Sleepless in Mumbai

This morning I woke up a little early by my usual Sunday standards. I didn't have a choice. A private dargah down the road had begun to air religious songs. Live. At full blast. Over a loudspeaker*. At 4:30 in the freakin' morning.

The thing about 4:30 in the morning is that there are no other sounds to distract you. Because at 4:30 in the morning, the rest of the world is doing things like, oh I don't know, sleeping maybe? Milkmen dream cow dreams, newsboys dream of the afternoon edition, even dogs freakin' dream of bones at 4:30.

So there was basically nothing to stop me from hearing at full blast, the sounds of religion coming from next door. For a full half hour, I tossed and turned and swore and cursed. I even tried to wear my close-fit Sony hands-free to cut off the noise. Nothing much happened, except that my brother woke up and we performed a cussing duet.

And then, because the night hadn't been just perfect, the power got cut.

(I can now tell from first-hand experience that the current temperature in Bombay is just over 40 degrees centigrade at night. Just right, in fact, if you want a brief preview of Hell.)

At about 5 o'clock, I ran out of abuses and patience, and called the cops. Half an hour later, the songs stopped.

(Oh, and in case I didn't mention, my bathroom is being re-tiled. So I had the never-before experienced joy (?) of taking a shower at my neighbour's house.)

You know, suddenly I'm not so sure that weekends are actually better than the work-week.

* There is a ban on loudspeaker use post-10 p.m. in Bombay. Religious functions, private parties, concerts, pubs, wherever there is sound in public, it is shut off by 10. Obviously, someone didn't get the memo.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Your under arrest. Bombay? Call it Mumbai.

Aren't you a Mumbaikar?:)

But seriously, sleep like me.. nothing wakes me up. Actually you know that. *evil grin*
-Archer
Veda said…
Ha. Ha. Ha. You're killing me here - NOT!

Bombay! BOMBAY! There! Bwahahahaha!
Matt said…
Lol ! I knew i'd see this post pretty soon !!!

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