Lost & Found on Mumbai Local

#1 Jun 8th, 2011, 13:43
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This is a true incident which happened last week, which I would like to share with you.

One of my employee, his name is Swapnil looks after delivery of bandsaw blades. He often carries blades to his home (from my office) so that he can deliver the same next day morning to my customer. Last Wednesday he was supposed to deliver one consignment to Malad (same day evening) & then carry another consignment to his home (in Naigaon) so that he can deliver it next day to customer (in Vasai). After delivering first consignment he boarded 6.10 PM Virar slow from Malad station. There was no place to sit & hence he kept the second consignment (blades were kept in a jumbo blue color plastic bag) on the luggage rack & stood there till his stop came. He got down at Naigaon station & started walking towards the exit. Just when he was about to come out of the station complex, he remembered that he has forgotten the blue color bag in the train.

He stood there for few seconds shocked on realizing that he had made a big mistake. Some thoughts came to his mind that he could take the next train to Virar & see if he can find that train (& the blue bag) in which he had traveled. But somehow that idea did not seem to be workable as by the time he took next train for Virar & reached the station the earlier train will have started it's return journey. Then he thought of approaching the station master. He told the station master that he has forgotten the bag in luggage compartment of the train which has just left. The station master looked in his chart & came up with the arrival time of the train at Virar station. He immediately called up Virar station & informed his counter part that a plastic bag has been forgotten in the luggage compartment in the train which is scheduled to arrive Virar at so & so time. He asked his counter part to send someone on the platform where the train is scheduled to arrive so that as soon as the train arrives they can board the luggage compartment & search for the blue plastic bag. After hanging up the phone Naigaon station master asked Swapnil to wait till they receive any feedback from Virar. Swapnil spent some anxious moments with lots of thoughts crossing his minds, what if some one picked up the bag before the train reached Virar. But after the bomb blasts in the train people have stopped picking up unattended bags. Some time later the station master received a call that the blue bag has been retrieved from the luggage compartment & asked Swapnil to identify the contents which he did successfully. Swapnil then went to Virar station & got the bag back. He also paid some token amount (as appreciation) to the person who got hold of the bag from the compartment. Thanks to the supportive staff of Western Railway that Swapnil ( & I) got our bag back.

There might be so many similar feel good incidents which get unreported whereas only the scams & thefts get reported in forums & media. Hence I thought of sharing this incident so that people know what to do if ever they forget a bag in the train as there are bright chances that you will get your bag back.

Ronak.
#2 Jun 8th, 2011, 13:47
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Good that you brought it to light, Ronak. We still have a lot of good people around us.
#3 Jun 8th, 2011, 14:55
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bambai is meri jaan, ronak
have always had good stuff happen to me for the 18 months i've lived there

left my laptop in the auto once.
climbed up 3 flights to my apartment before i realised so.
ran down - and towards the main road... saw this auto coming towards me.
" aap ka bag chor ke giya " was all he said as he returned the laptop to me.

have had autodrivers charge me less than what the meter showed when they took a wrong route.
[without me asking]

once in bangalore - i gave this auto guy 30 bucks extra.
[it was a sunny day - birds were twittering - and i was in a good mood ]
he returned the 30 bucks - saying i had given him extra.
" aap bambaiwallah hain ? " i asked.
" han jee " he said !!
" aap kalkatta se hain, nah ? " he asked in return
my hindi my hindi - paapam paapam



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#4 Jun 8th, 2011, 15:02
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i have got my Blackberry phones back from auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers many a times.

i must say that i always get good people, all in all Mumbai people are really very helpful.
#5 Jun 8th, 2011, 15:31
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Since we are talking of good people here, let me share my experience I had a few days back in Delhi. I had to take my wife to a hospital owing to a sudden acute abdominal pain she started having in the middle of the night. As I don't have a car and rely heavily on autos, we went out to find one...but ran out of luck as there was a auto strike on that day (and it was pretty late at night too). As we waited, a brand new Ford Icon stopped in front of us..the driver peeped out and asked 'kahan jaan hai?' (where do you want to go?). I was ready to pay any price, and instantly asked how much he would charge for the hospital, to which he replied 100 bucks. As we sta and started to move, he asked me if I was a doctor, to which I said that I was taking my wife to the hospital because of the problem she had. He did not answer, and we reached the hospital in 10 minutes. As I was giving the money, he said 'patient ke liye koi charge nahi lagega saab' (I dont charge for carrying patients). He also walked an extra mile and gave me his mobile number, and said if you require the car while going home, just give me a call, I stay nearby and will droop you home. Needless to say, I was touched by his humanity.
#6 Jun 8th, 2011, 19:06
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So many wonderful stories! Thanks to all who shared, it's so nice to hear of the good things that happen to people!
#7 Jun 8th, 2011, 19:08
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Originally Posted by DaisyL View Post So many wonderful stories! Thanks to all who shared, it's so nice to hear of the good things that happen to people!
Thats why I tend to differ with people when they say there's something wrong with the world. The world is still full of great people all around.
#8 Jun 8th, 2011, 22:11
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Originally Posted by sagarneel View Post Thats why I tend to differ with people when they say there's something wrong with the world. The world is still full of great people all around.
That's true. I would put it like there are more good people in the world than bad people.

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We were in college in bhivpuri and karjat local was a routine for us.
I had a friend from pune who stayed on rent at ambernath and he use to join us at ambernath every day to travel farther.

Once he decided to go to pune directly after college. So he had another backpack with him. And that day, we got down and viola! He had forgotten that ruck sack in the train!

We approached the station manager, he immediately rung up karjat station manager. As there are already very less trains to karjat, identifying the train was not a serious problem. Moreover, our coach was fixed due to daily commute. With all the details, the karjat station manager sent his aide to look out for that bag. He found out, and instead of taking possession, he handed it over to the guard who was about to flag the local back to mumbai cst.

The karjat station manager informed bhivpuri s.m and we collected that bag from that guard. Intially, we were very tensed but things worked so smoothly which we never imagined.

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