dancing beneath the diamond sky

And we'll dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free Silhouetted by the sea Circled by the circus sands With all memory & fate Driven deep beneath the waves Let me forget about today until tomorrow... Hey Mr Tambourine Man play a song for me...

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

1 Rava Dosai + 1 Business Plan: All in a Day's Work

Remember I was talking about going to Udipi Palace and feeling like an idiot because I wanted to eat *everything* on the menu ? Anyways, that day after the onion-rava-dosai we were just wandering about the city with no particular agenda when we thought...hey, its been a while since we grabbed some skyline action.

It struck me - the only time I actually look at the New York skyline is when I'm showing visitors around which is a pity, considering that it is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful man-made sights on this planet. What is amazing about the New York skyline is the number of different ways you can see it, the fact that it looks different from every view, and is always breathtaking. Here's a list of my favourite ways to see the silhouette of our amazing city glittering against the night sky.

1) Hop off the subway at Brooklyn Bridge, walk halfway across the bridge towards Queens. When you're halfway across, stop and turn and look at Manhattan. And just stare.

2) Take the 7 train going towards Queens, hop off at Vernon-Jackson Boulevard, and head straight for the pier jutting out into the river. The whole city is spread out in front of you in a brilliant panorama. It feels like you're in an IMAX theatre, except you're not.

3) Take the last ferry out to Staten Island. As the boat chugs away from Manhattan, the entire city comes into view slowly. That, and the water lapping gently at the boat, and the breeze in your hair.

4) Take the 7 train back from Queens into Manhattan. Somewhere close to the point where the subway track does that roller-coasterish bend, you catch a fleeting glimpse of the skyline, in between all the buildings. Its all the more fascinating because it lasts only for a fraction of a second.

5) The best thing about all these options is that they're free ! However, for anyone who insists on paying for the view, taking the elevator upto the top of the Empire State is always something you need to do atleast once while in New York. The view from the top - at night - is entrancing ; just make sure you dont get blown off by the wind !!!

So here's where the business plan comes into the picture - me and Sujata were wondering: is there a market for a tour that takes visitors around New York City and just shows them the skyline from a bunch of different places ? If anyone has any thoughts on that, let me know. After all, when you're in a PhD program, keeping alternative career options in the pipeline is always a smart thing to do. :)


At 5:02 PM, Blogger Mindmentor said...

50-50 Partnership?
We shd publish something like :New York from a PIGS point of view. Where PIGS: Poor Indian Graduate Student.
But Divz, we'd cater to the crowd we run away from in Times Square :)

At 7:17 AM, Blogger Deepa said...

How long would it take and how much would you charge ?!! I'll take you up on it in November, Thanksgiving weekend maybe........

At 7:56 AM, Blogger Divz said...

Oh, didnt I mention ? The tour is free for all the people who read my blog :D !!!

At 11:21 PM, Blogger ioiio said...

hey divz who is this mind mentor?


At 7:18 AM, Blogger Mindmentor said...

Its me Sujata. No thanks, stop your comments RIGHT THERE.

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