No, he was not trying to hijack the BEST bus in Mumbai; he was terrified about the nasty virus causing swine flu!
But that makeshift mask in a crowded bus surely got me panicky. Should I be around Mumbai using public transportation, where the buses and trains are stuffed tighter than, … than, … mumbaikars in buses and trains? And when I had Meera with me?
During my August visit to Mumbai, everyone was in full “epidemic” mode. Even at the Airport! Before reaching immigration, we filled out personal history forms and the overworked health workers simply waved us on. I hope you feel reassured.
Headlines in city newspapers screamed at every cough and sniffle. The Mumbai city council finally ordered schools, colleges, tuition classes and many govt offices closed for 3 days. Private companies gave employees furlough to work from home! And this was supposed to be my vacation. We all came through fine, and a renewed interest in Ayurvedic attempts to strengthen the immune response.
Laborers, relying on day-to-day work appeared the most worried. Masks were suddenly very expensive and wrapping handkerchiefs around their faces was IN.
Don’t know if it’s Kewl, don’t know if it’s effective either.
Also on Colaba Causeway
Across from Churchgate.
At Fort, Mumbai. At last count, there are about 726 suspected cases and 8 deaths in Mumbai attributed to Swine Flu. Do mumbaikars realize that approximately 10,125 pedestrians were killed on Indian roads (2007 data)? More likely you are going to be hit by a car (or truck or bus) than get swine flu.
She could do more for her kid by teaching him to follow road signs, and doing the same.