I *heart* Bombay (and well..Boston)

I'm urban..in the way other people are mountain-people or tunafish junkies. I love city life...something about dreary concrete blocks and grumpy people totally gets my juices flowing. Ergo, this will be a blog about me, my two favourite cities (Bombay and Boston), my addiction to Vietnamese coffee and my views on Gregorian chant and it's efficacy in curing some types of tympannic membrane rupture. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Why I love my city..a photo blog

A collection of pictures of Bombay stuff that I've taken over the last year or so...This is what keeps me a true blue Bombayite. However much I may bitch and moan about how stressful this city is, how expensive it is and how dirty it can be, I just look at these pictures I've taken and love it that teeny-weeny bit more.

I clicked this awesome Photoshopped image of Bombay life at the Kalaghoda festival in Bombay last year. I really think it captured the regular images of South Bombay that we see on the way to work everyday...

Flora gazing at the monsoon sky. I just caught this giant black cloud moving accross the sky as I was looking up at the top of the fountain.
(Flora Fountain monsoon 2005)

Burkha clad women dodging traffic in Mahim. View from my taxi window on the way back home to Bandra.

The walls of the Bombay Naval Dockyard. Notable ships built here include the ship that the Star Spangled Banner was written on and the HMS Trincomalee - the largest timber vessel built. (The Naval Dockyard also hosts some of the last walls of the original Bombay Fort)

A Sunday afternoon on Juhu Beach. This is the view from the Vie end of the beach (for you clubbing types) looking towards Versova. I love the incredibly over-dressed beachgoers.

G-d is a Bombaywallah.
And He will argue with an imposter.

Lund and Blockey Opticians at Kalaghoda...right next to the David Sassoon Reading Room (Members only, please do not spit)
I love this picture because it could easily be the 1890's. Except for this taxi that passed by just as I was clicking the picture.

Gazing up at the Rajabai tower at Bombay University. Since they've just opened it up for visits again, I'm sure I'll get some great pictures of Bombay from up there.

Looking out from one of the balconies of Victoria Terminus towards the Municipal Corporation building. Or as it is today, looking out from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation.

Flora contemplating her city..Flora Fountain, South Bombay. I love the old-world, mossy look that the fountain has during the monsoon.

The corridors at Bombay University. You've got to hand it to the British architects...they sure knew how to make a place look hallowed..

Just another lazy evening at the Gateway of India..This is what the ordinary Bombayite does on a holiday evening. Gasp for breath at one of the few open plazas in the city...this one right by the sea.

Graffitti was never truer.
Kalaghoda Art Festival, 2005.

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  • At 12:36 AM, Blogger Nick said…

    Loved 'em as you expected :)

    The draw to Mumbai grows stronger :)

  • At 1:12 AM, Anonymous medha said…

    I loved this post!

    For all the reasons i love bombay soo much, you so beautifully put it through pictures.

    I truly *heart* Bombay!

  • At 3:56 AM, Blogger roswitha said…

    Thank you.

  • At 5:41 AM, Blogger Irshad said…


  • At 7:56 AM, Blogger Meenakshi said…

    I love your photos. You need to pursue this further. Somehow, when you take snaps, Mumbai looks like Prague! You have a great eye for this!! Put up more!!!


  • At 9:47 AM, Blogger Dylan said…

    Kya jhakaas photu nikalela hai, bhidu!

  • At 11:39 PM, Anonymous ash said…

    vikstaaah :)) thank you :)

  • At 10:45 AM, Blogger Mohammed said…

    Heyy Good stuff.. I've loved South Bombay by the night.. try it out post mid-night..u sure to get some awesome pics.. cheers & hugs..:-)

  • At 11:46 PM, Blogger Harsh said…

    Brilliant pics.. esp. the argumentative Gods!

  • At 12:20 AM, Blogger s said…

    Great pics. keep up the good work :)

  • At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey vikster,

    have been having a tough couple of days at work and have been very very busy; one of the positive flipsides to the situation is that you've almost always put up ur next offering on the blog, by the tme get round to checking it!

    i find myself happier when i've read something new, and its really a good feeling!!

    this photo-feature reminds me of the days i spent as a collegeian, bringng my out-of-town friends to mumbai and showing the beautiful city off - its funny how much one could appreciate at leisure, and in company - I hope to start carrying my camera along soon...and start clicking away, dont wanna miss the beauty even the mundane thngs bring to our urban life....

    Cheers to that!

  • At 9:03 PM, Blogger Wild Reeds said…

    Very nice.

  • At 8:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just curious which name you prefer for your city: Bombay or Mumbai? (Forgive me if you have already addressed this, I'm new to your blog.)

  • At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Keep it up!

    ExBandra residents like myself living in countries far from India find your articles essential.

    Love the photos too.

  • At 9:35 AM, Blogger Raghunandan Jagdish said…

    hey vikram
    very nice pictures that you have clicked. Its a nice feeling to see the pictures of your city - the ones that you barely observe due o the rush to go somewhere and the rat race! kudos buddy

  • At 12:00 AM, Anonymous zio said…

    Love the pictures! Those people at the beach should consider maybe taking their shirts off or maybe do something to pretend like they're in a warm climate.

  • At 1:20 PM, Blogger Poo said…

    absolutelyyyy love the pics..even tho i've been away from bombay for a month i misss it soo much!

  • At 5:57 PM, Blogger Id it is said…

    Awesome pictures. It's like a cultural map for the viewer. Mumbai appears very different from when I saw it some six years ago. Less crowded, or so it seems, and also less smoggy.

  • At 8:35 PM, Blogger Ameet said…

    Awesome pics!

  • At 6:28 PM, Blogger rajeev said…

    loved the pictures. As they say, with Bombay we share a love-hate relationship.

  • At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love how you captured the beauty and elegance of South Bombay. I love Bombay and will never forget it.

  • At 8:21 AM, Blogger haathi said…

    funny how i stumbled up on this here.. i LOVE these pictures. im not a bombay fan, but these pictures make me wanna go back.

  • At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey! Great photos! Completely captures the charms of this amazing city. :)


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