New York City

My work has started taking me across continents. Across cities. I like to believe that I am a traveler and enjoy every bit of it, however when one travels for work, it is different. Its not the same thing. But, given that work takes you around, you might as well see around for a bit. Not exactly a traveler and not exactly a tourist. This would be somewhere in between. 

During the last year and the current year, my work has sort of 'gifted' me with almost 4 visits to the US of A to the same place :-/. Not that one has a choice but then work is work and you got to make best use of your time, professionally and personally. 

Have been landing up time and again at Stamford, CT which is close to an hour away from New York City. Stamford being a small place, has a small downtown and couple of 'go to' places like a museum or the river front. The major attraction of this place is its proximity to New York City (NYC). Well, and when you do go to NYC, for the first time, you do end of doing the touristy stuff. We arrived at Grand Central Station via train. Its a beautiful train station. The ceiling has designs of constellations embedded in it and it has a very active market, eateries and even an Apple Store. I think it has atleast 4 levels to it. 

Couple of things which we covered over the weekend, with adequate energy levels along with sensible clothing and walking shoes are the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, MET Museum, Central Park and Times Square towards late evening. For some cases, we decided to take the hip hop bus but once we were in the central business district we were mainly on foot.

Couple of pictures follows :-)

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island

Rockefeller Center, popularly known as the "The Rock". The Christmas tree and its ice skating rink is seen in many a Hollywood movie

Remember? Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged??? Well, this is stationed at "The Rock"

View from the Top of the Rock!

Another view. Empire State Building from the Top of the Rock





The first ever Winnie the Pooh. Maintained at the New York Public Library. 


New York City, from the Central Park

Have visited most of these places with work colleagues. It was fun and good time spent. New York City has very similar vibes to that of Bombay a.k.a Mumbai. Gelled in instantly... as if I had know this place for quite sometime. The traffic, the commute and the sense of urgency... calmed down by the river / sea as the case may be. In the midst of all the hustle and the bustle, you do manage to find the quite and calmness. Would love to be back here :-). 


Crows

Crows, Worli Seaface, Mumbai
Aligned, Cacaphonus, Scavengers,Omnious, Survivors.

Broken Down Car



 
Near Mahim Station, Mumbai



Noted this broken down car near the Mahim Station Wall in Mumbai. Ready to be dismantled and discarded. Been lying here for quite sometime. This was a mobile shot taken from a taxi. What makes it interesting to me is the battered and tattered condition of the car along with the interesting wall art on the station wall. It sort of gives a character to the condition of the car. The car has been removed recently from the spot. Everytime I cross the road, I see the wall art cartoon but I miss the car!!!

Wall Art

Wall Art, Mahim Station Wall, Mumbai

I try to capture unique or random things or moments on cell phone. This is one of them. Painted on the wall of Mahim Station. Remains of a city activity which had once allowed its citizens to particpate by painting the walls... which most of the times are in its worst state of maintenance. Liked the geometry of this wall art and how it attracts your attention without giving any particular message...well thats how I look at it. Am sure thats not what the painter had in mind but nevertheless, putting it up here to share...

Sunshine

Extended Stay Americas, Norwalk, CT
 
Morning sunshine...
Rushing through my window...
Waking me up from a deep slumber...
Wishing me a very lazy Good morning!!!

Of a friend and an airport


As a I write about this (after a long time), there is happiness in my heart…for meeting a very very very very dear old friend of mine at the immigrations counter at the Newark Airport. Funny places these airports are…of chance meetings with old friends...

Newark International Airport
 

And the Award goes to....

This post comes very late...very very very late...and my apologies to Tanu that I have taken eternity to post this over here. Have never received any major awards for writing in school hence this comes as a special one. Tanu has honoured me with a blog award and I am very proud to accept it :-). So thank you dear Tanu very very much.

This award has some rules. I shall try to follow it at my very best and here is how it goes:


These are the rules of the Liebster Award:
  • When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (make sure you tell them you nominated them!) and ask them 11 questions.
  • You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you!
  • Make sure the blogs you choose have 200 or less followers.

11 Random facts about me:
  1. If you could be something/someone for a day, what/who would you be? No one in particular. Really blank at this one.
  2. Your favourite dish. Not cuisine. Bhindi :-)
  3. What is your biggest phobia? Mountain heights
  4. Which season are you? Spring :-)
  5. What is your favourite TV Show Moment? That moment on TV that inspired you/blew you away/made you sob/made it memorable? I love watching Big Bang Theory and feel just great for the geeky ones. These are the ones, who in school are not really cool but mates wanted to be friends just for their notes. 
  6. One embarrassing thing you did as a kid/teenager? ate mud...yeah..even got shots for that one!!!
  7. If you could choose a decade from the following to live in, which one would it be and why? – 20s, 40s, 60s, 2k? 2K  :-)
  8. Tell us your most unusual, unique travel story? Munish, myself and another couple went to Kashid, Alibaug. Hop, skip and jumping literally. From Andheri to Ferry Wharf by a local train. Then a local ferry with goats and fish and villagers to Revas. Then a tempo (read tum tum) to Mandwa. Then a Lal dabba (ST bus) to Kashid finally :-). Best travel to destination ever. And all of this on a whim and no plans at all.
  9. What is the worst gift you have ever received? (I once received a 3-pack deodorant set!!) a key chain :-P
  10. Finish this sentence – “If I could pack my bags and go, I would travel to……….” Nubra Valley, Ladakh :-)
  11. What are the 5 things in your handbag right now? Keys, datacard, Pen, some money and a pic of my parents.
And here are my list of questions..C'mon be a sport and don't be a lazy drone that I was...:-P

  1. Describe yourself in one sentence.
  2. Your favourite colour. 
  3. What is your biggest phobia?
  4. Which season are you?
  5. What is your favourite song? The one which you could always go back to and makes you feel good?
  6. One embarrassing thing you did as a kid/teenager?
  7. Where would you rather be...if not here?
  8. Tell us your most unusual, unique travel story?
  9. What is your best gift you ever received?
  10. Finish this sentence – “If I could pack my bags and go, I would travel to……….”
  11. And what is your favourite word? (In English)..it has to be one word...

And here it goes (Well - 11 other blogs are not my favourite..but well these are :-))...the blogs I nominate are:
  • Anita Menon Love her blog and the multiple things she blogs about. A story, a vacation, a recipe...enjoying reading it a lot.. 
  • Aditya Sanyal a very techy blog... love his writing..but just feel he should write more...
  • Sarika Chowdhery a budding artist. She puts of paints and pictures... and very good ones at that...
  • Monu Reikhi lovely style of writing..majorly poems...sometimes I don't understand...but kudos to her...
  • Beyond few words Love his writings...his photographs along with the one liners..too much depth...

And here's to all of you...Cheers!!!!