Window shopping

In a city that loves designers, it is always good to go back to the philosophy of raste ka maal saste mein! Take a trip down the street with me while I poke into the tinsel of GlamourTown.

Roti (food), kapda (clothing) aur makan (shelter)…so the dictat goes. Roti (and also naan, idli, dosa, pizza, pasta and pita) is available in an appetizing variety while the glitz and glamour of teeny-weeny kapdas dazzle us. But what of makan? Oh well….life is always something short of perfect. For now, we settle for ramming our fresh fruit purchases in with the bling-thing that we call an LBD (Little Bright Dress!)

This is one of the original ‘moll’s that stroked our wallets long before Atria, CrossRoad, R Mall and In Orbit. Set in the heart of a vegetable/fruit market, it always amuses me to see the rasta-Mumbai rub shoulders with wannabe cool.</
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But then beauty is always a booming business in showtown. Bangles, bracelets, armlets, necklaces, chains, pendants, rings, hoops, studs, navel-rings, lower-lip piercings, clips, bands, scrunchies, hair grips, henna tattoos…

Any teenager in the city will tell you that the coolest stuff is available off the streets. Who wants to fork out all that money for stuff the whole city is wearing when you can pick up one-of-a-kind trinkets at the numerous tables at every street corner? Self-confessed junk jewellery junkie that I am, I’ve often ended up buying clothes to match stuff that I picked off the roadside stalls!

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And for the more intellectually inclined, the streets have something for you as well! For those of us who grew up with bookish tastes, this is an ode to those days of splashing preciously saved pocket-money on recycled and reprinted books. The wonderful (or perhaps not..) thing is that everything is a business in this city and every street-hawker, a master salesman. They may not have studied beyond class 5 but they’ll know the ‘latest, ekdum fast-moving’ authors, related genres and books of interest.

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And finally, Mumbai even promises you a trip to the moon and back!!! Don’t you believe me?

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1 Comment so far

  1. (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 10:42 am

    ~~~~~~THE PRESENT Christians ARE PAGANISH ~~~~~~

    The present Christian they called it self Christians actually they are not Issa Allah Salaam believers they are Rome peoples who they adopted Christian name but still they are in Pagan religion (Christian name also not come from Issa believers) and Pagan religion they believes two gods and they believes Christmas trees (they believe these trees has some kind of spiritual strength to fight with evils and they alive for ever) and santa, Hallowing etc… all date and calendars came from Pagans and also 25th December is not Issa Allah Salaam (They called Jesus) birth day ( This date Pagan god date) actually Issa Allah Salaam born in summer time Quran has this evidence when Merriam Allah Salaam (Mary) gave the birth (Sura Al-Imran-3) that was hot day time and there was fruits on the tree for eat and river water for drink so these present Christian religion is actually pagan and also I believe the present calendar is not belongs to Issa A.S, what was the reasons those Romans converted Christianity actually that was roman king converted but they fear from his peoples so they adopt both religions and emerged togathered, that time pure Issa A.S believers need the strength against Jews and they accepted this offer of Roman King and they populated several wrong hadith in Islam as a falls Muslims which is we are facing today’s. ~~~~~~

    Do you know how peoples believes idol they are gods they worship? When Allah sent his prophecy to humanity for his mercy and deliver his messages that time his (prophecy) believers send his (prophecy) messages to generations and next generations made his (prophecy) pictures as a respective spiritual person and keep in mind to pray Allah only one creator Allah worship but later on next his generations considers these pictures are our gods and they made statues and satan completely help them to do this, believe me all idol believers should go to hell who don’t believe one creator Allah.



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