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Cyclone alert? Life was a beach for many at Juhu

The warnings were on news channels, through text messages and by word of mouth. But Sanket was in no mood to pay heed, reports Shashank Rao.

mumbai Updated: Nov 12, 2009 01:01 IST
Shashank Rao

The warnings were on news channels, through text messages and by word of mouth. But Sanket was in no mood to pay heed.

“Damn good climate… Fun to play football, right?” chirped the teenybopper as he kicked and dribbled the ball on Juhu beach.

Hadn’t he heard of the impending cyclone?

“Oh yeah, but if the waves come dangerously close we will leave,” hollering to his playmates to pass the ball onto the goalpost.

The college had left them early, Sanket said refusing to say which college he was from.

He was among the motley mix of people, young and old, who had left had made a hasty retreat from office.

Only to land up at the beach for a leisurely stroll, unfazed by the whistling sound emanating from the sea or the choppy waves bobbing on the waterfront.

At Versova beach, the scenario was not too different. A bunch of youngsters

was seen frolicking on their bikes, seemingly enjoying the cool breeze blowing into their faces. Others, feasted on sev puri and sipped on coconut water.

Here, their joy was shortlived though as a pot-bellied policemen played spoilsport.

Armed with a baton trooped there, directing people to disperse. “Chala chala, ikdey thambaicha nahi (Move, no loitering around),” he chided those who were strolling around.

A bunch of schoolchildren who were just about getting their feet wet, fumed and fretted as they were herded away by the man in khaki.

“We’ve been told to get people off the beach for their own safety,” said the policeman. But a boy sitting not far from the shore stayed put at the beach.

“Main idhar zhopdi mein rahta hoon,” he said, pointing to a patch of slums not far from the beach.