Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Bombastic Bombay: Part 2: Fishy

Yes, well... after a few initial problems as I wrote earlier, I soon got the hang of Bombay and found it an amazing city. I even managed to score in a proper gay club, with real men rather than these 'young, with breast' female types to be found in the Voodoo lounge. I'm also convinced I was getting eyed up in the Taj Intercontinental Foyer, where I'd gone for a loo stop, but that will never be confirmed. Shame. But he was white so it doesn't count. And I met a very very very nice man by the name of Joel who showed me around and made sure I enjoyed bombay to the fullest. It could be love, except he's not available and I'm leaving the country. Oh well.

Anyway, hormones aside, there's lots to see in Bombay. The Gandhi museum. Juhu beach where all the bollywood stars hang out (Ok i didn't go there but still it's famous). The mumba devi temple from whence/which/where (i never know) mumbai got it's name. Marine Drive. The India Gate. The Taj INtercontinental Hotel (toilet); the jehengir art museum; the amazing Victoria Terminus train station that looks more like a gothic mansion than a train station... the list is endless.

BUt the best has to be the aquarium. 'India's largest' aquarium boasted... sharks? rays? whales, no less? no.

Goldfish. And a small crab.

Yes indeed, the pride of India's aquatic world was populated by 3 tanks of goldfish and a crab. THe turtles had unfortunately died. THe shark's tank was being cleaned. The rays had gone to a wedding in Calcutta.

So, go India, yet again.

No, to be fair, Bombay was the most sophisticated, western and COOL city i've visited in India, and I would seriously consider living there. I even looked at the university, but they DIDN'T HAVE A PROSPECTUS, and their website is as easy to navigate as spaghetti junction at night. Never mind...

Till next time


Blogger kyoush said...

Ok, i dont mean to nitpick, but misinformation is something i cannot ignore :). So...

Situated on the Rajpath in New Delhi, India Gate (originally called the All India War Memorial) was built by Edwin Lutyens to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I and the Afghan Wars...
...The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls...

The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay(now Mumbai), prior to the Darbar in Delhi in December 1911.

So, there you have it. You visited the latter, not the former ;P

And oh, source of information on India Gate as well as The Gateway of India is Wikipedia.org (the English section)

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