Skywatch Friday – 36

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Hello friends! It feels wonderful to be back after a long gap of five weeks for today’s Skywatch.

Since I went on a break, I’ve been busy traveling, capturing sky shots, exercising my brain and my mind, practising yoga and delving deeper into the art of breathing, as mentioned in my previous post.

For today’s Skywatch, I’m bringing you shots from my recent trip to Mumbai, which not only gave me a chance to view some of the best colonial-era architectures, amid the teeming millions and their seemingly boundless energy, but also some wonderful bazaars selling an amazing array of commodities in a city with an eclectic mix of traditions, customs, people and cultures. All this, whilst we’ve been enjoying the gorgeous views of the Arabian Sea from some of the best places in the city.

What I loved most about Mumbai was the energy and the pace with which it moves, the towering skyscrapers, reflecting the vast scale of the city that stride way ahead of most others in the country. The last time I was there, I was staying with a relative in one of the suburbs. This time, though, I was lucky to be staying in the heart of town with some of the most impressive sea-facing views from the 26th floor! I could just spend every waking minute by the window, soaking in the sight, watching people moving about in the leisure hours, as the waves ceaselessly crashed on the giant concrete blocks throughout the day.

The mornings usually offered a breathtaking sight of the distant towers against an azure sky, slowly clearing up from the haze and shining with the first rays of the Sun. Being mindful of the moment, I have been observing the minutest details, through each transition, for every moment has a beauty entirely of its own, that makes it so unique and yet so transient. As a way to capture them, I have also been taking shots of sky views from the different places within the city.

Below is the view of the Arabian Sea, that we woke up to, in the mornings. Notice the reflections in the waters, which kept changing through the course of the day.

Those are the the pigeons in flight at the Gateway of India, a popular and a very important place of historical and tourist interest, frequented by all visitors to Mumbai (we were no exception!).The boats, the skyline and the majestic monument all unmistakeably adding to the charm of this place.

img_6476Above, is the view from the Hanging Gardens atop a hill in the upscale Malabar Hill area. Notice the views of a section of Nariman Point and Cuffe Parade, beyond, in the far right. In the foreground, is a rather placid Arabian Sea.

Tree-watching is a favourite pastime that yours truly revels in, especially while visiting new places. I cannot help notice how the landscape changes and gives each place its unique topography. This one is during one such tree gazing moment at the Hanging Gardens. I was focusing on capturing a shot of the horizon in the distance, when I chanced to look up and notice how the Sun shone through the beautiful branches of this tree.

On our last day, we headed for the Girgaum Chowpatty, where we saw the evening unfold into dusk and at twilight when the lights came on, there was a steady influx of crowds, waiting to unwind and let go their hurried paces to savour time with the loved ones. This image tries to capture that hour.

As you can see, the sights were varied and very different, as they were all from different vantage points of the city.

So, how was your week and how did your sky look like? Do share your shots and join up for Skywatch. If you leave your link in the comments below, I would love to visit your blog to see the views in your part of the world too. In the meantime, relax and have a wonderfully relaxing weekend. Hoping to see you again soon. 🙂

(Linking this with #Skywatch Friday, where sky watchers post beautiful sky shots from different parts of the world.)

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16 Comments
  • the bespectacled mother

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    I have never been to Mumbai but have seen the city through my parents’ photographs when they visited a few years ago. I loved the Hanging Gardens. The last photo of the Chowpatty with the twinkling lights in the background is my favourite amongst all.

    • Esha M Dutta

      You’ll love it, Anamika. There’s something different for everyone there, I feel. The city thrives at a pace and you’ve got to feel its heartbeat through its various landmarks that attract people from all over the world. The city will always hold a very special place in my heart.

  • vishalbheeroo

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    Aha! SoBo and Marine Drive was where I stayed. The place is bliss and you post makes me go back to the past at Gateway where pigeons would flock right in front of you. Mumbai is bliss and a world in itself:)

    • Esha M Dutta

      Wow, really?! It is great to live there and watch as the world goes by. My fav is the Gateway and the Kala Ghoda area walking around to see the galleries, the quaint shops selling myriad stuff and feel the pulse of a great city. So good to see you stop by, Vishal 🙂

      • vishalbheeroo

        Yes, I stayed on Marine Drive for 2 years. Every evening was spent walking long distance from C Road Churchgate till Nariman Point and Chowpatty. Enjoyed walking past Stadium restaurant at Churchgate till VT and Colaba on foot. I enjoyed the walk and Eros cinema was always near. Once, I saw Perizaab Zorabian at Gaylord restaurant. I love the years and raring to be back in the city.

  • arv!

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    Good to see the Mumbai sky for a change. My favorite one is looking up the Sun through the tree, it’s a great silhouette shot Esha!

    • Esha M Dutta

      Thank you so much, Arv! A new city with new views was definitely tempting to put up for the Skywatch post 🙂

      • arv!

        That’s understandable. I’m sure your eyes must be on a lookout for some interesting shots to capture. 🙂

  • Balaka

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    You captured my city so beautifully. It was a pleasure meeting you. Hope you come back to Mumbai very soon.

    • Esha M Dutta

      Tina, thanks dear 🙂 I have so many more pics of Mumbai…so many more to take because there were more places than I could actually visit. I must come back with Arjyo to show him more. Loved your city totally 🙂

      • Balaka

        Thanks on behalf of Mumbai…we often take our city for granted and only look at the negatives..good that you showed us its beautiful side through your pictures.

  • Parul Thakur

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    Gorgeous sights at always and like you I love watching trees. Something is there about trees that I love. Your shot in particular, is gorgeous. I am planning to bring out all my photos on the blog soon 🙂
    Happy to see you back, Esha

    • Esha M Dutta

      Thank you so much, Parul. Am looking forward to your photos on the blog, now that you mentioned. 🙂

  • Shilpa Garg

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    What gorgeous captures, Esha. I am not able to take my eyes off the sky through the trees pic. Amazingly beautiful!

    • Esha M Dutta

      Thank you so much, Shilpa. Coming from you, it means a lot to me 🙂

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