Wednesday, January 31, 2007

His holiness, the Dalai Lama

Today Mumbai was graced with the presence of the 14th Dalai Lama. He gave a public speech on the topic of inner peace, focusing quite a bit on the importance of education. It was filled with foreigners, upper class Indians and many Tibetans. Unfortunately it was in the middle of the day and not highly publicized so not as many people were there as I would expect in the birthplace of Buddhism (India, not Mumbai!). (sorry for the graininess, but had to use digital zoom! And thanks to Chris for allowing me use of his camera/photos!) Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

St Thomas Cathedral

St Thomas Cathedral is located at Horniman Circle area in town. Today was a business holiday so the area was virtually empty which was nice. This whole area is very pleasant to wander as the lanes are all virtually covered with trees Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 29, 2007

wedding season!

The winter months is the prime time for weddings in Bombay. All along Marine drive you will see temporary structures set up for 500+ guest weddings, as well as these decorated vehicles to transport the bride/groom following the ceremony. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 28, 2007


A local stall that is usually packed with college students grabbing an afternoon snack - guess they don't see the point in opening on Sundays when the students are gone. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, January 27, 2007

the beauty of bombay

The great thing about this city is you can happen upon the unexpected any day! A fellow reader, Lori sent this photo in from Andheri.

(Sorry for the late updates, was out of town with no internet access!) Posted by Picasa

Friday, January 26, 2007

time for icees!

Its already getting hot again and the icee makers are out and about. Of course they never left the roadsides, because it never really got cold! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Chakku Walla

The Chakku (knife) walla rides his bicycle around looking for business. His bike is also his method of sharpening knives. He places the bike on its stand and then peddles to run the sharpener. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


I often see people here with traditional tattoos on their hands, arms, face, etc. This one is of the "Om" sign (mentioned here previously). But I also see Christians with a cross on their hand and other older people with various "tribal" tattoos. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

RaMa Home

Amongst the dust and rebuilding of roads and homes you can often see gems like this tucked away on a hidden lane - The RaMa House. I think I heard before that it belongs to a director or someone famous. Cute little 'bungalow'. Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 22, 2007

Bohri women

I've been told that women wearing these type of clothes are Bhori (edit: Bohri) muslims, but after fruitless searches online I still know nothing about them! I think they look adorable. I was excited to find this line of them waiting to cross the road in Marine Lines. I ask the viewers to please give me more information on this! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Mumbai Marathon 2007

Andheri station was packed at 6:45 with mumbai marathon participants, many corporates and individuals. We participated in the Dream Run. A friend rightly called it the "Dream to Run" event. However they snaked the 6km event down and around marine drive there was rarely a moment to run, too crowded, walking only. Which was fine with me, I really had no intentions of running with my slack training.

There were several people dressed in costume, Gandhi running/walking was my fave! Air India employee. And the constant advertisements, but many of them were companies raising funds for local ngos.

Fun event, overall well organized and money raised for good causes.

Saturday, January 20, 2007


An old cabinet with years and years of advertisments hidden in the colours. Posted by Picasa

Friday, January 19, 2007

newspaper library

I think this is a street library with all types of newspapers available for locals to sit and check out. I've seen places like this before, but this one actually was full of newspapers. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 18, 2007


A coke and vegetable a day keeps the doctor away! Isn't that what the doctors say these days :) Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


All over town you will find these "temporary" advertisements on the side of the road. Advertising is a big business in Mumbai. Billboards are going up all over and these trucks are everywhere that permanent billboards can't go. Here they are resting during the day!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Arabian sunset

Sunsetting at Chowpatti Beach through the Indian flag. Chowpatti is a nice beach to relax on - not one for sunbathing, but good to go to for "street" food and to feel the energy of Mumbai. Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 15, 2007

Kite festival

Yesterday was Makar Sankranti, marking the movement of the sun into the northern hemisphere - a celebration to mark the end of winter (did we have winter already?!) In celebration, people fly kites all over the city. Unfortunately kite flying here is not as big of an event as it still is in the North of India, where they have huge kites, but the skies were still packed with small kites throughout the city. This is at Chowpatti Beach. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 14, 2007

a life of stories

This lady frequently comes to the bagel shop to beg, probably because she knows there are lots of foreigners there who will hand over money. I wish I could just sit down with her and have a day long chat. I am sure she has a lifetime of stories to share. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Happy Birthday Channel V

Today there was a "guest only" concert for Channel V's 13th birthday. The best act of the day was this Pakistani band (maybe called Raeth). The show also featured Akon from the US, but for me was not the highlight! Posted by Picasa

Friday, January 12, 2007

coffee anyone?

The local hangout in my neighborhood is Cafe Coffee Day. Only in the last few years has India really found a place for coffee, but its booming now, especially with the rise of the middle class. This place is packed all hours of the day and night with the young and old. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 11, 2007

bird flu? not here

Its funny the things that you never even wonder about in the west - like how does the chicken get to your local grocery store? Here, there isn't much room to wonder about these things, because if you just look around you, you are bound to see every step of the process along the way! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

spice walla

Its not too often that I see individuals selling spices on the roadside anymore, so it was a pleasant surprise this morning seeing this man. He was not quite sure why I wanted his photo, so he must not feel that he is slowly being run out by packaged spices in the shops! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

construction time

During the dry months the city is filled with construction (roads, homes, and just about anything that could be fixed!)and buildings covered with bamboo scaffolding. It always amazes me how agile these guys are climbing up and down the bamboo. Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 08, 2007


I have always been intrigued by little things, such as seeing Indian men with a long peice of hair in the back of their head. And now this young boy. I *think* it means that they are Brahmin (the highest?? caste). Do correct me if I am wrong as I have asked many people and get differing responses each time! Also I have heard that it is more common in the North... is it caste? region? religion? Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 07, 2007


Nothing really to say about this photo - it just is.. India. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, January 06, 2007

less work, more play

You rarely see people at the park during the middle of the day, especially this one as there is no shade to hide under. But these are street kids who got a little bit of time away from their parents (and/or working)and were having the time of their lives! It was adorable - I'm glad the security guard didn't kick them out! Posted by Picasa