Saturday, 20 February 2016

For a fantastico drive in aamchi Mumbai

Mumbai has its charm when it comes to driving a car.Even though it is a crowded city yet it offers plenty of places where you enjoy going for a drive.
As I drive towards Chaupati driving through Marine Drive I hear the  peppy musical lyrics of the talented and versatile Kishore Kumar's Song Mannu Bhai Motor Chali Pum Pum Pum. It is playing from a neighboring old style Mumbai taxi. The lyrics go like this

Manu Bhai Motar Chale Pam Pam Pam  
Chopati Jayenge Na Bhel Puri Khayenge 
Chopati Jayenge Na Bhel Puri Khayenge 
Achi Achi Surto Se Najre Ladayenge 
Halla Machayenge Gulla MachayengeBand Baja Bajega Dhum Dhum Dhum
 
In essence the fun filled song reflects the importance of Chaupati and better still the whole of Marine Drive in the life of those traveling this stretch for on this stretch of the road I have seen some of the most elegant and beautiful cars that one gets to see in Mumbai.


Driving along Marine Drive is a pleasurable experience. The 4.3 K.M stretch  of road or boulevard in South Mumbai in the city of Bombay offers a fantastico view of the ocean .It is a six lane concrete road along the coast in the form of the letter “C”
This road runs along the coast which happens to be a natural bay. This road links Nariman Point to
Marine Drive is a 4.3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai in the city of Mumbai. The road links Nariman Point to the Babulnath Road and the famous and posh Malabar Hill. Marine Drive is situated over reclaimed land facing west-south-west. A promenade lies parallel to this road. Marine Drive is also known as the Queen's Necklace because, when the night falls and the lights are switched on this beautiful road when viewed at night from an elevated point appears like a string of pearls in a necklace.Navigation along this stretch of Mumbai is a favorite passion for a number of people and the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai announced that the entire road would be resurfaced.
This was done 72 years after it was originally laid. In the official records the name of this road is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road. This beautiful promenade is lined with palm trees. On one end that is the north end of the Marine Drive is the famous Chowpatty Beach, It is iconic and so is the bhel Puri sold here at various stalls and restaurants. Walkeshwar the wealthy neighborhood of Mumbai lies further down the road and is also the location of the home of the Governor of Maharashtra.
However for me what is most important is the view that this road offers and the experience of that sea breeze running through my hair when I drive past this stretch.


 This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.  

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