After I talked about the Mumbai Darshan Tour showing lesser tourist spots to Mumbai, A Mumbai tabloid discussed the same problem. I have been on a Mumbai tour before and have taken photos but everytime you see a different aspect of Mumbai no matter how many times you must have seen it.
A look at Mumbai through the eyes of a tourist
Actor Sunil Shetty run a water ride near Marine drive. A ride into small boats for 6 or a small kayak like boat for 2 is what it offers. Called H2O, the ride are quite costly ranging from 180 to 250 Rupees. As part of Mumbai darshan, we got a discount on the ride. As we traveled on the sea, a H2O personnelin a small boat overlooking the Mumbai skyline. Every part of the sea looks at a different skyline. This one is the Walkeshwar with the Hanging garden behind it.
The tall building near Walkeshwar. It houses the JJ hospital and an upmarket township. I have a night picture of the city from Girgaon Chowpathy taken long time ago.
As I said, H2O offers, kayak like boats for 2. We saw two enthusiastic who took the ride. As amateurs they made their way slowly in the ocean and it can be seen because they are not paddling in sync. Seen behind them from right to left, The Air India Building, The Vidhan Bhavan in front of it, the SBI (State bank of India) headquarters, the building just next to the SBI building which has a ship hull as the water tank is the headquarters of Shipping Corporation of India.
I like this picture, two people between a blue brown sea and the city behind. They are so insignificantly small and yet dominant in the picture.
The guardian angels behind them. These are the people who are responsible for the safety of the people in kayaks. When I took this two photos from a moving boat, I did not think much. It was when I saw the photos that I realized that what these two were actually doing. Behind them from right to left, the revolving upper floor of the Ambassador Hotel, The Rajabai Towers and far left, The Mumbai Stock Exchange.
The two telecom giants. the two tallest building behind them are the two among the two navratnas companies of India. VSNL which was sold to the Tatas and now renamed Tata Communication was one the biggest and best government owned telecon giant. The building just next to it at the right is the BSNL building. The public issue of the company which would sell just 10% of the company shares could make the government very very rich.
The oldest inhabitants of Mumbai, the koli or the local fishermen. Near extinction, they have seen Mumbai change from a small city to a busy metropolis. I wonder how they adjust to the changing culture.
The busiest business district of Mumbai, the Nariman Point. How many building can you recognize there?
I will not even explain this!