have never travelled or never faced this epic scenario, I dare you to take this adventure and get the real raw taste of it. Those who have already tasted it comment below what replies you got.

Keep travelling…!!!

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  1. Hahaha.. also which direction the next station will come creates confusion for newbies.. you should hear experiences of newbies or people from other cities getting on to Mumbai local..

    Nice read..

    1. Yes actually, asking the newbies would be full of great insights which might be a part of the 2nd version of this blog.

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