Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Twit-Festival in Mumbai

People who talk with their fingers, blogging, tweeting and networking have amazing powers to reach the world. They tweet and they meet spreading awareness and collecting funds.This you shall know if you attend a twitfestival in Mumbai on 25th March 2010.
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At Crystal Paradise, off Linking Road, the twitters will meet for a common cause of concern bringing education to the world’s poorest children. The funds that are raised during these festivals are used to furnish classrooms for under priviledged, provide meals and clean water, provide health facilities and education to the girls.

With the entrance of Rs100 (more if you wish) you can enjoy food and have the evening of fun and entertainment plus meet other twitters beyond your virtual screens.

Be there

When? On 25th of March 2010

What time? 7pm - 10pm

Where? The Coast
Fifth Floor, Crystal Paradise, Off Linking Road, Bandra West Mumbai, India

Looks like fun?? Why don't you twine them even if you are not active on twitter, there will always be another day to twitterise, till then twitreach, eat and be merry till you tweet

Monday, 22 March 2010

Sunday Market

If you drive down the Linking Road in Bandra, you may not even notice it, if you are a nature lover, you may be attracted with the tall trees emitting the fresh fragrance from Nilgiri trees, but walk over and look closely, you will see a small patch of enclosed park which can bring peace and tranquility. That is the Nilgiri Park, just opposite Amarsons, where you could relax some evenings.

And this Sunday, this park was bustling with health-conscious veterans who have adopted the organic mode of living.

Entering the park through a narrow gate, I was transported into a different world, where there were stalls of all kinds, screaming 'Healthy Eating, Urban Living' all of them focussed on being organic.

"First time in my life that I am enjoying shopping" I heard one man say to his companion, as he walked from stall to stall, checking  for freshness in vegetables and fruits and wanting to grab all. There was sale of seeds, oils, cereals, nuts, cookies.etc
People were interested in buying greens although, mumbai heat and the transport of these farm vegetables from rural to urban stalls had decayed much of it. For example, a bunch of coriander leaves had half of the bunch with rotten leaves.  Maybe, if an extra care is taken while packing, we might see the better quality and freshness in the vegetables next time.

One shopper tells me that she was happy with organic potatoes and it made difference of taste in her cooking (next time I will buy those perhaps) and there were brinjals too (not BT mind you :))

There were other things too, like T-shirts, wall paints, baskets, furniture, medicines, etc

There was a canteen at the back of the stalls that sold mediterranean health food like salads with crackers with the option of dressing, pate or pesto. I wanted to buy salad dressing, and even requested for it, but canteen was short of hands and I could not wait longer. But there was something for everyone.

There were many writers too, like Dipti Dutt and Chhavi Sachdev, who besides shopping and visiting stalls, were also interviewing people and they went back home with memorable moments to share with their friends.

Next Sunday, I plan to go back there with my own cloth bag and do one week of shopping for cooking oils, seeds, cookies, spices and some fresh organic vegetables.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

South Mumbai Sky line

The Other day I went up the roof top of Ambassador hotel to catch the bird's eye of Mumbai skyline. In good ole days, there used to be revolving restuarant up there, but now it just an observatory tower (or so it seemed like) There was a small bar with bar stool topped with saddles. After having a cup of coffee I peeped out of the window.

My gaze spread over the sea view of Marine drive, popularly known by the name of 'Queens necklace'. There is a fly over built across the drive-way which kinda cuts the neckace like a hook

Since there was no revolving platform, I walked to the next window to get the view of Churchgate station, and Rajabhai tower

Looked down to the left and was surprised to see the blocks of buildings of same design at equidistant to each other in a goemetrical fashion. (great planning there)

Now walked to the other end and there was 'Mantralaya' behind the stadium
And then back again to the other end of 'Queen's necklace' (this time without a hook) right up to Nariman point.

Enjoyed the cool breeze and pleasant evening and watched the sunset from up above the Marine drive sharing the view with the birds. 

The name "Bombay" was derived from 'Bom Bahia' (The Good Bay),

.... a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508 ....“Bounce back Mumbai” .....as it is called by the locals, it is a city that has been through a lot in the recent past – floods, bomb blasts, riots – and come out stronger each time.

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