The Policeman Thinks He Owns The City
by Tejas Nair
The Bombay city.
Sitting on someone else’s motorbike by the Dadar Plaza market, holding a walkie-talkie, flashing the deadpan attitude like he has shagged his boss’ daughter, solely on the power of uniform he was wearing, he looked nothing like a sincere policeman but everything like the epitome of degeneration. We were dumb that day to approach him to ask for directions.
We had lost our way in the hustle-bustle of Dadar to the Siddhivinayak Temple (of which there are many stories; a weird one is explained in PS below or here). Everyone were suggestive but no one could help us, maybe because even they are confused. Then, one of us recommended we ask a policeman. And so, stopped by the bike.
I beckoned him sliding the window down, ’cause he’s a government servant, isn’t he? Or should I have got out of the car & asked? I don’t know but he seemed cooler as he walked to us. And without paying heed to what we were asking, he put his fingers on the window glass and studied its tint. We could all guess what the expression might have been of our friend who owned the car. The imbecile policeman then studied the back door’s window glass and smiled. FYI, it was tinted, but under the govt. approved norms. He gave us a direction, which eventually led us to the temple.
And as I should be thankful to him, his little show of power just nulls it all. His intention was solely to earn few hundreds before returning home and mind you, he was a senior officer. Why doesn’t he stop the ones who have actually tinted their window glasses black, red or yellow? We were just vulnerable and he tried to use it against us. We were lucky or maybe Lord Siddhivinayak’s eyes were upon us at the right time.
Just an incident which showcases that the Bombay vigilante still has some cleaning to do. Or at least some re-lessoning in their conduct.
PS: There’s this strange belief among Mumbaikars that if an unmarried couple visits Siddhivinayak Temple and if one party’s love to the other is not genuine, then they will be forever cursed resulting in a failed relationship. What nonsense! I have written a detailed hypothesis if you’re interested.