Thursday, 28 November 2013

Two Farmer’s Markets In Mumbai This Sunday

Kavita Mukhis Farmer’s Market is quite popular in Mumbai city.. It made its maiden appearance at Nilgiri Gardens in Bandra, then shifted to another location at Hill Road and lately it is held regularly at the Maharastra Nature Park in Dharavi. There is fresh produce and few organic foods stalls, this is a perfect place to spend the Sunday mornings.

But this Sunday, Mumbai has another Farmer’s Market with the same name but a different host.  This one is helmed by cookbook author and restaurateur Karen Anand, who organizes similar events in Pune. She will have her event on December 1st at The Westin Mumbai Garden City of Goregoan.

What is interesting about this Farmer’s Market is that it is on a bigger scale, with more hours, (10am to 7pm) because in addition to a season produce by Trikaya Agriculture and Vrindavan Farms, there are many more things by well know brands.

Some of the produces that you may find at Goregoan are fresh fruit juices, kitchen props and tableware. There will also be stalls by Bandra Café Piccoli Tortini, Punjab Grill, Bandra Sandwich shop, Versovas casual dining restaurants Jam Jar Diner, dessert caterers such as Icing On Top, The Vanilla Bean and Cheesecake Republic and wineries such as Sula, Myra and Charosa.

So it looks like more of a food festival to spend a day with family and friends. All you need is an empty shopping basket and pocket full of cash.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Mumbai International Literature Festival

Fourth Chapter of Lit Fest Live in Mumbai starts today.

More than 120 writers and thinkers are expected to participate during its four days at NCPA theatres.

There are workshops like ‘How Not To Write a Play’, ‘Illustrating Stories’, ‘Writing Books That Make Children Laugh’, and many more.

Those interested in panel discussion or debates can spend a perfect evening at different venues at NCPA.

There are some interesting theatre performances too.

Tall Tales’ is an interesting event where people relate their personal stories.

Mr Jeejabhoy and the birds, a play about the wonders of our city and the world seen through the eyes of young children

The Tin Ring a play about the uplifting quality of love, even when faced with immense adversity

Arthur Miller, an actor’s Godsend, is a talk show by Alyque Padamsee relating why Arthur Miller is such a great playwright, interspersed with scenes.

How to skin a giraffe, is based on Georg Buchner’s comedy Leone and Lena, has all the ingredients of Bollywood film. It is beautifully told using imagination, music and evolving set design.

And of course some live events like ‘book awards’ too.

Catch up all the details at

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Urban Haat At Belapur

Last week, there was an interesting event on photography at Urban Haat at Belapur. Postponing a visit to an event that you are passionate about is not a good idea. I went for this event on the last day only to see the people pack up. I was able to see just few photographs on display which were so beautiful that I realized what I had missed.

Well, visit to the Urban Haat is an event by itself. This is the venue where different exhibitions are conducted throughout the year. Surrounded by hustle and bustle of the city, this venue remains unaffected by pollution and noise and offers peace and solitude. Built on a higher altitude, the place is dotted with wooded area of bamboo trees, medicinal and herbal plants, and large rocks that have Warli paintings.

A smooth concrete path cuts through the slopes leading to different cluster of shops, There is a colorful water fountain in the heart of the park that adds to the beauty of this place.

There are many shops selling handicraft items and sometimes you are likely to find rare artifacts.

There is an Amphitheater standing proudly on a separate concrete platform.

As we walked up and down the concrete, sometimes on the slopes and sometimes on stairs, we chanced upon a puppet show. The man behind the stage was only too happy to bring his puppets to life on strings.

Although we did miss the photography event, the evening was well spent, munching on 'Sev Puri' at the food courts and walking lazily in the park.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Mumbai Women's Film Festival in Town

You agree that women are super talented? Yes? They are SUPER TALENTED.
Well, Women in Mumbai will be in a limelight next week at the Mumbai’s Women International Film Festival to be held from 8th to 14th October, at these venues in Mumbai
1. Broadway cinemas - Harmony Mall, Oshiwara, Mumbai

2. Broadway cinemas - The Dream Mall, Bhandup.3. Broadway cinemas - Annex Mall, Borivali, Mumbai

4. Fun cinemas - Fun Republic, Andheri, Mumbai.

5. Ravindra Natya Mandir - Prabhadevi,Mumbai.(Opening Ceremony)

6. Sophia Bhaba Auditorium-Sophia College,Mumbai.(Closing Ceremony)
There will be short films, ‘her’ films, documentary films, feature films, with seven categories to choose from, including the viewing and participation experience, this festival looks interesting.
If you have profound love for films, behind or in front of camera, this is the festival for you.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Bandra – The Queen Of Suburbs

There are many beautiful places to visit in Mumbai, and to enjoy the full flavor of its beauty, one needs good health explore the city. It’s a pleasure to walk through narrow heritage lanes or walk by promenade overlooking the sea that surrounds Mumbai on three sides. My health permits me to explore only one area per trip.

Recently, I had guests from Bangalore. I decided to show them around Bandra, the most interesting suburb of Mumbai. Bandra has more than 600 restaurants, biggest Linking road and Hill road shopping areas, 9 cinema halls, various beautifully manicured parks, seafront promenades and then there is Bandra fort.

Bandra fort, at ‘Land’s end’ in Bandra, are the ruins of an old Portuguese fort-Castella de Aguada. It was built in 1640 as a watchtower. The fort guarded the northern sea route into Mumabi harbor.

After the decline of Portuguese in the early 18th century, The British partially demolished the fort as a precautionary measure against Marathas, who were the largest threat to British possessions. They wanted to prevent it from being used as military base to attack British.

During my school days, many of my friends would go to this isolated spot for some private moments of romance with their boyfriends.

The cooing couples are still there, but now in a different set up. There is no privacy now.

 It has become the most visited site with many tourists exploring this area. In 2003, a conservation program was started by Bandra Band Stand Resident’s Trust to save the fort.

Included in the fort makeover are the preservation of the natural rock formations, providing pathways, and the creation of an amphitheater. The architect for the makeover was P.K. Das.

The nearby Taj Land's End Hotel is responsible for maintenance of the fort. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) owns the fort.

It is a rock garden with plants potted at different levels that makes this place so  interesting. Unfortunately there are no handrails to climb the steep steps, I had to seek my friend’s help to climb up and down the stone steps.

But the view is spectacular and worth the effort at the top.

Castella de Aguada overlooks the Mahim Bay to the south, the Arabian Sea to the west, the islands of Worli to the south and the town of Mahim to the south west. You can also see the beautiful Worli-Bandra sea-link when you reach to the top of the hill.

We climbed down the stone steps, passing through stone castle. I decided to rest, while my friends walked down to the sea to soak their feet.

Later it was a long walk down the Band Stand promenade, passing through the ‘Walk the Stars’ where you are likely to find tiles with palm-print and signatures of some Bollywood star.

We decided to wait in the children’s park and watch the sunset.

Friends went back with happy memories of the beautiful evening spend.

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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