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Chronicles from local trains in Mumbai

Much sombre today it was

The mood was much sombre today morning at and in the ladies dabba.

Announcement at the station: The train arriving in platform no.4 is a fast train to Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus. This train will halt at Ghatkopar, Kurla, Dadar and Byculla.

I reached the platform as the train was just pulling in. Most of the women on the platform were giving empathetic looks to each other. There was much silence as against the usual chitter-chatter.

My mother whispered to me: I heard that a lady jumped on the railway track at platform no.1. I just saw the police/ authorities take her body away on a stretcher

Me: Was she alone or was there someone with her? How did you know she was dead?

Mother: Apparently a man (maybe her husband) was trying to pull her up, persuading her to pull herself up on to the platform. She refused. The body on the stretcher was fully covered with the cloth.

The train pulled in and we all got in (more crowded than usual today). Much silence in there too. Wonder what each one of us was really thinking.

As for me: I was just hoping the police/ authorities  were mistaken and the lady would live to regret her decision of jumping on the railway track & feel blessed that she was alive.


About Sarita

My 10,000th day on Planet Earth was June 28, 2010


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