Believe me Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), formerly Victoria Terminus (VT), is the most attractive and historical buildings in Mumbai.

 A UNESCO World Heritage Site and an historic railway station in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. 

It was designed by Frederick William Stevens who was inspired and influenced from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and traditional Mughal buildings. 

The huge station was built in 1887 in the Bori Bunder area of Mumbai to facilitate the Golden Jubilee function of Queen Victoria. 

The new railway station was built on the location of the Bori Bunder Station  and is one of the busiest railway stations in India. It serves as dual terminal for both long-distance trains and commuter trains of the Mumbai Suburban Railway.  

In March 1996 the previous name was changed to its present one and it is now known simply as CST (or CSTM).

As I always say that South Mumbai is actual Mumbai where you get the feel of old culture and victorian era. Rest of the city and Navi Mumbai is just like any other crowded cosmopolitan city, a concrete jungle. So my vote goes to south Mumbai. 

Mundane Monday #59

Mumbai Surburban railway  is the cheapest mode of public transportation in Mumbai. It would not be exaggeration if I call one of the busiest commuter rail system in the world, blood veins of Mumbai without which Mumbai, the financial capital of India eould come to standstill.  

Though it generally runs overcrowded but one of the days when there were hardly any passangers in the bogie I got a chance to click photos of the hangers below. They are used to seek support while standing in a moving train.  

They are mundane and almost invisible because of the crowd but I had fun shooting them. 

The Gothic Architecture of South Mumbai : Symbol of Queen Era

Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO world heritage site

Mumbai- The financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. The most populus city of India, one of the biggest cosmopilon and metropoliton hub, Mumbai can also be called the symbol of Gothic and victorian architcture since it clearly reflects the history of British rule in India through its amazing monuments and heritage buildings.DSC_9652

It is located in the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. It constitutes of seven Islands which were initially in control of  successive indenigous empires. Islands were home to communities of fishing empires. Then came Portuguese followed by British East India Company. In 1661 King Charles II married the Portuguese Catherine of Braganza, seven islands  then went to King as a part of his wife’s dwory. With the construction of roads and railways Bombay had emerged out to be the main sea port on Arabian sea. In 1947, upon Independence day the city had been incorporated as Bombay state.DSC_9558

The architecture of the city is a blend of Gothic Revival, Indo-Saracenic, Art Deco, and other contemporary styles. Most of the buildings during the British period, such as the Victoria Terminus and Bombay University, were built in Gothic Revival style. DSC_9667Their architectural features include a variety of European influences such as German gables, Dutch roofs, Swiss timbering, Romance arches, Tudor casements, and traditional Indian features. Read more on wikipedia.DSC_9566

To preserve the glorious past and to conserve the city’s heritage structures, The Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) was established in 1995, Which formulates special regulations and by-laws. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus  In the south of Mumbai has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.DSC_9562

There are colonial-era buildings and Soviet-style offices. On the West coast are former-textile mills being demolished and skyscrapers built on top. DSC_9565DSC_9589

In a Crisis: Space Crunch in Mumbai

I belong to Delhi therefore I am well versed with the challenges of staying in the mega cities that too in India where population exploded and we became second most populous country after China.

Last week I went to Delhi and then the following week to Mumbai for summer vacations. I could see myself dealing with crisis at every step. Honestly

Acute space crisis ! There was no place to walk on the footpath. I literally struggled to cross the road since there were cars moving neck to neck. I could hardly find any space between the two cars.

I could see so many taxis on the road but drivers refused politely to go to Colaba market.  Reasons given by drivers were weird. It is just that they were not interested for short distances.  With great difficulty I could get one taxi driver showing interest in going there. I quickly got in.

DSC_9650People all around. Walking on the footpath, traveling in cars, taxis, in buses, everywhere. I don’t know whether they were going to their homes or coming back from their work place but one thing was sure, they were in hurry ! Nobody had time to look around and enjoy the beautiful weather of Mumbai.


Rains brought so much of happiness but who had the time to enjoy the drizzle? We enjoyed every bit of it at Marine Drive. The sea, crowd, wind and sky scrappers all were so fascinating !IMG_0270


So nice of my husband’s friend who lent us his car for remaining two days to roam around in Mumbai. What a feel ! Your own car in Mumbai ! WOW 🙂 

The excitement fizzled within no time. We were stuck badly in the market. Gosh ! There was no parking man.

Crisis again. We did what others did. Parked the vehicle where we got the space. There was hardly. DSC_9592

People had parked their cars along the footpaths, next to side gates, in the narrow lanes, anywhere a vehicle could fit.

It was actually a crisis and we dealt with it smartly. Enjoyed the mad rush, ocean of people or rather I should call them Zombies?

The daily Prompt: Honestly evaluate the way you respond to crisis situations. Are you happy with the way you react?