Mahalaxmi Racecourse and Beyond
I read the last two days newspapers, the magazines lying on my table and completed my office work as well, now what? I thought to myself.
I decided to go to the terrace of my office building and take a few pictures. From there I get a lovely view of the Mahalaxmi racecourse. The image below shows the vast expanse of the racecourse with the sea in the background. It is a wonderful spot to watch horse racing.
On the other side is the imposing ruins of Shakti Mills. This entire area use to be filled with mills and factories, until recently when it underwent a major face-lift to make it look like a concrete jungle.
Some mills still remain in the area, but not for very long, in few years am sure there would be a commercial establishment constructed there.
The train passing by from Mahalaxmi station. Adjacent to the station is the popular Dhobi Ghat (washing place) where hundreds of Dhobis (laundry men and women/ washer men) wash clothes by hand every morning on concrete sinks, its a must-visit if you coming to Mumbai. Pictures of that are coming soon! Below are the slums where the dhobis reside.
These are contrasting images, when you compare the well-manicured lawns of the racecourse on one hand, and the tiny slums at the other end of the same road. It gives an idea of the disparity that exists in Mumbai.
You can read more about the derby that takes place on the Mahalxmi Racecourse when I watched the Mc Dowell’s Indian Derby.
Fortunately my Internet was on in the evening, so I could share with you few moments from my day.
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