If I get mugged again and lose consciousness for a couple of seconds (with a blunt object hitting my nape like what befell me one day in Madrid) and wake up on a street in Mumbai, I'd easily get disoriented and think I was in one of the avenidas of the Spanish capital. Yes, a few streets in new Bombay looks like transplanted pieces of some European neighborhood. Several edifices are gloriously designed with art decos and Victorian architecture. But let me backtrack a bit to put some perspective to this post.
There wasn't much to do on the night of my arrival in Mumbai. The trip from Delhi was long, the assault of the taxi drivers was jarring, and the visit to Elephanta Island was more than relaxing. But the body could only take so much. The street population around Colaba turned into a younger, more vibrant, albeit less enterprising demographic as night descends into the mishmash of colonial buildings, many of which have seen better days.
The tower was named after an industrialist's mother whose monetary support made construction of the tower possible. It stands 280 feet tall and has 5 stories. The businessman's name was Premchand Raichand. The tower is a pretty sight and rightfully a beloved landmark. It should not me missed. The Rajabai Clock Tower is visible in several areas in the city and looms proudly from a cricket field.
Somehow, Mumbai seemed less populous than what I expected, considering it is the country's biggest city in terms of population. It's also overly hyped as a frolicky Bollywoodland so I half expected Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai and Katrina Kaif to appear before me grinding their Elvis Pelvis moves to the tune of an A.R. Rahman ditty, as customary. I always chanced upon Hollywood stars in London, why not here? Fat chance. I've also read that crossing the street is a hellish experience in the city, but this wasn't so, at least from my experience, and I think it shows in some of my photos. Mumbai is pretty, if a bit under-maintained. Much of the city retains its old world charm. If only I could identify some of the buildings in my photos here... darn! Regardless, Mumbai's colonial vestiges impressed me as I navigated around its pricey metropolis.
|A tree-lined boulevard in Mumbai|
|Rajabai Clock Tower, University of Mumbai|
|Side view of the University of Mumbai's Fort campus. Reminds me of a structure in Oxford, England.|
|University of Mumbai|
|The Orchid Hotel, a 5-star hotel along Nehru Road. Here, it looks like a piece of a part that Optimus Prime forgot. :)|
|A deserted walkway from the side of the cricket field going towards the University of Mumbai|
Our previous posts:
Mumbai's Elephanta Island - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2013/01/mumbais-elephanta-island-heritage.html
Mumbai Tales, Greedy Drivers and Losing Cool - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2013/01/mumbai-tales-greedy-drivers-and-losing.html
A Rickshaw Ride in Delhi One Lazy Morning - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-rickshaw-ride-in-delhi-one-lazy.html