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April 12, 2007

From 26th July 2005 till now……..

Filed under: My thoughts — prashantjadhav @ 10:54 pm


Following was originally on my old blog on Sunday, October 16, 2005 (


From 26th July 2005 till now……..

I know, much had been said about the flood on 26th July ’05 in Mumbai. But trust me, I am not going to say why that happend and who is responsible for that. What I am going to say here is the things which came in my mind after 26th July till now.
Well, I was one of the victims (in broad sense) of that flood. But luckily, I wasn’t much affected by it. I wasn’t able to reach my home for two days. That much was the effect of that flood on my life. But once, everything got settle down slowly and I started my journey to home; that was the moment I started thinking on this event. People who got stuck in this flood was trying their best to reach the safe place (mostly their houses) and those who are already at such places (not to mentioned only houses) trying everything possible in their capacity to help the earlier ones.

We all knew what humanity the people of Mumbai had shown when this crisis took place. Even in the past when such type of events happend not only in Mumbai but anywhere in the face of earth, the people of Mumbai had shown the same kind of humanity. Hats off for that.

But what about the peace time? Or even the events like riots happend in the past after Babari demolution? I had spent my whole life (till the date) in Mumbai. I had seen people helping the Latoor victims, Bhoot victims, victims of flood in Orisa, even the victims of tsunami (not only in our country but through out the world. Even the recent crisis of Katrina in US, and also the victims of earthquake in Pakistan and Pak occupied Kashmir. But the question remains the same.

What about the peace time?

We, the people of Mumbai runs with the clock as if there is the race between time and us. I travel almost 4 hours a day to go to my office and return back home. During this time, I notice so many people. It will be too harsh if I say that here nobody cares about nobody here. But upto some extend, that is true.

During my journey in the morning, I usually come across one group of people who used to go by a particular train. They get in the train from 3 to 4 diffirent stations. This group used to sing the holy songs through out their journey. Even they distributes the prasad to entire compartment when train reaches certain station.

You may say, “What’s wrong with that?” Well the funny thing about this particular group happend couple of days ago. I was sitting near the window, reading my newspaper. That day there was very less crowd in the compartment of mine. Few members of this holy group were already there. And then train arrived at Kandivli station. People jumped in to catch the empty seats. And then this argument between the existing members of this group who was already sat and one guy who just managed to came before the rest of the members of this group took place.

This poor fellow (poor doesn’t mean the poor by wealth or something) just managed to get in earlier and tried to take the empty seat next to one of the members of this group. And the person from this group who was sitting there actually taken objection for that. According to him, that seat was reserved for the other member of that group who is supposed to get in the train at Kandivli. This new fellow asked “Why? I came first so I am going to take this seat.”

And the entire group started fight. Ultimately this fellow decided to leave that part of the compartment and prefer standing during his whole journey. I even signled him to take my place but he refused to do so. The tilak on my forehead might be the reason or something else. But his expressions were as if that I also from that group. Even that might be not enough for this holy group, some of them even tried to convey him that this is the un-written rule of this compartment. And no one is exception for this rule.

This very occasion raised few questions in my mind. Do we need some natural / man-made disasters to act like humans only? We proud to say this that Mumbai is the city of opportunity. The one who siege it first will taste success in this city.

Are we the heartless people who only sometimes shows features of the actual human? And such sometimes are only the events like floods, earthquakes, etc. etc.

Bandra is one of the places which got highly affected during the Hindu-Muslim riots after Babari’s demolution. That very own Bandra showed the highly humanist behavior of helpling the commuters by providing them snacks and water during 26th and 27th July this year.

Or did they learn from the past? Well I don’t think so…… Neither the people of Bandra nor the so called people from Borivali & Kandivli had learn anything from the past. They are the same old guys, they just need something bad happend to the whole society to awake the actual human who generally asleep.

I still notice that poor fellow, travelling the same train, avoiding the compartment where he was refused to sit on the empty seat. I still watch the communal behaviour of the particular class who stays in Bandra. They just refuse to act normal in normal situation.

People in Mumbai need abnormal situation to act normally


Is this the golden rule of Mumbai?

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1 Comment »

  1. awesome observation and very well pening it down. Simply gr8.

    Comment by Swati Pawar — April 12, 2007 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

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