20.15 hrs – We landed up at a restaurant in the Colaba and we wanted to try some authentic Marathi food. So Ganesh took us to one such place and we ordered some bajra rotis, tandoori rotis, Paneer Koliwada, Jeera rice and so forth. The bajra rotis were generously buttered and were served with pickled onions and some other pickles. The food tasted too good and we were satisfied 🙂
21.00 hrs – Time to go home! We walked towards the famous Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus to catch a local train to Andheri. We clicked some photographs infront of this beautiful structure as well as the Mumbai Nagarapalika (Municipal building) and passed through one of the busiest sub-ways perhaps, which was still buzzing with people at that point of time.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai, is an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The building, designed by the British architect F. W. Stevens, became the symbol of Bombay as the ‘Gothic City’ and the major international mercantile port of India. The terminal was built over 10 years, starting in 1878. It was a mix of the British, Italian architectures and Indian palace architecture and this blend became a unique style of Bombay.
We weren’t lucky today 😦 , as we couldn’t spot even a single dabbawala of Mumbai entering or leaving the station. Mumbai is famous for its Dabbawala network, which is a complex food delivery system. They collect lunches from residences and deliver them at the respective offices of the people. The legend is that this system was started in 1890, when a Parsi banker wanted home cooked food at work and this system took it’s origin. The efficiency and precision of these Dabbawalas are renowned across the world. Not to forget, Prince Charles met them during one of this trips to India and even invited some of them to his wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles in London, in 2005 🙂
Also as it was weekend, the crowd in the local train was less and we managed to get seats for ourselves. Reached home around 22.00 hrs to call it a day 🙂 . No demonetization troubles so far 😛