Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Guest Post by Arif Who Has Made Mumbai His New Home

First of all thank you for considering me for a guest post. Honored. I've written my post based on the questions asked.

I work at an IT Company in Digital Marketing and my parents live at Gandhinagar. I have been living in Mumbai since 2006 when I first came to this city for my higher education. Apart from my profession, I like the following activities: Blogging, Numismatics, Cycling and Nature Trekking. My latest interest is to help and guide young students in their educational endeavors.

Always wanted to capture an iconic night light pic of #Mumbai. Perfect setting: Bandra Flyover - all red from top!

Mumbai happened for me in summer 2006 when I got selected at NMIMS University for MBA program. I stayed at Juhu along with a roomie and those were two glorious years. Later, I moved to Powai. There have been many good moments during my stay at Mumbai. As they say, this is the city of dreams - I truly have felt that in some way or the other. As a city, Mumbai is vibrant and full of energy. You don't find any reason to be lazy here unless of course you've stuffed yourself with a heavy meal. Whether you're  working at South Bombay, shopping at Lower Parel, eating bhutta at Bandstand or passing your time at Inorbit, Malad - you never get bored. When my parents or guests come I take them to Marine Drive, Juhu Beach, Sea Link or some good restaurant at Hiranandani, Powai. Here, there's always a place for every occasion unlike other cities where if you've been 2 or 3 times, you don't take the same guests there again and again.

Gandhinagar on the other hand is a peaceful city full of trees. It has its own charm and it wouldn't be right to compare both the cities head to toe. 

Haji Ali, at this hour from #Mumbai. :)

I recently went to Gandhinagar by a Sleeper Bus. I chose to board it at Grant Road as it's near my office and I also wanted to see Mumbai in a different way. A bus can always give you a full beam view and if it's riding smooth you can click some cool pics too. This is exactly what happened. My bus went from Grant Road to Worli Sea Face and took the Sea Link to touch Bandra. Through all this while, I was seeing the contrasting colors of Mumbai. Whether it Haji Ali among the calm Arabian Sea, the up and down flyovers from Parel to Dadar, or the Sea Link where I looked back to see Worli SeaFace during the sunset evening - it was a fabulous feeling. I always wanted to capture an iconic night light picture of Mumbai and when we were crossing Bandra Flyover, I saw am amazing moment - all the cars heading towards North on SV Road were at the signal and their bright red tail lights mesmerized me. I wasted no time and clicked the photo. I knew I got that iconic photo. Whoever saw that photo, liked it a lot. After Bandra, night had fallen on us and our Bus traveled smoothly making its way out of Mumbai. I reached Gandhinagar the next morning. I am sharing three photos from my journey below, let me know what do you think of it and does it tell you any story?

Worli Seaface at this hour #Mumbai - The lights are the jewels of the crown!

Mumbai fascinates me and I would like to sum up my experience in two words 'Aamchi Mumbai!' :)

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Thank you Pushpa, really enjoyed writing this guest post on your wonderful Mumbai blog! :)

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