With the column running into its second year, we reprint an item from the same week last year. It is a sort of a time capsule for a city where a lot can happen in a week.
Not many know that when Mumbai’s new police chief Satyapal Singh was first posted to the city as a deputy commissioner in the Western suburbs, he did not get an accommodation to his liking. So, he came to Mumbai without his family and started living in the police chowky at Juhu chowpatty!
This chowky is a ground-plus-one structure right on the beach. Satyapal Singh occupied the two rooms on the top. Every morning, he went for a stroll on the beach in his lungi.
Given his appearance and demeanor, Satyapal Singh could have easily passed off as one of the hawkers on the beach. Imagine their surprise an hour later when same man transformed into an IPS officer in starched khaki and drove off in a white Ambassador car with a yellow beacon.
–Anil Singh, August 27, 2012