I gave him the answer.
‘Ah. The Central side’ was the response.
And out of a need to sustain conversation, i asked, ‘ and you ?’. He said, ‘oh me..i live in Mumbai’ ! ( The last word underlined twice).
To the South Mumbai resident, i was almost an outcast.
We decided to find out the real reason behind the swagger of ‘South Mumbai’. Wanting to tell the world that Mumbai was indeed Mumbai. All the way around and that swagger was ‘unnecessary projection’ that we could see through !!
We came back defeated. Not by the swagger, but by the sheer heritage of the place. Rich, tall European buildings that stand really tall. And provide such an impressive backdrop that provides the air to the chin that touches the sky !
Here are some pictures !
The Victoria Terminus now called Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus stands tall and majestic. That which was built in some 100 plus years ago, now is the reference point landmark for Mumbai’s transportation & orientation.
If you thought the outsides were fabulous, the insides are no less. If you only care to look at the ceiling !
The David Sassoon library looks particularly impressive. I only wonder if it is the impressive architecture or the South Mumbai air, or my liking for books !?!?
To think that Mumbai was given as a dowry to the British confounds me no end. They gave it as something that went free. An add on ! What an add on. So we strolled for some more time. Clicked some pictures. Had a jumbo sugar cane juice.
And then, took the train back home. And when we came home, we had to be careful. That we did not carry the swagger with us !!