Public Transport: From Mumbai to Melbourne
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Two commuters in
The other event made me wish that Mumbai would take a lesson from
Good morning passengers. This is the tram service to St. Kilda. Unlike other tram drivers, I am accessible to all passengers. If you are unsure about your stop, please come and see me before you make a mistake.
Passengers with delicate constitutions should be aware that this tram might swerve dangerously around curves and can reach top speeds of 20kmph. You are advised to close your eyes and pray if you have a fear of speed.
During the course of our journey it is likely that the tram may go off the rails and come to rest against the nearest available object. In such an event, there is a real possibility that our destination might be severely altered. Please wait until the tram comes to a complete rest before getting off.
I am sure Mumbai could use drivers with such a sense of humour.
On second thoughts, if train drivers were to make such an announcement in a Mumbai local, the harried passengers are likely to take the announcements seriously and rain blows on him.
While I did not really enjoy it during my infrequent forays there, in retrospect I think I rather prefer the Mumbai locals with their infinite characters-the bhajan mandalis, guava sellers, Koli-s and their malodorous baskets, discordant singers and their harmoniums and the ever present risk of the 'pocket-maars'.
Sometimes I think an entrepreneur ought to package these highlights and market them as performance art on the lifeless first world trains.