Radhika is back

my favourite writer, Radhika is back.
taking us through the London tube and Bombay trains back and forth, she shows how one’s mind toggles between lifes. she even forgets to remember that the trains in mumbai do not have doors, and gets reminded of, and continues. Two different life styles brought together by that commutting time, still her mumbai commute takes over her and she can see that she is not standing alone only when the green man is on.

just then a group of english school kids rush in even while the doors close. their uniforms neatly pressed, black stockings for their legs. i’m looking for mud stains, or ink leaking from fountain-pens loose in their pockets. one of them pops a pink chewing gum.

just after i’ve swiped my card to enter the gates, i stop to look behind me. the hawkers look up from their carts and wink.

Radhika is back.

The commute

Welcome back Radhika.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. radhika
    Dec 06, 2005 @ 10:53:00


    thanks for the warm welcome prema! i am really touched 🙂


  2. Premalatha
    Dec 06, 2005 @ 11:00:00

    Welcome back indeed. you are back in every sense. 🙂 very nice post. breathtaking way of writing it. felt like watching a well directed movie. 🙂


  3. Anonymous
    Dec 22, 2005 @ 12:07:00

    “the trains in mumbai do not have doors”

    The local trains in Mumbai *have* doors, but are not used (as rightly written in the original article). They are also used sometimes when it is raining… the people pull the doors a bit and close the entrance partly :-)–>


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