Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mumbai Weekends : Marine Drive!!



Wake Up Sid, one of my favorite movies, ends with a beautiful song, boondon ke motiyon mein ghul ke ehsaas aaya, waqt se nikal ke lamha dil ke paas aaya..I have lost the count of the number of times I have watched that scene on youtube, but whenever I think of writing a blog about Mumbai, I tend to recall these lines from Konkana Sen's article, 'New Girl in the City', "jo bhi likhti, lagta ki kuchh kam hai, iss sheher ke bare mei aisa kya keh sakti thi jo pehle nahi kaha gaya" ..for now I can relate to these lines completely.. Right from its beaches to its people, right from its tall buildings to slums, right from its glamour to its lifestyle, there is so much about this city that evokes and arouses the observer, the philosopher, the day dreamer and above all the writer in you, that I simply could not put an end to it in just one article..And, hereby, after a hopelessly long phase without blogs, I am back with a series : Mumbai Weekends!!

Everyone here talks of a so-called fast life, where people fail to find time for themselves, time for their family, time to interact with their neighbors, but even with this fast life, you might not realize but you would always have time to think of your problems..So when you are fed up of your job or your boss, when you are heartbroken after a breakup, when you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, or simply need a break from your monotonous life, there is just one place that offers you incredible peace..and that is the subject of the very first blog of the series- Marine Drive.

You will find hundreds of articles describing the place, but you won't find any wiki-google-ish article here, I know nothing about its location or its history, for me, Marine Drive is all about desire, tranquility, ecstasy, love, happiness, freedom, inspiration, fantasies, romance and much more !!

You may stride along the beautiful walkway, you may simply sit and keep on looking at the waves, the rocks, the tall buildings, the enthralling scenic beauty of the palm trees, the heavenly breeze and the amazing view of the horizon which seems totally mesmerizing when the sun sets!
At night, the street lights on the C-shaped road look like a string of pearls and diamonds, popularly known as the 'Queen's necklace'

When you sit on the wall and look at the sea waves hitting the rocks, when you are walking along the promenade and the breeze caresses your hair, even when you are surrounded by so many people, you feel lost for you forget everything else and you tend to enjoy being free, emancipated from all inhibitions and apprehensions, all cobwebs of negative thoughts that preoccupy your mind, which are replaced by the feeling of letting yourself go, getting high !!
Your romantic side turns on when you come to this place, perhaps it is the most suitable place for going out for a date, or for simply sitting and talking to someone, or for day dreaming and fantasizing !!



You will always find a lot of couples there, couples with their public displays of affection, groups of friends clicking pictures, old couples sitting and talking, kids jumping around and people like me, sitting and smiling, enjoying the breeze, the freedom, the feeling that can't be put in words..

One may say that I take it as a medium to escape, but sometimes its better to take a break, when the past and the future becomes unimportant.. Perhaps everyone deserves someone like Marine Drive, someone who can make you feel free, someone who can make you forget everything for a while, someone who won't walk away, would always be there, would always stay, for you...
Such places and such people, aren't about escapism, they are about spending time with yourself, being happy and looking forward to life, for it happens to be beautiful, as beautiful as Marine Drive is!
Whenever I tend to forget this, I just walk around this place, and it get the same feeling again.. life is as beautiful as this place!

Cheers !!

Mumbai weekends always have something interesting to offer, next blog from the series from a hard core Delhite trying to explore the city that never sleeps, coming soon!

Sonia


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22 comments:

sandyshah1990 said...

I have not been there many times. But one more thing I find is rite opposite the Horizon. Fast n Luxurious and Costly n yet Simple n Elegant Cars. Its just cars that I see, but it motivates me too, to work hard n get one of them n drive through this same streets and look at the world from a different view !!!

Sonia said...

Yeah!! I forgot to.mention that..and those hotels, those tall buildings! Gosh!! There is something about this area!!

shahbaz said...

Many people have talked about this place earlier. But every time after visiting this place,they have different stories to tell. That is the speciality of this place. Although the place is same, but there is something about this place, which makes people have different experiences .

Shrutika said...

Definitely. I totally agree with the MD Gang.. The vast expanse o sea and sky that is unanimously magnanimous, the sea facing apartments, 5 star hotels and restaurants reinforcing the idea of an economic capital, families living in 1BHKs in distant suburbs coming here to get that MD experience, couples, kids, weirdos, nautankibaaz, madari, the evergreen camera toting foreigner.. All juxtapositioned next to each other. This place is an amalgamation yet doesn't feel adulterated. How can something be so pure yet so diverse.

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Sonia said...

Lovely description.. Last time I visited Marine Drives I had seen the horse cart but could not take a ride on it. So I have made a mental note to have a ride on it this time for sure :)
Love the place.

Syneloi said...

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Sonia said...

@ Shahbaz and Shrutika.. I feel like writing a whole blog again, bout your comments! That's the beauty of this place! Whatever Shahbaz said was just so true!
@ Sonia.. I had taken a ride on it and it was just awesome! Do go for it :D
@ Syneloi..I.just translated your comment! Thanks for the wishes!

Manish Kukreti said...

Hi Sonia

Rightly said, every one deserves a Marine Drive..a sent of freedom. Really had a great time while reading about the refreshing Marine drive Thanks for sharing

Manish Kukreti said...

Hi Sonia

Rightly said, every one deserves a Marine Drive..a sent of freedom. Really had a great time while reading about the refreshing Marine drive Thanks for sharing

anjali gupta said...

very informative blog :)
Marine drive is the popular destination in Mumbai. Get to know about plenty places to visit in Mumbai and the city will never disappoint you.

Sonia said...

Thanks Manish !

@ Anjali .. Really..The city will never disappoint you :-)

Vidhi Rajput said...

This is so good❤❤❤ wow u have written it so well😻its amazing... People who haven't seen marine yet may feel like visiting that place once after reading this.... Truly mesmerizing 😻loved it...!!!

Sonia said...

:-D

Thanks Vidhi :-) :-)

Hari kumar said...

beautiful blog. lovely places to visit in Mumbai. I feel very happy to here read about this place. Thank you for share.

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Sonia said...

Hey!

Thanks Hari :-)

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Crystal said...

Is this marine drive??? Let me knw its imp...

Crystal said...

I have a pic wd me.. its one of ma frns who s missing.. i wana know wethar the pic taken is in marine drive or not ..please contact me in f.simplified@gmail.com

Crystal said...

Please lemme knw if u knoe every nook n corner of it ... il forward the pic to u once u contact me... its really imp.. thanks for reading

Crystal said...

Please lemme knw if u knoe every nook n corner of it ... il forward the pic to u once u contact me... its really imp.. thanks for reading

Crystal said...

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