Mumbai is an Island city. Therefore entry/exit roadways don’t go and come out just like any other place. As Arabian sea surrounds Mumbai from three sides, two national highways converge here. Train lines terminate into last stations: Churchgate and Victoria Terminus. PS: These are the old names but people still use them.
My friend and I decided to walk our weekend shoot between these two stations. A walk of about 1-2 kms.
It was a weekend, and we found roads were empty. In fact so empty that we seldom found anyone to shoot.
Mumbai breathes a sigh of relief on weekends. If you happen to visit this place on workdays you would fail to see the roads, as its so crowded with pedestrians and vehicle traffic. The hustle bustle of daily commute, busy roadways, hoards of people coming from all over the places to earn their daily bread n butter. Mumbai is mother of those who come here from all directions searching for work. And no one rarely goes back disappointed. This equation of Mumbai city has remained the same in many years.
But contrary to all that rush, I felt Mumbai came to standstill on that Sunday morning. We walked our way looking for something to shoot, marveling at old buildings and its architecture. I also found an electric bell, which had that real antique feel.
We walked on the empty road, it allowed us to shoot at our own pace. At the same time I felt this is not the city that I know. The one never sleeps, where there is non ending streams of commuters, going from everywhere to anywhere. Where people’s life are bound to clocks, and local train’s time-table.
Maybe city is in slumber enjoying its day off. A different one, just for some time. Then on next day, it’s going to be the same rush all over again. It’s just a matter of day, until!