Mumbai's study street: The other side of the city's nightlife

  • Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2015 22:22 IST

They are in public gardens, they are sitting near railway tracks. Around midnight, you can find them jumping over the gates to enter the August Kranti Maidan.

While thousands of parents across Mumbai cut down on mall visits and shun the television so that their children taking the HSC and SSC exams are not distracted, some other candidates have fewer demands - they are looking for a lighted area that is not very noisy, and not too far from a toilet.

The civic body has provided study centres for these students, but they are few and far between.

So, while the lucky ones can prepare for their exams at the SK Patil centre, Charni Road, or in the quiet of Jogeshwari caves, there are others who sit near the railway tracks at Cotton Green and Reay Road stations, counting on the low frequency of trains after midnight to study.

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Those who don't want to sit in isolated place like the tracks end up crammed in the Jawaharlal Nehru Garden, Sion. Students there challenged HT's photographer to have a look at the toilet they use, and dirty does not begin to describe it. Mosquitoes add to the problems.

For more than a decade, the Abhyas Galli in Worli has been a favourite for students. Nestled between Podar Hospital and Kamgar Hospital, it is known for its pin-drop silence, where students can sit fearlessly on the road and study. Now, they have the added luxury of more lights.

For more than a decade, the Abhyas Galli in Worli has been a favourite for students. (Kunal Patil/HT photo)

While the ruling alliance partners in the state quibble on whether 'nightlife' is against the city's culture, no one has yet come forward to help these children out in the night.

"My neighbourhood is too noisy to study in. The Jogeshwari caves are quiet, and I can study in peace. There are many of us, so there is no nothing to fear," Kalpesh Desai, resident of Jogeshwari (East) said.

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