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HindustanTimes Thu,02 Oct 2014
Mumbai’s Monorail vs Videshi metros
Sucharita Kanjilal , Hindustan Times
February 08, 2014
First Published: 12:15 IST(8/2/2014)
Last Updated: 18:41 IST(8/2/2014)
People enjoying the first ride of the monorail in Mumbai. (PTI 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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