I saw quite a few Neels in India (and Dhamakas too). There was Neel
the boat, Neel the chemists and Neel the truck. I thought it might
just be an Indian name (which it is, I think, Google has thrown some
up), but Wiki tells me that it really means ten trillion. That may
explain why the Neel here is followed up by Laxmi (goddess of
wealth). Or not.
The gateway was built in 1924 to commemorate a visit by George V and
Queen Mary. In 1948, the last of the British Troops to leave India
departed through the gateway. We took a boat from the gateway to
Elephanta Island to see the cave-temples.
We stayed here for our last night in India, very posh. People kept
coming to the room to prepare the bed, bring fruit etc. You're not
even supposed to open toilet doors for yourself in this place.
Mumbai is a hot and smokey city. It has its own distinctive smell. A mixture of wood fire, incense and heavy pollution all hammered in by the heat and the dust. There are people everywhere -- like the rest of India, Mumbai has an overbrimming population. Shanty towns line the roadways, people carry out their washing, work and play as trucks and taxis continuously thunder past. There doesn't seem to be an inch of space that isn't home to someone.
Back in Leeds. I have a lot of pictures to sort through. Haven't
managed to get them all off the camera yet.