blissful by the banyan: homestay, off-mumbai

Travelling out of Mumbai to a place that hopes to preserve nature for the generations to come. Built with vernacular architecture, and along a slope without flattening the land, Banyan Bliss is a homestay that stands out from the rest. Continue reading blissful by the banyan: homestay, off-mumbai

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boundaries of consent: a walk through dharavi

“Dharavi is the largest slum in Asia,” our guide Jitu said, who had grown up in Dharavi. His hand moved wide to show the expanse and his words are laced with pride. This fact is no longer true, for a slum in Karachi, Pakistan* has overtaken Dharavi. But his pride made me look down at my feet enclosed in shoes to brave the overflowing gutters and … Continue reading boundaries of consent: a walk through dharavi

the graffiti festival mumbai!

This Sunday, after having seen multiple updates on St. Art Delhi’s Facebook page, I decided to go and check out the latest art that was dotting walls across Mumbai. If you’ve read my previous pieces you will know that graffiti and me have a strong relationship, of course, it’s one sided for now! Read more here. At the entrance to Pali Village is this black and white large … Continue reading the graffiti festival mumbai!

bandra & the bandra fest: your walking tour guide!

The annual Feast of Nativity of Mary is here and with it the Bandra Fest. If you’re wondering how you can be a part of it, without getting bogged down by the thronging crowds, stalls, noise… then check out this post. This is specially customised walking tour around Mount Mary Church in Bandra. Two birds with one stone – helps you discover old parts of this suburb before it became the hip-n-happening place it is today and experience the energy of the Bandra Fest. Follow the google map, or create your own tour. It’s upto you! Welcome to the Bandra & Bandra Fest tour! Continue reading bandra & the bandra fest: your walking tour guide!

the “church” in churchgate

If you’ve lived in Mumbai even for a short while you would have come across Churchgate station — that is the first stop on the Western line at the extreme South of Mumbai. But what many people do not know is the reason why it’s called Churchgate? Don’t we sometimes say words so often we even forget why they must have had an origin? What’s the ‘Church’ and … Continue reading the “church” in churchgate

it’s navroz, let’s PARSI!

My latest article that was posted on Lonely Planet India’s website today.  Check it out, and let me know what you think! The original link — It’s Navroz, let’s PARSI! August 18 is Parsi New Year and while the Parsis are celebrating with prayers and festivities, let us celebrate this wonderful community. Let’s get a little bit of ‘Parsi’ in each of us. Walk by a Parsi … Continue reading it’s navroz, let’s PARSI!

the freedom trail mumbai!

This article just went up on Lonely Planet India’s website. Let me know what you think 🙂 And Happy Independence Day to all the Indians out there! Visit it here: The Freedom Trail, Mumbai.   Mumbai might have blossomed under British attention but this city also played a crucial role in the fight for an Independent India. The first ever session of the Indian National … Continue reading the freedom trail mumbai!

hide-out, jhadpoli, maharastra – your home in a farmstay

A farm 200 kms from Mumbai, built on land bought 23 years ago, in a tiny village that even State transport buses (at times) don’t pass by, that has more than 20 varieties of bananas and many other fruits, and two dogs and many more passing by! This is an experience that takes you back to the basics, and makes no pretensions about it. Situated … Continue reading hide-out, jhadpoli, maharastra – your home in a farmstay

Tips if you are invited to a restaurant LAUNCH PARTY!

Pizza Express has opened up their latest outlet in Mumbai – this time it’s at Powai. A & I are enthusiastic pizza eaters (read: order it at italian restaurants, try make it at home — base and sauce included & we are very clear on the kind of pizza we enjoy) So when Pizza Express opened at Sakinaka, we were promptly there! Six months later they have … Continue reading Tips if you are invited to a restaurant LAUNCH PARTY!