Nik and I decided we would get a little exercise, and so decided to take a walk along Marine Drive. The place is a pretty fascinating microcosm of Bombay culture, where all kinds of people hang out, stroll, canoodle, sell wares or services, and generally enjoy the sea breeze and ever so slightly less air pollution closer to the water. Almost all of the area is built on landfill, which is true to say of much of this southern part of the city. Mumbai used to be 7 separate islands that were filled in over the years, mostly by the British. The quality of much of the architecture along the drive is pretty spectacular, and even if many of the buildings are crumbling or in a state of disrepair, they maintain a majestic presence.
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