live from mumbai

Greetings from the city that never sleeps! To compensate for the non correspondence from Jamshedpur, the most well planned town in India, I shall now write about my stay in Jamshedpur, a.k.a. Tatanagar. The town is named after the great Jamshedji Tata, founder of the Tata Empire, one of the largest corporate empires in India. It was founded many, many years ago by the Tatas to support their iron and steel mining operations, and is a true marvel in town planning. I find it incredible that a single corporation takes care of everything in the city - the roads, electricity, and all other facilities are handled by Tata.

It's about 150 kilometers from Ranchi to Jamshedpur, and it took us 3 hours
to reach. Jamshedpur was significantly warmer than the rest of the eastern
zone I passed through, perhaps because of the glorious sunshine that places
like Kolkata weren't getting for days. The weather was wonderful, and I wish
I could have stayed for some more time.

The train journey back to Mumbai was an interesting one. The first day of the
36 hour journey was spent in giving blank, bored, but still polite stares to
co-passengers with the dim hope that one of them will be an acquaintance.
The entire compartment was quiet, only families talking amongst each
other.

On the second day, almost as if in response to the lull of
the day before, the train fairy sent us Sharad Jagtiani and Dina who were
MCing a show in Bilaspur. By lunch, Sharad managed to make friends with
almost everybody on the train (atleast those that were awake), and so Urvi
the graphic designer was introduced to Arya the student, and we(I joined in
because I was sick of playing Solitaire on my Palm) were soon playing title="Indian game where you sing songs one after the other, the next one
starting with the previous one's last letter">Antarakshari and
causing a huge ruckus, which got us quite a few "Oh these noisy
people" stares. But it was a lot of fun - we even had a few random
people joining in, singing songs, etc.

Reaching Mumbai, you
realize that this place is still so warm! Winter in Mumbai is like
spring time in Delhi. I love this weather, but I'm going to miss wearing
jackets and other elaborate clothing. Back to Tees. I'm also looking forward
to listening in to the 7 FM radio channels here (Delhi has 5) which
supposedly play considerable amounts of English music , a rarity in Delhi.
Dina, who I met on the train back to Mumbai is an Jockey">RJ on Win 107FM, so I'm looking forward to hear her
too. That's about all I have for now, I'm off to the dentist's to get my teeth
fixed. More on that later.

About the author:

Arnab Nandi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. You can read more about him here.

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