24 September, 2020

In Residence

Pavlova, parking and a few personalities at Malabar Hill

In Residence

I’ve lived in Pavlova at Little Gibbs Road, Malabar Hill, ever since I came to Mumbai about 30 years ago. Earlier the place was very uncluttered. Now there are lots of buildings coming up blocking what was once an unrestricted sea view. There are also a lot more cars now. Sure sign of prosperity but it’s caused a tremendous lack of parking space. Whenever guests come over, they complain about having parked a mile away. But I’ve no major complaints about the area. I love it. No sound of traffic ever reaches my ears but I can hear the twitter of birds. Long ago, the Tatas had planted some saplings along the road; they’ve now become tall, shady trees. This area is kept very clean; even the post-Diwali debris is removed instantly. Everyone knows there’s a certain snob value attached to Malabar Hill. I guess it’s because the CM and governor stay here. Traditionally too, the city’s highest point is considered the most exclusive. Earlier all prominent families had homes here: the Tatas, the Jeejeebhoys, the Jinnahs.... I can see Kumar and...



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