IIT Bombay is one of the campuses of the elite Indian Institutes of Technology, the premier engineering schools in India. Although next to the city of Bombay/Mumbai, it is self-contained: students and faculty live on the beautiful campus, nestled between the Powai lake and the larger Bombay reservoir, and next to a national forest. The architecture of the Guesthouse has a Le Corbusier flavor.
Room 17 contains the usual amenities: a small couch, two beds with netting, a nightstand with telephone and lamp, two small desks with chairs, assorted light fixtures, a mirror, a picture on the wall, and a ceiling fan; in addition, this room is one of the few equipped with an air conditioner/clothes drier. The private bathroom deserves its own paragraph, below. Last but not least, there is a large balcony facing Powai lake.
I found several details interesting. The first one is the door: it has a strong sliding bolt, which one locks with a giant padlock. Inside there is also a fairly large sliding bolt. My first thought was that I could be easily locked inside the room... Later I discovered that big padlocks are quite the rage all around IITB.
The beds are also interesting: small, and with a frame above them to hold the nets to keep bugs out. I found them comfortable, and with the ceiling fan set at 5 or 6 (out of 10) there was enough air circulation through the nets.
The bathroom is the greatest, and not only in size (which together with the tiling and sparseness reminds me of the gang showers of my rowing club in Argentina). It is a good space, and preferred home for my roommate the little lizard.
It is also a user-interface nightmare, with too many faucets that I don't know how to use, and a very scary large switch for a water heater. It took a while (and a little help) to figure out how to get the hot water routed to the shower, but once that was solved the hot showers were fine. (The trick was that the corresponding faucets had reversed red and blue labels.)
The room is also very suitable to get work done: the phone line is easy to plug into the modem, there's a desk, airconditioning and ceiling fan, and a view...
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