Mumbai - Sudheendra Kulkarni
Sudheendra Kulkarni, former political secy to Mr. L. K. Advani writes about his experiences.
There was still neck-deep water down the road towards Andheri. So I took a long detour to trudge through a slum to come to Oshiwara. Through the chaos all around, I found a rickshaw that stopped at my waving. ‘‘Main sirf Jogeshwari tak aapko chhod sakta hoon,’’ the young driver, who already had three passengers on the rear seat, said as he offered half his own seat to me.
‘‘Kitna paisa loge?’’ I asked after making myself comfortable.
‘‘Kuchh nahin loonga bhaisahib. Ab 18 ghante se free service kar rahan hoon, non-stop. Oshiwara se Jogeshwari tak jisko bhi meri zaroorat hai, unki seva mein main haazir hoon.’’ I asked him his name. ‘‘Mohammad.’’