The other day, R’s daycare opened a bit early and I reached Borivali station just in time to see the Bandra local coming in…now to give a background to non-Mumbaikars
1) On the Western line, the trains from Churchgate (the south tip of the Western line where most offices are) end their journey at two key stations – Borivali and Virar…
2) Borivali is about 30 kms from Churchgate and Virar about 55 kms.
3) Usually all trains going towards Chruchgate are super crowded in the mornings as most population moves towards the office area
4) In the evenings, trains towards Borivali and Virar are horribly crowded
5) Unwritten Rule # 4562 of travelling by Western suburbs trains are – NEVER get into a Virar train if you want to get off at Borivali and before….
The logic being, earlier trains to Virar were few and if they were slow trains stopping at every station, the crowd would keep swelling and there were obviously trains for Borivali which the people of Borivali could catch..then why get into a Virar train and take up the place of a person going all the way to Virar!
Basically for someone who has been in Mumbai long enough, knows of the unofficial war between the Virar people and Borivali people..Borivali people argue that Virar guys come in their train and catch the connecting train to Virar while the Virar guys complain that despite having so many trains the Borivali guys get into their trains and crowd them…
I dont know which group to support..one side of me feels, I would rather wait an extra 3 minutes and get the local to Borivali..the other side of me feels, why should the Virar people fight so much and make life hell for us…
Anyways after the background, let me tell you what happened the other day..
as soon as I saw the Bandra local which comes from Virar, I was tempted to jump in…Now remember that in the morning, ALL trains to Churchgate are crowded…anyways, so I tried to jump in…and then realised that in the first class SIX women from Bvr got in..and after that it was super mayhem..
There was no space to stand…and the Virar ladies had crowded the entire passage and ALL of them wanted to get off at Andheri..so imagine a situation when all cars are travelling in one direction and then a group of six cars try to come in from the opposite direction..there will loads of squeezing, shouting, honking, screaming and grumbling..
Which is what exactly happened!
One Virar lady started grumbling on how we Borivali people think we are very smart and cant even wait for 10 minutes more for the Borivali Churchgate train to come..and slowly the grumble became a chant and the entire troupe of women standing in the passage were grumbling as we tried to squeeze and push our way in…
They resorted to bad words, right from having doubts on our senses to our egoistic, narcissistic attitude to our trying to be smart asses to what not..
If not anything, in six years of travel, I have learnt the art of ignoring and zipping my mouth in the ladies compartment, because I know tempers usually run high and one bad word leads to proper fights...I have seen ladies pull each other’s hair, scratch with nails and what not!
Anyways so I kept quiet, but the lady in front of me started arguing that there is no written rule the Bvr people cant get into Virar locals
Look at the inconvenience you are causing said one Virar lady, couldnt you take the next train
The next train is at 8.10..which is 8 minutes after this one…I will miss my office bus said the Bvr lady
But you are troubling us, we are coming standing all the way from Virar..shouted the Virar lady
Bvr lady shouted back saying ‘what can we do, you try and catch an earlier train’
and it went back and forth…I was afraid it would snowball into a full fledged fight and I tried to make myself as invisible as possible..though its an impossible task with the amount of flesh I have hanging over the bones!
Anyways, finally we got off at Andheri
but I was thinking…
Was I wrong to get in..obviously the Virar ladies were definitely inconvenienced and on top of that they were standing all the way..may be we shouldnt have got in..but again the lady who would miss her office bus would be in trouble because trust me, Andheri is a bloody mess to travel due to the metro construction..
I am confused..whose right and whose wrong…
Of course, I dont take that train anymore honestly…I would rather be 20 minutes late to office than catch a 8 minute earlier train and trouble everyone!