Lights, Glamour, Fashion
Every balcony and every window has a metal grill, creating at once the illusion of a guarded paradise and a prison. However the only real prisons are the ones we create in our own mind, and in that respect, Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is a place of immense opportunity where anything is possible.
It is a city that provides millionaires opportunities to pursue riches while allowing millions to pursue their livelihood. It is a city of contrasts that meld seamlessly into the rich, flowing tapestry that makes it a melting pot of almost every single nationality and culture in the world.
The thing that is most striking about Mumbai is not the high-rise buildings or the number of companies headquartered there, but the social capital that is found among the inhabitants who call the city home. It is that social understanding that makes this city great.
“The child in each of us knows paradise.
Paradise is home. Home as it was or home as it should have been.
Paradise is one’s own place, one’s own people, one’s own world, knowing and known, perhaps even loving and loved.
Yet every child Is cast from paradise - into growth and new community, into vast, ongoing change.”
— Octavia E. Butler
“Now it occurred to me that perhaps this was what happened when cities died. They didn’t die with a bang; they didn’t die only when they were abandoned. Perhaps they died like this: when everybody was suffering, when transport was so hard that working people gave up jobs they needed because they feared the suffering of the travel; when no one had clean water or air; and no one could go walking.”
— V.S. Naipaul
“When the astonished gods behold it as they fly by in their aerial chariots, they always speculate upon it at length, saying ‘This must be a natural abode of Siva; for such beauty is never seen in an artificial construction’; even the artisan who created it was (himself) suddenly amazed, and said: ‘I cannot bring myself to endeavor to create such a thing again; how is it that I made this?’”
— Baroda Copper Plate Inscription of Karkaraja II
“If we look at the path, we do not see the sky. We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars Our quest, our earth walk is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind.”
— Native American Saying
“Kochi, formerly called Cochin, is a former European settlement with a large Christian population and a seafaring heritage. It is a town of enormous charm that reminds some visitors of the Caribbean more than India.”
— Gary Weiss