Kadama 52: A morning with Mahatma Gandhi

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
Trip End Dec 01, 2012

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Sunday morning I spent time at the home of one of the most motivational and inspirational human beings of all mankind - Mahatma Gandhi. This experience is high up on the list of amazing moments in my life. To be able to walk on the same floors and be in the same house as Gandhiji is just mind blowing to me.

I toured through the museum looking at photos snapped throughout his lifetime, inspirational quotes, documents, and clay figures depicting moments in history. The Mani Bhavan is a where he lived and conversed with his colleagues and cherished ideals of Truth and Non-violence. On January 4, 1932, Gandhiji was arrested on the terrace of Mani Bhavan (the same terrace in which I stood on and Ganhiji used to sleep and hold his prayers on).

While being in his house, I felt a great sense of happiness and pride flow throughout my body that caused a smile to show on my face. The energy of the entire house was very positive and motivational. It was as if he was there with us, taking me on a personal tour through history.

Following Mani Bhavan, we stopped at the Bangaga Water Tank in Malabar Hill.  A little history about the tank is provided below:

"The Tank was built in the 1127 AD, by Lakshman
Prabhu, a minister in the court of Silhara dynasty kings in Thane.The
tank was rebuilt in 1715 AD, out of a donation for the Walkeshwar temple
by Rama Kamath. The main temple has been reconstructed since then and
is at present a reinforced concrete structure of recent construction.According
to local legend, it sprang forth when the Hindu god Ram, the exiled
hero of the epic Ramayana, stopped at the spot five thousand years ago
in search of his kidnapped wife Sita.
As the legend goes, overcome
with fatigue and thirst, Rama asked his brother Laxman to bring him some
water. Laxman instantly shot an arrow into the ground, and water gushed
forth from the ground, creating a tributary of the Ganges, which flows
over a thousand miles away, hence its name, Banganga, the 'Ganga'
created out on a 'Baan' (Arrow).

Walking back up the hill from the water tank, I noticed a truck driving through the narrow streets shooting out white smoke. I was worried because my first thought was tear gas - do not ask me why, it was simply my first instinct. Diia said that it was mosquito repellent, AKA pesticides and she shoved us into a small hallway. Covering my face and nose, I was able to snap a photo before it became unbearable. It blows my mind that the government has chose to fill towns with this poisonous gas. Meanwhile, there are carts of vegetables and fruits for sale, now covered in pesticides. Oh what an experience.

Around noon, Gabe, Shannon and Nina left for Kerala which resulted in Diia, Savannah, Emmy and I having a few extra hours to explore. We drove past the Victoria Terminus (also featured in Slumdog Millionaire) and stopped for a quick photo. This is the most impressive Victorian Gothic architecture in India. It is the headquarters of over 1,000 trains and two million passengers per day. In 2004 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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