Thursday, April 13, 2006

King Circle Street Life

This shot depicts a typical Mumbai traffic scene, capturing the multi-layered character of street life - with a bullock cart, taxis, a bus, lorry truck, and flatbed truck transporting giant wooden spools (?!). Because Kings Circle is in the island city, the South Mumbai ban on auto-rickshaws applies here, limiting the chaos (and diesel pollution) somewhat.

This shot also shows Kings Circle's lovely old trees (oak, banyan, and pipal), hinting at how this once-forested sleepy suburb must have looked when it sat on the northern fringes of the metropolitan region. Directly north of Kings Circle is the neighborhood of Sion, whose Marathi name, "Shiv," means boundary or border. Kings Circle and Sion now sit in the middle of the city, as the metropolis’ border has extended farther and farther north. Someday this area will be considered South Mumbai.


Blogger midnitebara said...

Now thats a sight we wouldnt see in other parts of the world. Cars and cow's ..,in the city streets.
Very nice picture!

2:15 PM  
Blogger Lorethian said...

I agree that is a unique shot.

7:31 AM  

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