Mum bai startled me!!!

Pigeons in Mumbai

Yellow taxies, autos, cars, scooters bicycles flood the streets of Mumbai, it is rush hour everyday for 20% Mumbaikar to reach their destinations via road and rest rely on local trains. While the roads passes between constrained apartments, small houses and huts basically slums built of brick and shanties. This time I was one among them on the road of India’s entertainment capital and to my strangeness I didn’t get sight of any massive cut-outs of Shahrukh Khan or Sachin Tendlukar the entire stretch of NH8 Borivali (E) to Nariman Point, but lots of Ek Duje Ke Liye couples in scorching heat around Beaches 😉

Mumbai was inviting nonetheless as I was going to meet an old time friend of mine, Santosh & me have been online friends for over a 10 years now. Yup we haven’t met eachother face to face but have built our friendship on basis of internet & ph calls. Meeting him was my priority of this visit along with my other business agenda.

Santosh has same condition as mine (SMA Type II) and highly ambitious person., he is an independent stock market consultant and makes his living managing his clients finances & investments. Meeting him was a different experience as I really came in reflection on how I used to stay home alone 8yrs back and do my daily businesses, today Santosh stays home 8hrs all by himself while his folks, sister go off to their work routines. He changed me on “perseverance and hardworking matters to lead fruitful life”.  He is also a founding member of Wills on Wheels (WOW) non-profit organization that  enables people on wheels in Mumbai. What’s amazing is the mission to enable people on wheelchair are by people who live life in wheelchairs 🙂

And we both are buddies for long time now apart from our differences of likes, views as we both have a take on everything around us 😉 Right Santa?

My trip to go around Powai and to visit Gateway of India was organized by Prasad Phanasgaonkar who runs Samarthatravels an wheelchair accessible taxi service in Mumbai, made our lives easy J Great driver’s who were trained to handle and assist wheelchair clients. http://www.samarthatravels.com/ Awesome service @Prasad, thank you so much.

While we the gang partied late nights,  poor folks of mine had to put up with me, Mumbai traffic and the burning heat so I treated them for Lunch Buffet at THE TAJ 😉  they enjoyed the experience of history and pride of Taj. oh yeah it did burn my pocket a little for the extravaganza 😉

Taj Mahal Mumbai

Taj Mahal Mumbai

Front of Gateway of India

Front of Gateway of India

Santosh, Sneha & Me

Santosh, Sneha & Me

Lunch with folks at The Taj, Mumbai

Lunch with folks at The Taj, Mumbai

Accessible Vehicle by Samartha Travels, Mumbai

Accessible Vehicle by Samartha Travels, Mumbai

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2 thoughts on “Mum bai startled me!!!

  1. SanStorm says:

    i couldnt actually believe you meeting me.. then it happened finally.. i dnt know how much i changed u but you have inspired many of us by way of ur life.. Yea the friendship all began in orkut and it was connected instantly.. still many more moments to go.. i can never forget the 1st differently abled person i added in social website is the 1st differently abled person ever coming to meet me from outside Mumbai on high priority.. thank you so much.. it means a lot..!!

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