Not just forgetful and unsafe, Mumbai is also insensitive

“Mumbai’s commuters seem to be a forgetful lot and thanks to the bomb blasts in the local trains and continuous terror threats, no one touches any belongings left behind in the train. 2,727 bags, 112 laptops, 65 mobile phones, 12 digital cameras, and Rs 4.65 lakh cash and 833 grams of gold ornaments, totaling up to Rs 21 lakh is what the railway police have duly returned to their respective owners in the past three years,” says DNA. 112 laptops? Wow. More importantly, this is a list of items returned by the police.

High prices for real estate is telling. “Property sales registrations in Mumbai for October fell 25% at 4,633 from the previous year, according to the data sourced from the Director General of Registrations, Mumbai. There were 6,200 registrations in October 2010, data released by Mumbai-based brokerage Prabhudas Lilladher showed. The sluggishness in the Mumbai real estate sector is evident from the fact that despite October being the festive season, home buyers stayed away from the market,” reports Financial Express.

The insensitivity of Mumbai is alarming. A six feet by three feet room with no windows, where none can breathe, is the supposedly the servant’s room. Reuters

Still, flats are selling – even at Rs 80,000+ per square foot. “An apartment located in the prime area of Pedder Road, measuring about 6,000 square feet, was sold for Rs 53 crore at an average cost of Rs 88,300 per square foot. The location of the resale property has easy accessibility to CBD, SCBD and other office locations,” reports Economic Times.

A Mumbaikar writes about how badly we treat house help. All of us. “A few weeks ago, a friend showed us around his new flat. The spacious, two-bedroom apartment, which would comfortably fit a family of four, was being renovated. After inspecting the rooms, walk-in closet and kitchen, he showed us a room that, if you were feeling generous, would be described as a prison cell. About six feet by three feet with no windows, it was probably designed to be a connecting passageway of sorts and not the kind of place where you’d want to house anything breathing, let alone a human being. This, my friend announced, was the servant’s room,” says a WSJ blogger.

Will this lead to a correction in the city’s gender ratio? “A child is God's gift and none must try to know its sex in advance, said the Bombay high court on Thursday while upholding a civic circular which disallows portable ultrasonography machines to be taken to patients homes. The court's observation assumes significance in the light of recent media reports on female foeticide,” says Times of India.

South Mumbai might become a more pleasant experience for residents and pedestrians. “The Mumbai Esplanade project that would five pedestrian plazas connecting three maidans — Azad, Cross and Oval — in south Mumbai has received thumbs-up from environment experts in the city.The project, a model of which will be on display at Horniman Circle garden from Friday for three days, will create 51-acre open space, in addition to the existing 102 acres in south Mumbai,” says Hindustan Times.

And, finally, the announcement that winter is here. What little we experience of it, that is. “There's a nip in Mumbai's air, at least in the night, and it is likely to stay that way.The dip in night temperatures indicate that winter is round the corner. Between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Santa Cruz recorded a minimum temperature of 20.6 degrees Celsius-around two degrees less than the previous night. Colaba registered 23.4 degrees Celsius-more than a degree less than Tuesday night. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said the temperatures are likely to dip further,” says Times of India.