A Journey to Jerusalem by Parumala Thirumeni
This is how he draws a wordy picture of the port of Bombay:
We never saw such a big and beautiful city anywhere else during
out journey. The Bombay harbour has prime importance in the whole India.
As the city projects into the sea, lit is surrounded on three sides by
the sea. Ships can enter the bay, which is very deep, any time. The bay
is divided into different segments, so that ships could be anchored in
each of these segments, near the coast and safe from tempests raging in
the sea. Each of these segments is protected by strong bunds. On both
bunds there are roads wide enough for vehicles to ply. Ships can enter
the bay through rivers, land there are iron bridges across the rivers.
These bridges could be lifted by machines when ships enter or leave the
bay. Ships lie so close to the coast that it is possible to get into
them with the help of a ladder. Sometimes one could get into the ships
without a ladder, with just a plank. When the ships are loaded with
cargo and lie mostly submerged in the sea, the deck and the coast will
be on the same level, and then it is possible to enter them without the
help of ladder or a plank.
The Railway Station Bombay and the high-rise buildings there
kindled the curiosity land imagination of the author.
Here is a specimen from one of the beautiful descriptions about
The entire city is full of high-rise buildings. Single storey
houses are usually not seen except in the villages outside the city.
Most of the houses are 4,5 or 6 storeyed ones. Some have seven storeys.,
Construction of the buildings is usually done with granite stones.
Almost all houses have verandahs for each floor. Such verandahs have
parapets made of iron and are decoratively printed. Roods of buildings
are done with sandstone. The people of our region who have not seen such
big buildings, and decorative works, may be very much interested in
looking at them,. Almost all buildings have on top of them conical
pillars parapet towers or obeautifully painted flowers or crosses. The
beauty of such buildings standing in rows like this cannot simply be
I think no other literary work except this travelogue makes a mention of trams on iron rails being drawn by two or three horses. Parumala Thirumeni who spent a few days in Bombay, leads the reader through the nooks and corners of the city.
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