February 28, 2009

Day 039 : Bombay

Today I took a deeper dive into some of the neighborhoods in the Chembur area. The Pani Puri stand in this development sucked me right in. Inside the clusters of dwellings I for some odd reason became intrigued with the gutter systems that were running throughout.

At a certain point I ventured into one of the homes. to see how these people live. As soon as I did so the door started to be filled with lots of curious faces. Inside most of the homes were quite modest and utilitarian. In some cases the homes were one room spaces that provided the means for eating, washing, and sleeping.

When I stepped outside children were lined up to see me for some strange reason. Needless to say it made for a pretty fun photo session...

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Day 038 : Bombay

Tonight I joined Tripty for one of her theater rehearsals. The location gave me a stunning view of the Bombay skyline, not to mention some atmospheric photos. The photos coupled with the play rehearsal made me begin t think about just how fun and exciting directing could be. Hmmm...?

February 27, 2009

Day 037 : Bombay

Today I spent some time with Tripty's pal Pradesh wandering around the local Chembur Market . I must admit, some of my most memorable experiences thus far in my trip have been spent roaming around these unfamiliar alleys. Around every corner is a new person and place...

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Day 036 : Bombay

Today Tripty and I hopped on a boat and headed straight for the Elephanta Caves, a magical place we read much about during our time in history class at Cornell. I must say, the spaces were much more moving in person. The quality of light was phenomenal - it really brought out the natural beauty in the color of the carved stone.

On the boat ride back there was a man overboard...

My apologies for the lack of architectural content in the next two photos. They were just too cute, I couldn't keep them on my external hard drive...

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Day 035 : Bombay

Laundry Bombay Style!!! Today I had the pleasure to swing by this spot in the city where TONS (literally) of clothes are washed daily. The architecture of the space was pretty intense, totally determined by the flow and usage of water. I also found it interesting how the wet clothes in a sense act as a shading device to provide protection from the hot Bombay sun. I really wanted to stay longer to observe how the space evolves throughout the course of the day. Cliche...I know, but interesting nonetheless.

From the urban washing machine I head for the Sasoon Docks. There I found several interesting urban activities taking place.

Today I also got a chance to visit the construction site of Tripty's first ground up project! Extremely impressive Ms. Arya! We were able to climb throughout the 5 floors like a couple of monkeys.

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