One of the main reasons I started to write a blog is to capture every stop I take through this beautiful journey of life. But often we always keep looking far away that we fail to notice the beauty right near us. I live in the buzzing metro city – Mumbai, the fastest city of India (fastest because of the pace of life of the people here). Like any big metro city, amidst the huge population thronging every nook and corner of available space, this city carries an aura of its own that has stood the test of time.
Over many years, several aspects of the city has developed and become more modernised, but the heritage and culture of the old Bombay still reverberates with life in some pockets. I got an opportunity to experience and feel this old world charm through a photo walk of the most iconic place of the city – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. This place is the like an entry point into the city for most people coming from other parts of the country, and also touches the lives of thousands of Mumbaikars on a daily basis; for it houses one of the biggest railway stations of the city.
Transportation is the life blood of trade and commerce and indirectly of life itself, ever since the times of civilization of man. Hence this structure is of immense significance since the time it was built in the British era. The visual appeal of the entire architecture is so highly elaborate than actually required to serve its functional purpose of a railway station. So when this was built, it is quite obvious that it was constructed to become a symbol of power and authority of then colonial British rulers. It was also a display of the economic prosperity and wealth that they had amassed exploiting our land. The architecture is of the Victorian era, and when you take a closer look you can notice the influence of some gothic elements in it.
Strolling through the by lanes around the station, I try to imagine how life would have been in the pre-independence times. I see no much difference to the mundane everyday scenes that I see – visuals of men carrying goods and wares to be sold in all parts of the city, workers scurrying around to reach their offices, the ‘chaiwalas’ and the vadapav sellers outside… even routine life carry a sense of beauty if only we stop by to take a look.
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