From the Outside
some people might think it’s mighty sad that my first metblogs post relies for illustration on a picture i didn’t take. but i think this view of our fair city is pretty nifty, so i’m gonna throw it in anyway.
(note: it’s a popup image, so you might have to enable popups…
also note: it’s south bombay, which i am aware is not all of bombay; but it’s “my” bombay so that’s what the picture shows!)
truth is, i’ve been looking at bombay from the outside for the majority of the last 5 years. academic years in the US, semester in spain, summers in new york and boston… i’ve been back on vacation, sure, but even 3 months isn’t enough to capture the spirit of bombay. 2 weeks (the duration of my last trip) even less so! the time i’ve spent away has been bittersweet, getting accustomed to new ways of doing things, learning volumes, meeting exciting people… but missing ghar ka khana, old friends, warmth, the faint “ding ding” of the conductor’s bell, and a familiar view from my window.
now i’m coming back. early on the morning of september 6, i’ll be a true-blooded, home-dwelling bombay girl again. google earth is cool and all, but there’s nothing quite like waking up at the end of a long plane ride to see a megalopolis laid out beneath you in twinkling lights.