Thursday, 24 February 2011

Women's Drive will resonate from Mumbai to Lavasa

When I go for a drive with a man, family will say ‘Enjoy the ride’, but when I go for a drive with women, they will say ‘Be careful’

Why? huh?

I have heard many rude comments on woman drivers made by sulky men who cannot accept the fact that women are equally good and talented

And there is another breed of community who believes in women’s abilities and has been organizing ‘Lavasa Women’s drive’.

Every year, about 350 cars start from Mumbai and culminate at Lavasa. This is the third year and each year it seems to get bigger and bigger event.

This year, fun filled event will be held on 27th February 2011. The Women’s drive will flag off from Bandra at 7am and end in Lavasa, where the participants will enjoy music, games and celebrity performance.

And now comes the exciting part, that although I cannot drive a car, nor know any participant with whom I can tag along…but lucky that I am.........guess what? I am invited as a guest and I will be happy to blog about it

So…watch this space……..wink* wink*

Monday, 21 February 2011

Women in Mumbai travel dangerously

Talk of equality between woman and man? Well …both travel dangerously in Mumbai

What does it matter if its ladies first class or ladies second class?

Mumbai women are brave; they go to work travelling dangerously, with their bodies protruding out of the train and unfortunatedly unlucky one crash against the pole or lose their grip.

Thats life in Mumbai for you!!

Will our Mumbai trains ever have doors that shut when the train is in motion?

Thursday, 10 February 2011

IdliSambar on a bicycle

During my last trip in Spain, I met one Spanish lady who said, “People of Mumbai are very contented, and I know the secret of their happiness, I saw people eating all the time, everywhere there is if their tummy is full, they have tolerance to accept all the other discomfort.”

She was so very right.

The beauty of Mumbai is that the food in affordable and suits every palate. You only pay for ambience.

When you are in Mumbai, you will find street food everywhere and you might not miss this steaming hot Idli, Vada Samber being sold on a bicycle.

This hawker comes into my lane at 10am to 3pm everyday getting the limited supply of batter for making idlis, one container contains cooked lentil curry, and other container contains coconut chutney which is balanced on either side of his seat. There is steamer with the stove, bound to his cycle on the rear seat.

On the days, when I am too lazy to cook, I go downstairs and order a plate of this idli sambar. He serves four idlis, and four vadas, (all the size of tiny bangles that would fit an infant) covered with spoonful of lentil Sambar and a spoonful of coconut chutney. The hot idlis melts in the mouth immediately as soon as I roll my tongue and the pungent taste of sambar and chutney explodes with the fiery flavor which makes me want one more spoonful. With each plate costing just INR10, this is the cheapest breakfast I can have. Sometimes, I cook Chinese vegetables and just buy steamed idlis and they make a perfect combination.

Chinese vegetables with steamed idlis. Howzat?.


Sunday, 6 February 2011

Street Art cheers the crowd at Kalaghoda

Hello, I saw you at Kalaghoda festival, you were clicking picture of street art down the Rampart row, I was doing the same...

for those of you who have not yet experienced this go, its 9 days event and there are many more interesting things happening there, all the details of the events can be found on Mumbai ready reckoner. go with bacchas and elders too..there is something for everybody.....

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

.... a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508 ....“Bounce back Mumbai” 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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