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Swami Vivekananda Jayanti

Sw Vivekananda at the Gateway of India, Mumbai

For Swami Vivekananda’s 151st birthday, wanted to share these pics of the Statue of Sw Vivekananda at the Gateway of India in Colaba. And here is his speech at the World Parliament of Religion in Chicago in 1893.

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Kailash Parbat: Pav Bhaji & Chole Bhatura

Kailash Parbat in Colaba is certainly one of our favorite restaurants in Mumbai. We end up there at a drop of a hat. It is walking distance and close to the Maruti Mandir that we try and visit every day. Importantly, Meera is very comfortable there and their wait-staff are quick to bring her a […]

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Video: Meera Enjoying Limbu Soda

Meera enjoys going to restaurants. She sits on the table and holds court; surveys other patrons and call out to them: Aye! At our favorite joint: the Kamats Restaurant in Colaba, the wait staff will entertain Meera while we eat. 🙂 Meera loves their idlis, poLo (dosas) and anything we drink. One of our favorite […]

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Meera Tames Wild Animals at Kala Ghoda Festival

Meera at the Kala Ghoda Festival 2010

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Face of Swine Flu in Mumbai

No, he was not trying to hijack the BEST bus in Mumbai; he was terrified about the nasty virus causing swine flu! But that makeshift mask in a crowded bus surely got me panicky. Should I be around Mumbai using public transportation, where the buses and trains are stuffed tighter than, … than, … mumbaikars […]

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Ragda Pattis, Lassi and Sevpuri

Every evening we take Meera for a walk. Its just a few blocks to the local Maruti temple on Colaba Causeway. After darshan, we invariably stop by Kailash Parbat for some chaat. The bestest! The Pani puri is best savored at the counter outside, where you stand and the bhaiyya dishes out the puri faster […]

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How to eat Paani Puri

When visiting relatives confessed they had never eaten paani puri at a street stall, I was aghast. They had only eaten pani puri at nice, sterile hygienic restaurants!!! Where the puris, fillings and chutneys are served in a multitude of tiny saucers, you mix it all yourself, spoon the paani and eat. Sacrilege! Is that […]

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Colaba Causeway in the Rains

In September when I visited Mumbai, the monsoon season was supposedly over. But occasionally I would be caught in a downpour. Once as the rains started, I was strolling along Colaba Causeway, I took refuge in the Titan Watch Store and got the batteries of my watch replaced. As the rains continued, I stood on […]

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Mumbai: Morning Delivery

About 5:00 am along Colaba Causeway. I had jet lag, but these dudhwallahs were working; delivering milk on bicycles. A couple are lugging their filled aluminum handi tied to the bicycles; the other has a basket full of milk in poly bags. These pics relate to my earlier post from Mumbai. Enjoy! Excuse the grainy […]

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Gafar on Colaba Causeway

My earliest memory of Gafar must have been either in the first or second standard, running on the foot-path in front of our home in Colaba. He would grab and hurl me up in the air. As I screamed, he would gently let me down. Tentatively I would ask him to do it again, … […]

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Ragda Pattis and Lassi in Colaba

Ragda Pattis and Meetha Lassi at Kailash Parbat, Colaba; there is one in Bandra as well Aug 2002; Canon Elan II, ISO 200 Velvia Slide Other Kailash Parbat Posts: Ragda Pattis, Lassi and Sevpuri at Kailash Parbat. (Spring 2009) How to eat Paani Puri