Friday, March 30, 2007

Back to Bombay

An uneventful flight (Indigo, 6E401), which left early and arrived early, into Bombay today. I am enjoying this increased use of the alternative runway, which affords different views of the beloved metropolis. While the approach on Rwy 32 gives a great view of the port at Nhava Sheva across the Thane Creek, and then the nuclear power station at Trombay, today we landed from the other side, Rwy 14, descending over the Arabian Sea, crossing Manori Creek and the surrounding mangrove swamps, then Versova Beach and the skyscrapers at Lokhandwala, Gilbert Hill(a fantastic example of a basaltic plug, with beautiful columnar jointing), the crowded environs of Andheri railway station, then over the Western Express Highway just before touchdown. [I wonder if a full loaded 777 can take-off in this heat from 14-32? I have a feeling the international longhauls tend to use 9-27. Guess I'll find out Tuesday night :)]

A few days ahead of catching up with friends, and trying to stay cool. The mercury is scaling torturous heights. There were three straight days of 40C+ (104F+) temps in Baroda this week, and even Bombay reached 40C on Wednesday it seems. In March. I cannot recall a 40C day in Bombay, and certianly not this early!

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