This is the #Victoria
Building next to the #Parsi
Agiyari in #Byculla
. I often cross it on my visit to Victoria and Albert Museum in Byculla.
I discovered @bdlmuseum
a couple of years ago, but it was only when I had to spend an extended period of time in Bombay that I started scouting for a peaceful place to write and that's how I stumbled upon its cafe. But the commute often seems to flummox people who know I do this "mad" trip at least a few times a month. The thing about getting around in Bombay is that the private cab is not your only recourse. There are, of course, local trains that cut time often by half but assault the olfactory and sense of hygiene, the inimitably romantic #BEST
buses, and the black and yellow taxis. Suburban #rickshaws
and the Metro for north-central suburbs have been quite the blessing too. As a proponent of public transport, especially buses, I do feel that BEST has nailed its routes to offer passengers the perfect mix of visual delight, time to introspect, a clean, uncluttered, well-maintained, and efficient means to get from one place to another as quickly as any other road transport can. The charm of the three conductor personalities (grouchy middle aged change seeking asshole, young jugaadu well-behaved and neatly dressed, indifferent uncouth and loud), the surprise of a fairly disciplined driver, the passing sights and sounds of old buildings on arterial roads mixed with the native Koli localities and business areas, and of course, the occasional chance of having a friendly conversation with the person sitting next to you are unbeatable experiences that take you back a couple of decades in time. Just yesterday, I told someone about my love-hate relationship with this city that has such rich cultural experiences to offer even without trying or demanding a high price, and on the other hand the absolute apathy of its residents (whether native, local, or immigrants) towards their surroundings. Between the humid salty breeze, its swaying palms, and discolored art deco mansions this city takes you into a warm embrace. So why shy away?
#architecture #Bombay #artdeco #latergram #underthebridge #ieditmyownphotos #heritage