Last evening I was off to a wedding reception at BKC or Bandra Kurla Complex, a swanky address for multi nationals and corporates that have shifted out of Ballard Estate, Fort and Nariman Point, the erstwhile prestigious business districts of Bombay.
Once upon a time, Worli was considered the outermost part of the island city while BKC was not even thought of. Bandra was a prime suburb and still remains so while Kurla was always part of the boonies. However, constant expansion of the city’s borders has meant that the original city is a mere fraction of the Greater Mumbai Area and BKC is very much a centrally located business district!
This has also meant long traffic lines on the way home so a half hour wait in the car is considered quite normal especially during peak hours. There are times when it has taken me around 2 hours to traverse a distance of a mere 15 kms so yesterday I was lucky that my journey took only half an hour or so.
The sun was setting and Mumbai was getting ready to welcome a cool November evening when I caught this scene off Haji Ali. Hornby Vellard , the bund road that linked the main island of Mumbai to Worli is a very important linkage. Now rechristened Lala LajpatRai Road to honour the freedom fighter after whom a college of that name stands opposite the mosque, is a pretty road. It is flanked by the sea and the mosque on the west and the verdant grassland of Mumbai’s Royal Western India Turf Club’s race course on the east. The Mahalaxmi Race Course is one of the few places in India where horse racing is still conducted and come Winter, Mumbai’s racing season begins.
Haji Ali itself is a busy pilgrim centre for the Muslims who come to visit the tomb of Haji Ali .
Yet, despite all this busyness, the road has a sense of calm and tranquility.
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And to all those celebrating, Happy Thanksgiving !