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Mumbai - Bangalore (I)

posted 24 Nov 2011, 01:56 by Sudeep Jaiswal   [ updated 21 Dec 2011, 21:44 ]
Author: Suparas Singhi

The financial capital of the country, city of dreams, glamour, success, speed, place where life never stops, the place that has place for everyone be it TATA or Reliance or be it a Slum dog Millionaire. The city where population is increasing day by day (Family Planning Authority need not worry, it’s not because of excessive production) because of migrants.

The one of the worlds most complicated Sub-Urban Railway Network, carries millions of people to and fro daily. Dabbawala’s, who caters the food to the Mumbaikers, is a great example of managing inefficient infrastructure to the fullest with best possible methods. At present, India is a growing financial super power (why not when country has scams & scandals of billions and billions), whose engine are not running to its maximum capacity (Don’t be happy), just imagine if manages to run with 100% efficiency, no bullshit country will dare to stand against my INDIA, our INDIA.

Let support people like Anna Hajare, Baba Ramdev and many more to fight against bloody corruption and also force the government to take stringent action against the @$#% corrupt leaders.

Enough of serious talk/discussion lets move on to today’s agenda “Mumbai & Bangalore…”

Mumbai is built on what was once an archipelago of seven islands: Bombay Island, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, Colaba, Worli, and Little Colaba (Source: Wikipedia).

You might be wondering why I am sharing this with you all, when it is already available on World Wide Web. Let me answer your query, I am not going to share anything that happens to be on net. The following post will be the first of its kind on World Wide Web.

On 20 April 2011, at 1325 hrs, I was on flight GA 203 (GO AIR) on my way to Bangalore for the purpose of Risk Audit of one of the Tile Manufacturing Factory located at Hoskote. The name sound bit odd but yes that was the location for which I was flying to.

After the flight was air borne heading north (not to worry Bangalore is still in south) and in few minutes (at approx 3 Km height /altitude) the pilot took a U turn to head south. That turn made the Air Vessel (Plane) move in south direction, parallel to the seacoast of Mumbai…I was flying parallel to the Mumbai and witnessed the most awesome view of Mumbai and that very moment I fell in love with REAL MUMBAI. I could easily spot the Bandra Worli Sea Link, Marine Drive, and Gateway of India, also spotted one more sea link under construction, boats/vessels moving in the Indian Ocean leaving their trail.

Staring out of the window like a child who was enchanted by miniature beauty in his maiden/inaugural flight. The co passenger (lady in late 40’s) got curious and wanted to peek in but no success. I was hypnotised by the Mumbai Charisma/Magnetism. I was spell bound by the beauty of Mumbai. The view of staring at the tip of Mumbai (Island City) enchants me. This hypnotism came to an end when we lost the sight of Mumbai at the Horizon.
I woke up (Nearly after 45 mins) and saw Ocean at far distance. I was at the window seat (3 A) which was LHS of the Plane and Ocean too logically was on LHS. How is it possible, to have a Sea/Ocean on your LHS when you are travelling South and you know that you that you are not Superman, but Supuman with specs. Your eyes can not dare to see Bay of Bengal…man this was weird…

I kept on questioning how is it possible that I witness/observe a water body large enough to reflect the image of the cloud, crystal clear at an altitude of 32000 ft. approx 11Km to my naked eyes. One thing was for sure that, I was still Supuman not superman, so it can’t be Bay of Bengal. Secondly I applied basic physics and came to a conclusion that, the phenomena that I witnessed was actually a “MIRAGE”.

The layer of atmosphere gets thinner and thinner, at the same time temperature decreases (Cold Air is denser than Warm air) as result the sun rays might have crossed critical angle resulting in Total internal Refraction. This is what I think might be the reason for such development.

But still have a doubt; does “MIRAGE” occur at the altitude? Anyways will Google it whenever I get some free time.

Laptop screen is flickering too much and not able to type, so I am leaving this post in the mid way…will be completing the remaining part of Journey in the next post Mumbai – Bangalore (II).