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Mumbai City District

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  • Day27

    Bird Excursion & New Year's Eve Gala

    December 31, 2018 in India ⋅ 🌫 75 °F

    Our 30th Anniversary arrived!

    Johan had arranged a birding trip to two local reserves. The trip was led by a local ornithologist Asif N. Khan who works for BNHS, an area conservation agency. Jules joined us for his first ever birding excursion. We spent the morning birding on the edge of the Western Ghat in the Karnala bird sanctuary. The early afternoon we visited a wetland saved from by development by Asif's organization. No easy feat as 95 percent of the mangrove wetlands and islands around Mumbai have been filled in. I sighted 31 separate species, Johan probably double that. The mountain highlight for me was a scarlet minivet. The water highlight was a flock of 48 flamingo.

    We made it to the New Year's Eve celebration at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club last night. It was also our 30th anniversary so Nancy and I ducked out at 12:01. Another amazing evening. This morning we treated ourselves to a room service breakfast at the Grand Hyatt here in Mumbai.
    Here's a link to a countdown video from the evening: https://photos.app.goo.gl/1ZZAGTnRyd4E8Zah9

    Tomorrow we're off to Jaipur in the morning.
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  • Day24

    Maharashtra and Bengali Blend

    December 28, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    The wedding day arrived and found Augie and Nancy ill and confined to bed. Augie is still down some three days later. Yikes! This left Sophie and I to represent. And represent we did! Before we'd left the States Dolly requested our measurements so that she could have traditional clothing made for the occasion. We represented in style!

    The wedding was really interesting. The groom takes his place seated in an arched mandap at the front of the hall with the priest and close relatives looking on. After quite awhile the bride is lifted by her relatives and carried up to the front. She is holding her hands in front of her face and the groom has not seen her for some 12 days before this moment. He is lifted up by his relatives and the couple meets while seemingly floating on air. (this is all really apropos as they are both airline pilots) This is really no easy feat with a groom who tops out at 111 kilos. For the next hour or so the couple remain seated under the mandap with a Brahmin priest giving advice to the couple from the ancient traditions. The couple then make offerings and walk around the fire in the center seven times. Once this is done, they are official. The whole zeitgeist is really different from a western wedding. Most of the time the several hundred attendees aren't focused on the ceremony. They're milling about, socializing, and even getting a head start at the banquet table. Photos of the wedding can be found here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/kCmZHJFUJ5c19AJD7

    In the evening Johan and Mirtha were the first of our crew to head back to the hotel as Mirtha was also feeling a bit ill. Sophie and I sent them back with some electrolyte fluids and bananas for Augie and Nancy. Unfortunately we spent our last rupees on the food and forgot about having to secure a taxi back for ourselves. Fortunately a couple of guys from the bride's side noticed our predicament and went out of their way to deliver us safely back. The next morning Varsha commented, "It's India. This is how things are done here." Lovely.
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  • Day25

    Reception

    December 29, 2018 in India ⋅ 🌙 79 °F

    Another night, another gala.

    Nancy and Augie were still recovering this morning so Sophie and I headed down to the old part of town to take a look. We were accompanied by Johan and Mirtha. We caught an Ola (Indian Uber) and headed for the Chor Bazaar, or Theives Market. We walked through several city blocks of metal fabricators to get to the antiques and brass items. There were shops filled with old telephones, shops with old signs, and this being India a whole corner dedicated to the sale of automobile horns. Sophie found a place dedicated to drawer pulls and made some purchases. Around that time Mirtha was wondering where the clothing shops were and so we caught another Ola and headed to the Colaba Causeway where Sophie found a few more items and we were good to go.

    By evening Nancy had begun feeling a bit better and was up for attending the reception banquet. Augie was again laid low and stayed behind as we made our way back downtown. We stopped at the Colaba Causeway again so that Nancy could buy a dress. We then walked over to the Taj hotel, the grande damme of Bombay's old luxury. The hotel is opposite the Gateway to India monument so we strolled by there as well.

    Around 8pm we caught another taxi over to the reception venue. Several hundred people were in attendance. The reception was held within a military compound. Dhiman, the groom's dad had served in the Indian military and retired as a lieutenant colonel. Our family had given additional ID documents and filled out additional security forms to be allowed entry.

    We arrived to a glamorous scene right out of Hollywood. Everyone took a turn getting their photos taken on the red carpet. There were film directors, actors, and a chantuese in attendance. There was even a military Scottish style regimental band complete with bagpipes. Again the buffet was brimming and drinks were liberally replenished. To top it off there was a huge roller spool of ice cream! (there you go, Don)

    Hopefully Augie will be back up to snuff by New Year's Eve.
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  • Day23

    Maximum City pre-Wedding

    December 27, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

    We flew from Kochi to Mumbai the day after Christmas. We arrived in the evening and immediately fell into a whirl of activity, food, and color that has lasted for days. We came to celebrate the marriage of the nephew of our long time friends John and Varsha. After checking into the hotel we headed out into the Mumbai night to pick up Varsha's sister Pinky and their mother Neela. After a short visit to the house we climbed into cars and were driven to Pinky's favourite restaurant, Global Fusion. We arrived around 10pm and were informed That this is actually quite early for an Indian dinner. Global it was. Small plates kept arriving at regular intervals followed by visits to any one of ten food stations for main dishes. All good.

    Neela is quite a force. After Varsha's dad passed when she was nine years old, Neela took over a family of four girls. Dolly, Varsha, Pinky, and, Pappu. Varsha said that the girls grew up quick. She opened a salon and supported the family with its proceeds and help from extended family. The daughters have all grown into beautiful, successful women, each in her own way. They are also forceful women, again, each in her own way. I've watched them gently direct the men in their lives with everything from clear directions to subtle gestures over the past several days. It is Dolly's son Mikhail (named after Gorbachev) whose wedding we're here to celebrate.

    One thing about this family is that they are all into glamor and bling. Appearances matter. Knowing this Augie and I spent our first morning in Mumbai getting haircuts and a beard trim. Total came to 350 Indian rupees, or about $5. We doubled that as we tipped the barber and he was pretty chuffed. Sitting next to my oldest friend Jules in that shop watching my son getting a trim was a pretty special moment. Who would have thought that the two of us would one day be sitting in a shop in Bombay watching the chai walla dole out tea to a bunch of guys who are currently our age when we met some forty plus years ago.
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  • Day23

    Family, Family, and More Family

    December 27, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    Varsha and John invited quite a crew to this week of celebration. In addition to our family of four, we are joined by their daughter Devi and her boyfriend Ed and Ed's mother Lena. They also invited their good friends and long time neighbors Johan and Mirtha. Soon upon arriving Varsha and John informed us that we were not just invited to the wedding and reception, but to all of the family events as well.

    The first gathering happened today at the home of the groom and his parents Dolly and Dhimi. It takes place just before the wedding and is called the Haldi. Women from the groom's family burn incense, conduct a prayer, and spread purifying turmeric paste on the groom's body. The remaining paste is then taken to the bride's home where she receives a similar blessing.

    Neither bride or groom is supposed to leave their respective homes following this ceremony. Technically this was adhered to as Mikhail only traveled a few blocks to his aunt Pappu's house for a pre wedding party attended by close family and friends. The party was a thing to behold. Another lovely home, but this time there were women in attendance who specialize in Mehndi, or henna body art. Oh, and there was a sound system that would put even the most raucous University of Santa Cruz house party to shame. Oh, and there was a full bar and lots of uncles and nephews ensuring that no one had an empty glass. Oh, and there was a woman, Crystal, who sings in Bollywood movies and recently sang in a huge celebrity wedding of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. Oh, and so many interesting people that we ran out of time to meet them all. What a scene!
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  • Day36

    A Day at the Mall

    February 19 in India ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Decided to do about the least Indian thing possible for our last day here - we headed to the mall. Shandos has a conference the day after we arrive so needed to buy a couple of things for that, while I just wandered around the various shops looking at nothing in particular.

    Apparently it's the largest mall in India, and although it was fairly large there surprisingly isn't much competition. Western-style shopping malls just don't really exist here yet. The shops were all typical western brands and fairly expensive - honestly not much difference in price for the stuff I looked at versus the prices I'd expect back in Australia.

    We decided to splurge on lunch at a Jamie Oliver pizza restaurant which was tasty and quite cheap, though still comfortably our most expensive meal of the last three weeks. I think we paid about $30 AUD for two pizzas, a water and two non-alcoholic mixed drinks. Headed home in an Uber mid-afternoon and again just spent the rest of the day relaxing around the hostel.
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  • Day117

    Namastey Mumbai Backpackers

    January 26 in India ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Morgendliches Trapeze Yoga und dann spielen wir zu 7. Wizard. Danach ein entspanntes Lunch und endlich ein guter Kaffee.
    Es wird viel gequatscht, gelacht und wir gucken uns gemeinsam den Sonnenuntergang an.
    Nach dem Abendessen fahren wir dann ans andere Ende von Mumbai um unseren Nachtzug nach Goa zu bekommen.
    Kann ja keiner wissen, dass der Zug 2 Stunden Verspätung hat... wieder begegnen uns herzliche und hilfsbereite Menschen. Ein junges Pärchen bringt uns zu einem Restaurant, welches eigentlich gerade schließen wollte, uns dann aber trotzdem beherbergt.
    Zwischenzeitlich kommt dann die Durchsage, dass der Zug 4 Stunden Verspätung hat. Um 3 steigen wir dann endlich in den Zug und dann dauert es nochmal eine Stunde bis wir losfahren.
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  • Day9

    Mumbai!!!

    April 13, 2017 in India ⋅ 🌫 29 °C

    Yet another early start, five o'clock. We then had a nice walking tour to a homeless children's centre in the heart of New Delhi. When there we met a few kids and had a few thumb wars. On the way we learnt a lot about public urination and how you can't do it in front of gods. We then got on a flight to Mumbai. Once landed and in the hotel we were turned around and straight to the IPL game. Mumbai Indians were playing Sunrisers Hyderabad. We supported valiantly with the locals and were told we weren't allowed to bully David Warner 😩😩😂😂.Read more

  • Day9

    A win???

    April 13, 2017 in India ⋅ 🌙 29 °C

    Today we were all saved with a late wake up. One match was played today. I wasn't playing, these were 12 years old not 15 year olds. We won easily and returned to the hotel for a fines session. I was mainly fined for my brightly coloured shorts. After dinner we headed to a gate in Mumbai were we were the main attraction. There was cues of men getting photos with us.Read more

  • Day115

    Erste Eindrücke

    January 24 in India ⋅ 🌬 26 °C

    Heute beginnt der Tag mit unserer Lieblingsbeschäftigung... Planung. Wir organisieren uns eine indische Simkarte, welches ganze 1,5 Stunden dauert.
    Danach treffen wir Raghav und Cameron aus unserem Hostel auf der Straße. Kurzerhand wird gemeinsam typisch indisch gegessen. Heißt es wird gemeinsam mit der Hand gegessen und alles geteilt.

    Nächste Challenge mit dem Zug in die Innenstadt und ein Zugticket nach Goa buchen. Raghav entschließt sich uns zu begleiten.
    Die Zugfahrt ist das Highlight des Tages, wie ein großer Viehtransporter mit jeder Menge Ventilatoren an der Decke. Es gibt Frauenabteile, aber wir entscheiden uns: wenn Mumbai und Zug fahren, dann richtig.
    Die Männer quetschen sich in das Abteil, es gibt keine Türen und bei erreichen des Bahnsteiges springen die Männer noch während der Fahrt sowohl in als auch aus dem Zug. Die Menschenmassen drücken einen eher rein und raus, als dass man selber laufen müsste. Ein wahres Spektakel und das Ganze für 12 Cent pro Fahrt.

    Ein Glück ist Raghav bei uns, der als Local und Muttersprachler nicht nur in Essensfragen und Wegbeschreibungen eine echte Bereicherung ist!
    Eine weitere Stunde brauchen wir um das richtige Zugticket zu bekommen und dann wird uns in letzter Sekunde das Ticket von einer anderen Deutschen vor der Nase weggeschnappt. Somit eine Nacht länger in Mumbai und eine Fahrt ans andere Ende der Stadt.

    Endlich bekommt der Tag eine bessere Wendung! Wir machen Sightseeing, stoppen für den ein oder anderen indischen Snack und gucken uns den Sonnenuntergang vom Marine Drive an.
    Wir schlendern über den Markt und fahren dann eine halbe Ewigkeit zu einem weiteren guten Restaurant.
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