As a child I had seen an old movie in which the main couple sing a song in a garden and slide in a large shoe shaped slide. I thought how fascinating would it be to go up that shoe and slide down. All I knew was that this garden is in Bombay (now Mumbai).
When I came here, I enquired about this ‘shoe’ garden. V promptly corrected me that it is called ‘Hanging Garden’. It is a landmark too.
Wow ! How wonderful to have a shoe slide in a hanging garden ! Slide with a swing ?? I was excited no end.
But when I happened to visit it, I was so very upset.
First, Hanging Garden is not hanging from anywhere. 🙁
Perched at the top of Malabar Hill on its western side, this garden is actually a terraced garden sprawling on the slope of the hill. Perhaps this is the reason of its being named as the Hanging Gardens.
Second, unlike in the movie, the slide was very crowded with children and I saw a bleak chance to fight my way to go up. I had to come to terms that I was no more a child.
Today when I tried to recollect, I don’t remember anything about that movie except that shoe ! I am definitely growing old.
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