If you happen to be at the Punjabwadi bus stop in Deonar (Mumbai), just outside Saras Baug society, do pause for a minute. Or two. Over and above the din of the traffic, you will hear another kind of noise—lots of screeching and screaming. No, no, don’t look around for the source of this noise, look up into the trees and this is what you’ll see:
You will see hundreds of bats in the trees, screeching and fighting and doing whatever else that bats do. The bats are present all through the year at this location, which is a busy highway. Though their numbers diminish during the monsoons, they are back in full strength once the rainy season is over.
I saw these bats for the first time about 4 years back. I was so surprised to see them that I ended up standing there, looking into the trees for quite some time. In the process, I also collected a sizeable crowd who started looking up into the trees with me 😀
Every morning, when I get off the bus that brings me to work at the Punjabwadi bus stop, I say a hello to the bats. I also say a silent prayer for their protection as one never knows when the trees are going to disappear. Apparently, they come in the way of a road widening project. 😦
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.