Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai – main exhibits!

An honest confession, I haven’t seen too many museums in India. And the few I have seen are mostly archaeological museums. I enjoy them, but after a point I get a little bored. I’m an interested but not a passionate museum visitor and I need more variety. A line of statues belonging to the same period, are great, but I am unable to see the differences. Imagine if … Continue reading Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai – main exhibits!

The pyaus of an erstwhile Bombay

this piece recently appeared at thealternative.in. i don’t know how many of you subscribe to your facebook page so thought might make sense to paste it here too. let me know what you think. catch the original piece here: the pyaus of an erstwhile bombay. (yes, not everyone appreciates or understands my love for the democracy of smallcase.. so i listen. caps it is)   The … Continue reading The pyaus of an erstwhile Bombay

swimming and me: lesson 1

Do you have that big secret you are really embarrassed about? And you try to avoid all sorts of conversations about it? Well here is mine. I cannot SWIM. I am 32 and in a month’s time will add 1 more year to that figure. Swimming is a life-skill they say. It’s compulsory in some countries for children to learn swimming before they leave primary school, … Continue reading swimming and me: lesson 1

4 things to do in mumbai that aren’t in a guidebook

mumbai is a city that has a lot to offer. i really believe that, i’m not just partial. but it’s also true that a  lot of people dismiss the city; seen that happen on thorn tree repeatedly. i think that largely happens because of three reasons: traffic, density of people and concentration of visible heritage sites only in one part of the city. and once you’re … Continue reading 4 things to do in mumbai that aren’t in a guidebook

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mumbai untraveled

mumbai untraveled my first piece up at lonely planet india! this was the highlight of the weekend!  these are places no one told to me visit when i first shifted to bombay. a lot of people still don’t know about them or haven’t seen them. but they are truly beautiful… and there are many more such hidden, off-the-chart mumbai discoveries that we can all make … Continue reading mumbai untraveled

irani cafes of mumbai: yazdani bakery, fort

  yazdani bakery is an irani cafe. it was opened by meherwan zend in 1953, a parsi baker. the building was originally a japanese bank, but then later sold off. run by the third generation now, it had about it a quaintness…  like all irani cafes it seems like a lack of maintenance, things just seem to lie about, as is… and as always was! i don’t … Continue reading irani cafes of mumbai: yazdani bakery, fort

borivali national park: the upper kanheri trail

it started with the first visit to the sanjay gandhi national park or borivali national park with two others. the first time we went, we were amazed that we lived so close to such a large track of nature, and hadn’t explored it for so many years! in the urge to share, last weekend, i smses many friends and so did aurla… we were headed … Continue reading borivali national park: the upper kanheri trail

borivali national park, mumbai: the urban jungle

the sanjay gandhi national park or borivali national park, as its popularly known, lies in northern suburb of borivali, mumbai. it is 104 km2 (40 sq mi) of forest surrounded by the traffic, noise and the chaos of one of the most populated cities in india. it is remarkable that such a large national park exists INSIDE a city! it has a vast population of flora and fauna; some … Continue reading borivali national park, mumbai: the urban jungle

weekly photography challenge: the masterpiece is mazgaon

mazgaon lies hidden, tucked away…  the new eastern freeway that runs right over it on a tall, thick pillars alienating itself from the people below. almost reminding me the movie cars, when a new highway bypasses a town… mazgaon has been forgotten for a long time. we seem to want to live and be present in the latest hip and happening suburb, forgetting the past … Continue reading weekly photography challenge: the masterpiece is mazgaon