From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay

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2nd Mar 2014
Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta
Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

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Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Rhythm House (courtesy- Google)

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Jahangir Art Gallery

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Outside art gallery

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Outside art gallery

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Outside art gallery

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Outside art gallery

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Outside art gallery

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Outside art gallery

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Outside art gallery

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Outside art gallery

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Leopold Cafe (courtesy- Google)

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

In Colaba causeway

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

In Colaba causeway

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

In Colaba causeway

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

In Colaba causeway

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Pizza Express (courtesy- Google)

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Inside Pizza Express

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Marine Drive

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

View of the Bombay from Marine Drive

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Sunset at Marine Drive

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta
Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Babulnath Temple (courtesy- Google)

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

courtesy- Google

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

courtesy- Google

Photo of From Random to Rapturous: A Sunday in Bombay by Srishti Mehta

Sunday mornings can be very mundane in Mumbai. Unlike the week days, the local trains are not jam-packed neither the ‘B-E-S-T Buses’ are heaving. You will not find the famous stations like Churchgate and Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus  (C.S.T) cramped with people at the strike of 9am on a Sunday. So how to get a flavor of the city when the city’s population itself, it’s very culture, is enjoying their mundane in their houses?  The answer is simple! Pop into a cab or a local train and find yourself in south Bombay tasting the culture of this ever-vibrant city by taking one of the most diverse strolls ever on the streets of Kala Ghoda and Colaba.

So the other day, to turn my mundane into magical I began my journey by stopping at my first site, a Jewish temple named Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue in Kala Ghoda. The soothing blue hue of this structure is rather a striking feature of its existence in Mumbai’s most visited shopping, art and eatery spot which is Kala Ghoda. With less than 4000 Jews residing in Mumbai, this tall temple indeed stands tall encompassing the culture of this community. Also after the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, this temple is cordoned up with tight security. Standing outside this majestic building and peeping through its open windows and seeing beautiful murals embellishing its ceiling and then gazing at the security force all around it, I felt happy to witness such a beautiful architecture and at the same time experienced a sadness of vulnerability.

To its left by the same small lane a small music store pulled me towards it since I could hear my favorite Coke Studio songs playing there. It was the Rhythm House. Though its structure might seem old and decrepit from the outside but once you enter the store, you’ll witness generations of musicians residing in its heart in the form of all kinds of DVDs, cassettes and CDs available. From popular songs to soothing instrumentals to movies, you’ll find it all here.

Now that I was in the art district of Mumbai, how could I have missed the Jahangir Art Gallery? So, I spent a couple of minutes inside the gallery witnessing colorful paintings and year’s best photographs. Then just outside the gallery, at its entrance, you’ll find local artisans busy with their amazing handicrafts. The entire gallery lane is in itself a celebration of art. What better could have been my Sunday morning having tasted a little bit of culture, a little bit of music and a little bit of art!

Well now it was time for some real tasting: food! If you feel like snacking, Leopold café is your place. A 143 year old café in Colaba causeway still serves the best snacks and coffee. This old café too bears the wounds of the 26/11 terrorist attacks. While sitting and enjoying my light snacking, my eye caught a gun shot on one of its wall as if enduring a terrible wound, a terrible story of the past. Then I loafed around the cheap shopping stalls in Colaba causeway for a good one hour and after filling up my bags with junk jewellery and trendy tees and emptying my pocket, I stopped at a pizzeria, The Pizza Express. If you feel like having a luncheon in Naples (Italy) but find yourself on the busy streets of Bombay, this is your place! An open plank kitchen with chefs in traditional black and white stripped uniform and the smell of freshly made pizza bread with buffalo cheese…

As the day was growing darker and the sun was setting across the horizon, I was determined to witness the beautiful sunset for a good two hours at Marine Drive. The view there is beautiful; you can see the entire city by sitting at just one place while absorbing the beautiful shades of the sky above the setting sun. The amazing water currents brew up cool air which charges you up in a mystic way. It’s an ethereal joy to be sitting at Marine Drive, all quiet and calm amidst people, snack vendors and monkey artists! I still had a couple of hours in my hand to explore and I landed up in an ancient temple, Babulnath (another name for Lord Shiva). Since it was early evening so I was able to be a part of the evening prayer in the temple. The music, prayer songs and so many people all around, under the same sky amidst the sounds of cymbals and temple gongs, the aura was enchanting!

The day would have remained ‘random’ had I underestimated my explorative city walks. As the night wore on, I realized how rapturous I was from inside to have celebrated a mix of music, art, nature and culture on a random Sunday in South Bombay. This small journey was soul-filling since I didn’t travel solo; music, art, nature and culture were my constant companions… everywhere I traveled that day, made me meet a pinch of myself again and again!

This is one of Mumbai's oldest Jew temples. It was built in 1884 by Jacob Sassoon of the Mumbai Sassoon family, who also built the Sassoon Docks. Present in one of Mumbai's quietest lanes, this blue building has attractive architecture (both from outside and inside). Note- (Open on Sundays) they charge Rs 100 for photographers and Rs 150 for videographers to shoot here.
Photo of Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Srishti Mehta
This is 60 year old music and movie store in Kala Ghoda. There will hardly be any CD or DVD that would not be available here.
Photo of Rhythm House Private Ltd, VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Srishti Mehta
Art resides both inside and outside this art gallery. Inside the gallery, the walls are adorned by the paintings and photographs of famous artists and outside the vicinity lies the art of local artisans.
Photo of Jahangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Srishti Mehta
A perfect place for coffee and snacks!
Photo of Leopold Restaurant, Mandlik Road, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Srishti Mehta
Colaba Causeway is a famous discount freek shopping lane encompassing small local stores, eateries and branded shops.
Photo of Colaba Causeway, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Srishti Mehta
Italian Restaurant
Photo of Pizza Express, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Srishti Mehta
A drive of stones, the sea in front of you and the city all around..thats Marine Drive!
Photo of Marine Drive, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Srishti Mehta
The Babulnath Temple was built around 200 years ago and is one of the largest temples in Mumbai. The temple makes the city proud due to its rich heritage & culture. It is situated in the heart of the city Mumbai at about 1000 feet above the sea level. Lord Babulnath is the other name of Lord Shiva. The entrance of the temple and the entrance steps have greek angles adorning the temple walls. Also, small low-class flower vendors and sweet sellers ahve their shops in the temple vicinity and their residence at the backside of the temple.
Photo of Babulnath, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Srishti Mehta
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