Queens Necklace

You must take a walk on the Queen’s necklace to just get the feel of being in Mumbai. Make sure you choose the right months though, the heat may not allow you to appreciate it’s beauty to the fullest. After the home returning traffic has died down, choose a Monday if you don’t like crowds. Feel the breeze of the Arabian Sea run its fingers through your hair, the slight nip as the temperatures begin to fall, enough for you to enjoy a brisk walk.(I can’t stroll, walking fast is always a high for me)

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I absolutely love my night walks there. Reminds me of when I was a kid. We used to stay near CCI and walking to see the Queen’s necklace at night used to be a thrill for me and my sisters. Marine Drive would be empty by night excepting for the few horse carriages that would give a joyride to tourists and children like us. We would even be able to hear the horse’s hoofs and they clicked on the road in synchronicity giving rise to many a Bollywood songs in an era gone by. (Now the carriages are banned due to animal welfare and rightly so.) There would be just a few families taking walks like us, having sing-chana from the vendors there …sometimes even ‘Bhuttas” (corncobs) if we were allowed.

Now the ambiance is different. A lot more youngsters spend their quiet time there. In Mumbai’s crowded spaces there are few places for love to find peace, this is one of them. There will be a few elderly doing a little after dinner strolling and ofcourse there are the dog walkers.

But while I intake all these sights around me, I enjoy the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks. Somehow it always serves to balance my inner soul. You can hear them recede, then gather momentum and rush ahead. So while my mind is calmed and soothed by the sound, my feet gather speed, I almost always feel like gearing from a stride to a sprint and then run with the wind in my hair. I love it, the mad abandon I feel inside, oblivious to the people around. My heart feels light and my lips break into a smile as I think of “Rim jhim gire saawan…”being picturized here. Maybe I will try walking in the rain this year.

Ever gone walking on the queen’s necklace to see the display of firecrackers during Diwali. The entire skyline is a burst of colors, spectacular and endless. The one place where the no matter what strata they belong to, everyone watching the canvas of color in the sky, rest their differences for that one night and feel the blessings being showered upon them.

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I know that the Sea Link has taken away the crown from the Queen’s necklace for the tourists now, but for me it will always remain on my “to do” list. The sound of the sea, unadulterated childhood memories and my simple pleasure of walking : Queen’s Necklace at the Marine drive is what works for me.

Do try it and share your experience with me.

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  1. SNEHADAS Reply

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