We didn’t realize that we slept for two hours after our morning coffee. We were tired of the long journey, and the relaxing and peaceful environment of the hotel made us have a sound sleep. Well,
we did lost some time, but were feeling very rejuvenated. We chuckled over the fact that we wouldn’t have been able to rest at this point of time if our families were here (I know, many of you
would agree with me).
We ordered our breakfast in the room, and meanwhile, planned the sites that we could visit that day. Keeping in mind the distances and time required, we chose our first destination to be the Bombay stock exchange.
Our breakfast arrived in a while, and we gobbled it. We then called our cab, and started towards our first destination of the day. We reached there in a while Bombay Stock Exchange, or BSE as it
is commonly called as, is an outstanding illustration of contemporary architecture in Mumbai. To get a feeling of being in the financial capital of the city, one must visit the BSE, sited at
Dalal Street. The current building of BSE, which is the oldest stock exchange of Asia, was built in the late 1970s and
today also, it is the biggest in the whole world with 4700 listed companies.
A metal idol of a ravishing bull is installed in front of the building that instantly attracted our attention, and signifies the positive sentiments and the competitive spirit of the market. In a way, it was similar to the Charging Bull of Wall Street in New York.
There were large groups of people /brokers who were standing outside the building of BSE, who were anxiously following the market updates on the electronic screen.
As the place is a hub of financial activities, the security was specially taken care of. The place is a high security zone. To guard the 28 floor of BSE, numerous security personnel are appointed. Every person, who was entering the building was required to click a photo at the entrance, and then an instant ID was made, which was used as a gate pass.