It was a rainy night and the sprinkling icy drops cleared off the entire warmth outside providing a frosty good time for me to sit back and enjoy the wonderful night, though I had some urgent works to be finished. It was then I found a folder named “Hindi Movies” in my system that I hardly open since I am not a big fan of mass masala films from Bollywood. But still I had a collection of such films though I never used to watch those craps. I just made a glance at the collection and got stuck with a movie file and it was “Mumbai Meri jaan”. Whenever I hear about Mumbai, I feel excited not because I was in Mumbai for a long time or I am going to be there for a long time, but I wanted to be there to feel and to grab the entire historicity of the most populous city of India.
As expected, the film was indeed a great attempt which showcased some of the real life characters in Mumbai. A city which is built on an archipelago of seven islands, a city known to be the fourth most populous city in the world and a city with umpteen historic remnants, Mumbai stands as an iconic symbol in my mind. Since I wanted to visit Mumbai, watching this film made me so fervent about the city. Most of the times I need a reason to pack my bag for a journey and this time it was Mumbai Meri Jaan that made me enthused to visit this bustling city of Mumbai. Obviously I packed my bags within a week and started off with my friends to the legendary and historic city….
After a long journey, we reached the renowned Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station, a World Heritage Site in Mumbai and one of the most engaged railway stations in India. Known to be the master craft of Frederick William Stevens, the design of this station is in the Gothic style of architecture and it originally resembles St. Pancras station in London. (For your kind information, I have not been in London or Paris and it was my friend who passed this ‘similarity information’ to me…). Initially the name of this railway station was Victoria Terminus – the name given to honor Queen Victoria. I felt nice to be there watching the interiors of the station designed by the students of Bombay school of art. The wooden carvings, tile decorations, amazing iron and brass railings and grills for the ticket booths were exciting.
From CST, I touched the very old yet contemporary, amazingly rich yet achingly poor Mumbai. If you want to grab the comfort and sumptuousness of this city, there are plenty of options like shopping malls, multiplexes, beach destinations, theatres, super markets and many more. And if you are not interested in such comfy ambiance and would like to take hold of the enduring historicity of this place, Mumbai has in store for you some of the unseen and unmatched belongings of the past.
In Mumbai, what attracted me the most was the fully packed streets where I could find a sea of people, which itself explains the reason for the city being a busy destination in India. It was nice to be a drop in that ‘vast sea’, walking along with my buddies and enjoying the nights at Mumbai. We covered almost all the destinations we preferred to visit. It includes Marine Drive, Bandra-Worli sea link, ISKCON temple, Haji Ali Dargah, Ajanta Caves, Crawford Market, Gateway of India, the Taj Mahal hotel, Colaba Causeway market, Nehru Planetarium, Bandra, Bandstand, Juhu and many more.
Though I wanted to be there for some more time, I had to take my train after the precious seven days, only to visit the most happening city in India again and again.