A ‘Bom’ First Impression of Mumbai

I wrote this article sometime last year as soon as I came back from Mumbai, and posted in my blog. Coincidentally, the editors of FlyMe360 Magazine ran a competition to look for contributors on travel writing and I submitted this article which won their Honourable Mention Award. The editors finally published the article for their October edition, and needless to say, I was very excited and pleased 🙂 To view the article and other travel articles featured in the magazine, subscribe to FlyMe360 NOW, click here . In the meantime, here’s the text format of my piece on Mumbai, for easy reading: ***** After

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Saved by Tricky Sardar

Prior to arriving in Mumbai, I had resigned from my banking job for greener pastures in another company. I was busy with HR resignation documents and handed work over to the pathetic sod who was the reason for my leaving, and preparations for this India trip. I didn’t realise how tired I was from all that physical, mental and emotional stress after 5 days of the hustle and bustle of Mumbai city, and the heady experiences of ancient paintings and sculptures in Aurangabad, I wanted to retreat…and longed to rejuvenate my tired soul by the beach of Goa. I woke

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Mumbai Diaries: Part 4 (Final)

It was the day to leave Mumbai for Aurangabad. I was scheduled to travel by train from Dadar Railway Station in the afternoon, and the journey would take about 6.5 hours. I had the morning to myself but didn’t make any sightseeing plans except that I wanted to make a brief visit to Kotachiwadi. Kotachiwadi is a heritage village in Girgaon, Mumbai where the houses are built in old Portuguese-style architecture. I read about this village from a magazine article and was intrigued by the narratives on this village. I had completely forgotten about this until 2 days prior to

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Mumbai Diaries: Part 3 – Marine Drive

By the time it was late afternoon, I was beat. I couldn’t take anymore sightseeing. I returned to the hotel to cool off and rested. But the one thing I didn’t want to miss was sunset at Marine Drive seaside promenade. In Bollywood movies, film characters seem to draw life from the beaches, seaside promenades and coastlines. And Mumbai is no exception. The scenes of Marine Drive in the movies are typically at sunset or at night, evoking romantic moods..or sometimes drunken brawls 🙂 Well, romance and inebriety were not exactly on my mind at that time but I was

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Mumbai Diaries: Part 2

By the time the heritage walking tour ended, my guide and I became fast friends. We decided to have lunch in Colaba. I’m sure you must have heard or read about Leopold’s Café in Colaba. It was made famous by the book Shantaram, and its author Gregory David Roberts frequents the café every now and then. Leopold’s was also unfortunately the target of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. Bullet marks can still be seen in the café. I was tempted to go to Leopold’s but read reviews that the food and drinks are overpriced due to its fame and the café

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Mumbai Diaries: Part 1

After a 3-year hiatus, I’m back in India. And it’s my 8th visit to this country. Roll out the red carpet, fellas! My first trip to India was with my mom in 2003. We visited the Golden Triangle up north: Delhi-Jaipur-Agra. Then I began to make frequent business trips to Delhi throughout 2010-2011, and by that time, I was already bitten by the travel bug, so I took every chance I had to travel for leisure in other parts of North India such as Amritsar, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Ladakh. And in 2014, for a change, this 8th visit to India

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