Working until late on Monday never quite dampened my wish of catching a glimpse of the first sunrise in 2013. At about 6am on January 1 when I boarded a local train to CST, the moon was glistening in the twilight sky with subtle splendour.
An hour passed as the train sped through multiple stations and pulled in at CST.
The streets of south Mumbai were deserted apart from a handful of newspaper vendors, milkmen and sweepers who went about their daily chores. It seemed that most had partied till late and hit the bed at the break of dawn.
Anticipating that the sun would keep its date with the skies at the estimated time 7.12am, I hailed a cab to reach the Gateway of India.
But who can predict nature? The sky over Arabian sea was filled with heavy mist as a handful of early morning revellers waited in anticipation to behold the sight of the new year’s sunrise.
But, the sun eluded the nature enthusiasts. Some of them kept awake the entire night to herald the new year by watching the sunrise. A family of four had come all the way from Bandra to the Gateway to stroll on the sea front, enjoying the early morning breeze.
An avid photographer was awaiting to capture the first sunrise of 2013 as he had been doing this for the past seven years no matter which part of the world he was in.
The crowd from different walks of life had one wish as they looked towards the horizon -- the anticipation of beholding the sight of the rising sun.
A wait of 20 minutes seemed like an eternity until a young man spotted the faint orange inkling of the distant sun slowly making itself visible. The sun rose with rapidity and started shining bright as a flock of birds broke into a flight, chirping incessantly.
The serene experience of the calm morning erased the tiredness of a year gone by. And when it dawned upon the revellers that the new year had been ushered in, their faces were bright with fresh hopes and aspirations.
The crowd which had huddled to watch the sunrise at the east-end of the Arabian Sea on the Gateway of India slowly started to disband with an unsaid promise of keeping a date again for the next year at the same place to witness the wondrous sight.