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Mumbai’s Monorail vs Videshi metros

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    People enjoying the first ride of the monorail in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

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    As the monorail begins functioning in Mumbai, the tedious travel from Chembur to Wadala and back is cut short to 20 minutes (one way). (HT ...

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    The country's first monorail service was inaugurated on by Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in Mumbai. (Kunal Patil/HT)

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    People enjoy first ride of monorail in Mumbai . PTI Photo

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    Commuters enjoy the first ride of monorail in Mumbai. PTI Photo

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    Monorail during its test run in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

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    Monorail Control room at Wadala depot, Mumbai. (Vijayanand Gupta/Hindustan Times)

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    Monorail during a trial run in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

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    First Monorail driver after it inauguration by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)

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    Monorail after its inauguration by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. (HT Photo)

How the Mumbai Monorail compares to the London Tube and the Paris and Brussels Metros, by someone who’s tested them all and lived to tell the tale.

Home: Familiar trilingual announcement lady makes you feel at home
Away: Stern French and English instructions make you feel nothing at all

Home:
Brave bumpy ride, worry about landing in a saltpan below
Away: Ride smooth enough to retouch your mascara with no injuries

Home: Kindly uncle helps you put token in the machine
Away: French guy offers to buy you 10 season tickets, runs away after giving you one

Home: Shout ‘Ganpati Bappa Moriya’ with everyone at every successful turn
Away: Mind your own business all the way

Home: Rush in when train arrives amid ‘puch-puch, excuse me’ sounds
Away: Enter and alight with minimal bodily contact, hear Coldplay on many iPods

Home: Watch women frantically look for ladies compartment
Away: Fend off demands for phone number from curious local men

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