The City And The Sea

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Friends At The Beach
Friends At The Beach
Friends At The Beach
Whenever my relatives from Delhi came for a visit to Mumbai - they had two things on the top of their 'to do' lists - visit a sea-front and spot a celebrity. A few years ago, it used to be Juhu beach, the one-stop shop for all 'foreigners' to Mumbai. See the sea, eat bhutta, wet feet, buy balloons, eat bhelpuri aur ho gaya picnic! A few years before this - we used to go for a dip into the sea too. CANNOT even imagine that now. Not even dipping feet. It's amazing how we can screw things we love. Not to mention, the only excitement now at the beach is to find lost ships washed ashore! Anyway, point being, people who don't live in coastal areas, have a fascination to see it when they come to the city of dreams. (NO, I am not judging them.. It's only natural) It is also a fascination for people who think buying a sea-facing house in Mumbai at 10 times the price is worth the trouble. "What lovely breeze! Oh what a VIEW!" - are lines you must use when you visit someone who owns this flat. That's what they paid for stupid! (Forgive me oh sea-view facing apartment owners.. it just stems from jealousy I guess) (Ha! bet you wanted to hear that too!)
Kids at the beach
Kids at the beach
In a cramped up city like Mumbai, the sea is a great escape as a visual too. Its expanse is breathtaking. Open sky and water till wherever your eyes can see. Marine Drive, Worli Sea-face, Bandra Carter Road do a have a charm of their own; and a special moment of your life captured at one of the locations is a must for every Mumbaikar! A walk down with college friends, a night-out drive, 'the day we ran around like crazy at Carter', 'this is where he held me hand the first time', the mad sound-making car-arriving announcements, bestest bhutta experience, watching the black clouds arriving from the deep end of the horizon or just a stress-free deep breath! This 'moment' could also be when you were caught by the police while making out in the car (parked strategically with a sea-view). Then thre are people who do not have a car and depend on a chhatri to 'cover' their love. At Bandra Reclamation they are crossing all limits... no place to go but!! What to do?! Desperate times call for desperate measures... Mumbai sea-fronts are known for many things, well-built walk-paths, great breeze and sprinkle of sea-water during monsoons, chana-chor garam, waves crashing into the walls at marine drive and even suicide attempts... but are most popular for 'making out'. Some friends claim they have 'viewed' more than the sea view indeed. Well, if you excuse them, they cannot do it in trains and buses or parks and roads... those places become 'infamous' then and so does the couple. Here, at least the sea does not judge them. P.S. A polite request for the couples: Could you turn it down just a bit though… It’s getting embarrassing to drive down the reclamation with the headlights on. Seriously. And all you people reading this, why don't you share your own sea stories... Images By: Garima Sharma

Divya Sharda

Divya Sharda
Born in Delhi, brought up in Mumbai, ex-radio presenter, recently married, new to Bangalore, procrastinator, wanna-be bitch, can kill kids who ruin her afternoon naps with cricket screams.