This was one of the most privileged tours i had been to while i was interning at The Times of India.
It was a journos only tour of the yet-to-be-opened Bandra Worli Sealink. The photographs of the sealink have appeared on the blog before : An Engineering Marvel
. It was special because i got the opportunity to explore this link before it would be opened for the public and got to click some photographs, which i cannot imagine clicking today.
This is one photograph i had clicked even before i started snapping the Sealink. It was just a bunch of labourers, taking some time out from their gruelling schedule. Their blue safety helmet is what arrested my attention. It looked just perfect against the dull grey sky. The cloudy atmosphere added to the overall charm.
Today when i read an article on the critically injured labourer
who is fighting for his life as a result of the infamous CWG bridge collapse
, it made me think how much we take the migrant labourers for granted. I stopped on this photograph for a while and the guy on the extreme right seemed to be asking me, “We build your sealinks, your skywalks, your skyscrapers but do you’ll really give a damn about us if we are injured in the process?” And i realised, we don’t.
I am not going to get into the morality bit as i feel this is not the right platform for such a serious issue. But the least we can do on our individual part, is show some respect to these labourers. It’s a tough life they lead. After all, the collective efforts of these guys creates marvelous things.
The monsoons are expected to arrive soon, hopefully. I am just waiting for the drizzle to turn into heavy showers so that the ghats around Mumbai are lush green and i can resume from where i had left off two years back. Trekking in the Sahyadris.
Majority of my friends hate the monsoons, but i eagerly await them every year. Reasons are pretty obvious from the above photographs. These were taken on my last trek to Peb, near Matheran. The trek is simply breath taking, specially when you reach the top of the mountains and actually walk amidst the clouds. Very few experiences in life can match the high of walking through the clouds.
Just counting the days now. The Woodlands are ready, so is the camera and the backpack and the wind cheater. All i need is a couple of heavy showers and an early weekend morning.
Today’s Maharashtra Day. So thought of putting up a relevant picture. Of all the pictures I picked this cos it just represents to me the greatest place on the planet!
This picture was clicked sometime back. It was a cloudy day as can be seen. I dunno why I’m putting this up so late, but i somehow love this picture. Its so Mumbai! Clicked off Marine Drive, the picture showcases the southern end of the Queens Necklace, winding around the Girgaum Chowpatty Beach with Walkeshwar in the background. I know none of the places mentioned are clearly visible here:P as i wanted to focus on the sky more than the places. To enhance it I used a cooler tone, and kept the ratio in favour of the sky.