Marine Drive on a Winter Afternoon
A morning meeting of mine at Churchgate finished around 1. Wondering where to eat lunch, I decided to saunter to Marine Drive and build up an appetite. I�d never walked here in the middle of the day. It was warm and the footpath next to the sea had only a few stragglers.
The low tide exposed the rocks and sandbanks in the shallow bay. A group of college kids were chatting animatedly. Further on, a middle aged man came and sat on the parapet. He crossed his legs and proceeded to remove his shoes and socks, making himself comfortable. As I passed him, I heard him humming an old Hindi song. Bliss it is to have free time in the middle of the day.A mother was feeding her two toddlers. A nice lunch with a great view.
Marine Drive is one of the loveliest places to be in Bombay. But I rarely stop and appreciate its beauty. I pass by it many times a week, generally rushing from one meeting to another. This little interlude, walking alone in the winter sun lifted my spirits. As I walked further, I spied a row of taxis with the cabbies catching a quick nap. I woke one up and asked him to take me to office.