Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Happy Birthday...

to me! hah. So self centered that I am :). In India when it is your birthday you give other people sweets, cake, etc. So today I took two lovely chocolate cakes to a girls home that I work with and this is what they had put on the chalk board to greet me. Such a wonderful day spending it "Indian" style! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

1 rupee

This is one of the first pay telephones I have seen (or noticed) in Mumbai. Of course all you can see is the coin slot. Usually people go to booths called "STD" (Standard Trunk Dialing) and pay a person for their call. Anyway, thought it was cool to see the 1 rupee slot! Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 26, 2007

Expats at water world!

A group of Expats went to water kingdom on sunday to wash away the stickiness that has slowly been taking over Mumbai. Here's a group of guys relaxing, watching the pool. (Photo from Chris) Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 25, 2007

dogs life

Sorry for posting another dog photo this week, but I have been waiting to capture this one for a while! I see this dog on top of this car everyday, but somehow I never have my camera out. This car has only appeared here in the last month or so and somehow this dog has decided to take it over! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, February 24, 2007

gently sleeping

Usually when i try to take a photo of someone sleeping, the crowds around say something to wake them up. This time, everyone just looked on peacefully letting him catch a little snooze on the busy road. It just seems so peaceful - I wish I could block everything out and just have a sleep anywhere at anytime! Posted by Picasa

Friday, February 23, 2007

indian wedding

Indian weddings are beautiful. The colors, food, ceremonies, dancing, a true celebration! There are interesting little rituals I think are so cute, the mother in law trying to grab the groom's nose, sister stealing shoes of the groom (names?)...and the *baraat* (marching band, dancing in the street and a groom mounted on a white horse) makes you smile!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

sleeping dog

This is "my" street dog Blackie. I've been feeding her for several years now along with the rest of the neighborhood! It just cracks me up how the animals will literally lay anywhere and most of the time people will just walk over them or around them to get where they need to go. Blackie is friendly to everyone but beggars or other stray dogs. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Olive Souk

Once a month the "famous" restaurant Olive sets up a Souk for shoppers. This is the first one I have been too, but its pretty nice. They have stalls from real shops and from independent sellers who do not have many places to sell their goods. So go to dinner and shop, that is if you have made an advance reservation! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

film poster

Its been a while since I've shown a film poster, and this one made me laugh. I have no idea what language it is in.(Maybe Hindi in a different font?) Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 19, 2007

Chinese Cymtry

As part of my effort to learn about the Chinese community in Mumbai I also paid a visit to the small Chinese "Cymtry" located in Wadala. It was very small with only about 15 grave sites, all relatively recent as well, which was interesting. A local family (Indian) had also taken residence on the compound which was a bit odd. Here's one of the few gravestones with a very "Indian" garland freshly put on. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Happy Chinese New Year

Today since it is Chinese New Year I decided to take a trip into town to find the only Chinese temple in Mumbai. Its located in Mazgaon, near Dockyard station. There are only about 3,000 Chinese in Mumbai - the biggest Chinese population of India is in Kolkata. In our short visit to the temple we met a local Chinese family born and raised here - never even visiting China once. The temple is small, but very well decorated and kept up. So happy new years - enjoy the year of the Golden Fire Pig! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, February 17, 2007

taj reflections

The Taj Mahal Hotel - offers a nicely cooled place to relax from the heat and chaos outside, as well as numerous upscale restaurants and shops. Here is a glimpse of the lobby at the prestigious Taj Hotel. Posted by Picasa

Friday, February 16, 2007

cooking pots

Today I was at a local restaurant while they were cleaning out all of their cooking dishes. I didn't realize that people still used the old style pots where the wood is put in the bottom. I would like one just to display (b/c I could never figure out how to cook in these!). Posted by Picasa

Thursday, February 15, 2007

dirty ears?

Among the glitz and glamour that has taken over Mumbai, you still find old traditions shining through -- the sidewalk ear cleaner is one of those. You don't see them as often as you used to, so its quite exciting when you catch one in action like I did today! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day

I had hoped to find a photo of the riot squad out protecting "valentiners", but I wasn't lucky enough to see any today, so instead you get this fancy red car! (Note on the riot squad: there is a political party here who is opposed to celebrating valentines day and caused lots of problems last year for youth out celebrating, so this year cops are out in full force to protect anyone who might be out celebrating) Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

dolls at play

Today while walking to get some lunch from a street stall, I saw these little kids setting up their dolls by the tree. of course when they saw me take the camera out they wanted to also be in the photo. Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 12, 2007

business as usual

The shopkeepers and stalls in Mumbai amaze me - the ground on which they work is in shambles and they still continue to work as normal! (Again, construction - it's the dry season so they must repair the roads again before the rains come and demolish them again!) Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 11, 2007


One of my favorite places to hang out and chat is the JKart juice centre in Bandra. This photo is of their fruit display with the road relected in the glass. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, February 10, 2007

another one from Kala Ghoda

Here's another one of Lori's photos from the Kala Ghoda art festival. A life size (or bigger) of the nazer "good luck" charm that is often used to ward off evil spirits in people's homes/cars. A previous post on this can be found here Posted by Picasa

Friday, February 09, 2007


Another photo from our faithful viewer, Lori! Every year there is an art festival in town at Kala Ghoda (black horse). I've not had the opportunity to make it down there this year, but Lori did and this is what she found! The art scene is really starting to boom in Mumbai and its great to see original peices. I usually love attending events at the Kala Ghoda festival, but work has kept me too busy. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, February 08, 2007

playing on the road

I was zipping by in my rickshaw today when I saw this little girl playing on the road with rickshaw's whizzing by. Its done all of Mumbai; I am not sure if they meet with accidents very often either. Makes you wonder if all the rules/restrictions we get as children in the west really make us safer or not! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Today on the side of the road someone was painting some little iron figures and they had them all layed out like this to dry. i liked the little bicycle rickshaws the best. From this angle the figures look larger than they are in real life! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

spring is in the air

Oh wait, its only the beginning of Feb! Last week we experienced a "minor" heat wave or it felt that way, but "spring" is back this week. And the butterflies (or moth) are out. Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 05, 2007

Ladies Only

I think we've shared with you before that the local trains have separate compartments for women, although women can go on any car if they choose. Today for some reason I was the only woman in the ladies car and with nothing to do I took photos! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 04, 2007


I do not know much about the Indian Lotto, but I see the carts filled with colourful pages all over town. I don't know if its government sponsored or private, but I would imagine it has to be run by private companies. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, February 03, 2007

sunny day at the park

Today its beautiful out, sunny with a nice breeze and the parks are full! Even these little street kids were having fun playing in the dirt at the park. Posted by Picasa