Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Twenty-eight-yearold Ne­tra Rode, who is seven months preg­nant, was in for a pleas­ant sur­prise on Fri­day morn­ing. A group of around 30 women com­muters, with whom she com­mutes to her work­place daily, or­gan­ised a baby shower for her in the lo­cal train.

The women com­muters, who have been trav­el­ling by the CST-bound 8.02 am Kalyan lo­cal ev­ery day, dec­o­rated the com­part­ment for Rode. Some of the com­muters went all the way from Bhandup to Kalyan only to dec­o­rate the train com­part­ment. So, when Rode boarded the train at Kalyan, she was given a warm wel­come.

Rode who was stunned see­ing the prepa­ra­tions said, “I have no words to ex­press my joy. It was like a homely cel­e­bra­tion in­side a lo­cal train. I was greeted with flow­ers and was given yummy del­i­ca­cies to eat. They dec­o­rated the seats with flow­ers too.” “It was fun ex­pe­ri­ence for all of us. I will al­ways re­mem­ber this day,” added Rode.

“We all have busy sched­ules, but that doesn’t mean we can’t en­joy,” said Dr Swati Saxena, who is a mem­ber of the com­mut­ing group. “It is our way of show­ing her that tra­di­tion and fun can go hand-in-hand. We are happy we could make the day spe­cial for her,” she said.

Megha Saxena, 33, who is also part of this com­mut­ing group, said, “We have been trav­el­ling to­gether for so many years that we now treat each other like fam­ily. We in­ter­act with one an­other and even share snacks. But to­day [on Fri­day], we planned to do some­thing spe­cial. We or­gan­ised a baby shower for Ne­tra, munched on snacks pre­pared by com­muters in our group and also played games.”

“A com­muter from this women’s group who no longer trav­els by this train as she has left her job also joined us for the day. Ne­tra was sur­prised to see her,” said Saxena, adding “The cel­e­bra­tions went on un­til the train reached Dadar, where most of the group’s mem­bers alight.”

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