Ladies Dabbe ko Salaam!

I once saw an old man at Dockyard Road station scream these words at the top of his voice, just as a police constable shoved him out of the train onto the platform. He had made the terrible mistake of trying to get into the ladies dabba of a late night train, and as the train started leaving I saw him bow his head and salute the dabba with all the sincerity he could muster. It seemed just right, the salaam from this drunk, tired man bidding the train that was probably on its last round of the day goodnight. The Mumbai locals pick up numerous stories and carry them station to station every day. Some of these have managed to come back with me. Here's hoping I have found them a home.

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