The downpour seems to have faded by and the merry mood of the people turns to the manana tunes of the song of praise and their voice heave to Ganpati Bappa Morya. It’s the hymn of Mumbai that echoes down from the posh avenues to the shantytown round the year.
But the falling rupee has laid waste the clamor of D-Street and the plunging stock market seems to be the chorus this time around, echoing down the Elysian walls and illuminated streets. Well… the bear and bull fight on, only to reflect the on screen with red and green lights and the investors lap it up all the same.
IMAGE: AN ARTICLE FROM A NATIONAL BULLETIN
This rage of Mumbai you will often find in bold letters every morning you skim over your news paper. Maybe Ganpati Bappa Morya will save them all.
Mumbai is often dubbed as the ‘city that never sleeps’… for many reasons ‘the financial capital of India’, “the entertainment capital of India” etc. during the Ganapati season the city that never sleep does not sleep because it can’t ….the Ganapati party is on ….all time. Life starts here when thousands of devoted soul steps on the crowded suburban iron wheels that blare through the bustling hubs of Bandra, Dadar, Andheri and Churchgate.
IMAGE: SUBURBAN RAILWAY, MUMBAI
The extreme hour pelts along to blend upon the serenity of the colours tinged with rejuvenation at the Juhu beach. But this time that tranquility is reversed and you find chaos in the confluence of thousand and thousand voices soaring to “Ganpati Bappa Moriya Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar yaa”.
IMAGE: ‘QUEEN’S NECKLACE’ – MARINE DRIVE
Normally the night bring forth the sprawling boogieing and boozing life… where dreamers reunite with workaholic hippies and try to find a way of living their life. Let’s hop on the floor of a Karaoke Night after a raspy drive en route the ‘Queen’s Necklace’ from the dissonance of Nariman Point.
IMAGE: A POSTER OF KARAOKE NIGHT IN MUMBAI
A part of Mumbai is a teenager’s wet dream and a little girl’s manikin…..the nation waits for the big Friday release. It’s when the glamour of Bollywood town ultimately hits the BIG SCREEN.
IMAGE: STILLS FROM THE MOVIE RAJA HARISHCHANDRA, 1913
It started a century ago just when D.D. Dabke, a Marathi stage actor played the lead role of Raja Harischandra… truly speaking these 40 minutes of silent film in black and white lost their way when colours fetched the Kapoors and Khans. Well… that’s a decent way to introduce you with Bollywood, which is actually not.
When we were growing up and guitars came out and the bottle went around one more time, the Bombay song was Bom-Bom-Bom Bambai Humko Jam Gayi that tuned up the radios in every house. It’s now all about Mumbai where Chikni Chameli is attached with Fevicol to Tinku Jiya.
IMAGE: STILL OF THE SONG ‘CHIKNI CHAMELI’ FROM THE MOVIE AGNEEPATH, 2012
That is obviously our song of fantasies even when the mood is all perked up to the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration. This is the beat of the city that is a certain percentage of your electricity bill. The skinny silky legs and the brawniest boys may have taken away a part of city’s attractions.
The quaint city takes you back to the 5th century from the hues and cries of 21st century. If the palatial buildings, one of them being the Taj Hotel breaks your jaw then the rock cut architecture of the Elephanta Caves holds your breath. You may mull over the history here. Elephanta Caves? The Portuguese arrived at the island of sculpted caves and called it the “Elephanta Island” in honour of a huge rock-cut black stone statue of an elephant that was then installed on a mound, a short distance east of Gharapuri village. You can say Lord Ganesh was misunderstood by the intruders as a stone elephant. The city is a “heritageogue” if there is such a thing …you know what it mean. In this part of city you will still discover a beating heart. The Chattrapati Shivaji Terminal and the Gateway of India are the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites that makes the bustling city marvel for a moment.
IMAGE: VIEW OF THE TAJ MAHAL HOTEL AND THE GATEWAY OF INDIA
The hymn, clamour, fusion, boogie and bolly links this bustling city with rest of the world. Once Bombay was the home to fishing colonies … today Mumbai is the home of the highest tax payers’ of India. Here you stand connected by the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, from the posh avenues of Altamount road to the town of Dombivili, just when the downpour seems to have faded by and the merry mood of the people turns to the manana tunes of the song of praise and their voice heave to Ganpati Bappa Morya…..
Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar yaa!!!!