This blog post was featured in the “Around the Blog” section of the DNA newspaper published on December 7, 2011 (pg.7). 🙂
The iconic building of the Asiatic Library of Mumbai, also called Town Hall, was recently in the news for a rather sad reason. Renovation work, which had begun in 2008–2009, had been stalled due to unpaid bills amounting to nearly 2 crores ! (You can read more about this here). When I had last walked by this beautiful building one August morning earlier this year, there was scaffolding on the sides, scraped and chipped paint on the ground, and blue protective sheets covering the exposed parts. Sounds of repair work could be heard even over the traffic.
In spite of the dilapidated look, the building still looked grand and commanding. The 8 doric columns still made people passing by take a pause, look up and maybe take a photograph or two. Or maybe sit on the steps and watch life go by. Or maybe imagine the many film scenes and music videos shot here.
I did all this, and then sat on the steps for some time and imagined the place restored to its former glory; the façade painted a brilliant, pure white; the wooden windows gleaming from a shining coat of polish; the stone steps no longer chipped or cracked. And I walking up the steps to attend some programme there.
But now it looks like this is not going to happen anytime soon. 😦
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.