Mumbai Meri Jaan

Very recently, I finally got the opportunity to pay a short visit to Mumbai.

The city of dreams, a popular name for this city has been one of my dream cities to visit, thanks to all the romcom books that I devour on and of course not to forget our famous Bollywood.

So, when I am landing in the city the first thing I notice is how accurately the buildings are visible from the top view. I have never experienced this in the other metropolitan cities.

I was put up at a comfortable stay near Coloba, the southern part of Mumbai. Staying here, I didn’t miss the chance to visit the famous Marine Drive. It is definitely one of the most happening places because I couldn’t find a single place for more than two minutes where no population was not seen. You see, I don’t like random people coming in my picture hence the wait was long. But yeah I was rewarded with good pictures.

There is a hotel called Kailash Parbat in the Colaba market area, after a good shopping you must go there. It feels like heaven. I loved the Dal Khicidi there which they serve with Boondhi Raita and it is heaven. In fact I went there twice on the same day just to have that. Their Sweet Lassi and Jal Jeera are also a must haves.

And then on one of the evenings, I visited the Gateway of India. It must have been around seven when I went there but it still was crowded like the rest of the Mumbai. But it is a definite beauty. The lighting was amazing and the entire structure was glowing. I must have been there till night eight and even when I left the crowd had not withered, in fact more people were coming in. I guess people come here for a nice walk and breeze after a good day of work.

I guess this city never sleeps. I actually felt really sad when I had to return back. From the T2 terminal to the fancy shops and restaurants in Bandra this city didn’t disappoint me.

Before I forget I have to mention how the city especially in the Southern part has retained it’s old buildings which gives it a regal look. And for the first time I saw so many of those cute black and yellow taxis and much less of autos.

While returning back, I had taken a flight and during the take off I could see the amazing Marine green color of the ocean. It was a beautiful surreal view.

Bombay would definitely be missed and I can’t wait to get back here and explore more.

NAVIGATING THROUGH BOOKSHELVES AND MORE

Since my childhood I have had the constant love for books. I had started off with Tinkle and it’s likes. Slowly I moved to the evergreen amar chithra katha series. My father used to love buying those books for me as he found it instrumental for my understanding of the Hindu mythology.

I had grown up in Chennai and every month my parents used to religiously take me to a bookstore called Landmark. I had persuaded my mom to take me to Landmark at night 8:30 on the day Harry Potter and the deathly hallows had released and being a wonderful mom she had taken me.

All my Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys collection was collected from there. I used to love buying the hard bound copies.

Slowly I moved to the concept of borrowing books from libraries. During my college days, I was a diligent member at the local library.

After moving to Bengaluru, I have found some amazing bookstores and my need to collect books has resurfaced.

So, today my main agenda will be about enlightening you guys about my cherished bookstores in this start-up city.

  1. Sapna Book House: It was my father who had introduced me to this bookstore. They have a really good collection of books. They have an excellent collection of Non-fiction, Engineering Text Books, Languages and books based on one’s hobbies like sketching, photography music and so on. With each book you get really good discounts, especially with your college books.They have a lot of branches in the city but  I would strongly recommend the branches in Residency road, Indra nagar and Sadhashiva nagar. Along with books, these branches have an excellent collection of stationary, gadgets, gift articles, media and games. This shop has it’s branches in Mysore and Mangalore. They are equally amazing.
  2. Gangarams Book Bureau: This is located on Church street. These guys specialize only in books and they do have a stupendous collection. They have a good collection of thesaurus, dictonaries and engineering books with practical projects. Their Coffee table books are something you shouldn’t miss.
  3. Bookworm: This book house too, is located on Church street. Here they sell second hand books as well and the good thing is that you can exchange a book with a book with half the price you had spent initially. I had got my collection of poems by John Keats over here.
  4. Blossoms Book House: This is my most favourite book shop. This is probably one of the reasons why I wouldn’t mind this traffic indulging city. On most weekends you can catch me here. And whenever a friend comes to town, I dutifully take them to this place. I found some amazing authors like Lang Leav, Anuja Chauhan, Murakami and etc in their book store. They have too branches and both are located on church street. I personally prefer the old one. It gives me a very archaic feeling. They have an amazing collection of DC and Marvel Comic books. Also, they have started bringing in the old copies of Indian Comic strips like Indrajal. Here again, you can exchange the books with books for half it’s original price. This place is a real treasure for book lovers and I would strongly recommend this place.

It was a lot of fun to write this post. Do check out these places and let me know on how you feel about it. Also, if there are any nice book stores in the city, please let me know about them. I would love to go and explore those stores. 

I hope these guys give me some discount if they happen to chance on this post :P.

HAPPY READING !!

Sneha

 

 

The Millions Of Scattered Thoughts

It is vacation time for me and my father. Hence, like all close knit families, we come to the conclusion that, we need to travel to a different city and do justification for the holidays that got extended from the weekend to weekdays. Since, I am the techie geek in the family, my parents entrust me with the responsibility of browsing for the getaway destination. So, I start looking into the fancy and colorful websites. And hurray, I found one as well. But my happiness is short lived. Do you want to know why?

So, my father shouts from the hall, saying that we need to visit a few famous temples over this weekend. So, my idea of taking a vacation in shorts and denims has gone into the drain. Being the chill and ever obedient daughter, I pack the silk sarees and churidhars with long, flowing dupattas which my mother insists upon.

So, our beautiful car journey starts and as I belonged to ‘this’ generation, I would have preferred to listen to chaar bottle vodka or if not at least a mahi ve. But our driver recommends his wonderful songs collection. So, needless to say, I am super cool with this as well. So, the stereos resonate with the music and they transport me to another world.

I am sure by now all of you would be irked up with the ‘which world’ part. Once upon a time I was a Bharatanatyam dancer and  now you have the answer  I assume.

So, we reach the first of the temples in this vacation series. We go and get the almighty’s darshan. My mom’s face is glowing with joy after seeing the deity. I meanwhile, recover from the suffocation of getting crushed by swarms of people. Perks of visiting a famous temple, is how I would defend it.

So, we come out, me and mom wait for my dad to go fetch the ever enthusiastic driver. This is where the interesting incidents start  unfolding. A lady comes in front of us out of nowhere and says that this is real Lakshmee’s kumkum and my mom looks at me to wade her off as she doesn’t want to do that act you know. So, I politely refuse while my mom looks ahead with a steely glance. But the kumkum lady lives in the free country just as us and she didn’t seem to be in the mind to find an alternate buyer for her fancy stuff. So we decide to walk off to a general store close by. Here, we sit down on the rickety stools.While we wait here, a little impatiently a middle aged man comes to the store and requests a Fanta  bottle. I can see the cold bottle travelling from the refrigerator  to the counter. The poor man, he opens it and drinks a mouthful and then needlessly checks for the expiry date. And Bingo, the next interesting event unfolds. He sees that the expiry date is in January 2017 which is clearly not August 2017. He tells the shopkeeper the same and you know what he says? That it s okay. Clearly, the middle aged man is flabbergasted as all sane people. So, he pays the money for the bottle and says that he doesn’t want to expire anytime soon.

Ladies and gentlemen, why do we need to have a label indicating an expiry date, is it not a waste of paper and ink? And they would have made fancy fonts for these labels right? I wonder why no one pays heed to these points or is it just overthinking? And then I think, where is the press to record these incidents. Then, I mentally note that I should always check for the expiry date.Simultaneously  I wait for my dad to come and rescue us. Also, I wonder about the next set of songs that I would be hearing in the car.

And many more thoughts run in my ever curious mind.

Sneha

 

Hi guys, this is the first time I am narrating something in the form of a story. This is the first in the series of short stories that would follow. So please read it and let me know about your thoughts and also, this is my seventh blog post. Happy reading !!.