Hello all, super excited to talk about my hometown.
But first, let me start this post with a serious intro. To write this post I had to read some news articles. Not that I don’t know what had happened to my town, Mumbai, but I wanted at least a little if not complete accuracy.
On 26th of November, 2008, Mumbai was attacked by terrorists. The scars of it are still fresh and prominent amongst the victims and Mumbaikars as a whole. They entered via the sea route and headed towards Colaba and other parts of the town. I will not go deep into the mass killings and attacks in various locations in Mumbai. There was an open fire by two terrorists on CST station which is well known to be the busiest railway stations.
Mumbai is blessed with martyrs who were able to stop the attacks which had continued for three consecutive days. The four locations where the attacks had occurred were Leopold Cafe, Oberoi Hotel, Nariman House and Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Know that these locations of the town are always overflowed with tourists and they suffered these attacks too.
I must have outlined 1% of the complete story but if you want to know more about it here’s a link. Also, a YouTube link if you want to learn more about the attacks, you will further get more recommended videos from YouTube about the 26/11 attack on Mumbai.
I would like to put some pictures taken during the attacks and post attack.
I would obviously not show the gore images as it leaves your blood boiling. Salute and respect to the people who lost their lives and to the martyrs who lost their lives in the midst of protecting the citizens and the city.
(Photo Credit: Deccan Chronicle, Rediff, Youngisthan, Indian Express, India.com)
I know this was a long intro, but I could not resist talking about it. I know nobody passes by these places or visits town without even once remembering the attacks or the terror. But let us take it to a soothing pace now, shall we?
So here is me, outside The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. The town is almost 30 km away from my home and we traveled there via train. My OOTD was my Marks and Spencers Wine color blouse and Forever21 jeans with flats from Bata. I can find none online as I bought these from the store.
You cannot clearly see but my makeup was my regular cat eye with nude lipstick, which is barely visible. And yeah, this one was candid.
After reaching Churchgate Station, we took a cab to Colaba Causeway. My main intention was to shop, but I ended up not liking anything but purchasing some pajamas for myself. And when I really liked some stuff, 🙄 I ran out of cash! 😛
You can find street shops for clothes, accessories, antiques etc. which attracts the tourists as well. The prices are cheap and the options are many.
At Colaba Causeway, all we (And by we I mean my friend Ashwini Shetty and me) did was walk through the market and I looked up for some clothes to shop while she clicked pictures beautifully.
If you like any of these pictures even for the slightest bit, please go follow my friend Ashwini Shetty on her Instagram. It will be really helpful to show her some support for her photography.
Also, these are the raw images, but if you would like to see more photographs from the trip and some fine edits you should definitely check out her Instagram! Here are two of her examples:
So, all we did here was capture some pictures, roamed around and got me some PJs, along with having some Mc Donald’s for our lunch. But we were so mesmerized by the looks of the city that we did not want to go back home.
Can you feel the strength of this building? This is the exact same Taj Hotel, who endured so much and still stands with its head held high. And I am trying to personify when I say strength and not literally mean the strength of the bricks or pillars that hold this building up.
The place is very calming contrary to what it had witnessed approximately 8 years ago (it’ll be 9 years this November). My town is always bustling and never sleeps. People are always on the go and they should be as my town is proudly known to be the financial, commercial as well as entertainment capital of India.
This place has the capacity to take you back in time. Gateway of India was inaugurated in the year 1924. History reflects with every step you take.
It was an awesome trip. While going back home, we encountered two women in the train and they were talking about the daily routine, train travel experiences and even asked us about what we were doing. It felt really nice to speak to strangers who just wanted to vent out! In the chaos of the routine, we forget to smile to others, talk to strangers and are completely lost in our own dilemmas. But every now and then, we should talk to people, they don’t necessarily have to be strangers. But sharing your thoughts out really helps!
With this, I will end this post. I felt really nice sharing my thoughts about my town on my blog. I hope you enjoyed reading it. I always doubt if I left something out or missed to mention some stuff. But I guess this is it!
I love Mumbai <3
This is not a sponsored post.