Wednesday, March 20, 2013

For The Love of Bombay

A few minutes on Pinterest is enough to spark a few embers of outrage in me. Pinterest loves Paris. It's full of pictures of Paris. The Eiffel Tower in the early morning mist. The Eiffel Tower in spring, summer and sparkling amidst the snowflakes of winter. And of course, the Eiffel Tower, lit up at night, glittering like something magical. It's freakin' outstanding.

So what's the problem? It's this: I feel bad for Bombay.

If you type 'Bombay' or even 'Mumbai' in the image search toolbar of pretty much any site, this is what you get.

Beggars
Dhobi Ghat
Gateway of India
Beggars
Traffic Jam
Bombay Sapphire Gin
Crowded markets
Crowded roads
Crowded railway stations
VT station
Antilla
Beggars
Pictures of Old Bombay
Dharavi
The Taj Mahal Hotel
Beggars

No, hey, I get it, Bombay IS all these things. But is it just these things? Isn't there any photographer in this entire city who can see the innate romance, the hidden beauty of this place? And if there is, then why won't he or she put up their little pictorial love-songs to the city on Pinterest? Show me Bombay skies pregnant with rain clouds. Show me South Bombay roads, empty and welcoming on a weekend. Show me the view from Malabar Hill in the grey light of dawn. Show me the fiery gulmohurs on Ballard Estate in spring. Go on, show me.

I've never been to Paris. Or New York. Or London. But common sense dictates that none of these cities can exist without poverty-stricken ghettos, traffic jams and all the other urban madness that makes a city a city. Photographers have merely looked beyond these things and captured the beauty of these places.

It's about time we did the same with Bombay. No?

4 comments:

Prachi said...

Hi Vedashree

I agree 100%..I do look for pictures often and never find any.
Here is a mini-start...
http://pinterest.com/praachii/bombay-meri-jaan/

It really doesn't cover much of Bombay..just a little corner close to home :) But its a start..

fiddlesticks said...

If the Eiffel Tower is all that Pinterest has to offer on Paris - why, it looks like that city is just as let down by its photographers as is Bombay.

Prasidh Dalvi said...

Hi, share exactly the same thoughts with you on this. The true romance you share with Bombay is what we feel about this city, so we did a little stalking at the city in its most intimate romantic spaces.

And this city doesn't disappoint. Have a look.

http://flutterfingers.tumblr.com/post/52369583406/postcard-bombay-the-project-began-as-a


Prasidh Dalvi said...

http://flutterfingers.tumblr.com/post/52369583406/postcard-bombay-the-project-began-as-a