I love South Mumbai, or town as many of us refer to that part of Mumbai. It is one of my favourite areas of the city and I’m always looking for excuses to head towards that side of the city. Need to buy a book? Want to stock up on dry fruits? Buy a gift? Meet a friend for coffee? No, problem. I just make a trip to town. 🙂
I haven’t been needing an excuse these last couple of months. Every Saturday, I head to town for my PG Diploma in Indian Aesthetics classes. Though they are in the afternoon, I try to combine it with other ‘work’ or explorations in town.
About a month back, I had a minor fall that left me with a sprained ankle. Nothing serious, but my doctor didn’t want me gallivanting to town in local trains or walking around and straining the ankle, especially since I was due to travel soon. (I leave today. Yay !). That meant that my forays to town had to be restricted to going for class and coming straight back home. It was a depressing thought !
A couple of days later after the fall, I got a mail from Blacklane, a car ride service referring to an earlier email exchange. Sometime in June, Blacklane had reached out offering me a ride anywhere in Mumbai. Since I didn’t need one at that time, I declined and we left it that. The second time around, I didn’t decline, Blacklane offered me their services a couple of Saturdays back.
This is an account, in pictures, of that day in town.
Then I headed to the Fort area for lunch from the street-side stalls — Toasted Vegetable Sandwich, Chhaas or buttermilk and some guava spiced with salt and chilli powder. All for a grand sum of Rs.55/-
A short post-prandial walk, where I passed Yazdani bakery with its enticing aromas…
Past this building near PM Road where I saw this very familiar logo high up on its facade. 🙂
Then these two beautiful buildings…
Where I picked up these beauties 😀
Soon, it was time to make the 30 km ride back home to Vashi in Navi Mumbai. That Saturday wasn’t an extraordinary day, but it was the ordinariness that made it so special and memorable. It also helped that a sprained ankle didn’t make me forego my usual explorations of town thanks to the ride that Blacklane provided. Yes, it was a lovely, lovely day.
So tell me, what makes an ordinary day special for you?
Disclaimer: The ride provided by Blacklane was complimentary. I did not have to write this post, but because that ride made my day special, I did.