Mathematically, the shortest and most efficient distance between A and B is a straight line.
Leisure-wise, the longer, quirkier, and more circuitous the line, especially if it happens to go through some interesting places, is the most fun. Like this round-trip... starting and ending at the same place, the Gateway of India... but going in a large, crazy circle around Mumbai Harbour. In a brand-new, state-of-the-art, racing-grade French sailboat.
Some photos follow.
It begins with the Gateway
And it's riotous carnival atmosphere
From where the intrepid sailors step forth.
Every class of technology coexists from this -
to this. (Mukesbhai ni navi navdi it is)
Our ride - the Storm Rider, a 25-foot Beneteau sailboat
we outboard out of the crazy floating traffic jam
and it's time to race the wind!
easily outpacing our competition,
we glide, whisper-silent, over the arabian sea
relaxing in the sun
under the able guidance of Abhishek, our captain
and taking control of the boat.
we also learnt a bit about how modern sailing happens by watching R almost get whacked into the sea with the boom.
Ropes - the most critical part of the boat
then, as the evening wore on,
the sun dipped,
and the sky softened into evening colors
it was time to head home
back to the shore...
winding up with a Kasab's-eye-view of Mumbai.