"I’m a born-and-raised Bombay girl currently in a love-hate relationship with this crazy megapolis. I love its energy and vibe, that it seems like almost anything is possible here, especially the impossible, and yet I hate that it is always so fast-paced, is a magnet for hustlers and can be a cut-throat place if you’re not careful.
Taking people on tours of this #BelovedBadassBombay of mine as a walk leader for No Footprints gives me great pleasure, because it gives me the opportunity to share stories of the city I grew up in. As a journalist for over 20 years, I sometimes feel I’m bursting with so much information and so many insights I’ve been privy to as part of my job. That’s why I guess it feels good to receive intelligent questions directed at me from guests who put me on the spot with their curiosity about more than just dates and history and old legends.
And I especially adore the guests who are already quite well-versed with the fabric of India’s socio-cultural tapestry, which is where I get to do a lot of learning as well, and see my city and country from their perspective. One such guest I recall fondly is Gabrielle Harris, an artist and retired art teacher from the UK with whom I bonded so well that we still regularly keep in touch. She, like me, also lives in a big house with a bunch of animals not too far from the main city, in her case that city is London, and in mine, well, Bombay. She is fiercely independent and loves to explore the world, especially India which she has been to several times mainly to spot Tigers in nature reserves. She’s had both hips replaced twice because she wore them out! I love her enthusiasm and her thirst to see and enjoy the wonders of the world, and find her immensely inspiring.
I am ever so lucky to get to meet fascinating people like this through my work with NFP and hope to continue doing so for a long time to come!" .
~ Simona Terron - Walk Leader with No Footprints
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