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Bombay was a different planet

Until 50 years ago, Bombay was a different planet for Nosaakraas, as Navsariites were called. There were three kinds of trunk calls — ordinary, urgent and lightning — which one could book through Bombay Telephones. Most were not aware of the third category which was used by newspapers, and a bit, by large businesses. Urgent, on an average, took about six hours to materialize. Too late to catch the Gujarat Express to be in time for Doctor Kaka’s paidast in the afternoon. Trunk calls were expensive. The telephone company man would self-importantly announce: "Navsari thi urgent call chhé. PP né......

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