Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Waiting for Banno

Banno was supposed to come home on Friday . But thanks to Friday and Monday being declared holidays, she will come home only tomorrow.

In the meantime, I sold kutti yannai. He knew I was trying to lose him and had started acting up lately. The day they came to take him, his battery coughed out and he had to be pushed to get started. Sigh ! I hated to see him go and Bubbles said " don't want red car, wanted only gray car".

Meanwhile as I wait for Banno, I have started taking the MRTS to work. And I just realized all the fun I have missed sitting cooped in the confines of an AC car. And of course, the nostalgia of train rides in Mumbai ( I know some may think I am nuts for this very same reason ).

Nothing beats the thrill of the wind in your face and watching people go by. Buying roses from a lady with a baby slung on her back. Recognizing the teller from the bank and making her acquaintance. Giving up a seat to a pregnant woman and asking her when she's due. 20 minutes of zipping fresh air, fresh faces, sounds, laughter, introspection versus 45 minutes of mindless traffic, RJ's making trite conversation and the same old boring music. Not to mention actually walking and losing some calories. I must thank the dealer for delaying the new car !!! I may not need her after all.

9 comments:

noon said...

I like your description of the train ride...so true. I miss riding the subway trains here in the US too...I can't imagine what it is like to ride the trains in Mumbai - takes some special skill!

Artnavy said...

oh i love train rides too- but no connections here- maybe by 2010

Artnavy said...

u have been awarded

Minka said...

noon - yes, I agree. Not everyone's cup of tea. I find the train rides anywhere else very sedate ( almost boring ) compared to Mumbai ;-)

Art - fingers crossed but let's take Anush and Bubbles on a ride just for kicks

I have been awarded. Oh yipeeeee !!!

Subhashree said...

congrats on the new car.

Cuckoo said...

How can you like peak time train rides in Mumbai? In my first ever time in Mumbai, I got pushed onto a train in the wrong direction at Dadar when I stopped to ask someone which platform I should stand on... that too into a crowded men's compartment. I stick to taxis as much as poss these days :)

Btw, congrats on the new car.

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Artnavy said...

banno raani aa gayi??

Minka said...

yeah , banno raani aa gayi. And I am totally enjoying myself.