In my previous post, I wrote about the history of Vasai and how it has gradually become the Vasai as we know of today. So, in case you’ve missed that part, or if you are interested in the history of this place, I would recommend you read that before you proceed. However, if you are a nature lover Vasai is one place to visit especially during the monsoon season. Now, there are no special areas in Vasai-Virar region so I cannot recommend any particular places which you should visit. The region is quite vast and open and there’s a lot of greenery around which attracts the local and migratory aquatic Vasai birds to settle down here for some time before they continue their journey elsewhere.
Most of my blog posts are usually about my travel experiences. However, recently I have not been traveling much mainly due to the amount of work I do. So, I and Sarah came up with the thought to write about Vasai history. Vasai is a little north of the Mumbai on the west coast. A few decades ago, Vasai was a sleepy town enjoying its own peaceful existence. Today it is one of the fastest growing towns in the suburban Mumbai.
As a traveller, I have always been surprised by the wonders of nature and the landscape that I see around. However, there are times when surprises come from the most unexpected situations. When I started this blog, my sole objective was to offer reliable information about India and Indian destinations to locals and international travellers who would want to explore my country. In the last couple of years, as I wrote more posts, I have been receiving questions from readers who email me their queries – some sensible ones, some funny and some really weird questions. I try to answer them as honestly as I could based on my opinions and experiences.
As a travel blogger, I am always fascinated with different places that speak so much about the local culture, food and people. Every village, town, and the city that I have visited has its own trademark style and that is what I carry back home and try to write it down before it begins to fade out of my memory. I am a part of a closed group of bloggers, writers, poets and creative minds and during our last conversation, we came up with a thought of rewriting one of our old posts that we think we can improve. For me, that is practically impossible, because most of my posts never go public if I am not satisfied. So, I decided that I would come up with a new post (well, I write a lot less than most people in my blog group) where I can ponder on a new topic.
So, here I am writing about things to do and places to visit when you are in Mumbai on a short business trip or if you are just here for few days or just a day at a stretch. Honestly, this sounds like an easy essay topic, but trust me it is not. I mean, look at the map of Mumbai, the city is expanding faster than you can imagine. All the places that once used to be the far north of the city have now become the central locations. On Zomato, there are more than 10,313 restaurants registered across the city, on TripAdvisor there are 207 attractions to visit, and 158 places to shop around, so where do you start?
Well, a lot of my readers have been waiting for this. From my college days, I’ve been attending the Kala Ghoda Art Festival and I’ve continued to be a part of it. I’m not sure if regular visitors are enjoying the festival with the same enthusiasm because the festival has changed in many sense, but I’m not sure what attracts so many people to the KGAF. At the moment I’m happy that I attended the festival, but I’m not so happy in many sense and I will vent out my feelings in another post. So, for the moment here are the pictures, I believe they are self-explanatory, so enjoy browsing through all of it. The theme of the festival is – Crossing The Threshold
Mumbai, the city of dreams. Although, it might not be the capital of India, it certainly holds a strategic importance and continues to be the financial hub of the country and provides employments to countless people across the country who come here with dreams to make it big. It is the city of money, power, greed, crime and love. However, Bombay as it was known then was quite different from what it has become now. This time I am taking you back in time to explore a different shade of the city which is now known as the Maximum City. I am fascinated by the heritage structure of South Mumbai (maybe because I grew up watching these buildings,fountains, structures all my life) and so I want to take my readers on a South Bombay (now Mumbai) tour, especially my friends and readers abroad who know very little about my city.
In my previous post on The Dabbawallahs of Mumbai, I’ve already mentioned about the fast lifestyle of the city that leaves no room to sit and stare and think about where you’re heading. However, to keep that momentum going all the time, without a break you need something that works like clockwork. Yes, in this post I’m going to cover the suburban railway network of Mumbai that certainly is the lifeline of the city. I’ve already written a lot about it, but in a different perspective. This time, I’m focusing on it from a different view highlighting new facts that I’ve never shared before.
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay is not just the financial, entertainment and commercial capital of India, but also an important city to the state of Maharashtra allowing the state to churn more money every single day. Nestled on the west coast of the country facing the Arabian Sea, the city has an estimated population of more than 20 million and the numbers grow rapidly each year making it one of the most populous urban regions in the world. People from all corners of the country visit Mumbai to explore it and to make some money that would offer them a chance to lift their lifestyle. The pressure is immense and therefore most residents here have to be on their toes at all times. Hours of commuting across the city, traffic jams, professional commitments, irritating bosses, nagging wives and girlfriends, job insecurities, financial woes and a lot more adds up to the lifestyle making life insanely hectic and stressful. To meet the demands of this hyper-active and not-a-second-to-waste lifestyle, locals need a break – a food break, to rejuvenate, to bust their stress, to have a conversation with colleagues over a cafeteria table and to pamper their taste buds.
Have you ever noticed this funny side of human beings? We cut down nature; we cut down hills and forests without caring about the ecosystem, animals and birds in order to develop sprawling urban landscape and great cities. Once we are done with all that, we start searching for a natural holiday spot that can offer us calm environment and natural landscape that can make our heart smile and get rid of all that stress and fatigue. Life in Mumbai is as fast as in New York City and London and therefore locals here often need options that allow them to unwind and take a quick break. Over a period of time, Pune has swelled into a bigger city from just a small town known for reputed educational institutions in India. It has quickly garnered the reputation of being the Twin City, being not too far from Mumbai.
Okay, I won’t waste time with any introduction paragraph here. This is the second and concluding part of Savoring the Street Food of Mumbai post. I hope you enjoy it this as well.