Looking for the Illusive Taj

Facing the dipping sun, big orange ball marred by violet cloud lines, winds on his face. This is what i remember about Krish today after he returned back to Mumbai.  A long awaited meeting, but it took almost 9 years to have realised.

I took a day off to meet him.  “Marine drive in mumbai is in the shape of a necklace, its also called the Queen’s Necklace
He told me while pointing his arms at the pavement at the GCDA, cochin. ” In mumbai the marine drive is open to the sea, here its bound and closed. ”  He pointed at the mount in the water, green and fortified with some palace. It was the Bolgaty Palace.

There was a

huge meaning in what he said. Yeah it seems true. Specifically, here its all so narrow and bound.  By now I  have learnt to accept realities in life.
“Never keep too much of expectations in life, otherwise you end up in frustrations. ”
“I did  keep a lot of them, but life treated me with enough lessons.”

“Once you got struck, its difficult  to get out of it.  So you decide what you want to do. Never rely  on friends to make decisions.”

“The same friends change the plate when something wrong happens in your life”

I had spotted a samosa chat bhandar there at the marine drive, thought this time to try. Luckily there were kachoris even. My favorites. Samosa is my brother’s favorite.

So me and krish tried on a samosa each.  They were served very hot with tomato sauce. ” That was one of the best samosas i have ever had”, says Krish even after a month.  This is when he just had samosas from mumbai,  all his family came out for a walk  in one evening of ghatkopar.

I couldnt believe either.  Cochin is making best quality samosa s in India.

We walked past a channel of water. It was filled with water and bubbles came out of it, frequently.  May be some gas came out of it and into my nose.  The stinkiest semi solid water you can find on earth, flowing towards the calm orange dipped sea.  Foul smell from the water made walking besides it a stinky and filthy experience.
But residents of the area were having “I dont care attitude”.  Few of the buildings had their ‘Kitchen’ almost protruding into a space glazing the grey black thick water.
” This is the best area to enact a legal punishment in the city. Rather than giving a life sentence to a criminal, give him a dip or two in this river of salvation(in public presence) and nobody will do any crime here again. How is that?”

” So true, cant imagine in that waters. Once in there, you are gone ever. Fungal infections in the ears, groin… hmmm”

The city management is really lousy and bad”
“They should be dipped in the water first by the public”
“But the public is like puppet.  It just  bears all without reaction” .  A dead dog’s full blown body swam past us.

He told me about one incidence in his office.


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