More from Versailles, France.

My friend admiring a statue near Chateau du Versailles, France.

Lake near the Chateau du Versailles.

A walk in the garden, Versailles.

Portraits on the wall.

Versailles garden.

Morning Light and Dry Plants

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Mornings at Lalbagh Hill, Bangalore

Mornings at Lalbagh Hill, Bangalore

Visiting Mumbai

This is the city that never sleeps. The roads are never empty. The babies cry all day. Vehicles bump into each other every now and then, and in some corner there will always be that one person abusing the traffic or his life or the crow that just shat on his head. Between 7am and 10am, you can see a number of corporate fellows, school children, college students, and many busy bees neatly dressed and hurrying to their destinations. They take enough care not to step into a puddle and dirty their dress. But once in a while a black Taxi speeds by and runs over that puddle and you know the rest.

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Local Rail is the life here. The trains are horrendously full during weekdays, and at the same time they are the quickest means of transport here. A train may take 5 minutes to reach a place where as a taxi may take a little more than 50 minutes to reach the same place. So, the large crowd, the pushing, hitting, and stamping maybe a worthy compromise to travel cheap and quick.
Mumbai is like the Times Square, but, with a lot of slums co-existing. A child would say, “There are big big buildings, and big big slums as well”. Cleanliness and filth coexist here and mind one’s own business.

When it comes to food, “Vada Pav” and “Pav Bhaji” are the best items you can get here. There is also the Gola which is quite good. Chowpatty beach has amazing food stalls.

If you ever get to Mumbai, you should never miss The Marine Drive. A road that runs along the coast and is nicely lit every evening. You can sit on the walls and watch the sun go down. Never mind the numerous couples cuddling right next to you. The hotel “Trident” also along the marine drive, looks beautiful at night. The Gateway of India is a usual tourist spot (a terrorist spot as well during the 26/11 attacks) and right next to it, there is The Taj hotel. Trident and Taj were the victims of the 26/11 terrorist attacks.

At night, when half the city sleeps, there is another half crawling on the streets, or working night shifts, or walking in shady areas, minding their own business and earning a living, hoping that tomorrow’s sunrise will be better than today’s.