I have seen some of the important places in Mumbai. But wherever I go, I face a problem - language problem. I am struggling a lot to communicate with people, and some times I am even afraid to talk with people. But somehow I manage the show.
I came to Mumbai on 23rd of Aug 2004 and we were put at Vashi, Navi Mumbai. There was no work initially. I didn't even feel that I am out of Tamil Nadu. I was watching all the serials in Sun TV, nice South Indian food (we had identified a Tamil hotel), no rush in Trains, only 8 to 9 hours of work etc. So I had time to see some places in Mumbai.
First was Elephanta Caves. It took one hour for us to reach VT. Another one hour of travel in Boat from Gateway of India. With so much of expectation we went inside the cave. There was nothing inside except Monkeys! (Be careful - You can't have any food in your hand, monkeys will take away). The cave looks like an Elephant and hence the name 'Elephanta Caves'. But for me it didn't look so. The cave is dedicated for Lord Shiva and you can find Shiva with 5 faces of which I was able to see only 3. There is no lighting inside and most of the sculptures are broken. Except for a two-hour ride (1 + 1) in boat, there is nothing interesting inside Elephanta.
Nariman Point: This is one of the best places in Mumbai. You can see many families, lovers, friends, just simply chatting and relaxing. Nice place to put a vetti arattai. You can clearly see the Queen’s Necklace.
Haji Ali: This is a famous Mosque within the sea. It was like a Taj Mahal from a distant view. But inside, it was very much dirty. Poor maintenance. I don’t know what will happen during high tide.
Taal Pub: This pub is in Vashi. Very near to our lodge where we stayed. This was my first experience in a pub. I was shocked when I entered. In a small hall there were around 10 girls dancing in the middle. One guy came inside, and after some time he was putting all his 10 rupee notes on a girls head – patthu rooba abishekham!!