On July 17, commuters passing through Mahim railway station in Mumbai were a surprised lot. It had been almost a week since a bomb went off in a train compartment at this station -- part of the seven bombs that exploded in Mumbai on July 11 -- but the station had remained the same.
paan-stained walls near the ticket counters, beggars and junkies loitering about -- nothing had changed since Black Tuesday.
Monday, however, the station was being given a serious facelift. A pandal had been erected at its entrance. Workers could be seen everywhere, going about the task of beautification.
The reason for the sudden drive was that President A P J Abdul Kalam is visiting the station -- damaged in last week's blast -- on Tuesday.
On learning this one weary passenger remarked: "The President should come to Mumbai more often, and visit one railway station every time."
Reportage: A Ganesh Nadar | Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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