Mumbai’s Weighing Machines
You’ll find these on nearly every station – weighing machines with lights forming hypnotizing patterns. They are yellow, and have a pedestal to stand on. You drop in a one Rupee coin when the red and white wheel stops turning, and out comes your weight on a carboard ticket with a filmstars picture, complete with your fortune/description on it. I’ve been using these since I weighed just 15 kgs.
Recently, while waiting for a train with a friend, I decided to check my weight. This is what I got.
I have spotted new weighing scales on some platforms. They are slightly different from the older ones and they charge you Rs 2 for telling you your weight. I am yet to try those out!
A variation of these weighing machines are the manual weight checkers. These men use ordinary weighing scales and tell you your weight for Re 1. They are usually found on the overhead bridges. I wonder if people get their weights checked this way too, for I have never spotted a single person checking his weight using these scales. But since this occupation exists, they must be doing business, right? I spotted this man outside CST Station, but he could be on an overhead bridge on any railway station in Mumbai.