travellerTourism in Melbourne — The penguins and the close encounters with wild life sounds interesting. But wine tasting, I think Europe would be a better destination for it. Shopping therapy, well I am not a shopaholic, romantic dinners mine are of the solitary kinds. Balloon ride – that promises a possibility. Fruit picking that was my grandmother’s way of punishing us for civil disobedience during holidays. Coffee-culture well I am part of coffee-holic anonymous.

melbourneThe people of Australia Bill Bryson tell me, are immensely likable – cheerful extrovert quick witted and unfailingly obliging. Their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water. They have a society that is prosperous well ordered and instinctively egalitarian. The food is excellent, he says, the beer is cold. The sun nearly always shines. There is coffee on every corner. Life definitely cannot get better than this.

Particularly Melbourne, the capital and most populous city (  in the state of Victoria. It is cosmopolitan, elegant, and chic. Melbourne apparently has a passionate soul and welcoming heart. With thrilling world class events and renowned architecture, to cafe-lined streetscapes and verdant parklands the dream vendor’s promise there is something to discover in Melbourne.

Australians claim Melbourne is an international cultural centre. And is the UNESCO city of literature, second after Edinburgh. International festivals in art, comedy and films.

What is my reason for falling in love with Melbourne, the most livable city in the world?


For my friend I am not in love with the city, not even infatuated like I am with Istanbul yes, flirt once in a while yes.

Essentially because I am not born there.

When you are born – what you are born into, the place, the history of the place, how the history mates with your own – stamps that you are, no matter what the pundits of globalisation have to say, your hometown is a part of you. My hometown, a place where your business aired to the public and often before the newspaper or even you ever got a hold of it. A place where a facade is an art, yet I belong there. Once I leave there it is never the same again because I cannot be the same once I leave behind who and what I am I cannot be the same.

Going from India anywhere would be emigrating, and emigration tears people apart. They learn about high points and personal disasters through letters and phone calls, even though it is email and Skype, closer contact is impossible. it is as if they have landed in another planet breathing is difficult in the spacesuits they don’t dare take off for the fear there won’t be enough air in the new atmosphere. Their chests rise and fall with difficulty. Their lungs hurt. The voices of the other settlers croak through the microphone in their helmets.

melbourneIn a way it fun to migrate, you can say you have two homes, like when we leave our hometown and/or parents and then establish life elsewhere like I have in Goa, I say I’m going home when I return to see old friends or parents, but then I go as well when I go as well when I go to live where I live now.

Melbourne I shall visit you sometime, but stay, no thanks no offense meant, home is where my heart is.

Hi, just a query to all of you who read this What pops  your mind when i say Melbourne?

9 Replies to “Mahanagar-Melbourne.”

  1. Given a chance to visit Melbourne, I would absolutely make a run for Eureka Skydeck 88..Imagine the view of the city from such a great height of over 300 metres and while you are suspended in air in a glass box!
    This is an experience not to be missed and I hope I get a chance to visit Melbourne and go explore Eureka Skydeck 88 soon 🙂

  2. Interesting Post
    After reading your post and watching all the videos
    I feel I have stepped into a kaleidoscope called Melbourne
    Where Vistas of experiences would unfold one after another
    The nature lover in me is enticed by the thought of watching the penguin parade.
    Traveling though the great ocean road, soaking up the freshness as the breeze ruffles my hair gets me in the mood to pack my bags for Melbourne.
    But before I can move ,Puffing Billy whistles and invites me for a ride. The kid in me jumps with joy at the thought of visiting Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
    Even before I can deside on the list of places that I would like to see in and around Melbourne.
    What’s that noise that I hear ?
    Oh its loud cheer from MCG as the cricket world cup 2015 is about to kick start.
    So many plces to see and so much to do.
    I am thetimetraveler ( ) and I have decided … Melbourne here I come ( )

  3. Nice post. And pretty well explained. I absolutely loved the way you described the places in detail. Your post gives me a feeling that I’ve been there in Australia for myself. Of all, I would like to go and experience the hot air balloon ride. Would be an awesome experience, that too one, memorable for an entire lifetime.

    – Ranjith (

  4. Well, I’d love to go for rides on the different types of trams in the city. Yes, the city is indeed a haven for tram-lovers.
    The tram-rides will give me…
    1. A great leisurely ride through different environs within the city. I mean, there will be those crowded places where I’d be in the crowd and yet away from them… and will be able to observe habits and interactions and maybe even click a few candid shots from the comparative isolation of a tram.
    2. I’d be able to talk to people inside the tram and understand where each route would go to and if they wanted to share any interesting experiences during their tram rides. So getting local stories by talking will be what just might make my blog posts on trams simply more interesting.
    3. Opting for tram circuits will obviously take me to various other sites and places without getting unnecessarily exhausted… and without losing time making my way through crowded areas walking.

    Arvind Passey

  5. Great post! After watching all the videos, I’d most like to visit the Dandenong Ranges for it’s scenic beauty, breathtaking view and cool breeze blowing through my hair. 😛 I’d give anything away for driving through the winding roads which are present throughout the ranges. I’d love to stay at one of the bed and breakfast cottages and go on frequent excursions in the forests with my camera which provides excellent views. And not to forget the famous ride in the Puffing Billy, a day reserved especially for that. To add to that, there are also several picnic spots for me and my friends to spend a fun-filled day and the ranges are a perfect spot for hiking and cycling.


    Wish you and your blog a happy new year! :D

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