Saturday, October 08, 2005

A Weekend Past

Abstaining from my weekly pilgrimage to the British Library is not a good idea. It makes for a dreary Saturday and a bad mood. Thankfully, by the evening a friend from long ago had called and I was off for dinner. This was especially comforting because my brother and three of my best friends were drinking themselves sillier than monkeys in Bangalore while I was in Bombay. Sometimes, life, is indeed elsewhere.

This weekend, I did things unlike other weekends. I consciously stayed off the phone, watched a movie, listened to some music and started Ulysses (which decided to call to me at last) instead and had me a blast! Apart from the wonderful Saturday evening, of course! Two and a half years of promises finally came to some fruition over two days.

There is nothing either extraordinary or "different" about what I did. People do it all the time but I, who have been drowning in self-pity and a ridiculous (and almost false) sense of loneliness, was experiencing something new... with a little twist of déjà vu. Like 'her' of my story, I too will head out for movies alone.

It is, I think, a funny thing with me. I always have opportunity to retract every last claim to maturity and sense three months after I have made it. Mark you, not 2 weeks, not 3 months, not a couple of years but precisely three months. There is a curious sort of solace, a familiarity in this steady kick in the teeth. I find it keeps my feet on the ground.

The images below were taken on Saturday night. The first one is of the Gateway of India, taken from the other side. For those familiar with Bombay, we were driving in from the Radio Club and I thought this was a good shot. The second one is the water-front in South Bombay - one end of the Queen's Necklace. Not particularly great shots but I'd like to share them anyway. :-)

A funny sort of weekend, really. A liberating, thoughtful and lovely sort of weekend.


Prat said...

Pictures of my beloved Bombay brought tears to my eyes, really!
Yeah and quality time off with one self does wonders you know.

Yours Truly...Conman said...

Dunno whats happening to me. I hate Bombay. Always did. always Always Always hated it.
For the past few months, I've been missing it.
There's somein strange telling me I'm gonna be there... and I'll fall in love with it.

. : A : . said...

The shots do capture a lot. I like the play of light in the first one.

incognito said...

I like the reflections in the second photo and the different view of the Gateway. Sometimes life may be somewhere else but I think you have a talent of bringing it somewhere near you. :-)

SaidBack said...

nice pics.

I don't quite get what the big deal is in going out alone. Whether movie, meal, etc etc.

Words Worth said...

yes, it is the ordinary that is the most comforting. :-)

Geetanjali said...

:-) Ah I remember my BCL piligrimmages followed by lunch and vellagiri with close friend who studied at the Institute of Science...I know exactly what you meant by this post!!

Loved the first pic - incidentally I was also supposed to be in the vicinity on Saturday eveg but plans got changed...

Viewer said...

Bombay look more beautiful in the night and serously I have an unexplainable affair with this over polpulated dirty yet beautifull in its own way city - Mumbai

finnegan said...

Bombay seems to be one of the more "British" of cities in India. Do you feel the same...or not?

Great to hear you've begun Ulysses. An amazing work
that I've got to re-read in my next life. (This life doesn't afford me enough time to indulge in books big enough to be murder-weapons.

Extempore said...

@Prat: Am glad you liked them. I esp enjoyed taking these because it was all part of that wonderful weekend!

@Conman: Perhaps I am prejudiced but I don't think there is any other way to be except in love with Bombay. :)

@ :A:. : Am glad you think so... esp since I admire your images so very much!

@ Incognito: Thank you, old friend. *hug*

@Pepper: Thanks! And that was the point, that there is no big deal in going out alone. I finally learned that!

@Words Worth: Oh yes... thank you - you know why.

@Geetanjali: The pleasures of being a student, no? And lemme know the next time you plan to come down - be my pleasure to be a back-up plan, should your own plans fall apart. :)

@Viewer: Oh yes, Bombay is much more beautiful in the night. And it's impossible not to love this city - but hey, I am biased!

@Finnegan: If I've understood you correctly, then yes I agree - however, would you elaborate?

And I have the feeling I am going to need another lifetime to finish Ulysses. :)

Geetanjali said...

Pleasures of being a student - yes! I'm still struggling against the temptation to continue being just that :-)

As for Bbay - sounds good! Will ping you next time I'm heading there!

Drops Of Jupiter said...

Hola! I'm a Leo from Bombay too. Stumbled here from Conman's..I am hopelessly in love with Bombay and the fact that I don't live there anymore means I miss it like a dead lover. So basically what I'm trying to say is I'll be here more often to read about my favorite place in the whole wide world.

Casablanca said...

Its nice to read your description of a 'normal' weekend. Reminds me of We dont need to do different things, we can just do things differently.

Extempore said...

@Geetanjali: Oh yes, sometimes I kick myself for not having done my M.Phil. Life was so beautiful when all you had to do was read! Alrighty then, will look forward to catching up with you. :)

@Jupiter: Welcome aboard - Bombay does that to you. I look forward to having you around. :)

@Casablanca: Oh yes, its scary when you suddenly realise after having known it for the longest time. :)

Parth said...

Got here through Geetanjali's blog. Awesome to see pictures of Bombay (I am a city-starved NRI. I read Mid-day everyday sipping coffee in Seattle). Will be back for more.

Stormy Zephyr said...

Nice pictures...reminds me of India...the sound, the lights, the people...the warm air much like a are lucky..N!

Eleventy Seven said...

Nice attempt at capturing the aura of the Gateway at night. Infact from a moving perspective I think thats rather good.

You write well... stumbled on your blog and happy that I did. My Morning-Blog-reads are getting richer by the day.

My gypsy life recently got me to this City and what can I say it's been an exhillirating experience since then. One can only stand and gawk in amazement. Its more like the DOME experience - too much to digest in one look. :-) (sorry, couldnt help the analogy.)

Even I am quite a photography bug and in the process of saving up for my first camera. Would love to share notes whenever.


*shall now savor the rest of your posts*

transience said...

wonderful. that resonated with me, even if i've never been.

Extempore said...

@Parth: Hola, welcome aboard! Am glad you enjoyed the pics - am planning a whole lot more pics of the city so do come back.

@Dreamer: Well, winter break isn't that far away so come on back home. :)

@Saurabh: Am glad you thought so - both about my writing and my photos. And even though I am a Bombayite born and bred, I quite agree, Bombay is quite an experience.

I am learning my way around a camera and would be happy to share whatever little I know. Let me know!

@Transience: Thanks! Do come here when you can - would be happy to show you around. :)

GD said...

Great pictures, but I beg to differ on Bombay. It's just a place to me... and like any other place it has things that make you curse, and things that make you marvel, and other things that just are what they are and you hardly ever even notice them. But whenever Bombay elicits strong emotions from me, they're usually negative. I don't hate the place, but I can never love it.

Stormy Zephyr said...

yeah, winter break isn't that far away..but I shudder to fly! Makes me want to jump out of the window and have my feet safely grounded, all the time! Nice pictures on the new camera!