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The Ganpati immersions took place last Sunday, thereby ending the Ganesh celebrations for this year. The day is completely chaotic for devotees as they take their idols for immersion, but at Girgaum Chowpatty i noticed that there was a definite method to the madness. Inspite of people being in huge numbers, the crowd management was top class. Idols of all sizes could be seen and devotees in varied colors of the gulal were dancing to the Nasik Dhols. Some Mandals had a separate van which just contained the huge speakers that were belting out typical Bollywood Ganpati Visarjan songs like “Tujhko apna jalwa dikhana hi hoga, Agle baras aana hai aana hi hoga” from SRK’s verison of Don and the ‘Vaastav’ aarti amongst others. Luckily it wasnt pouring during late afternoon as it was earlier in the day, giving me a comparitively better lighting condition to shoot in.
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.
Mumbai skyline has been done to death in many pictures. I tried to capture the same through a different perspective. After having traversed from Marine Lines to Girgaum Chowpatty i was tired, but from Chowpatty i saw a view point up in the hills of Walkeshwar which i thought would give me a great panorama of the beach from a height. Onwards to the road, i thought of relaxing near the memorial there. I dnt exactly remember what it was. In front of me were the rods through which all the buildings along Nariman Point and Marine Lines were visible. I thought of composing the image through the rods of the barricade. the result divides the picture into two halves, the upper half showcasing Point in its grandeur and the lower half showing dirty shore of the beach. Mumbai in its two prominent avatars!