High Street Phoenix mall is situated at the heart of Mumbai. This was my fourth visit there and second time when I was carrying my camera.
It’s not just one mall but maybe two. A big posh property, but there is a downside. Because of the downside there is always a mixture of feelings whenever I visit this place.
Mumbai was once known for its cotton mills. A cotton trade, and cloth industry. Thousands of native mill workers and their bread and butter depended on these mills. But soon it all came to end. There were strikes by labor unions to demand increase in wages and living conditions. Strike seemed forever and mill owners did not nudge. At the end Mumbai lost it biggest business and the common man its daily wage. Mill owners shut down their plants and used the mill land for redevelopment, mainly for high profit commercial complexes.
Mumbai has become the city of gold owning to land prices increasing exponentially. Common man like me can only dream of having a small house in the core Mumbai but cannot make this dream come true. That’s why the actual native Mumbaite person the one speaking native language has forced himself to stay at the edge of city where land prices are still in his budget.
If one happen to visit phoenix mall, he would still see the old mill structure, at least some part of it. They have built the mall around that plant. But what makes me exclaim is the chimney tower. Yes! it’s still there and hard to miss.
I just wonder what many things it had seen in its life time.
I took many pictures but the below ones touched me. There is great rift between the living and non leaving in this pictures, there is some missing dialogue between the two, and hence the name: mute conversation. Hope you like my pictures.
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