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 😉