Aerosmith said pink was everything from the color of passion to love at first sight, even “Pink it’s like red but not quite, and I think everything is going to be all right…”
All these thoughts hit me yesterday on what I can call my own promenade set along the Arabian Sea in this part of the bustling city of Bombay (Mumbai for most). The serene waters when the ebb was low transported me into another world just as I realized how blue I had been all these months. It wasn’t a moment of finding myself, but it was surely a step in that direction. Find myself not ’cause I feel lost or aimless, it’s just the fog that’s been thickening which needs to clear sooner than later, so the strong beam from the lighthouse doesn’t misguide the lone ship on unknown waters.
To put this feeling in a few words, I’ve seen red, I’ve felt blue, but it is the pink hue that makes me want to make my dreams come true.
Long overdue, second instalment of pictures from one of my solitary walks around town.
Walks, I believe, are one of the best things you can do on your own. It clears your mind of daily clutter, helps you think ahead and obviously, work out. It is but a beautiful thing to find your company with yourself, it pinches less when there are fewer people who stay around you, with or without choice.
Especially if you’re the kinds who truly embraces independence, it doesn’t get better than this. So while not many would know yet, walking to some of the best locales around the world, is one of those crazy things on my bucket list.
Most of what I know of Mumbai (fondly and always called as Bombay) is via the several explorations on foot.
Stay tuned while I bring you some more of those nuances of daily life in the city.
For Part I, click here
P.S. Some of these pictures have been taken from a different phone, albeit with a slightly ineffective camera hence the haziness. In a lot of cases, it is the Bombay Smog also.
It’s been by far a pleasant day, a nice well-spent Sunday. But as I was walking out from St. Xavier’s this evening, I realized I must use the light just before the sun set and invited the dusk, transforming into the night. Those who’ve lived in Bombay city would agree that the sun hardly sets on one’s life here. You can make yourself so busy and make optimal use of time that it feels bad to see when one cannot, or does not.
I am, however, not judging anyone’s choices. As far as my thoughts go, I’d like you to know me better. And like I promised many months ago, open up aspects of South Bombay as I see it, to all of you out there.
Here’s Part I.
The beautiful Victoria Terminus, now called Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 1715 hours. The clock tower continues to show the correct time, several years later. It has also been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The vast expanse of Azad Maidan that is a favorite haunt for several cricket (and other sports) enthusiasts. Notice the archway in this pristine old building. Many buildings that await restoration boast of architecture of this kind. This famous street transports several office and college-going crowd every day. The building houses a well-known company. The beauty captured from my camera… priceless. Leave it to your imagination to decipher the picture’s meaning, like creative liberty.A tree-lined road. A standard black-and-yellow-taxi and much more in one picture. Not Just a slight angle different than the picture above, only with the sunlight pouring in from the West. VT (Victoria Terminus) once again, camera angle a tad-right.As you walk down these roads, you come to realize it’s one better than the next, or they’re just sisters of the same fraternity. Notice the pleasant-looking balcony in this building. Great architecture, yes. But a great setting a fabulous romantic story also, perhaps. A few steps beyond, with the heart aflutter after pleasing one’s eyes to the beauty that this city within a greater city is. One of the branches of Deutsche Bank (the HQ) in a (thankfully) restored vintage building.
Another one of those with the lovely balcony.
Read Part II here…