Sunrise to sunset

Back in the land of the seeing, I’m so happy that I missed the news cycle, full of the elections in Myanmar and Bihar. It gives me a quieter state of mind in which to enjoy the sunrises and sunsets in my neighbourhood. I stretched the definition of sunrise a little when I went off for a walk by the harbour in the morning.

Coffee in hand, I stared at the incredible changes in the harbour. In the two weeks since I’d last walked there, the harbour has filled with boats. Sails furled, these Lightning class boats are ready to make the best of Mumbai’s sailing season. I watched one unfurl its sail and slip off into deeper waters. The air was warming, and a haze of vapour lay over the harbour, but I liked the glint of the sun on the sea. It is sailing season again for the next five months or so.

A small number of professional photographers cluster around the Gateway and the Taj hotel, hoping to find a tourist or two who wants a photo taken. This was never a lucrative profession, but times are harder now. I was wondering whether the lockdown was the last blow to the few left here, but they are back. As the long and hard epidemic begins to wind down, at least for now, more people are back. Almost everyone has a mask, although many continue to use it as a chin guard.

The morning brought back an old familiar, the moth Cydalima laticostalis. Its diaphanous wings with the golden line on its leading edge, the white body partly visible, first made me take up moth identification. Progress has been slow, but steady. This species makes its appearance towards Diwali, as the weather cools. This was my first sighting of the year.

Nights have been cool, but the day was hot today. As I came over the sea link around sunset, the inner bay was heavy with a damp mist. Two young men had parked their motorbikes on the verge and were busy taking photos of the skyline of Parel rising through the mist. It was a lovely sight, and a nice end to a lovely day, meeting family for lunch. It was our first gathering after February. In several conversations during the day, people talked about how much they enjoyed the change in work habits forced on them by the epidemic, how they gained hours of time from not being bogged down in traffic, and not having useless meetings. There is a definite shift in attitudes towards working from home. Individuals and corporations are in agreement here. The latter are happy to stop spending on office space. Perhaps, in the future, people may not have to move into cities like Mumbai any more. There are so many possibilities that branch out from here! Perhaps the sun is really setting on these unfinished high rises in south Mumbai.

Author: I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.

17 thoughts on “Sunrise to sunset”

  1. If the crowds moved away, that would be very hard on the business and real estate right? But a bit better maybe for the people who settled in these metros which are already bursting at the seams.

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  2. This WFH arrangement really makes me wonder about the relevance of office buildings in the future. We may still need them for several occasions, meetings or events. However, this pandemic brings us into a realization that a lot of things can be done remotely, which in many cases are more efficient than having to work on them at the office. Maybe, in the future people from smaller cities don’t even have to leave their hometowns to work in metropolises.

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  3. Love the capture of the city through the slants (part of the bridge??). Looks to be a lovely neighborhood but I agree, sadly, cities may suffer as people learn that working from home has its advantages and companies cut back on office space.

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  4. Coffee in hand, staring at the harbour – Am I jealous!
    Hope the future of work will be changed for the good. While WFH is good for several reasons, it does have its cons too. One of those being the human-to-human connections with your colleagues and those relationships you build beyond work, something that often keeps you from changing your place of work. Human beings are social animals afterall. Though the cut down of office buildings and things like that is a good one. I think a good balance would work. Like going to office in batches maybe twice a week.

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      1. That’ll be good, the getting to meet and catch up with colleagues part. But social distancing will be quite certainly compromised. The future might have a self testing kit even with the vaccine and maybe people will self test before meeting this way 😀

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