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Thoughts Every Mumbaikar Have While Travelling in the Mumbai Local!

Have you ever travelled in a Virar Local during the peak hours on a weekday? Scary right? Well, kudos to the ones that travel in Mumbai locals daily! No matter how proudly we call ‘aamchi local’ as the heart of this city, we have all dreaded travelling by the locals every once and then! I have been travelling regularly since the age of 15 and I have had my share of the most extreme experiences and I am sure you guys have been through most of them too! Now since we can’t travel so freely or stand near the compartment’s door, pretending to be in a film, let’s relive some of those moments in this article, shall we?

 

In my experience, the following are thoughts every Mumbaikar is bound to have had while struggling to either get into or get out of the local.

  • 1
    “10:45 ki local hai, 11 baje se pehle nai aaegi”

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    “10:45 ki local hai, 11 baje se pehle nai aaegi”

    Travel, Mumbai

    If you use the Mumbai Local to commute daily then you are bound to follow two different time-tables. One that M-indicator shows you, and one that you are mentally aware of! We are all prepared for the platform speaker to start ranting about the delay in trains or the switch in platforms as soon as we enter the station. So, either the M-indicator has really high hopes from the locals or the train drivers follow an altogether time-table of their own!

  • 2
    “Aaj toh pakka girunga/girungi”

    Pic Courtesy : @bbci

    “Aaj toh pakka girunga/girungi”

    Travel, Mumbai

    Yes, we have all been there, reluctantly. Every office goer travelling during rush hours has spoken to God more than anybody’s grandparents. Standing, or merely standing near the railing in an acute angle, holding onto that one handle (which is also hung onto by two other people), you are worried about two things: to reach the office on time in order to avoid pay cuts and also to make it alive to your destination. You know, I used to specifically skip applying moisturiser on my hands so that I don’t lose my grip on those handles, and hopefully manage to make it to my station! I am sure most of you guys can relate to this.

  • 3
    “ye phone pe itna gala kyu phaad rahe hai?”

    Pic Courtesy : @thequint

    “ye phone pe itna gala kyu phaad rahe hai?”

    Travel, Mumbai

    There are so many sub-categories to this! There is always at least one person who is talking on the phone like they are in their living room. And what’s worse is that, you don’t have an option but to listen to them. By the time their call ends, you have already figured who they were talking to, why did that deal not work out, what did they have for lunch, or just how cruel their boss is for expecting the employees to work, duh! Another category is of that designated group of middle-aged lady travellers who have formed a group among themselves where every other sentence starts like this; “ye aajkal ke bacche…” or “you know, when I was their age…”.

  • 4
    “I hope they don’t fart near me”

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    “I hope they don’t fart near me”

    Travel, Mumbai

    C’mon, you’ve most definitely thought of this. When you are cramped with 70-80 other travellers in one small compartment, standing so close to each other that you are practically stuck with them, this little worrisome thought is bound to cross your mind. And you are so prepared with your pocket perfume as soon as you get out of the train. What’s worse? What if you are sitting on the ‘4th seat’ and someone stands so extremely close to you that their ass is practically on your face! You have more to worry about than just farting.

  • 5
    “aaj toh ye bridge pakka girega”

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    “aaj toh ye bridge pakka girega”

    Travel, Mumbai

    A scary thought that becomes scarier when you know it is very much a possibility. You know, when you are walking on the bridge and a train passes by from below? Yes, that rumble on the bridge, the mini bridge-quake, it is bound to further strengthen that thought. And the fun part here is, this doesn’t remain restricted to just 1-2 bridges, it is nearly an all-bridge phenomenon. And you worry for your life, taking faster steps to get off the bridge before you become a part of yet another breaking news.

  • 6
    “Eww, these seats have someone’s sweat on it”

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    “Eww, these seats have someone’s sweat on it”

    Travel, Mumbai

    And sadly, it’s true. Now, even though the mere thought of this makes me shrill, I wouldn’t entirely blame that person. Mumbai only has two seasons: Summer and Floods. During summer, you will find sweat and during Floods you will find the seats wet! What a cute little nauseating couplet. And then you struggle to decide whether to find some tissue and wipe that off or just keep standing for the rest of your journey. Whatever choice you make, I offer you my full sympathies.

  • 7
    “why don’t people cover their mouth while yawning?”

    Pic Courtesy : @youngisthan

    “why don’t people cover their mouth while yawning?”

    Travel, Mumbai

    Oh yeah, that’s right, go ahead, open your mouth just a tad bigger and I can reach for your lungs. How difficult is it to cover your mouth while yawning? Apart from the fact that yawns are contagious and by the time that one person stops their big-mouthed yawn, half the compartment would have yawned, and it is a disgusting sight to see. Now, hopefully, you reading this aren’t guilty of having subjected your fellow passengers to the sight of your epiglottis, or maybe even more!

  • 8
    “raincoat inhone pehna hai, garmi hume ho rahi hai”

    Pic Courtesy : @bbci

    “raincoat inhone pehna hai, garmi hume ho rahi hai”

    Travel, Mumbai

     

    Packed compartments, the old Mumbai local, monsoons, people wearing raincoats that are wet, all of this accompanied with at least 5cm water near your feet throughout the boogie! Travelling in locals during monsoon is feared by almost everyone! There is already a shortage of ventilation, the fans hardly ever make a difference, and to top it up, people in raincoats sit there all clammed up, suffocating you even further!

  • 9
    “I hope I am not stinking”

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    “I hope I am not stinking”

    Travel, Mumbai

    It is a more recurring thought than you think it is. When you suddenly smell an odour, you aren’t sure if it is from the person standing next to you, or it is you and your after-work stench! Then you try to take a whiff of your underarms without making it too obvious for people around you to notice, and you find out that the odour is, in fact, yours! Now applying a little too much perfume is also equally dangerous, you smell like you have just transformed yourself into a bouquet!

  • 10
    “ye har station pe rukna zaroori hai kya?”

    Pic Courtesy : @theprint

    “ye har station pe rukna zaroori hai kya?”

    Travel, Mumbai

    Though illogical, it is a question that often bugs you. You are in a slow local and you have to halt at each station, even Ram Mandir, and there is no escape. But it still is irritating to stop every two minutes when you are running late and you have outdone your excuses at work. For starters, it is about time you start waking up early and delete the snooze option. And accept this fact that in this fast-paced, traffic filled city, Mumbai local tends to be on its own distinct time zone.

 
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