18 June 2017,
Day 0 still
All excited about the trip Sowmya and I checked into Jet Airways in Chennai and made our way to the lounge. Our flight was at 3.30pm and were joined by some of our friends , Siva and Usha.
We floated through the cumulus clouds lit by the bright sun making them translucent most of the way and the bounced through the decent into Mumbai We were scheduled to spend the evening with our niece Sandhya and her husband Karthick watching the finals of the Champions trophy while India clashed with Pakistan in the finals.
It was not meant to be ! India lost a couple of early wickets and the going was depressing. “Let’s go out” was the way out of this misery.
We then planned to do the #terroristroute circuit 😂. Our first stop was at the iconic Leopold cafe from 1871 ,usually the hangout of ‘firangis’ This cafe became a tourist must visit after the 26/11 terrorists who landed at the India gate found the restaurant and opened fire killing many people here.
We walked to the India gate and took some selfies against the beautiful facade of the Taj Mahal hotel which was the symbol of the country burning during the 26/11 attack on all TV channels. We also traced the infamous steps to the Oberoi Trident and the Marine drive what they refer to as the Queens necklace. The place was unusually quite because of the cricket match. We slept at 12 midnight to get up at 3.30 am to get to the airport to catch the Kenya airways flight at 6.30 am.