Mumbai Reflections...

Posted by Yashika Totlani Khanna on 2:27 AM

Phoenix Towers, Lower Parel
Mumbai 29th Jan 2008
Looking down from the 24th floor… seeing life slowly fade away from a city that is touted as an eternal insomniac. Sitting in the lap of luxury, the Mumbai skyline reminds of the view that I saw from atop the Empire State Building in New York a few years back. Fortune favors the brave… and one such legend sleeps peacefully across the hall from my bedroom. Heaving sighs of relief and content at a life well utilized. I feel silent admiration swelling up inside me. Is this how the ‘view from the top’ feels like? Nothing less than pure elation…
Today proved to be a dreamy day. A heady bus ride from Pune(my home for the last 4 days) to Mumbai in a Asiad Volvo… the scenic pleasures that NH4 could afford…reunion with somebody who forms an essential part of me(so I realize now)… a shopping spree at Bandra west… a walk on the Carter shoreline… accommodation in one of the finest places that the city could afford… a skyline view that brings back nostalgic memories of cherished days gone by… a laptop (with a data card, mind you) to work on at the end of the day… the presence of a special someone who I can relate to with illogical ease… affection from previously ignored quarters… and a dynamic somebody else who snores peacefully in her room across the hall. Life has been more than generous of late. Looks like fate is trying to make up for all that I have been made subject to in the recent past… a past that is finally well behind me.
Tomorrow comes with more promises attached to it... more things to look forward to. Leopolds, Marine Drive, Juhu Beach, Church Road and Dalal Street… a package that others would kill for. Add to that the company of the people who matter the most, the sweet taste of independence and the constant nurturing offered by endless luxury. I couldn’t be more content. But if life is as perfect as it seems to be… how do I explain the feeling of incompleteness that envelopes me on repeated occasions… a void that dwells deep inside me even while looking down from the 24th floor of Phoenix Towers, Lower Parel Mumbai…? I still look for my answers…
P.S. Happy Birthday, new phone.


Nice article!

However, I wonder why mam is still awake and taking snaps at midnight on such a chilly night?

Anyways...I guess, its none of my business!!

Take care :o)

Ravi (random wanderer on the web and a reader of your blog)

Hi, I am domican, from Dominican Republic, my name is Hanel Peña and i want redirect you page or web, enter to http://espaciourbanord.blogspot.com

so u did blog...atleast u seem to have more energy than me..topics come and flit by and my poor blog laments my inaction :) gee..poor brad..must b wondering who is this competitor who turned up in mumbai? :P

philosophical, eh?
i was not expecting a 'senti' ending :P
But well written. And what a fundoo time we had :)!

@ravi: thanks! well i was awake then because sleep had eluded me completely and being from delhi, bombay hardly felt chilly! Thanks for dropping by... keep visiting :)

@hanel: will see your page... though hoping ud left me a comment on my post too!

@the lazy knight: yeah... had to do something with the pent up emotions, so did actually come n blog. Yeah again, brad was suffering from a serious bout of inferiority complex when i got back, but loadsa nurturing and loving later... i think he's doing fine :)
oh, your blogger name in itself calls you lazy... i shall need to further proof! keep visiting :)

@arunabh: very philosophical! and dunno what instigated the senti ending! Anyway thanks... yeah, had a swell time. Though dunno how much fun you n tuna had while i was busy enjoying with the sea :P
P.S. The loacl trains aint that bad!

Aha! so the wait is over... the maharani has written again...
Well first of all if u were trying to get ppl jealous by reading the blog then u have been pretty successful. The description of the views and the luxuries leave things to be desired.
Lastly, there is a similarity b/w the view frm the 24th floor and the void or feeling of incompleteness, both are there till the time u want to see them, the moment u shut ur eye to either of them, they are gone. U c them till the time u want to c them.

@kunal tara: first things first, thanks for the instant comment! second, who asked you to call me 'maharani' here x( ?? anyway... if you got jealous reading this, mission accomplished :P !! kk kidding. seriously, wrote this with a very reflective frame of mind. Also, you wrote:
"U c them till the time u want to c them."
You've said it before, you're saying it now. I always get your point... and thanks to your point, iv come this far unscathed :)

You know...I completely agree with you when you said, "and being from delhi, bombay hardly felt chilly!"

Its 100% true...Mumbai's winter is nothing in compared to apni Delhi's ;o)

Thanks 4 acknowledging my comment, mam :o)

Take care!

A very hopeful post we see...!

Quite rare in blogspot.

And the feeling of incompleteness will envelope you from time to time. It's an inherent part of life to keep you awake aesthetically and always on the move..!

a little more exposure at night would have worked wonders on the pics you took.. nice ones :)

hmmmm... pensive... tho i can understand what u feel... i felt the same way when i first landed in mumbai on 6th june 2007... leaving my past behind me, to be reunited with someone special. it felt great, it felt secure, it felt hopeful.
im only sad that we did not get to meet... maybe next time!

@ravi: usually true, this season was an exception. 14th of feb today... we have seen a colder mumbai than delhi in the past few days. just glad that it was nice n sunny when during my brief stay! keep visiting :)

@wildflower: finally a mature perspective! thanks!

@saik: thanks. and in my defence, the camera was just a 2 megapixels. wish i had my 8.1 mgpx cybershot then :(

@sugar&spice: surely next time! yeah, pensive is the word. dunno where all that was coming from. maybe it was the city, or maybe it was the time. either ways, the brief stay was fun :)
all wishes for the union with the special someone.

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