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.

Ooh, Sharukh Khan!

Ok, I weigh 54 kgs, I am charming, gentle and sentimental!

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.

6 Comments so far

  1. shail (unregistered) on March 7th, 2006 @ 1:10 am

    hey nice site
    delhi ka bhi blog banaiye plssssssssssssssssssssss

  2. Gautam (unregistered) on March 7th, 2006 @ 6:24 am

    They are fascinating, the colourful machines. Any clue who runs them, and how long they have been there? I’ve seen them being refilled a couple fo times, but never mustered the courage to go ask the guy who runs/owns them.

  3. Akshay (unregistered) on March 7th, 2006 @ 1:00 pm

    Brilliant post, I too like many have facinated by these machines.

    Gautam – I don’t think anybody runs them, they automated. There is a clue on who manufactures them on one of the ticket – it says Northern Scale Company, New Delhi

  4. Pravin (unregistered) on March 7th, 2006 @ 2:04 pm

    Usually, there are two or more weighing machines on a station. You might want to try them all within a space of, say five minutes. The results can be quite funny!

  5. Selma Mirza (unregistered) on March 9th, 2006 @ 8:32 pm

    @ Shail
    You could write in to request them to include Delhi.

    @ Gautam
    You were among the few lucky ones to watch them being refilled. It belongs to the Northern Scale Company. The newer ones belong to the Eastern Scale Company. No amount of googling gave me more information. Next time maybe you could ask the refill guy, hmm?

    @ Akshay
    Do you know if other metros in India have these?

    @ Pravin
    Did I say do not trust these machines? They give you warped weights sometimes :-)

  6. Shail (unregistered) on March 9th, 2006 @ 10:55 pm

    Thanks Selma
    I have written a mail to metblogs but no replies
    how much time do they take to reply
    my formal name is Divya dogra i am from new delhi and will be interacting on this site
    thanks for your guidance

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