India 2014: Juhu Mornings

“Juhu beach is located 18 kilometres north of the city centre on the shores of Arabian sea stretches for six kilometres right up to Versova. It is a popular tourist attraction throughout the year and is also a sought after destination for shooting films. The beach generally gets more crowded on weekends with families and courting couples. The food court at its main entrance is famous for its ‘Mumbai style’ street food, notably Bhel puri, Pani Puri and Shev puri. Horse pulled carriages offer joyrides to tourists for a small fee while acrobats, dancing monkeys, cricket matches, toy sellers vie for tourist’s attention. The beach is among the most popular sites in the city for the annual Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations where thousands of devotees arrive in grand processions, carrying idols of the Lord Ganesh of various sizes, to be immersed in the water at the beach, and unfortunately, beach become very dirty. Juhu Beach is also a popular spot for plane spotting as it is right underneath a departure flight path for Mumbai Airport” ~ Wikipedia

Let me ask you: what is it like to be on Juhu Beach in the morning? Not sure… I’ll show you.

The inserted photo was taken at 08:04 on a Tuesday morning, and no it was not a holiday as far as I know. The plane above was coming into land (not departure as suggested by Wiki). Old, young, couples, singles and groups are seen taking brisk walks. Others sit on the sand and ponder what the day may bring, gossip or chant silent prayers. The beach may not be clean but it’s beautiful.

One thing that I’ve noticed in India on the beaches is that the dogs are very territorial. A pack of say four to six occupy a stretch of beach day in and day out. One or two are “posted” as lookouts while the others go about their business. If a foreign dog is seen approaching along the sand, then the lookout barks and the pack gathers. They don’t attack but bark on the edge of their territory and edge slowly towards the intruder. It is fun to watch because the intruder usually stands his ground for a while and a “barking match” ensues. The intruder always leaves when no quarter is given.



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