Unwind at these weekend getaways near Mumbai

A forest hidden close to the city. A banana grove to wake up to. Taking flight and reconnecting with the Earth. Bird calls. Crocodiles. A tooth-shaped mountain. River streams. Escape the city at these five experiential stays. Kokum Tree: When you have a Calvin volume placed by your bedside, you know you know you areContinue reading “Unwind at these weekend getaways near Mumbai”

Mango, Pista, Malai

The dessert is getting quirkier. In the growing universe of gelatos, vegan, low-sugar/no-sugar, artisanal ice creams, the syllables are adding up. You have everything from black sesame and honeycomb, blue cheese, lavender, basil to the Indian spinoffs gulab jamun, pani puri, puran poli and more. I’ll take the salted caramel and the fruit flavours mostContinue reading “Mango, Pista, Malai”

In Pics: The Island God

Indian mythology has some fascinating tales. An hour-long ferry from Gateway takes you to Elephanta or the Gharapuri Island, where different forms and facets of Shiva are laid out in vivid detail. The imposing figure of Sadashiva (above) is the tricky one – even at 17-feet, it shows only three faces of the hermit God;Continue reading “In Pics: The Island God”

Bombay, meri jaan

It’s the city of opportunities; the financial capital; the land of migrants. The phrases fall woefully short of describing the chaos that is Mumbai – forever jostling for space, claimed, reclaimed and stretched to the seams by inhabitants on the run, trying to leave an imprint on a square foot. Bombay, Meri Jaan tries toContinue reading “Bombay, meri jaan”

Urban Oasis

A walk on Imamwada Road doesn’t prepare you for this slice of Persia. Ambling past nondescript humble eateries and shops selling kites and medicines, the mammoth blue structure springs up suddenly, at once captivating. The mosaic tiles and motifs have you stop and sigh ‘Blue Mosque’ after Istanbul’s famous attraction, but the roots of MughalContinue reading “Urban Oasis”