Mumbaikars drying clothes inside East Peak Desi ‘Jugaad’ local train

Shaking off the monsoon could bring relief to several cities, however, it is really wreaking havoc on the Mumbaikars. As the country’s financial capital is continually facing heavy rains, in recent days citizens often face problems such as waterlogging and inability to get out of the house. But it seems that the Mumbaikars have been particularly affected by not being able to dry their clothes, however, they have found a way out. While we Indians are unbeatable when it comes to jugaad, it seems Mumbaikars are way ahead of the rest. You wonder why? This is because now people have started drying clothes in local trains.

Yes, you read that right. A video, which is making a lot of noise on the internet, shows some clothes hanging and drying inside a local train. Posted by an Instagram page called Dadar Mumbaikar, amused netizens. Although it is not known when the video was recorded, it was shared on Instagram about three days ago. While sharing the short clip, the user wrote in the caption in Marathi, “This can only happen in our Mumbai.” The video shows a shawl, towel and dupatta hanging from the rod of the local train, which is for commuters to hold and maintain balance.

Looking at the video, it seems like the scenario is very common for daily commuters. However, the video left netizens split. The music video is made with background music from Vikram’s latest hit movie titled Once Upon a Time. Interestingly, this isn’t the first time people have tried this strategy.

Earlier, in 2018, something similar was observed. Alisha, a Twitter user and local train user, tweeted two photos on July 10, 2018, in which clothes can be seen hanging inside the local train. Posting the photos, Alisha wrote in the caption, “A more conventional way to dry your clothes in this weather… Mumbai people… Made in India moment.

The photo reveals three hanging saris, while the compartment is filled with commuters.

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Carol N. Valencia