People all over the country go to Mumbai to fulfill their dreams. Infact more dreams are realized or extinguished here than any other place in India. But the ‘City of Dreams’ has a soft-side too. The city often teaches it’s citizens human empathy-an attitude of sharing and caring for fellow citizens.
Roshni Rai, an advocate and a marathon runner, who has been living in the maximum city since 2004, was witness to one such thrilling incident aboard a Mumbai local train. The incident Roshni is referring to is of 6th September. She was travelling on a Mumbai local train on the Central Line for some work related to a Foundation she runs. When the train stopped at Nahur station she saw a woman on the platform putting her young children, aged 7 and 4, on the train as she prepared to climb up herself behind them. But before she could do so, the train started leaving the women stranded and her children aboard the speeding train.
But what the women in the ladies compartment did next – in a matter of just 3 minutes – to unite the family, is truly heartwarming, something that exemplifies the true spirit of Mumbai. Here’s the incident in her own words:
“Spirit of Mumbai.
As usual, I was travelling by a local train in ladies compartment. I was sitting in the window seat. In Nahur, a lady put her son of around 7 yrs & daughter of around 4 yrs inside the train but before she could get in, train started. She was wearing saree. I could clearly see her, considering to jump & board the train but thankfully she did not.
Daughter started howling & crying inside the train. Ladies around her were trying to console her. One very smart lady wearing pink kurta asked the son, if he knows his mother’s no. Boy gave his mother’s no. That smart lady immediately made the call. I heard her asking, where she should help the children to alight from the train. Mother said, Bhandup. By then our train was entering Bhandup station.
That smart lady shouted, ‘who is getting down in Bhandup & wait till these children’s mother reaches here?’.
Another smart lady said, ‘I can wait’.
Train stopped & children got down in Bhandup with the lady wearing black kurta. All these happened just in 3mins.
“I love Mumbai & its spirit. Hats off to the spirit of Mumbai.”
The instance left quite an impression on Roshni. It filled her with pride towards Mumbaikars, who always have time for people in need no matter how busy they are. That she points out is the ‘Spirit Of Mumbai’