Monday, April 15, 2013

M mystifies MUMBAI


Ideally, I'd call it Bombay. A city that I was born and bred in. No matter where I go,  I always want to come back home. So, a pictorial post to the city I love was a given. I am sharing some snapshots of South Mumbai. These are much loved tourist spots. Every time you see them, you learn something new.

Right from being handed in dowry to being held at ransom, Mumbai has seen it all. A city that harbors dreams like no other, you can't escape its charms. Once you visit Mumbai, you've made it a part of your life for good.

Victoria Terminus, now known as Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the architectural wonder never ceases to amaze you. The head quarters of the Central Railways, it was built in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria
The Naval Dockyard, every bit regal. 
The Indian Ship building yard where only Naval Personnel can enter. Photography further around this area is restricted.
Flora Fountain, splendour spelt.

One of the most beautiful fountains in Mumbai, named after the Roman Goddess Flora.  Not the one you can throw a coin into though.
Rajabai Clock Tower, hear the bells chime

Mumbai's own Big Ben stands in the Universtity Campus. Built by a son for his blind mother so she could eat dinner on time as per religious requirements. 
Gateway of India, history redefined
Built to welcome royalty, it also invited terror, twice. The Gateway, Mumbai's most
famous landmark bears testimony to a history she can't change.

David Sassoon Library to the left, Army and Navy building in centre, and Watsons Hotel to the right, at Kala Ghoda
Kala Ghoda has become synonymous with the festival of the same name. The David Sassoon Library  clubbed with the Army and Navy Building next door, remind of an era gone by. The Watsons Hotel on the right is India's oldest surviving cast iron building. Mark Twain at one time, stayed as a guest out here. 
The Queen's necklace, Marine Drive
Marine Drive is a sight to behold, both at day and at night. As the Arabian waters lap up your worries, the lights around the promenade illuminate as the sun sets. And diamonds are no match for a lit up Queen's Necklace.  

Haji Ali, shot from a moving cab.

A Sufi Saint who made Mumbai his home and loved it so much, that his casket came floating back to these very waters. Reminds me why my umblicial chord with this city can never be cut, ever. 

50 comments:

Rainbow Hues said...

A very nice historic collage of Mumbai... true, once here you don't wanna go anywhere...

Having said that, Mumbai is more... :)

Laxmi Chundi Addanki said...

My favorite city, Mumbai..given a chance, I'll pack bags to settle down there - thanks for the pictorial and memories Gee...
CHeers, L

Corinne Rodrigues said...

A lovely look at the majestic and iconic city! I'm finally happy to be here! :)

JANU said...

Beautiful city that I have come to love. South Bombay is just awesome...I love the British Architecture of the buildings there.

Ruchira said...

After seeing this pics .. Mumbai aana to banata hai !

Suzy said...

Love love love Mumbai - my soul lives there. My post is on Mumbai too, though quite different from yours. Love love love your post.

Roshni AaMom said...

Lovely pics! Never been to Mumbai...definitely hope to!

Chatty Wren said...

This post made me so nostalgic!

Afshan said...

I visited Mumbai when it was bombay back in 1994. I was in school then. Memories are hazy but I remember that I was in awe by looking how magnificent and endless the city was
I remember asking my Uncle where does this city end. HE Liked the question a lot.
I Remember many of these spots. Some more we visited essel world, chaupati , juhu ,Kamla nehru park , some boot house and many more....
I LOVED THE CITY and still love it
thanks for the revival

Rachna said...

Have been brought up in South Bombay. Love the city dearly for all the fabulous memories and the great friends I have there.

Meena said...

I hv been to mubai a good 15 years back! Been on my list to revisit..... Myabe soon

Bhav.Zz said...

Mumbai has so much to tell :)

Bhavya
Just Another Blog

hitch writer said...

Nice although I was born in Suburban Santacruz and Lived most of my time in Andheri... whenever I close my eyes and think mumbai its either VT or Churchgate station that comes to my mind ! :)

A city I was born in... but never felt like home... I left it too young... but visit it almost 2-3 times a year... I love being there... but wouldn't live there ! :D

Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar said...

Vinita, what a lovely ode to my favourite city, Bombay! You know, I actually cried when I heard the news that they'd re-named it Mumbai. I just felt something had changed in the naming. My city is so beautiful, and yet not quite what it used to be. Incidentally, I work in South Bombay, a short walk away from FLora Fountain, and see the pics you've uploaded almost every day. :) Nice, really nice.

Shilpa Garg said...

Our home for 8 years! Thanks for reviving some beautiful memories of Mumbai :)

Naina Madan said...

You would not believe this! I was planning to do my M for Marine Drive, because Mumbai is Bombay for me too!
I clicked a similar picture of gateway from ferry with all the three grand buildings in sight!
Your post reminds me of my D for Delhi post and just how much we love our cities!

Justice done to your city, by you! Well done. :-)

sharmila k said...

I came with a million apprehensions two decades ago to this magical city-Mumbai and I stayed back..in its lap,hopefully for ever..
Wherever I go there is no place like Mumbai.It is home !

Shail Mohan said...

One memorable visit is all I have to remember the city :)

Nandana said...

You're upping the Mumbai tourism by a 100 points at least. :)
Wonderful pics, and the post is dripping with the love and pride you have for Mumbai.
Should visit soon!

Blogwati Gee said...

Of course it is. No city can be described in a few words.

Prateek said...

I have never been to Mumbai (except for the drive from the airport to Pune), your pics makes me regret it!

sridevi datta said...

You describe Mumbai just like your child or as though you were her mother ...the last sentence almost brought a lump to my throat...Hugs to you Vini ...you bring pictures to life :)

BHAVIKK SHAH's BLOG said...

HI ,
A very well articulated - I have been born and brought up in Mumbai & I work at BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) and many a times I pass by the flora fountain, but since we are so busy in our ever rushing life that we sometimes ignore such beauty around us - its like you dont value the things you have...
your post will make me standby at flora for few minutes..to admire its beauty
Thanks For Sharing & making me realize what Aamchi Mumbai has..
Regards
Bhavikk shah
Author on - www.stockmusings.com

amasc said...

What a lovely post, it makes me very glad to live here in Mumbai

Blogwati Gee said...

Awwww, come back Laxmi :)

Blogwati Gee said...

And we are super happy to have you here :D

Blogwati Gee said...

Oh yes and hence it was my muse.

Blogwati Gee said...

Aajaa haa aajaa.....oh ho ho aaja.....itna invitation bus?

Blogwati Gee said...

I know Suzy, I saw. Amazing ain't it, the city that binds :)

Blogwati Gee said...

Come, the city and me await :D

Blogwati Gee said...

I am so happy that it did :)

Blogwati Gee said...

You must revisit Afshan. It is still mesmerizing.

Blogwati Gee said...

I can imagine Rachna. It will always be home.

Blogwati Gee said...

Fingers crossed Meena.

Blogwati Gee said...

Oh yes it does.

Blogwati Gee said...

Well, with all its craziness, it is home to me. Will always be :)

Blogwati Gee said...

Don't get me started on the name change. I still refer to it as Bombay though. Glad you could connect.

Blogwati Gee said...

Happy to help.

Blogwati Gee said...

Oh we are such desis I guess.

Blogwati Gee said...

And thank god you did....warna main daant kisko dikhati :P

Blogwati Gee said...

Time for the second one, Shail.

Blogwati Gee said...

I'm doing my bit for the nation Nandana :)

Blogwati Gee said...

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeee ab toh visit kar lo!

Blogwati Gee said...

I do belong heart, mind and soul to this city Sri. So it was a natural trail I took.

Blogwati Gee said...

I am so glad this post rekindled that feeling of pride and hoy Bhavikk

Blogwati Gee said...

Make that two of us.

BHAVIKK SHAH's BLOG said...

HI
yeah It did..
thanks for sharing once again
Regards
Bhavikk Shah

Aditi Pathak said...

Lovely post. I'm proud to call Bombay my home. And yes, there is no better feeling than sitting at the Marine Drive promenade during the rainy season. :)

Blogwati Gee said...

Oh I completely agree Aditi :)

Blogwati Gee said...

My pleasure.

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