The Marine Drive…

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Mumbai, the city of dreams and its numerous landmark locations have always been famous for their uniqueness. However my personal favourite has always been the long stretch of land beside the gigantic sea, the Marine Drive! It certainly in many ways has driven me crazy a lot many times.

The skyscrapers beside the massive ocean have somehow grabbed my attention every time I visit the place. The tiny cubicles in the buildings house the highest of human ambitions, probably as big as the Arabian Sea nearby. I have found it to be a place where the dreamer from Dharavi (slums) and the richest of the rich from the Town, as if blend together. Their aspirations and dreams certainly do not obey any boundaries. Exactly like the sky and the ocean merging their boundaries in the horizon.

While walking the long stretches, you can forget the sound of the local train which a common man often finds difficult to forget otherwise. Sitting on the pavement and staring at the crescent moon along with the dancing waves with the silver reflection on it, it certainly is difficult to not praise the beauty of the picturesque landscape. Breezy evenings, blinking little stars up in the clear sky, ships selling far off in the ocean waters with tiny glow of light ,as if present before you a painting that God has himself created.

With the sparkle in my eye and pure emotions of happiness in my heart I looked at the man sitting beside me. Looked deep into his eyes! A blank stare, an empty look, stoned eyes!!Taken aback, I try again & try hard to find the spark that had once ignited my feelings. Alas, I did not find it at all.

Queens’s necklace, had as if, lost its lustre & sheen. Was all the beauty around fake? Was Marine drive, just a place of concrete ground filled with rocks and numerous people just adding to the chaos & noise? Why did I see things differently unlike those stoned eyes? Why could only I, hear all the laughter & giggles and wanted to laugh along?

Was I, the only one in love?

 

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  1. vidhya29 says:

    Marine drives is love. Nothing can be better than sitting there along with a cup of chai

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    1. Absolutely yes.. It somehow captures the essence of ‘ Bombay ‘.

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  2. ah, If you see my blogs cover pic, that is marine drive. It has a lot of associated memory for me from 2011. Felt happy reading this post. 🙂

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    1. I am so glad you liked it. Even I have so many memories attached to it.

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  12. AmyRose🌹 says:

    When your heart is full and knows deep peace that is when you see the magic that is around you. When one is lost without peace, no-thing has sparkle at all. I really enjoyed this. Thank you! xo

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    1. absolutely agree with you. Glad you liked it

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  15. Ruchi says:

    Once a mumbaite, always a one. Having finished my postgraduate there, it’s still my favorite place and marine drive. .yes I absolutely love that

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    1. Absolutely Ruchi, the city and its charm stays with you forever!! Thank you for stopping by. Glad you liked the piece.

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  16. Anita says:

    I love the Marine Drive too.
    Nice words for the Queen’s Necklace, Chinmayee 🙂

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    1. Thanks Anita for visiting my blog. Glad that you liked the write up.

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  17. restlessjo says:

    I’ve never been to India. I hope you’re happy there. 🙂 🙂

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    1. Thanks a lot for stopping by . India is beautiful and very diverse and has its share of problems. Most welcome, if you ever plan to pay a visit!

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  18. Swati Khatri says:

    you were not the only one in love.
    I see love too at the Marine Drive.
    And yes what you said is right
    Mumbai is a magical city
    where there are dreams in every eye.

    I agree there might be some stone eyes too
    but there are many eyes filled with dreams too.
    At least that’s what I think.

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    1. I resonate with your feelings and so many emotions go through my mind while strolling the stretch! Mumbai is surely a city of dreams

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  19. Atulmaharaj says:

    Quite an interesting read. As always, it was a treat reading this post.

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    1. Thanks Atul ji 😊 Glad you liked it.

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  20. Alpana Deo says:

    wow..truly an inspiring personality. I don’t know why but I got emotional while reading this post. May be because she has so much of positivity and strength which reflects through her words. I wish to meet her sometime to interview her on my podcast.

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    1. Thank you Alpana for stopping by and kind words . It was an honor to get to know her and if you want an interaction with her , I can surely convey the same to her and may be you can then take it forward. Do let me know ! Your support, means a lot.

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  21. Pr@Gun says:

    Have been to marine drive just once, and while reading your post with each line, it made me feel as if I’m standing there, enjoying the breeze. I too am in love with the place.

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    1. Glad that we have something in common now. Love for the marine drive ❣️ Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  22. Terveen Gill says:

    You paint a very vivid picture. Have only been there once. 🙂

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    1. I am humbled by your words. Thank you so much

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  24. Absolutely true about Marine Drive. I spent long hours and evening, making it my romantic gateway with self and lending peace. I walked on the elongated pavement, standing to embrace the wind and climbed the boulders till the very top admiring the city:)

    “Their aspirations and dreams certainly do not obey any boundaries. Exactly like the sky and the ocean merging their boundaries in the horizon.” What an amazing line Chinmayee.

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    1. Thank you immensely for stopping by and I am so glad that you liked my attempt. Thank you.

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      1. Love the free style with the fiction and lends perspective 😊

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      2. The pleasure is all mine 🙂

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  25. Mayuri6 says:

    Anything written for my Bombay has a special place in my heart. Loved the imagery your words created.

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    1. Thank you so much Mayuri. Glad you liked it so much.

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