Back in Mumbai, so it seems like a good time to post the remainder of the photos from our first stay here, nearly two months ago. Still trying to extricate newer photos from the CD that they’re stored on, and there are a shitload more still on the camera, but in the meantime…
Haji Ali’s mosque at sunset. The eponymous Haji Ali was apparently a Muslim saint who died en route to Mecca. His body was washed ashore on a breakwater, and the mosque was built there in his honour. At high tide, the narrow little path that connects the mosque to the mainland is completely submerged in the sea, and for the rest of the time it’s nearly submerged under a flood of people. Apparently the mosque is one of the four holy sites that is said to protect Mumbai from flooding – with the globe heating at the rate it is, they’ll certainly have their work cut out.
Another view of the mosque, along with people on the rocks. This is on the opposite side to the path, so behind the photographer, there’s only the sea. It’s a very peaceful place to spend time, and attracts all sorts of people – mainly Muslims, but also Hindus, Sikhs, gangsters and the occasional interested tourist.
More local kids from Nasir’s lane. The minute they see the camera, they’re lining up to have their photo taken!
Oops – anyone who’s been to Mumbai could tell you that this is in fact the unfeasibly palatial Taj Hotel, not Victoria Terminus as I said at first.