One of the topics of perpetual discussion is whether there is anything called luck or is one’s destiny in person’s own hands? In a popular Hindi movie number picturised on two iconic stars Dilip Kumar and Shammi Kapoor, there’s an argument happening between the two whether it’s all about luck ( taqdeer) or effort (tadbeer) ?
While I am a firm believer in making effort and treat luck as an overrated element of blind faith, certain events force you to reckon luck! This is true specially in case of property. Sometimes a property that you buy suddenly becomes a hot piece of real estate when it’s announced that a large commercial hub is coming in its vicinity or Metro is getting extended right up to your flat ! On the other hand, a prime property situated right in the heart of the city may have to be abandoned or substantially sacrificed should Government decide to widen the main road! When I moved to Mumbai several years ago, I was told that for train travel Andheri was the best option as large number of trains originated from there. I realised it myself that trains that went beyond Andheri were severely overcrowded and packed and boarding or getting down at a non terminus station was virtually next to impossible. But in an Andheri local, one could virtually catch a nap or finish newspaper as train would originate and terminate there at.
This year after decades of struggle of changing rented accommodations, I finally managed to have a home of my own in a place none other than Andheri. I told my wife that now I would be commuting to office only by train and not by my personal vehicle. Railways change their time table every October. This October, I was in for a rude shock rather than a pleasant surprise. Western Railways decided to shift terminal from Andheri to Goregaon and like all other stations before or after Andheri, it too has become an intermediate station ! I am back to commuting by car – spending 3-4 hours everyday on road, leaving daily newspaper unread and forgetting the luxury of travel nap! What efforts could I have made to avert this ?