Mumbai Pre-cog: How does one preceive a place before one has visited? Darkened alley with a young bright eyed sari clad woman staring at me, Steve McCurry photo like?

January 6th, 2014, 7am

Or from the google search thrown images: sterile bright blue skyline, quite gleaming high rises and wide avenues.

The reality: Flying in low over dozens then hundreds and then thousands of what look like sheds. Other areas are hilly, which I hadn’t imagined and houses cover them. The airport is efficient and I am in a taxi in 20 or 30min. Surely it can’t always be thus? A new airport to open in 5 days the driver assures me. Wide highways and then classically chaotic roads, jumbles of motorized rickshaws, vans, buses and cars. The air is warm, the air con cold. People everywhere. Lights. Action. Eat. Stroll. It is 11pm on Sunday, we drive along a curve of a beach referred to as a necklace because of how the illuminating lights are viewed from above. The next morning the short walk to the office is along uneven but human scale side walks. Indeterminate smells - some nauseating and some pleasant. More people. Security guards, office workers, taxi drivers, and even, one inside the building, a lift operator.

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Peter Morgan

Lots of travel, still trying to capture the moments with photos, every so often inspired to take the roughly written notes and put them on air.

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