Kodak moments: Mumbai on its toes


It’s both a very busy and lazy week for me as winter has already seeped in which makes it an arduous task to write at length. There are so many things to do. Since most of you have beaten hands down the Monday Blues, a small treat to most of you in the form of my favorite shots taken during my last visit to India. No prize for guessing? It’s Mumbai! It’s been ages that I haven’t shared pictures on the blog that makes memory whooshed to the mind as if it was yesterday only.

The skyscraper aerial view of Mumbai from the Emirates Airlines as it was descending its way towards the airport at Santacruz. I was so excited and felt a pang of anxiety at the same time to see the city, my city. No wonder, it’s a treat as the heart ran amok with excitement trying to locate places near the CST airport.

This shot was taken as the taxi screeched its way out of the airport zone and it gave a feeling of life embedded in simplicity in Mumbai and of course, the humble line up of houses and shops, billboard of the Vodafone banner, a lady dressed in saree walking past the rickshaw gives a feel of life in the city. There is so much to Mumbai, right from the fast life to simplicity that can be found in some places far away from the bustling center.

It’s my city where life is not fake and its inhabitants toiling hard 24/7 to make things happen for them. They may bear traces of bruise on their respective faces but they will carry the burden of life walking past the iconic yellow-and-black cabs. It’s one image that brings a smile on the face watching people determined and for whom the world never stops. Happens only in Mumbai. The picture must have been taken on the way towards Sion station from JJ Flyover.

 

The picture was shot in the surrounding of Colaba near the National Gallery of Modern Arts in the city which was a regular sight for me the time I was staying in the city and walking to Colaba where you get to see a city on its toes.

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Independence Day shots


Independence Day came and went. It’s a moment of pride for us, Indians. Every year, I make it a point to wake up early and take the bus to attend the flag raising ceremony, after which the Indian High Commissioner reads the message of the Indian Head of State. As singers recite Jnana Gana Mana, the voice chokes with emotions watching the tricolor unfurl. One shouldn’t forget their roots and how our ancestors fought for the country’s independence. I am glad to share mobile shots of Independence Day.

The Indian flag is unfurled on August 15.

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The crowd proudly displays their Indian flag in an emotional way and shows pride.

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The Indian Navy standing on the podium  and the crowd showing respect to the Indian flag. I was standing at the back and the phone click is not great.

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Yours truly posing proudly with the small flag behind the Indian flag hoisted.

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