For a Mumbaikar, crowds and Mumbai are often mentioned in the same breath. But sometimes, and I must admit here that such times are very rare, the sheer crowd volume can shock even the most die-hard Mumbaikar as I found on August 14.
I had a friend visiting from Delhi and she was rather keen on seeing the Gateway of India. So, after a morning spent wandering around Ballard Estate, Kala Ghoda and the Fort area, we arrived at the Gateway of India to see this.
It was chaos, pure and simple. The area around the Gateway of India had turned into a giant picnic spot for the hundreds of people gathered there. To help make the picnic a success were bhutta walas, chana walas, photo walas, bhelpuri walas, etc. It was so crowded that even the Gateway pigeons did not have the space to go about picking grain, and flown up to perch rather unhappily on a stunted tree !
In spite of the vast open space, the crowds had reached claustrophobia-inducing volumes. And this was enough to send my friend and me running away almost as quickly as we came. 😦
Mumbai Lens is a photographic series which, as the name suggests, is Mumbai-centric and is an attempt to capture the various moods of the city through my camera lens. You can read more posts from this series here.