Sunday, September 01, 2013

Mumbai Mélange - 1

The Sea


My Mumbai trip needed to be chronicled and I just did not want it to be another 'day 1 I did this and day 2 I this that' post.

Since this '7 days Write Tribe Festival of Words' was starting, I thought what better way to write about the city of dreams leisurely over a week, one thing at a time!

Starting today, there will be one thing everyday that I, as a visitor, feel makes Mumbai the city that it is. Let us celebrate the Maximum City in this festival of words!

We start with the very obvious. The sea.

I really feel that it is the sea that adds to Mumbai's charm. That is one thing that Delhi doesn't have. And that is precisely that one thing that drew me away from the shopping and sitting idle at home right to the sea-side.

Different places across the cities like Marine Drive, Bandra Reclamation, Bandstand, Juhu Chaupaty, Carter Road offer a different sea sight and you would definitely want to experience it from each of these places. 

The sea isn't the same at nights what it is in the mornings. Yet there is always that comfort of coming back to it and talking to it, heart-to-heart. There are regular walkers, joggers, lovers, families, loners, friends and tourists. You sit there, take a walk around, listen to music, munch on bhelpuri, click pictures, watch the revelry around you and just absorb this.

Trust me, that sight is so over-whelming that you would kind of get really soaked in the atmosphere. Watching the sunset, the lights up at Marine Drive making the beautiful Queen's Necklace, you would know that it is that sea-side that gives Mumbai the tranquility and the never-say-die spirit.


Queen's necklace at Marine Drive

People enjoying the evening by the sea-side at Carter Road


Ahem..the lovers behind the rocks at Bandstand

So much calm during the day.


Read it somewhere, 'the sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.' So true.


I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words 1st - 7th September 2013.

23 comments:

  1. My first trip to Bombay decades ago was the first time in my life that I saw the ocean. It was a sight to behold!
    All the best for the next 7 days! I am going to participate as well!

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  2. Love the first capture of the Marine drive....I have been to Mumbai quite a few time vising relatives and once on a office trip too...but always in a hurry...rushed...
    Hopefully through your posts this week, I'll be able to capture the essence of the city better! Great theme...all the best! :)

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  3. Oh you made me homesick for my beloved hometown. Mumbai rocks. I think you are right, it is the sea that charms us all. And the palm trees - I love the palm trees. Looking forward to your 7 days. I'm participating as well.

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  4. Love the pictures....I love Mumbai and sea....walk on carter road is my favorite...beaches is one thing that Mumbai has and Delhi doesnt.
    I am looking forward to other six things from Mumbai.

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  5. I am yet to visit this city of dreams. Your post is making me long for it even more. One of these days, I will.

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  6. Tum humein Mumbai le gai subah subah. Wow i felt.

    So your Theme is Mumbai? Looking forward to the upcoming posts.

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  7. I am also lucky to live by the sea, albeit the Pacific ocean! I would love to visit Bombay one day!

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  8. I have been to Mumbai when I was around 8 years old. I had my first ever Pav Bhaji from Chowpaty. The place is amazing indeed. Will come back to read more about your Mumbai trip. :)

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  9. This took me down the memory lane. I remember the first time I saw the sea (the first sea for that matter) at Mumbai from Marine Drive... I was overwhelmed with its beauty and vastness. It is amazing at all hours of the day! :)

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  10. That's so true. The sea never looks the same here and that's what the whole beauty is about. Looking forward to the rest of the 6 posts on the subject of Mumbai. Good theme, Naina :)

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  11. The sea - that is one of the beauties of Nature that resonate the most with me.

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  12. I love the sea - but am guilty of not taking the time to enjoy it enough! :(
    So looking forward to reading the other posts in this series, Naina.

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  13. Mumbai happens to be my first love Naina... and your post made me all nostalgic... I so want to go there NOW :)

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  14. Mumbai happens to be my first love always and you made me nostalgic now... I need to see it NOW

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  15. Thank you so much for the theme - if there is one place where I'd relocate to in a flash, it is Mumbai - looking forward to the rest of the experiences:-)

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  16. ur pics said it all!! beautiful captures all!

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  17. Beautiful clicks Naina , I have been to Mumbai during my school and instantly fell in love. Those were err the DARR days (Darr was released then ) i dont even remember mch but only remember that I loved the city
    Lookng forward to ur posts :)
    good day

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  18. Bombay is a city I always wanted to visit, but never got a chance till date.
    Loved the pics!!!

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  19. Aah!Sea! Nostalgia.Your post brought back so many memories. Left Mumbai some two decades ago and some of the essence of the city i carried along with me to the east coast of India!I do really miss the evening walks at Marine Lines and Gateway of India..oh! i forgot the scrumptious bhel puri, pani puri and ragda patties at Kailash parbhat :)I am waiting eagerly for the other magical spells u r going to pour on these pages :)

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  20. Mumbai is a place that you either hate or love. No grey shades. I used to love the salty winds that I would inhale while I enjoyed my cup of coffee at Bandstand. There is something magical about the place I will never forget!

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  21. Superb Seven to the city which is an addiction, inspiration and love a ton. I started with hating the city and ended up loving it:) Agree with Pratibha. Perfect tribute to maximum city:)

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  22. Superb Seven to the city which is an addiction, inspiration and love a ton. I started with hating the city and ended up loving it:) Agree with Pratibha. Perfect tribute to maximum city:)
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  23. Its a bit of a coincidence that I got a chance to visit Mumbai just last week. And much about the sea left me with similar emotions. I feel it is what makes Mumbai the place we all seem to fall in love so quickly... no?

    Richa

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