Rishi Majumder obsessively tracks down Mumbai's two-century old "milestones", a journey that has left him with some more wanderlust
Rishi Majumder / Santosh Mishra
Posted On Sunday, September 30, 2007 at 02:35:48 AM
- Saleem A. Ahmadullah, unanimously applauded by conservationists for locating, researching, documenting and spreading awareness on Mumbai's old milestones.
Inscription: "1 Mile From St Thomas's Church"
Location: Kalbadevi Road, in front of Navlakhi
Inscription: "3 Miles From St Thomas's Cathedral"
Location: August Kranti Marg, in front of Central Bank, Gowalia Tank Branch
Date: After 1837
Inscription: "III Miles From St Thomas's Church"
Location: Javji Dadaji Marg, opposite Bhatia Hospital
This milestone is caught at history's final crossroad. With only the "III" of its inscription showing, it should attain extinction if unheeded for a few more years. Embedded next to one of the older Kaamat restaurants, the manager of the same comments: "Maine socha, 'kuch to hai', par itna puraana hoga, ye nahin socha." We stand around with him, peering inquisitively at the remnant. A thin crowd from a Ganpati procession stands around, peering inquisitively at us.
Inscription: "IV Miles From St Thomas's Church"
Location: At the junction of N M Joshi Marg (Deslile Road), Sane Guruji Marg (Arthur Road) and the Chinchpokli Bridge
Inscription: "VI Miles From St Thomas's Church"
Location: Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marg, opposite Chitra Cinema.
Slanting at a 15 degree angle, this could well be re-dubbed the leaning tower of our heritage, except that our indifference might soon leave it with nothing to lean on. This is sad since it shows the whole of its inscription, which is more likely to be toppled, than sunk. In its backdrop is an Air Tel showroom, whose occupants are as unaware of its existence as thousands of daily passers by, some using the stone as support for a brisk shoe lace tie up.
Inscription: "VIII Miles From St Thomas's Church"
Location: Scheme No. 6 Road No. 30, infront of Karnataka Bank, Sion (E) Branch
(With additional inputs by Santosh Mishra)