Archive for December, 2006

An Unusal Combo

The French usually like to have a sip or two with their meals, so much so that with Wine a French delicay wuould be almost incomplete. But how about some wine with our udipid speacialites like dosa or idlis… Although a weird combinaition, there are a few restarants in the city who are stocking up Chateau Indage wines to be served along with crip rava dosa and soft steaming idlis..

It might sound unbelievable but isn’t when you consider that Shivsagar has been stocking an entire range of Chateau Indage wines since December 2005. They’re also pretty happy about the fact that the dosa-wine combination is as hot as their steaming idlis among their patrons.
At Woodside Inn you can enjoy a wine and South Indian food combo. At Chetana, Kala Ghoda, wine is served with Gujarati and Rajasthani thalis. At Vitthal’s you can dig into spicy bhelpuri and ragda pattice with wine. Choughule however has more on his mind, “I think our wines can be had with Jafferbhai’s biryani too Read more

So this weekend almost at the eve of the new year you want to put together an unusal lunch for your loved one this seems like a out of the world idea.. Happy New Year!

Falkland Road: Prostitutes of Bombay

I came across a wonderful article [via]about the photo essay by Mary Ellen Clark on the prostitutes of Bombay.

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Getting the job proved to be easier than completing it for this was an area where few non-Indians went, particularly women and especially women with cameras. The street’s inhabitants were hostile, even to the point of throwing things at her, but she kept coming back. She also did the unimaginable and stepped inside one of the brothels, which caused extreme consternation in the form of screaming and yelling. But unbeknownst to her she was being watched by somebody who at the time was one of the most powerful madams on the street, a woman called Saroja. A few days later she waved to Mary Ellen from her second-floor window and invited her in for tea. The photographer was now inside the brothels and known as a friend of Saroja. From this point on all doors would open for her. Mary Ellen knows from experience that on any project there is a point of access that has to be arrived at before the serious work can begin, and this was it.

Nokia New Year Party

Mumbai will be one of the five cities participation in Nokia’s Global New Year’s Eve Party. If you haven’t made any plans as yet, head over to the Andheri Sports Complex and see the likes of Nelly Furtado, A. R Rehman and others in action.
Other cities that are participating in this party are Hong Kong, Berlin, Rio and New York City.

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Review Hard Rock Cafe : Not so Rocking!

Finally after a week loaded with office work, I managed to indulge myself in an atmosphere filled with cigarette smoke and alcohol smell.

Went out on Saturday night with some known friends and some newly acquaintances to India’s very first Hard Rock Cafe. Located in one of the old-ages estate, the Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, South Mumbai side. This world famous joint was opened sometime in September this year but had closed down for couple of weeks due some legal issues. However the place is now open to the Mumbai public in full swing.

Melody (The Voice In My Head) who happens to be one of those “party-till-I-die kinda women” and who was also a BIG part of my outing that evening, has put up her views of the place along with some dark but visible pictures.

“The music is great, the crowd is decent & the ambience, well, it is a Hard Rock Cafe! There are all the necessary rock star paraphernalia that goes with the HRC name – the autographed guitars, the crazy outfits (I saw a nice one belonging to the artist formerly know as Prince), the photographs, the trivia. I love it, I love it, I love it. Yes, in case you didn’t get it, I really love it.”

Though I agree with the whole music and ambience bit, I still wouldn’t say that it’s THE place to be on a Saturday night. And No! It’s got nothing to do with the company I was hanging out with.

See, the thing is for me besides good music and ambience; I need good food and plenty of alcohol. So even though Mumbai’s Hard Rock Cafe flaunts about good music, decent crowd and spacious look – sadly, it totally sucks in service.

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Jessica Lall’s Murder Trail : A Sister’s Fight Against The System

“We have no hesitation in holding that Manu Sharma is guilty of an offence under Section 302 (murder) of IPC for having committed the murder of Jessica Lall … as also under Section 27 of the Arms Act,” said a division bench comprising Justice RS Sodhi and Justice PK Bhashin.

Today I feel proud. I am proud of being an Indian woman.

It’s been nearly 8 years of constant struggle against the judicial system, emotional tussle with one’s self and a strong determination for a loved one by Sabrina Lall to accomplish her objective. She has finally brought justice to her dead sister and poignant peace to her departed parents.

In today’s society where blood relations are treated as nothing more than some genetic bonding, it is heartwarming to see someone like Sabrina Lall; who practically gave up so many years of her youth, all in an effort to bring her sister’s murderer punished and put behind bars.

Though the media and the court hailed the star witness Bina Ramani for her testimony against the accused, not taking any credit from here – for me the only one who deserves praises and accolades is Sabrina Lall.

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Auckland: Metroblogging City # 51

Welcome to Auckland, our member city # 51. Hop on over and say hi !!

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Becoming wise

I have been working in the BPO industry for the last 3 yrs or so. The general trend I have seen with BPO crowd is they like to party, go to pubs/ discs, or to places like Manori/Gorai/ Madh etc and again party hard. With BPOs providing the option of financial freedom (that too a good amount) for kids just out of college its obvious that these young bubbly BPO crowd like to do things they could not do with their measly pocket money or allowances given to them by their family.

Ask any BPO guy about their plans for the weekend and its pretty much the same – party, meet gf/bf, go out with gf/bf, movies, malls, go to drink etc. But today things are changing; there is a small group of population who is breaking the monotonous Ways to spend their weekend. One of the hot favorites of the crowd esp BPO couples are Dance classes. Couples that its more quality time spent while they try to get a step of two with their duck feet plus its always cool to flaunt those cool moves the next time they hit the dance floor at the disc or at a party. Even singles feel that a little cha cha cha really helps them unwind after a hectic monotonous week at call center between cold calls, meeting targets and. providing customer service to irate customers.

I think finally the BPO crowd is slowly but steadily becoming wise. They are no more the kids who are looking out to just to make a quick buck till the time they actually want to decide what stream they want to do their Masters Degree. Even the BPO industry was considered to be like bubbles, which was expected to burst after sometime. But companies like 3G, J P Morgan, Accenture and IBM has proved that this is a serious business and they need mature and serious people who take the BPO job as seriously as any other full time career. As the industry matures the people in the industry too are maturing.

Lingerie in Null Bazaar

Junaid Khan is a ladies man, and much in demand it seems. He is a florist running a brisk business in Null Bazaar. However his speciality the last few weeks seems to be ladies lingerie.

With almost three-dozen women’s lingerie sets sold since he struck upon this novel idea three months back, Khan is hoping that his flowery venture blossoms.

In September, when Khan learnt about his ex-girlfriend’s marriage, he wished he could gift her something memorable. “Then I saw Lage Raho Munnabhai. I was very impressed by the way Munnabhai used flowers to get his point across,” said Khan. So, he decided to gift his ex a lingerie set made out of flowers.[ link ]

So the next time around instead of thinking up a super expensive gift from Victoria’s Secret, check out Junaid Khan. The princes range from Rs 500 – Rs 1200.

So if you are in the mood to order one …. Contact Junaid at J K Flora and Décor on 9323576292 or e-mail him at jk_flora_décor @yahoo.com

Sure gives a whole new dimension to the word deflowering

Gift # 3: Bollywood: The Indian Film Industry

Over the past few days Metroblogging cities have been posting about unique gifts that their city has given to the world. This is in the spirit of the holiday season and gift-giving which ensues in most parts of the world. In the same vein, we start our series. The countdown will go in reverse till we reach Gift #1. Note that they are not in any priority of importance, rather just gifts that India’s greatest city has to offer. Earlier posts are here

Internationally, three Indian exports make the world tick. Indian brainpower, Indian food and Indian movies. And when it comes to Indian movies, nothing beats Bollywood, the world of Hindi movies in India.

Nothing compares to Bollywood, which got its name from the famous movie making industry from Southern California, but in many ways has surpassed it. At least in the number of films made, and soon hopefully in the quality of them too.

As Wikipedia informs

Bollywood and the other major cinematic hubs (Tamil, Marathi, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada) constitute the broader Indian film industry, whose output is the largest in the world in terms of number of films produced and in number of tickets sold. Bollywood is a strong part of popular culture of not only India and Pakistan, but also of the rest of South Asia, the Middle East, parts of Africa, parts of Southeast Asia, and among the South Asian diaspora worldwide. Bollywood has its largest diasporic audiences in the UK, Canada, Australia and the U.S., all of which have large Indian immigrant populations. [link]

Bollywood has a vast and varied history and even scratching the top of it will be a herculean task.

If you havent seen a Hindi movie, the one that is the all time favorite according to me is

It is the quintessential Bollywood Masala movie, the like of which has never been seen again.

Bombay is also the home of some of the greatest of Indian movie stars. It is not uncommom to see hordes of people standing outside the bungalows of famous movie stars, just to get a small glimpse of them.

Here the Indian movie star is even more famous and powerful than the politician.

And the movie stars of Bombay havent disappointed.

Two of the all time greats Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bacchan call Bombay home.

Some of the first images, the teeming millions of India have of the city of Bombay, is from Hindi movie films that are shot in the city.

So next time you watch a Hindi movie, be rest assured that the city has something or the other to contribute to the success of the movie, if not everything.

Gift # 4: Cricket

Over the past few days Metroblogging cities have been posting about unique gifts that their city has given to the world. This is in the spirit of the holiday season and gift-giving which ensues in most parts of the world. In the same vein, we start our series. The countdown will go in reverse till we reach Gift #1. Note that they are not in any priority of importance, rather just gifts that India’s greatest city has to offer. Earlier posts are here

Before you jump and scream that this is a lie, read the entire post. Cricket was invented by the British. However today Indian cricket is the financial and organisational powerhouse like no other sport in the world. And the center of all this is in Bombay.

Eden Gardens may boast the biggest stadium but then also the most unruly and uncouth rowdy fans. Delhi and Madras, are wannabes when it comes to cricket. The real heart and soul of Indian cricket lies in Bombay and the talent and chutzpah that has made Indian cricket what it is is the gift from the maidans and the cricketers of Bombay.

Cricket came to India in the 18th Century.

In 1848, the Parsi community in Mumbai formed the Oriental Cricket Club, the first cricket club to be established by Indians. After slow beginnings, the Parsis were eventually invited by the Europeans to play a match in 1877.[7] By 1912, the Parsis, Hindus, and Muslims of Bombay played a quadrangular tournament with the Europeans every year [link]

At the Wankhede

Since then Bombay hasn’t looked back. It is one of the only three cities in the world to have had three different test match grounds. The Bombay Gymkhana Grounds, The Brabourne Stadium and the Wankhede Stadium.

Besides these, the Azad Maidan, Cross Maidan, Oval and countless other such smaller maidans and the Gymkhanas have nurtured some of the greatest Indian cricketers to don the Indian colors.

It is one of the few cities which has its own team for the national Ranji Trophy. And it has won the trophy about half the time in the last 60 years since the inception of the Ranji Trophy.

Cricketers from Bombay, bring the die hard, play in all conditions, no nonsense spirit that is the embodiment of Bombay. An example of how seriously we take our cricket is the fact that we have a special tournament, the Kanga League played only during the monsoon season on pitches which are deathbeds for batsmen and bowler alike.

While most of India forgets cricket during the monsoon season, it thrives in Bombay.

A famous international cricketer had said that Bombay is the only ground in the world where the crowd in the stadium is as educated as the commentators on radio and TV. Hence a good stroke by even the opposition batsmen is applauded for the joy of the sport and not dependant on the nationality of the player. That is the true hallmark of India’s premier cricketing city.

The city has arguably provided the best Indian players from any city or state in the country. From Polly Umrigar, to Wadekar, Solkar, Gavaskar, Vengsarkar et al to today and Tendulkar. Its been an amazing line of batsmen, bowlers, and fielders that have donned the Bombay Jersey and the India Cap.

There was a time in the 70’s and 80’s when 7 of 11 players in the team were from Bombay. In recent times, the pickings have been leaner, but a lot of that has to do with the regionalism that has set in to Indian cricket.

Watching a one day international match from the East Stand or North Stand at Wankhede is an experience one has to partake at least once in their lives. The crowd chanting “Galli Galli mein shor Hai, Pakistan Chor Hai” and “Ravi Shastri Hai Hai” even as Tendulkar is on fire in the middle is an experience one will never ever forget.

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