Jyotir Lingum Yatra

A travel log for my journey to 10 Jyotir Lingums throughout south and central India, November-December 2002 with my yoga group, Dhyanyoga Centers.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003
A little bit of old Bombay

In going through the pictures I want to show you, I like to alternate between temple shots and street scenes, so as not to bore you.

Mumbai, or Bombay, might evoke images of the wonder old of India. As New York is our mecca of American culture, so is Bombay the cultural heart of India.

Mumbai is on the Arabian Sea. I was shooting this picture from the old wing of the Taj Hotel, a very famous establishment in Bombay. Even though I was shooting into the sun, I think the results were interesting. I have some black & white versions of this image that I am looking forward to printing up soon.

Another shot out a hotel window. This is a classic structure, the gate of Bombay, but I was shooting film from an odd angle.

The new wing of the Taj is the where you'd find the modern glamour, but there is definitely some charm of a by-gone era in this image of the staircase in the old wing of the hotel.

Being on foot in the market area of Bombay is like being in New York, in that you really always need to be on the go. I was never afraid of being on my own, but I knew I had to keep moving, or get run down. Shooting pictures here was almost impossible if I was going to try and shop too, which I did.

After I shot this picture, I think my camera stayed in my backpack for the rest of the day.

A shot on the street, not far from the Taj Hotel.

I believe I just found the AMEX office to cash travelers' checks when I took this picture.

More soon!