Hurrah for the railways!


This morning we waited on the platform while the train pulled in. We scrambled in to find a seat but found instead a plastic ‘thaelee’ and a cloth bag lying on the seats. BING BONG went the warning bells in our head and ‘unclaimed baggage’ drifted through our consciousness.

We stood and panicked for a couple of seconds till we realised we should do something and FAST. So we dialed the number of the helpline (all the while prominently staring right at us while we was being paralyzed by fear).

We must report that the Mumbai Railway Helpline was extremely courteous (without the call-centre type “Hello mey-aam, how may I assist you today” sort of irritating thing). The number was not engaged, we was not subjected to soul-numbing electronic music and the call was answered on the first ring. We explained our situation and where we was and then we got down to wait. No stupid questions were asked and we was assured that they would be right there. 

A cop turned up in approximately 67 seconds, strode into the compartment, picked up the bags and left. And another cop took the train with us.

We may have been silly and paranoid like we has been accusing Americans of being after 9/11. But today we just was glad that our panic did not paralyze. And mostly we wishes to say…forget what Mumbai Mirror cribs about the Railways. They does their job quickly and they gets it done.

We also needs to mention that this vile man claims to have called us at approximately the same hour and have heard the following message:

User is dead. Please don’t call back!

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18 thoughts on “Hurrah for the railways!

  1. n November 21, 2006 at 17:18 Reply

    presence of mind is very valuable. glad you retained it. be safe

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  2. Pensive Lawyer November 21, 2006 at 17:24 Reply

    Geez. Something like that can spook the living daylights outta most of us. But, how the hell can a cop just pick it up and walk off with it? I mean, dont you need a bomb-disposal unit or something like that?

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  3. Brad November 21, 2006 at 20:28 Reply

    Damn, I always knew I could see the future(ii)! Imagine had you tinkered with those bags, and one of them did turn out to be what you had in mind, and also put in my call in this mix exactly 5 seconds later. Now picture the message- ‘User is dead. Please don’t call back.’ Wow!

    PS: future(i) is what actually happens. future(ii) is what could have also happened.

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  4. ideasmith November 22, 2006 at 19:28 Reply

    @ N: Am! Thenk yew…

    @ Pensive: We dunnoz…but we wuz glad the thing was off the train!

    @ Brad: Hmph…plotting our death, are you? And then you wonder why we don’t flirt with you…

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  5. Brad November 22, 2006 at 21:50 Reply

    I don’t plot the future; I just see an alternate one. Now, have I wondered why you don’t flirt with me. May be I did put a comment to that effect.

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  6. st November 23, 2006 at 18:17 Reply

    the reason why we dont relate well offline is because we value different things

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  7. ideasmith November 23, 2006 at 18:36 Reply

    @ St: What do you value?

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  8. st November 23, 2006 at 19:40 Reply

    its all there on my site

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  9. st November 23, 2006 at 19:42 Reply

    integrity, decency, honesty, and some other things

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  10. Brad November 24, 2006 at 02:35 Reply

    Just coz’ we are being exposed to some dialogue over here between you and St, I feel inclined to chip in a, ‘Eh?’

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  11. st November 24, 2006 at 09:27 Reply

    sorry brad, we’ll take it offline then 🙂

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  12. ideasmith November 24, 2006 at 13:37 Reply

    @ St: We value some of those things too. But perhaps we interpret them differently.

    @ Brad: St and I know each other offline but we don’t talk much. We was just wondering why. Now shhh..!

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  13. Rajni November 28, 2006 at 17:00 Reply

    User is dead…LOL i always knew i liked Brad’s SOH…

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  14. ideasmith November 29, 2006 at 10:54 Reply

    @ Rajni: And we thought you was our friend!!! *Horrified expression*

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