Back home and back into the old routine. had a nice relaxing weekend after a big night out with the office guys on Friday. Started off pretty crap with my workmates (unintentionally I’m sure) continueing to speak in hindi for 2 hours which they KNOW I don’t understand so well.. but after dinner we had some fun dancing so that was ok.. still, one of the not so fun parts of being a ‘foreigner’.
Have uploaded a few photos (click to expand them).. first some street scenes of Mumbai-
This first one I love: in the foreground we have the rodent of central and north Mumbai – the auto-rickshaw, being passed by the jazzy and very popular Maruti Suzuki Swift car. In the background are three billboards – the first is for the movie ‘Guru’ which is based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani, one of the big industrialists of the seventies and eighties who started a conglomerate his sons are now continuing in competition to each other; starring in the moving are the famous Bollywood royal couple Abhishek Bachchan and Ashwariya Rai. Above that we have a Newspaper advert showing that Harry potter mania is also alive and well in Mumbai; and above that we have an advert for the latest season of ‘Indian Idol’, of which I think the final was last week.
Here’s a pic of one of the young magazine selling boys who peddle their wares at many of the trafficv signals around the city:
and here’s the trusty fiat 1100 taxi, found in every corner and down every street in the city:
Next is Abu Dhabi (very clean in comparison!) The Airport, the designer of which I think took some very strong LSD:
and last but not least, a giant mosque being built in the desert on the outskirts of the city: