The battleground where the sea kisses the world..
The place where love fights hesitation and confusion..and wins..
The air in which beautiful hair streaks colours in the minds of prurient boys..
The playground where trees hear the native voices of barking dogs and chirping birds..
The place where lovers unite, and ‘live’rs thrive..
None other than Marine Drive!
Yeah. My favourite place to be, of course, after Hogwarts! 😀
My first visit to Marine Drive was when I was a seven year old. With family. Someone’s birthday? Yes. It was someone’s birthday. I vaguely remember the crowds. The pretty- feet, thousand-dollar-maintenance dogs treading on the promenade, accompanied by masters and mistresses, adorning fashionable iPods and mp3 players, gave me a glimpse of the high life. The omnipresent chanawala caught my fascination for a while. Till the moment I got a quickly made chatpata chana packet.
After that, I don’t really remember being there. I just remember hearing second hand experiences. Like: My college going sister celebrated someone’s birthday out there. Blah blah blah. Like I cared.
My tryst with Marine drive started when I stepped into the prestigious corridors of HR College. First day of college? I devotedly attended all lectures. Fresher’s party? I went straight home after tapping my feet, literally tapping my feet, to some Bollywood music. (Yeah. I know I’m boring)
I actually went to Marine Drive a month after I actually became a commerce student. And to put it shortly, it’s not a day I would want to remember for the rest of my life. Suffice it to say, I felt lonely among a gang of people. Felt suffocated among chattering voices and highly fragranced perfumes. Felt nauseated looking at the false show of affection and love, just for the sake of a birthday party. Felt like puking after walking around in the hot sunny afternoon. For the first time in my life, I wished I could be seated at home, watching a HP movie with a box of doughnuts within an arm’s reach. Usually it’s the opposite.
I stopped going to Marine Drive after that. I don’t know. That place kinda left some bad memories in my mind. A horrible aftertaste filled my mouth whenever anyone mentioned the name. I was quite willing to roam all over Colaba Causeway and also lapped up any opportunity to go to Nariman Point. But Marine Drive? No ways!
Then somewhere in the beginning of my SYJC year, I felt this odd longing to be at Marine Drive. Whenever I was supposed to be in college. Whenever I was supposed to be at home, studying or doing who-knows-what. Just. A weird craving to be where the waves are. My mp3 player and me. And an umbrella if need be. The winds wreaking a havoc with my already messed up hair. Heat shining on my already flushed up face. Mahn, ❤
Maybe the reason is that I seek solitude these days? Maybe coz, I’ve stopped preferring human company? Rephrase, known human company. The music worked like alcohol, drowning me and intoxicating me to an all new record, a record to be broken the next day. The physical activity served to make me forget the mental pain. The messed up hair got my bloated narcissism back in check. Perfect bliss, you could say. Those half an hour to one hour sessions out there were soothing. To my fucked up mind.
And while I whiled away time at Marine Drive, I made a lot of observations.. Here’s a list!
1. There is a direct relation between the height of the tide and the number of people who gather there.
2. If you venture out towards Marine Drive after 7pm, you’ll hardly get any place to sit down and relax with the winds.
3. If you’re feeling sad and low, Marine Drive is the best place to be. No, don’t shut yourself up in a room and cry buckets and choke on icecream and sleeping pills. Step out. Buy an icecream cone from Naturals, or a cup from Baskin Robbins. Catch a place among the hordes of people at Marine Drive. And contemplate. If need be, take some music along with you. Trust me. It will work wonders.
So, Mumbaikars, do share your Marine Drive Love Affair stories here in the comments section. I’d like to analyse how this epic hangout place affected you! 🙂