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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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Colaba Vegetable Market

Mangoes, cantaloupes, water melons, peaches, pears and apples

Growing up, most evenings we’d end up around Colaba Market. It was centrally located and many friends lived around there. Even today, when we go for a walk with Meera, we shop our way through the market enroute to Kailash Parbat for some chaat.

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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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Best Street Food: Asli Vada Pav, Sandwich and Bajjiyas

You are not a Mumbaikar if you haven’t tasted the street-side Vada Pav. Not the sterile globs you get in a restaurant. You gotta eat from the street stall. If you haven’t, may I ask you to kindly turn in your Mumbaikar card! During college days, the vada pav wallah near Fountain (Hutatma Chowk) was […]

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Mumbai Blasts: Previously Unseen Pics from 26/11

While covering the terrorist atrocities in Mumbai last year, I found myself racing from the Leopold Cafe to the Taj and to the Nariman Bldg; shooting pics, updating my twitter feed and simultaneously keeping an ear on what the locals were telling me. Everything happened so fast, there was not much time to think ~ […]

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Air Meera

Meera just loves to be tossed in the air (of course, never leaving my hands). She is all giggles and never wants me to stop. M&m: Meera was wearing this beautiful, brown silk dress. More Meera! Meera in the Park … in Boston Meera Tai Meera at Marine Dr; Video Meera Sleeping Meera’s Bath Meera […]

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Video: Making Ganna Ras – Sugarcane Juice

Each evening when we take Meera for a walk, we stop by the Poornima Juice Center on Colaba Causeway, for their freshly squeezed ganna ras (sugarcane juice). At 8 rupees (16 cents, US) a glass, it’s a steal. Meera greedily gulps it too. As a baby, this was the first juice we gave her. This […]

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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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Meera Sleeping

This tiny girl amazes me! She’s got me completely wrapped around her little finger – twice over. She only has to coo and I start babbling baby talk like a blithering blidiot. I love it! When she is a sleep, I gaze at her. What is she dreaming? Is she happy? I wonder at this […]

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Mumbai Blasts: Day 3, Mop Up at the Taj

Continued from Mumbai Blasts: Day 2 Mumbai Blasts: Day 1 Picture Update from ~ 9:15 am Indian Time; Saturday Nov 29th Follow my updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/arunshanbhag Pics on FLickr! username “shanbhag” Not to be deterred, I took a detour and reached the front of the Taj. I was on the sea face looking at […]

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Mumbai Blasts: Day 2 Live Blogging

This Day 2 Post continues where I left off from Mumbai Blasts: Day 1 Update: between 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm; Indian Time; Friday Nov 28th Follow my updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/arunshanbhag Posting Pics on FLickr! username “shanbhag” All these pics are from INSIDE the Secure Staging Cordon in front of the Taj; assembled here […]

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Bademiya: Colaba's Culinary Firmament

Its the street food that makes Mumbai special! From the chana-wallahs at Gateway, to ganna-wallahs and paan-wallahs, seemingly at every corner; and the vada-paav baakdas at Fountain. And of course, Bademiya in the seedy gulli behind the Taj Mahal Hotel.

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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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Come Running With Me

My second most favorite activity in Mumbai is going for a run. The early morning light is subdued; its cooler and the humidity is lower. Earlier in the day, people are nicer too, And running along the sea-face at Marine Drive is just what life all about. Importantly, starting the day with a nice run […]

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Sweeper at the Gateway of India

[click image for larger version] Early one morning at the Gateway of India, I noticed this sweeper busy keeping the plaza clean. She was not distracted by morning walkers, joggers or amateur photographers. It was good to see the city doing something about the trash. Now if we could only get people to not throw […]

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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: Best place for an old-fashioned haircut

I look forward to haircuts in Mumbai. On my first day there, I head to this little hole in the wall, two blocks from our house. I don't think it has a name. Getting my hair cut there since I was a scampering kid. The same guys are there – only a little older; the […]

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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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Boats at the Gateway of India

Early in the morning, tourist boats at the Gateway of India (GOI) were still bobbing at anchors. Very few visitors this early and a great time for an aimless stroll. (see Lights at the Gateway of India) Gateway of India bathed in the glow of the rising sun. Inside the GOI, construction was going on. […]