"Bombay 1986" Mumbai by budapest8

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First visit to Bombay 1986

Bombay was my second big city on on my Round the World trip
after traveling overland from New Delhi with a Guru and his folllowers
via a few small villages in the mountains and Nasik .

I had made 2 promises to myself.
1: To stay away from Sweden and travel for 1 year.
2: To do the whole trip on 1 thousand British Pounds Sterling.

So arriving late afternoon in Bombay with my English friend Alex
who I met up with after just getting off the plane in Delhi, he had just
spent 2 months in Pakistan and I was the first Westerner he had met in 2 months.
We went to stay in Santa Cruz which is slap bang next to Bombay Airport,
well almost. The family we were going to stay with was connect to the
Guru Takar Singh somehow, but not brainwashed yet thank god.
He was a homeopathic Indian doctor, very nice man.
We (Alex and I) used to take the Marathi (Mumbai Suburban Railway)
into Churchgate station, the Indians referred to the train as 'the local'.
I think that it must be the most densley used railway in the world,
there were more than 5 million commuters using it, and to get a seat is
an art in itself.
I hear even that around 3 people a day are killed on the railway tracks
while taking a dump.

Second visit to Bombay after Goa

staying with a Parsi family on Valkeshar Road

I met the family I was to stay with. The girl was an old school
friend of one of best friends (Philip Sassoon) from my kibbutz days.
See his pic on my Israeli pages.
Valkeshar road runs up the hill after you leave Marine Drive.
Quite a prestigious address.
I spent many days inside reading Krisnamurti books,
he died a few months before I arrived.

  • Last visit to Mumbai: Oct 1986
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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Comments (2)

  • umashanker's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2005 at 6:52 AM

    The pic is true satire for those who are engaged in buying/selling sprituality,but whom to blame when sprituality is considered a commodity!

  • javed's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2002 at 5:17 PM

    hehe nice photo


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