Train travel in Mumbai has been restricted to essential services. Even lawyers and their staff are not allowed to board local trains. Yet, trains are overcrowded because no one is obeying the rules and hardly anyone is being caught. This poem is Raju Z. Moray’s take on the issue.



Hordes bulging trains

Are on a sticky wicket

Because most of them

Travel without a ticket!


Checking happens when

You ask for a ticket or pass

But if you just board boldly

You can travel by any class!


The rush hour thousands

Jostling to avoid being late

Break all laws and barriers

As there’s no one at the gate!


All the rules and the SOPs

Are only for the law-abiding

They agitate and they fret

While the ticketless are riding!


Some have moved Milords

Through PILs and such capers

Irrespective of matter’s merits

Their names shine in papers!


Sometimes a few are caught

By surprise checks at doors

Even those meagre penalties

Are now running into crores!


Most of us stuck between

The first and second dose

Wonder why we make laws

We are unable to enforce?

(Raju Z. Moray is a Mumbai-based lawyer who enjoys writing poems. He is the author of two books ‘Court Jester’-2017 and ‘The Locked Down Lawyer’-2020.)