The Mumbai weekend

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Our next stop – on the ‘terror tourism’ route, Bunny explained – was the Marine drive spot close The Oberoi towers. It was a popular spot and you could see why. The sea view – placid, vacant, unlike the swarm of cruise and motor boats at the Gateway – with its wide horizon and soft breeze offered instant release from the city’s chaotic entrails. We sat on the wide wall lining the promenade; I hadn’t felt so calm since arriving in India.

The wall appeared to straddle the border between Nature and Civilization: on one side the results of 200 years of commerce were plain to see; the other presented a vision of paradise: a crimson sun dipping into the calm Arabian sea, in the distance small fishing boats returning home.

The promenade was full of young and old couples, walkers, joggers, vendors; there was a mixed sense of lightness and energy. It grew dark as we walked along the arc and soon we saw lights on Malabar Hill: the Mumbai skyline had emerged, almost out of nowhere.


18 thoughts on “The Mumbai weekend

  1. Such riches here, in photographs and words and the feelings behind them! I’m glad to discover Bunny’s blog, too, as well as her bookshelf.

    Happy New Year.

  2. Great post. I never had the opportunity to see Mumbai through the lens of someone who had never visited it. You had a great guide; pointing out Chetan Bhagat’s residence notwithstanding 🙂

    1. What to do, Patrix, he refused to be taken to Shah Rukh’s bungalow and Amitabh’s bungalow and Salman’s building, I had to show him SOMEthing of Bombay’s Famous People’s Houses.

      Bunny

      1. Bunny, just as you’ve wondered if you look like “crystal vase person”, I’m beginning to wonder if I look like a person who’d take a detour to see Salman’s building. How could you even suggest it?!

    1. Don’t worry Rash, I forced him to look at it in passing when we walked out of Prithvi. Only Jalsa, not Prateeksha, but at least it’s a Bachchan bungalow.

  3. You had your eyes closed? Tch tch Parmanu, even if you aren’t an Amitabh’s bungalow and Salman’s house sort of a person, it’s a mandatory part of Mumbai’s charm ;-p
    In Bangalore? No celeb houses thank you. That is only reserved for Mumbai. And I don’t need to point out the Chinnaswamy stadium to you either, since you have lived in this city. We could do a food tour though. There are some lovely, laidback cafes.

  4. and you didnt let us pay at either crystal or cafe coffee……totally out of mumbai trip ethics!! 🙂
    bunny’s bookself is a dream…..anybody will be forgiven for losing control…hehe. btw…there are tons of crystal-like joints in the fort area filled with yummmmyy food. u gotta come back soon 🙂

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