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The annual culture fest called the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Part II – Shops etc.


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The annual culture fest called the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Part I- Installations

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Glimpses from the Ganesha Festival 2013

Hello Everyone!!

Last year I blogged about making of Ganesha idols, so this year it’s about the finished product i.e. actual Ganeshas.

These are photographs clicked by me during the recently concluded Ganesha Festival – celebrated majorly in Mumbai and Pune. All pictures are in random orders, from day one till the immersion procession.

Hope you all like it!!

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A Glimpse Inside The Mumbai City Museum

There are two famous museums in Mumbai and I decided to tour the less famous of the two. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad or Mumbai City Museum as its known is situated at the entrance to the city zoo.

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It has recently been refurbished and restored to its former glory. Here are few glimpses from inside this treasure trove.


The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Shopping, Eating etc.

Mumbai’s social calendar has a special marking for the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, held in the heart of historical south Mumbai precinct of Fort. There are open air arts installations, side walk converted into gallery, food as well as handicrafts stalls. So year after year, more and more people from the city look forward to this festival; for more than one reason.

Here are few glimpses of the said festival, divided into series of art installations and handicraft stalls.

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The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Art Installations Part II

Mumbai’s social calendar has a special marking for the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, held in the heart of historical south Mumbai precinct of Fort. There are open air arts installations, side walk converted into gallery, food as well as handicrafts stalls. So year after year, more and more people from the city look forward to this festival; for more than one reason.

Here are few glimpses of the said festival, divided into series of art installations and handicraft stalls.

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The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Art Installations Part I

Mumbai’s social calendar has a special marking for the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, held in the heart of historical south Mumbai precinct of Fort. There are open air arts installations, side walk converted into gallery, food as well as handicrafts stalls. So year after year, more and more people from the city look forward to this festival; for more than one reason.

Here are few glimpses of the said festival, divided into series of art installations and handicraft stalls.

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Christmas Merriment in Mumbai Part III

This is the concluding part of this series about Christmas in Mumbai, all about restaurants and foods.

The decorations at Mumbai’s favorite café – Café Mondegar.

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Another wall in the same eatery with the Santa clause welcoming everyone.

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The stars welcoming everyone under the green canopy at another restaurant called Candies.

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Christmas tree at the same establishment.

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The festive food tray being served at Candies.

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Even the take away bags bore festive look.

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The Christmas Special Plum Cake, welcoming people at Indigo Deli Restaurant.

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The traditional goan style Coconut and Sugar Sweet Treats at the American Express Bakery.

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Lots of sweetmeats at the Theobroma Bakery.

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The Theobroma’s take on Christmas Plum cake.

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The gift packs of the same at the Theobroma Bakery.

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Christmas Merriment in Mumbai Part II

Continuing from the last post, these are the snapshots of Christmas decorations seen in shopping arcades.

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A delicate looking and beautifully decorated Xmas tree at the Palladium Shopping Complex.

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Fairy lights welcoming all at the Palladium Shopping Complex.

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An exotic flower decoration at the same mall.
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A look at the Phoenix Mall in Central Mumbai, through a life size star erected as a festive door.

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A tree of gifts, oh I want!!

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The festive decoration in one of the shop windows inside the mall. Shopwindows

A better and closer look of this window.

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A very decorative and real life size Father Christmas with his crew, looking from a shop window in South Mumbai – Colaba.

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And yes a snowman too.

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The last picture is my personal favourite, because they seem to have taken the Christmas celebration to the other pole – South Pole.

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Christmas Merriment in Mumbai Part I

We too celebrate Christmas here in Mumbai, although not on such massive scale. But hey, its festive season and all churches, malls as well as restaurants are lit up. So, let’s just enjoy!!

The very famous Afghan Church with Stars lined up.

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The main door of this church with festive lights and a Star.

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The Star hanging on the porch; which has vintage wooden beams.

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The nativity scene outside the Mount Mary Church.

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And here’s a close up.

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A beautiful couplet welcoming all and sundry to the Mount Mary Church.

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The beautiful statue of Mother Mary at the Mount Mary Church.

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The flower decked altar of the same church.

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The Last Supper of Jesus carved at the base of the altar.

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Another nativity scene inside the Mount Mary Chucrh.

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Here’s a closer look.

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The interior – all shiny and colourful of the same church.

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The mistletoes and bells hanging on the door.

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The outside open altar with the Christmas tree and its very own Santa clause.

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The Portuguese Church decorated in a pretty simple way.

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The front façade of the same church.

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Let There Be Light – Diwali Snapshots

Diwali is just few days behind us. So, here I’m with few snapshots of the festive lights.

The fairy lights put around a local temple.

The traditional floating light at my home- welcoming all and sundry.

Everyone have the tradition of hanging a sky lantern in front of the door to scare away darkness (& evil). So here is ours,

Of course, Diwali means bursting various kinds of crackers.

And some more,

The last one is my personal favourite – a hugh sky lantern hanging in a nearby apartments’ colony.


The Last Minute Rush for Ganesh Festival

I’ll let the pictures speak themselves, taken on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi (The Ganesh Festival). Just wish they could show the electric sparks flying in the atmosphere, it’s that HAPPENNING!!

Just Enjoy Folks!!

The decorative garlands on display

Some more

The headgears

Some more jewellery – to be worn on the arms

Various items required for the Ganesh Puja

More necessary items

The asanaas for Ganesh – to place the idol on it

Various kinds of fruits for the Ganesh – not to be eaten, just for the Puja

Some more Ganeshas waiting to be taken home


A walk around Mumbai High Court

The year 2012 is the sesquicentennial celebration year for the Mumbai (Bombay) High Court. So, to mark the occasion they have organised an exhibition describing the history of the said court. This includes a live court room complete with jury boxes and judges’ seat, various legal documents, decrees and photographs of old times.

It was a walkthrough in an era gone by and hence, we when attended the exhibition; we had quite a happy time despite all that sombre legal stuff around. Sadly as no cameras were allowed inside as per the government regulations, I couldn’t capture the building and the said courtroom from inside. But nothing has stopped us from taking pictures from outside of the building and here they are:


The Monsoon Colour of Mumbai – Green

Mumbai, in all its glory is simply referred to as the Financial Capital of India. It does not signify any particular colour or emotion – like Jaipur is fondly called the Pink City or Kolkata is referred as the City of Joy.

As a result, this city does not have any uniform colour, smell or feeling across its various regions. But this all changes with the advent of monsoon. Rains bring much respite from the year round humid weather; promises joys with the beginning of festive periods and of course gives this grimy city some much required colour. All year round Mumbai is dusty, grey or burning yellow and specked with dirt. But monsoon paints the city green, right from the Kala Ghoda promenade in the south to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park of the north suburbs.

Here, I’m presenting few brief glimpses of the greenery across this freshened up city.


Shri Ganesha – Getting the God ready to bring him home

Lord Ganesha you protect me from all the obstacles when I am praising about your appearance, when I am listening about your merits/qualities.

When I am passing the merit of your worshipping to others you protect me. When I am learning your worshipping from the Guru you protect me.

 The obstacles which will come across in my devotional worshipping you protect them from East, West, North, South and other surrounding/directions.”

There is an annual festival of Ganesha, which typically falls in the Hindu month of Bhadraprada (Around August / September). The festival begins on the fourth day of Bhadrapada known as ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’, with people bringing clay idols of Ganesha in their homes as a symbolic visit from the God. Depending upon each family’s tradition, these idols are immersed in the nearby water bodies on 1, 5, 7, or 11 days. The 11th day is called ‘Ananta Chaturdashi’ and on this day the festival culminates with the crowd roaring to “Ganapati Bappa Morya”.

Since the festival is celebrated in private as well as in public pavilions across India (especially in the cities of Mumbai & Pune); there is a great demand for various kinds of Ganesha idols.  This post is all about the making of these idols, clicked through various phases of creating the magnificent sculptures.

The process begins with mixing of clay & plaster of Paris + dried hey

Sometimes the materials are recycled from unfinished or leftover idol parts.

Then this mixture is poured through plastic moulds to form various body parts of the idol.

After this, all the parts of a particular idol are joined together with various techniques.

This sculpture is then polished and fine-tuned.

The delicate facial features are smoothed with brush.

Then the colours are applied, first the base coat and then finished ones.

The result of this long and tedious process, is this – the beautiful and colourful idols of Ganesha.