It was a busy hectic week which had finally land up in leisure and for us people staying in Lalbaug-Parel it’s an oblivious place- High Street Phoenix. It was a Saturday eve with our boys who wanted to have a burger treat which was none other than at MacDonald’s. It was quite rush (obliviously being weekend) and after a good discussion boys finally given an order. Suddenly a large group exited and we found a place to seat & that’s where I got nostalgic. Those were the corner seats exactly below the huge phoenix chimney.
Chimney……an icon of workmanship, labor and their power. But suddenly one strike has taken over everything of it. And now it’s just a remaining of that defeated deal of mighty mill worker.
Me….Lucky or unlucky, one of those who is still watching this tragic transformation. Way back in early 80’s I had seen loads of mill workers passing through narrow lanes of sun mill approaching western railway lower parel station and now I can see a traffic with luxury cars coming out from phoenix .
Coming to my sons, on that day I had told them about how this mall is transformed from a mill and the function of that iconic chimney and the boilers where ones the cloth was manufactured on hi speed noisy looms. Else they have misunderstood the chimney as some decorative structure built by Macdy’s.
We (me & Wife) both are from mill worker family, so for us this kind of leisure is the rarest thing at our age. So we almost avoid this place to spend time as somewhere down there we still feel that defeat.
We can’t celebrate on tombstone.
Any way I had done my duty being a father to make my children understand this transformation and let them know how their great grandfather had worked with British & Anglo Indian officers made these mills and their grandfather made this Mumbai from their sweat.