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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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The Doors and Windows of Jaipur

This is another collection of photographs from my Jaipur trip. This is all about doors and windows.

Yes, doors and windows that’s what fascinated me while roaming around the town. This post is all about it.

The ornately decorated door of the Jaipur City Palace.

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The window looking towards the main courtyard.

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The mesmerizing peacock adorning one of the doors; representing monsoon. There were other doors presenting other seasons too, but monsoon is the one which catches everyone’s attention.

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Different floors, different window styles from the interiors of Hawa Mahal.

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The inside looks like this for one of these windows.

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Another one of the intricately carved window from the Hawa Mahal.

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The impressive gate of the Jaigarh Fort with a monkey acting as a doorkeeper.

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A window to guard the fort and not merely to peer down.

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A window to the world……from the Jaigarh Fort.

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Windows fit for a Queen!!

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What lies behind these closed doors?

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A work of art or a simply a window?

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One for the view and other for the breez.

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These one are eye catching for their co-ordination.

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The detailing on one of the windows.

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The giant sized Suraj Pol (Sun Gate) with massive but beautifully decorated doors.

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The Bazaars of Jaipur

Jaipur is famous for its shopping scene – offering everyone a bargain or more as per their taste and budget. Very rarely tourists don’t venture into Jaipur’s maze of various bazaars; it’s such a major attraction.

So, here are few photographs taken of these famed market streets by me while (of course) shopping for one thing or another.

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Very interesting streetlamps in the older part of the city. They can be linked directly with Jaipur’s royal lineage.

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The colourfully decorated pink gate that opens to various markets in the Old City.

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The similarly styled signboards of the shops.

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The shops on either side decked in pink hues.

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A heritage building getting repaired, housing mainly shoes shops.

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The famous Tripola gate opening into a busy intersection of three bazaar streets.

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A decorative terrace of one of the buildings.

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A Minaret soaring high and forming backdrop of one of the many market streets.

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The busy market scene as can be seen from the Hawa Mahal.

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The road leading to the modern shopping malls located on and around M.I. Road.

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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

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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.