On leaving Aamchi Mumbai

Helloo! I know I have been MIA and it’s been a while since I wrote here. That’s because I was completely swamped with my wedding prep and was in full-fledged Bridezilla mode. After a big fat Delhi wedding and a relaxing honeymoon in Thailand (more on that later), I was bracing myself for the big change coming my way; moving out of the city where I was born and raised for over 25 years and shifting to Bangalore.

Don’t get me wrong! I like Bangalore- it’s a lovely city with great weather and even better restaurants (as long as they’re close by, because getting around in this city is a big pain). But the fact that I would be leaving Bombay was just making me anxious and emotional. I know it sounds corny but I really identify with this statement- “You can take me out of Bombay, but you can’t take Bombay out of me.”

So as I sit here in Bangalore reminiscing about all the lovely times I’ve had in Bombay, I’m listing out 5 off-beat things you can do in my favourite city. If you happen to be visiting for work or otherwise; or even if you’re a resident and haven’t explored the below, check them out!

1.Go Sailing: How would you like to spend your weekend setting sail into the Arabian Sea, enjoying the city skyline with the wind in your hair? It would be ideal if you can time it to catch either the sunrise or the sunset. A lot of companies are operating in this space (like Blue Bulb, Discover Sailing India and the like) and you can book yourself a slot and start your journey from Gateway of India. It’s a different experience as you learn a thing or two about sailing en route the lighthouse or the naval base. You’ll see plenty of sea gulls and if you’re lucky, you might spot a dolphin too. You can also take a picnic basket along to make the experience more fun.

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2. Take a Heritage Walk: How did Kala Ghoda get its name? Why is Horniman Circle named after Benjamin Guy Horniman? Which house did Ratan Tata grow up in? If you’re a history buff and are keen on exploring Bombay’s rich heritage and architecture, then this is a walk you must take and it will be a walk to remember. Check out Bombay Heritage Walks for more details.

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3. Shop at Crawford Market: An architectural beauty housing various spices, fruits and eatables, tourists can shop to their heart’s content here. Right across the road is Abdul Rehman Street where you can shop for anything from cosmetics to stationery to household items at really awesome prices. Close to Crawford is Mangaldas Market, if you’re looking to buy fabrics, dress materials or sarees. Brush up on your bargaining skills before heading out to these markets and also be prepared to be jostled around, as they are super crowded at most times. Afternoons are better suited for the faint-hearted.

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4. Go on a Street Food Trail: Depending upon how much time you have, you can choose to try a few or all of the below to get a taste of the yummy street food in Mumbai.

  1. Vada Pav at Aram Vada Pav coz you can’t leave Bombay without eating a vada pav (42, Mint Road, Opposite GPO,Fort)
  2. Amul Pav Bhaaji at Sardar Pav Bhaaji (TardeoRoad Junction, Opposite Bus Depot, Tardeo)
  3. Bhel puri and Sev Puri at Ram and Shyam (North Avenue Road,Santacruz West)
  4. Pani Puri at Karachi Sweets (Shop 13, 55, Homeland Apartments,Hill Road, Bandra West)
  5. Nutella Sandwich at Jai Jawan (Opposite Sterling Cinema, Fort)
  6. Activity Toast at Sandwizza (Arun Bazar, Friendship Sarees, Station Road,Santacruz West)
  7. Dosa at Anand Stall (Opposite Mithibai College, Gulmohar Road 1,Vile Parle West)

                          Photo courtesy- Things To Do In Mumbai

5. Visit India’s first comic book library and cafe, Leaping Windows: If you’re a comic book junkie, then do visit this place. Get lost in the world of superheroes with a basement filled with over 500 books. Curl up with your favourite book and later grab a bite at the cafe upstairs. (The pancakes here are yumm!)


If you have more to add to this list, please feel free to do so in the comments section 🙂

One Comment Add yours

  1. Lovely ! Guess you are missing Mumbai already.


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