No, it's not the weather here in Mumbai, although we had up to 39°C last week. Yesterday in the afternoon I got very high fever, in plus I again had some diarrhoea. I'm on antibiotics now to fight the bacteria! Sadly another weekend has gone without exploring the city...
Today the second edition of the Indian Premier League will start with the opener between the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings! Newspapers are full of specials and India will go crazy over the next month cheering to the eight teams.
Unfortunately, for security reasons all games will be played in South Africa.
Yesterday I came back from work by train. Happily I had a colleague with me. We were for the 9.14pm train from Churchgate Station. As the train was approaching the platform, people started jumping into the train. We could somehow manage to have a seat, it was quite a fight though. 30sec later the train was packed with people, and it was not even rush hour. To take a 7pm train you have to fight to enter the train, not for seats :-). Two stations before Goregoan we had to start moving our way towards the exits. As the train stops for a very short time only you have to get the 'Goregoan queue'. As soon as the train arrives at the platform, this queue gets pushed out of the train.
Several times a day I can hear the adhan from the two nearby mosques. The muezzins ask the muslims for their five daily praiers. In fact nearly 20% of the population of Mumbai are muslims. I was exploring the neighboring muslim area on my Sunday's walk. I didn't feel like beeing in India. Interesting...
Commuting is the main issue in Bombay.
I had a 75min ride to the office in a non a/c taxi, I arrived completely drenched. If you leave before 8am, it takes only 35min. The problem is, at 8.30 you are the first one in the office, office hours start at 9.30am. We managed to get a driver with an a/c car driving us to and back from the office. In the evening rush hours are between 6.00pm and 8.00pm, it takes about 80min to get back to the apartment.
I will probably spend most of my spare time in the car :-)