The last train from Borivali to Churchgate starts at 12:30 am. It’s the last train if you want to go to Churchgate. Trains from Virar to Churchgate are still running. Long distance trains would be still halting at Borivali. My job is managing infrastructure resources. In simple terms it means I am like one of the guys who makes sure that the computer in your office works the way its supposed to.
I have caught the last train a number of times. At that hour too there are number of people in the train. Sometimes when I was late enough to miss the last train I use to catch a rickshaw. But me and my colleague would always manage to get home. Bus, train, rickshaws, taxis, a lot of mediums to get home after a hard days work. Whatever the time you want in Mumbai, you are sure to get a ride home.
The flower and vegetable market at Dadar opens at early morning. I don’t even know what time. But at 7:00 am the traders are selling their last goods. When you catch a train from Borivali early in the morning say about 4:00 am, you are surprised to find so many people in the train. I hardly used to find place to sit. People sleeping on the bench. The whole train covered with lots of goods to be sold in the market. Whatever the time you will get any mode of transport or you will get to eat. You never sleep empty stomach in Mumbai. You can get anything from cigarettes to cup of tea to grabbing a quick snack. I have been to other cities in India. But it was difficult to find food or transportation other than bus stands or railway station. But in Mumbai you can find food, transportation and people for 24 hours a day.
Its true, Mumbai is the city that never sleeps.