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7 August 2006

BPW- My postcard (Sorry I'm late)

I'll be sending this to....


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Would you believe it if I told you how difficult it is to find picture post-cards in Bombay? Half the shop-keepers didn't understand what it meant, and the others looked at me as if I had gone mad !
One guy asked me if i wanted a 'Picture of a postcard' and the other said, you are the first person who has asked me for this since I've opened my shop. I had almost given up hope when my dad went looking around for this one, he finally got me two cards that depict Bombay's important landmarks.
The other hurdle I faced was due to my own forgetfulness. I was at my mom's place whole of last week ( celebrating Varalakshmi nombu and devouring kozhakattais and vadais ), i had forgotten to carry the cord that connects the cam to the laptop. Hence couldn't post a pic of my card...Boo..hooo

Meeta told me I could post it when i reached my own place. And here's it..I'm sending to A...friend hahaha

It's a picture of Flora Fountain. Completed in 1864, the Flora Fountain was erected by the Agri-Horticultural society of Western India out of a donation by Cursetjee Fardoonjee Parekh. Built in imported Portland stone, but now defaced with white oil paint, it was originally meant to be named after Sir Bartle Frere, then governor of Bombay. However, the name was changed before the fountain was unveiled. It stood in the center of the town as it then was. Now this area is the heart of the business district of the town.


Flora fountain-Then

Flora Fountain-Then

Flora fountain-now

Flora Fountain-Now




This is what Mumbainet has to say about this structure-

"This is the very heart of Mumbai, circumscribed by stately colonial buildings that stand like proud old sentinels of a bygone era. Flora is the Roman Goddess of Flowers, her pretty alabaster face continually assaulted by grime and pollution. Next to her are a pair of torch bearing stone patriots that rise from the Martyrs Memorial nearby. Flora Fountain is now called Hutatma Chowk or Martyr's Square to honour those who died in the tumultuous birth of Maharashtra State. All around the square sit Mumbai's infamous vendors selling just about everything under the blazing tropical sun -- from cheap nylon saris and ballpoint pens to herbal remedies and sexshop gewgaws. Tooting horns and traffic complete the chaotic picture, but through it all Flora manages to retain her serene composure."

17 comments:

Puspha said...

Very interesting card. Wonder who's gonna get it.

Anupama said...

Nandita, being a hardcore Puneite myself I have never been very comfortable in Mumbai for more than 4 days at a time, but i must say after being in England for almost one year now your postcard made me nostalgic about India. I used to love going to the Fort area with my hubby when we were newly married and your pic brought back great memories. Btw did you check whether the big bookstores like Crossword have postcards . Ideally they should.

Vaishali said...

That brought back memories, smells and sounds, Nandita. :) Did I tell you that I used to spend almost all of my summer holidays in Mumbai with my grandparents? And now I realise that it's plain lucky (for me) that they were (and are) in South Mumbai. I saw Dharawi only when I was a teenager. Until then, Mumbai was only that 'posh' city where I wanted to go to school. :)
Btw, have you checked out shops at museums? They should have picture postcards, I guess. Also, 'Chimanlals', the paper shop in Fort, used to do decorated postcards (not real picture postcards, though). Maybe they still do? It should be worth checking out.

Nandita said...

I live in Juhu and that is atleast a 90 minute drive from Town (as in VT, Churchgate etc), in traffic conditions that exist today. I was in no position to go to town to buy a postcard.
Also enquired in Crossword. They too looked at me 'blankly'. No postcards there. Quite pathetic i must say. It could also be because the snail-mail culture is fast disappearing and everything happens over an e-mail. This is proof enough for that!

K & S said...

nice card!

Sumitha said...

Nandita in Kerala I have found postcards in stores such as Archies and Hallmark!

Nandita said...

Surprisingly, Sumi, neither Archies nor Hallmark carried postcards here-they were those people who looked at me as though i were crazy :P

K&S- Thanks! Nice or not, thats the only one i got here!

Vaishali said...

Nandita,
I was gonna add this question as to where you stay, you know. But decided against it. Thought that you might chose to not disclose it. I can imagine the blank looks that you must have got. The round-the-corner 'chaiwalla' will have pre-paid sim cards, but won't have stamps or postcards. Development, anyone?

Meeta said...

Well I am glad you finally found a card! I can't believe that you are not able to find postcards in Bombay. Make sure you get a bunch the next time you see any ... I'll be having this event again!!

Priya said...

Lovely Card Nandita ! Wow you have enough space to write a big story in the postcard. There is hardly any space to write anything other than "to" and "from" in the postcards that you get here :)

BTW greak work on weekend breakfast blogging Nandita!

Anonymous said...

You should be able to get a postcard at a book store. I am from Pune, and almost all popular bookstores stock them :) Surely a lonngggger drive in this case ;)

Nandita said...

Yes ma'am! I'll make sure I stock up on cards now when I'm going to Mysore and Coorg- Tourist places like that should have them in plenty. Bombay is NOT a tourist place by the looks of it. People come here only for business. :)


Priya-Thanks dear-why i thot every postcard has some writing space behind?

aparna said...

hi there- i picked up some amazing postcards at the Oxford Book Store on my last trip to India; beautifully packaged- pictures of mumbai- really old colonial architecture brought out beautifully in sepia!
aparna

Nandita said...

Thanks Aparna, May be next time I'm that side of town, I shall do the stocking up! Oxford is a 90 minute drive from home :(

Menu Today said...

Hi Nanditha,
Nice post card .

Paz said...

Very nice card! I think all the trouble you went through to find it is worth it. The blogger who receives the card is very lucky!

Paz

Deepa said...

I am writing this a few YEARS after you guys had the above discussion :) but I always find postcards at the book shops in 5-star hotels in Bombay. --Deepa

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