23 October, 2020

In Residence

Haji Ali, Mumbai

In Residence
I’ve lived in my apartment, a rented one, since 1952. And my love for it is as fresh as it was back then—it’s big, bright, airy and central. Over the years, this area has seen many changes—to start with, it’s become very busy. In spite of living here all these years, I have never visited Haji Ali. I don’t know what I’m supposed to say to a tomb. But every time I pass by it, I instinctively bow my head in respect. What impresses me the most is the respect people give to the place. Back then, 50 years ago, I had one of the most amazing views of the sea and Haji Ali. But today, so many buildings have come up and have marred my seaview. The traffic doesn’t bother me because I seldom go out. But the noise is intolerable. Earlier I used to take a walk to the nearby racecourse.

These days I don’t because of my back problem. The Willingdon Club too is close by. I go there sometimes as a guest but never liked the place because the people there are very snooty. Haji Ali is the best place in Mumbai if you want to shop. From food to clothes to heera panna—you name it...



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