To the West coast and back

I’d say I had the good fortune to stay in the ‘city of stars’/ ‘city of dreams’ or whatever you would like to call Bombay/ Mumbai for a month and a half, having been told to pursue an internship in the field of my choice.  Initially, about two months before I had been totally unsure about where I was going to go for summer training, a necessary requirement as a part of our curriculum at university. Fortunately, with the help of a personal contact of my family, I was accepted to work at an ad film production house in Bombay for the aforementioned duration. I was thrilled to have gotten the opportunity and to visit a new city, although I had been there in the early years of my life as a visitor to my close relatives’ place in Powai. Now, I could go there again and be part of the hustle and bustle of the second most important metropolitan city, the financial capital of India and what not. And being older and an adult, I had the liberty to explore the city with my friends next to me, who were working there too!

My experience was enriching and refreshing to say the least. I found it to be a nice change from Kolkata, where I currently reside, and many things that came my way were new such as a living in a paying guest accommodation and having to do everything on your own, from thinking about the next meal to washing clothes and buying groceries. And that was just the beginning. I commuted to office taking an auto from my place and being stuck in the traffic jam at an Andheri signal for twenty minutes or so was an everyday affair.  Further, working in an office was very new for me.  The fact that everything about the office environment was so different from that of college or university really struck me. My seniors were patient with me, explaining me the work and then pointing out my mistakes as they happened.  Most importantly, I got a good idea of how a production company functions and was able to observe and experience many a new things hitherto unknown to me.

Then of course came the part where we went around the city and had a good time. It involved eating out, dancing, drinking and sightseeing. Many of the things were unique to the city and many experiences made us realize what we were missing all this time. It all began with visiting the Imagica water park where we had the best time splashing around in the artificial pools and rivers. Shopping at Linking Road in Bandra, Phoenix Marketcity, sitting at Marine drive and eating at the delicious pizza joint opposite it, looking at Gateway of India and the Colaba Causeway spree were the highlights of my outings with friends. Other than that, I got to visit the prestigious TIFR and take a tour around it’s campus, took a drive across the Bandra-Worli sea link and got a good glance of Amitabh Bachchan at his Juhu residence! 😉 Chilling at Fun Republic Social will also be missed. I took both the overhead metro and the local trains on different occasions and was impressed by the precise timing followed by them.

Now that I’m back home and it’s been a week, flashes of the city keep coming back and remind me of all the little things that happened over two months and all the people I met there. Yes, I’m probably getting the “Bombay Blues”..



Kayaking at Eco Park

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to witness a slightly windy, but perfectly sunny day to go out for an outing with friends. Having nothing to do after the semester exams ended last week, I suggested that we pay a visit to Ecological, otherwise known as ‘Eco’ park situated in Rajarhat on the outskirts of Kolkata. It is hardly a  40 minutes distance from my home and moreover my friend has his own car so it would be no big deal for him to pick me up. With Sumit and me joined another school friend of his, Akash who studies in Chennai but visits Kolkata, his hometown every new year.

So, at around 2 in the afternoon I was picked up from my place and then with Akash in the backseat we drove straight to Eco Park for an enlightening afternoon.

It is quite a picturesque location, with green grass and long sidewalks all along and was pretty decently occupied with holiday-makers and even a large group of schoolchildren. However, after paying 20 rupee fee we walked in and started making our way to where the rides and activities were going on.

There is a large water-body to be found at one side of Eco Park on which you will most likely find large floating Zorb-balls, transparent balloons into which one could fit oneself and jump around in the water as a form of recreation and excercise. 017020

We, the three of us, initially decided to try out Archery, a non-water sport but one which requires great skill nonetheless. Each of us could target the board a total of 5 times each and so after buying the ticket worth 50 bucks, we took turns to shoot at the aim.

Although none of us shot successfully at the bull’s eye, I got pretty close to one of the centre rings at my third shot.


After those 5 rounds, Sumit suggested that we go Kayaking! I was surprised to find it as one of the sports available in that place, it being one of the not-so-regular activities found in India. Akash didn’t wish to take part, so it was just Sumit and me who ended up sitting in a 2-seater narrow and long kayak made of wood most likely. We “set sail” and went all around the water body for a duration of 30 minutes. It was probably the most funhat day with us rocking against the waves yet making our way through with the paddles. We did get the hang of it by the end!


After this particular experience, we did not stay for much longer because it was nearing sun-down. So instead we went bowling at City Centre 2, which is also closeby to Eco Park.

On the whole, I had an awesome day with some new friends I made recently 🙂