Is Mumbai Ready for the AC Local?


Is Mumbai Ready for the AC Local?

Illustration: Palak Bansal


t’s finally here. If anyone deserves an air-conditioned local train, it is Mumbaikars, who brave the city’s hot-and-humid weather, rowdies swinging outside the train’s gates, and little children singing “Pardesi, pardesi” accompanied to the tune of jangling stones. The air-conditioned local will likely mitigate the daily rigours of the commute.

During the summer, Mumbaikars first take a bath at home, and then another one in the ten-minute walk to the station. Then, 100 of such freshly showered folks pack themselves like obedient sardines, into a jam-packed coach, and everyone has the exact same thought: “Why don’t people use deodorants yaar?”