Melancholia in Mumbai

There’s something about Mumbai. The skyscrapers block out natural light. The people block out landscape views. Still, out of all my really awesome photographs, about half were taken in Mumbai. Sample these two:

Monday Morning Blues

I used to see this dog everyday when I was working in Fort. He used to live at the Flora Fountain intersection. So naturally I called him Faunus. He always used to look this miserable.

When I went to Bombay a couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to photograph an equally forlorn looking little girl in Bandra:

Lachrymosa

Very cliched shot, but I still think it’s one of the best I’ve ever done.

Why they are so melancholy is still a mystery. All I can posit is the funda I proposed long ago on my old blog- they’re melancholy because they’re in Bombay. If they were in Bangalore they would be merrily gallivanting up and down Residency Road, and if they were in Calcutta, they wouldn’t just be melancholy, they’d be lying drunk and sobbing in the gutter.

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  1. Nandan Says:

    “they’re melancholy because they’re in Bombay. If they were in Bangalore they would be merrily gallivanting up and down Residency Road”

    Huh? The first part would have been acceptable, but the second part was tough to believe. Gallivanting about any road in Bangalore is not a great experience, unless it’s a path in a garden or something. And then, the issue of catching the rickshaw before 10 PM to reach home…Namma Bangalooru is a little too sleepy for most Mumbaikars, which would incite melancholy in said most Mumbaikars. There are few joys that compare to getting your vitals crunched in a Virar fast. I mean, at least it moves fast.
    BTW, hope you are doing fine…

  2. neha Says:

    Just love the first one..

  3. Jo Says:

    I love Faunus .And the little girl just reinforces what I missed out on .


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