People: The Preparer
The preparer on the Bombay local train…also recently portrayed in a male avatar in the wonderful film The Lunchbox.
People: The Gentleman
Ms Bombaywalla is relieved to report that gentlemen can still be found in Bombay or at least in the Bombay local trains featured in Mr. Daruwala’s book.
Like this post only if you have been a gentleman on a train, bus or the tube.
Prisoner: Tihar Jail
Last year when Kobad Ghandy was shifted from Jail No.3 to Jail No.1 in Tihar Jail, he donated his books to the library of his former cell-block. It was difficult for him to carry the books to his new cell.
In the new block there is no library. Nor is there company. Mohammad Afzal Guru, with whom he discussed Sartre, was hanged in 2013.
67 year old Mr. Ghandy, an activist, was arrested in Delhi in September 2009 on charges of being a member of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and is facing trial in several cases under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
Mr. Ghandy, who grew up in sea face flat in Bombay’s Worli locality and studied at the Doon Shcool and St. Xavier’s College, forsook his privileged lifestyle to work and live with the country’s tribals, Dalits and rural poor.
Thanks to Parsiana magazine for the photo and providing Mr. Ghandy with some of his reading material, including The Ballad of the Reading Gaol, over the last five years of his imprisonment.