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PeAcE WiTh GuNs

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


I hate Bombay.

I hate Bombay because they call it the city that never sleeps. I always get a feeling it is the city that never stops struggling. Much like the beings of flesh and blood that inhabit it, it never stops struggling... merely to stay alive.

I hate Bombay because it reflects the disparity between the filthy rich and the filthy poor like probably no other city in the world can. Bombay is the city of dreams - LOST dreams, I say. Millions have come to Bombay to realize their dream and they havent given up. They still dream - sleeping on the streets.

I hate Bombay because it is the city that crushes human respect, it is the city that will never be mine, a city I will never adjust to, a city that my father struggled to get his first job in, a city that was always close to where I lived but invariably distant from where my mind lived.

I have been to Bombay dozens of times. I've hated it each time I have been there. I lived there for a few months. I discovered Marine Drive... all over again.

Its beautiful.

I am sitting here in my room with nothing to do and feeling like a real loser and somewhere I came across the word Marine Drive and it threw me back to the one or two times that I have walked along it with my friends. Believe me, its magic.

Suddenly I feel if I could walk along the Queen's Necklace every evening with my merry bunch of friends or alone listening to FREE BIRD, if I could buy my parents the most expensive house along that street, if I could sit down on the concrete separating the sea from the human ocean talking with someone I love - life wouldn't be so bad. Bombay wouldn't be so bad.



  • Hi Guns

    U seem to b really busy, same is the case with me though.

    So whr r u nowadays and wht r u upto.

    Take care and u were to search me out on orkut, wht happened to that.

    BTW the entry on bombay is gud :), keep writing.

    By Blogger BLUEGUITAR, at 3:02 pm  

  • Homesick? Call me..


    By Blogger FlyingHigh, at 6:09 pm  

  • welcome back..! Its been long mate !

    By Blogger Kavi, at 7:02 pm  

  • I have spent all of 2 hours in Bombay to go from the airport to the Pune Volvo bus stand in Dadar. So I know I can't generalize, but my experience was real bad. First a cab guy tried to cheat me by 'reading' that fare chart to demand 720 rupees?!! I gave him 120! Then the bus conductor in that Volvo bus was the rudest guy I have ever met in my life.

    By Blogger Balaji, at 6:20 pm  

  • Shashank : Busy, yes. The past few days I have been. Am still in Leeds. Spent the whole of last month going around the UK but havent really been able to get out the past two weekends. Where have YOU been visiting?

    Shradha : I will defi. Thanks.

    Kavi :Back to blogging, you mean, right? I am still in Leeds. [:-P]

    Balaji :Man! Thats a bad experience, I must agree. Maybe your next trip will be better. All cities have their share of ugly maggots.


    By Blogger GuNs, at 9:33 pm  

  • Watch Out....You are falling in love with Mumbai :-)


    By Blogger HP, at 10:40 am  

  • Is it hatred or falling in love ??

    Relive your Marine Drive experiences here.

    BTW, when are we getting details of your journeys?

    By Blogger Cuckoo, at 3:25 pm  

  • HP :I wish I could.

    Cuckoo :Oh I do have scant details of my journeys spread over my blog but I am too tardy to do a day-by-day detail trip log. I could definitely give people suggestions if they are going to places I have been to.

    Thanks for the link on MD. Its really cool, loved the photos.


    By Blogger GuNs, at 4:10 pm  

  • Guns,

    I have not yet been to the place; but will be visiting it for 2 days the next month. :)

    By Blogger alex, at 4:44 pm  

  • heya.... howz u doin'?
    so u actualy trying to hate mumbai... finding spots to love in mumbai??? ;)

    By Blogger Sam, at 4:23 am  

  • Alex :Great ! Make sure you visit the places I mention.

    Sam :I guess you are spot on there. I so WANT to hate Bombay because its so unfair. One thing about Bombay attracts me though...its old world charm. When you walk along Marine Drive, you see these old houses and reminds you of all the films made in the 80s like Deewar and nothing seems to have changed.


    By Blogger GuNs, at 4:47 pm  

  • Awww you feeling home sick?

    Here are some chocolates to cheer you up ;-)

    By Blogger shark, at 11:21 am  

  • I hate bombay too - it scares me, its crowd, its noise, its size, its glitter, its squalor, its speed - it scares me and I hate it.
    And I am scared that my city is fast becoming another Mumbai.

    By Blogger Usha, at 11:02 am  

  • :) never been there..but ur post leaves me wondering if i shud ever visit the place!

    By Blogger Di, at 5:56 pm  

  • No new post ??

    By Blogger Cuckoo, at 3:33 pm  

  • Shark :Thanks a lot !! But how about some real chocolates? I'll send you my postal address in the UK and you can mail me some [:-P]

    Usha :The sad thing is - ALL cities are fast becoming another Mumbai. The tree covered highways of Pune have now given way to monstrous multi lane highways with no heart at all.

    Di :Please do. Its like a rollercoaster ride. You might be sick at the end of it but it is an experience.

    Cuckoo :Will post soon. Keep watching this space, LOL [:-P].


    By Blogger GuNs, at 10:44 am  

  • I hate Trivandrum.

    Can't attempt an escape either. My gf won't let me. :D

    ... & Trivandrum sleeps. Li'l too early. :D


    Never been there ...

    Hate being in a place, but ... love to be nostalgic about it.
    Contradictory, innit? ;)

    By Blogger akhil, at 3:27 pm  

  • Stockport isn't exactly a beauty spot either.
    Love Lorenzo.

    By Blogger lorenzothellama, at 5:51 pm  

  • Hi, I've just come across your blog and although I have never been to India your description fits my idea of what its like.If your looking for beautiful quiet places to visit you could do a lot worse than to go to North Devon UK.Will visit again soon.

    By Blogger bigbikerbob, at 6:19 pm  

  • Akhil :Trivandrum? You live with your GF? Thats nice to hear. [:-P]

    Contradictions and antithesis are a part of life, buddy.

    Lorenzo :Stockport? Now where is that??


    By Blogger GuNs, at 6:20 pm  

  • Bob :Thanks for dropping by, Bob.

    That post is about Mumbai and its pretty much my point of view about the city. There are millions who differ. It is also incorrect to generalize Mumbai as a representative of India because most other cities (even my home city, Pune which is merely a hundred miles from Mumbai) is vastly different.

    Devon sounds like a good idea. Thanks for the suggestion. Let me get some research done on it now.

    Do visit again.


    By Blogger GuNs, at 6:24 pm  

  • Guns,

    I'm thinking of going for Sony DSC-H7 ... What're your opinions on that one? :)

    By Blogger akhil, at 2:29 am  

  • Akhil : H-7 and H-5 have very little differentiating them except the megapixel count (which I believe is bad because more mp = bigger filesize = need for a larger SD card).

    You will get the H5 for a lot cheaper because Sony will want to swamp the market with H-7 and force people to buy that instead. Look for deals on it, chances are you will make a steal.

    Also look at Canon S3IS and Panasonic Lumix FZ7 and FZ50 cameras. I am a Lumix user so can point out a hundred advantages over the other cameras but I suggest you try all these cameras for yourself at a camera store before buying.


    By Blogger GuNs, at 12:37 pm  

  • G'day Guns,

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving that great comment.

    I'm baffled by the fact that you don't post more often. Nice template. Great writing style. Clean, uncluttered presentation. Lucid thought process.

    Get into it more often. You've got it all. I'd use the photographs bigger ...

    Would you mind if I put you on my blogroll? Maybe that'll get you to post more often!

    Good work all round and a blog I would definitely visit on a regular basis.

    Thanks so much for getting in touch.



    By Blogger david mcmahon, at 1:10 pm  

  • David :Thanks for coming over and spending time on the blog. I really appreciate that.

    I am also pleased to know that you found a lot of positives on it.

    The photos really are a pain. I used ZOTO earlier and that allowed me to customize my thumbnails in a much better manner. After they went paid-only (I have a whole post on that), I switched to Picasa and frankly it isn't as good. I should nonetheless try a few sleazy html url-rewriting tricks and see if I can do better.

    I would love to be on your blogroll. Thanks a lot and please feel free to add me. It is always enriching to know your thoughts are reaching a wide audience regardless of whether they are appreciative or critical of them. I am sure you know that as an author yourself.

    Do check back again sometime.


    By Blogger GuNs, at 4:34 pm  

  • And I love Bombay!
    I won't even begin to explain why; the reasons are just so many. Nevertheless, I'll borrow one word from you. It's ...
    magic :D

    By Blogger indicaspecies, at 2:55 pm  

  • I love Bombay.
    I hate Mumbai.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd?! I feel like a "hippy" all over again! :P

    By Anonymous Jedi, at 7:48 am  

  • Hi Guns,

    Hope you're having a great holiday at the moment.

    I'm looking forward to more of your posts.



    By Blogger david mcmahon, at 2:17 pm  

  • Indica : I wont contest that, my friend. There are some things about the city that are just that - magic.

    Jedi : Where have you disappeared? Its good to hear from you after a long long time.

    Oh and a hippy all over again? Were you one earlier? I didn't know you existed in the 60s when all the real hippies did.

    Welcome back though.

    David : A holiday...aah. That's one thing I really need right now. I've got one post up last night. Its not really post but just a photo. I hope it speaks the proverbial thousand words though.


    By Blogger GuNs, at 4:40 pm  

  • Hello. Came to your blog, via Geebaby's..
    It's the city I love to hate. Everyday I step out, into the chaos and the unconcerned (for the most part) humanity and say 'I want a way out.'

    Bombay dreams never came true for me.

    Loved the bit on Marine Drive. And when you walk through Kala Ghoda, Fort, VT and so many other areas, nothing compares to Bombay..!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:50 am  

  • Madusa : The perfect antithesis, isn't it?

    Thanks for the comment. You didn't leave a link back to your blog though.


    By Blogger GuNs, at 11:44 am  

  • I didnt love or hate Bombay... I dont think I experienced it long enough.

    By Blogger Casablanca, at 7:35 am  

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