Bohri Mohalla food trail – The best places to eat

As a foodie, every year I look forward to Ramadan. Closer to where I live in Mumbai, there is a huge Muslim community so the streets and by-lanes turn into an Iftari food fest with the aromas of fried malpuas, mawa jalebis, fresh fruits and dates, chicken shawarmas, satay, mutton cutlets and what not. Four years after my last visit to Mohammad Ali road to explore the food scene in the Minara Masjid area, I…

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Matinees at Matterden

Matterden - Deepak Talkies - Mumbai

I’ve just returned after watching the 1975 classic – One flew over the cuckoo’s nest on a 70mm screen. Matterden Carnival Cinemas (also Deepak Talkies), a single screen theatre in Mumbai’s Parel area is a place of gathering for movie buffs. Every Sunday they play a vintage film at a matinee show time. These are classics from around the world. Think Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, Roshomon, Roman Holiday, Annie Hall, Citizen Kane, Pather…

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An April of Arts

nouveau art play reading group - mumbai arts theatre

I haven’t travelled to any place new in April 2016. It has been a conscious decision to slow down. One could say that I am taking a break! So what did I do the whole of last month then? Well, I watched movies in the theatre every weekend, including watching FAN twice 😛 , attended a popular Television Awards Night and explored the arts and theatre scene in Mumbai. From a stage musical on Jazz…

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Exploring Street Food at Mohammad Ali Road During Ramadan

Mohammad Ali Road During Ramadan

[Last updated: 11 May 2019] Boliye madam, kya lao? Bheja Fry, Bheja Masala, Gurda Masala, Kheeri Kalegi? I found myself at what is called a non-vegetarian’s paradise, aka, Mohammad Ali Road during the holy month of Ramzan. I was here to explore the much talked about food scene. It was a given that I would visit this place someday, since I’m a hard core non-vegetarian. So one weekend while the rest of Mumbai was preparing to call…

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Weekend Getaways from Mumbai – Bassein Fort Is Seeped In History

Come monsoons, Mumbai travelers start mapping down trek routes and landmasses where they can enjoy views of lush greenery. Right in the backyard of Mumbai, 50 km away, lies the Bassein Fort aka Vasai Fort – a name it gets from its location. The best part about visiting Vasai is getting acquainted with the dual characteristic the township has to offer – a village like rustic feel and the comfort of being closer to urban…

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Prince of Wales Museum – The Best Museum Mumbai has to Offer

I took a break from my Gujarat posts and visited Prince of Wales Museum two weeks back. This is my second visit to Prince of Wales museum, since I was not able to do justice to the museum in my first visit in 2012. As a Bombayite, I could afford to visit Prince of Wales museum twice. But some of the readers of this post may/would not like to be in this position. Hence, I…

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Sewri Fort and Sion Fort in Mumbai – Sorry State of Affairs

As a 9 to 5 corporate slave, the only free time I get to explore new places is on weekends. On a Sunday, two weeks back, I visited the forgotten and ignored forts of Sewri and Sion in Mumbai. During the 1700’s and the 1800’s era, the British constructed strategically located forts in Mumbai to protect their reign. Very few such forts remain in present times and hence I am determine to explore these forts…

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B.Merwan – Mawa Cakes and more….

[Last updated: 9 April 2017] The other day, I read an article carried out in a local newspaper about a hundred year old Iranian café shutting down business. The café in discussion here is B.Merwan in Mumbai serving foodies since 1914. I do not feel proud to say, I was not aware about the existence of a heritage café like B. Merwan until I read about its shutting down in the newspapers. But I was…

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Maharashtra Nature Park – From Dumping Ground to a Nature Pleasing Space

It doesn’t take an expert to know that Mumbai is synonymous with congestion, noise and pollution. And yet in all this chaos, Mumbai has managed to nestle a Butterfly Park, popularly known as Maharashtra Nature Park. WWF (India) – a wild life and nature conservation organization, conceived the concept for a nature park way back in 1970. More than two decades later, we have Maharashtra Nature Park. Obviously, the course of allocating acres of land…

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Bird Watching at Sewri Jetty – Flamingos in Mumbai

Nature lovers and those complaining about Mumbai’s congestion have something to rejoice! Sewri – a neighbourhood towards South Mumbai, has a jetty cum dock which is home to thousands of Flamingos and other rare bird species from November to March. These are migratory birds that come from as far as Siberia to the mud flats in Sewri via the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. They are foraging for food during this period and the mucky location…

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Indian Theatre: The Vagina Monologues Review

Vagina Monologues was a play originally conceived by Eve Ensler in 1996. Since its premier in New York city, the play has been translated into more than 20 languages and is running across many countries in the world, of course with local actors and sometimes local adaptation. Perhaps, that’s what plays and theatre are all about; Improvisation and Spontaneity. In India, Vagina Monologues is playing since 2003 and runs to full houses in metros like…

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Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Kanheri Caves – Among Asia’s most visited parks

[Last updated: 27 April 2017] Sanjay Gandhi National Park or Borivali National Park is among the most visited parks in Asia. It is said to gather nearly 2 million visitors annually. Of course, this could be attributed to the huge population of Mumbai city alone. Nevertheless, if you claim to be a Mumbaikar or are visiting Mumbai, this place should be ticked off your list. Borivali National park has the distinction of being a 104…

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Gilbert Hill – To See Or Not To See

Gilbert Hill is as old as ‘The Age of the Reptiles’ dating 65 million years. It is made up of black basalt rock columns that were a result of molten lava that got squeezed from the Earth’s clefts. Gilbert Hill is often compared to the Devils Tower in Wyoming and the Devils Postpile National Monument in Eastern California. This also translates that these 3 monuments are the only one of a kind in the world.…

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Banganga – Mumbai’s Mini Ganga

IMAGINE, a sacred place, a fairly large waterbody and concrete stairways surrounding the waterbody in overcrowded Mumbai? Rituals and Mythology make way for what is today called ‘Banganga’, unbelievably located in the heart of Mumbai. If history is to be believed, Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman took rest here while on their quest to search for Lord Rama’s wife, Sita. Rama was thirsty and asked his brother Lakshman to bring him some water. Lakshman…

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