The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part I (INTRODUCTION)

Surprisingly I have been to Mumbai more than Goa or any other part of the city in India but I have been stayed longer days in Goa for sure. The reason is simple, Mumbai is closer from Ahmedabad with more trains running on and Double Decker train which have more number of seats making it more comfortable and easier to travel to Mumbai even in super tight budget and almost have few empty seats when you need to book at last moment. When it comes to Mumbai people are more exciting to bump on Bollywood actor/actress or hit the prime locations like Bandra, Juhu, Andheri, Lokhandwala and Gateway of India and not to forget how much everyone complaining about traffic jams. Three years back I visited South Mumbai, the Fort area (specific location: where CST [Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus] located AKA Victoria Terminus [VT] Station) for some official work and have learned about the old world charm of Mumbai beside the traffic jams. Can’t believe this is the same city I used to hate it when I was a kid. There is no other cheaper and best way to enjoy Mumbai than traveling in local trains, eating at not-so-fancy restaurant, walk along the Queen’s Necklace to spot architectural wonders, enjoy coastal views, sit on the seawall, feel the cool breeze in your face and watch waves crash gently upon the shore.  Continue reading “The old world charm neighborhood in Mumbai that you will fall in love with: South Mumbai – Part I (INTRODUCTION)”

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The part of Mumbai you never wish to put your feet on but there’s home of the ones who help Mumbai to be the greatest city of India

There are five largest slums in the world: Dharavi (Mumbai, India). Khayelitsha (Cape Town, South Africa). Kibera (Nairobi, Kenya) and Neza (Mexico). Orangi Town (Karachi, Pakistan). A ‘slum’ is a thickly populated shabby part of an urban city, a cramped spaces inhabited by poor people who usually been disgust by the upper community but the fact is, they are the biggest contributor to boost our country economy. There are basically the back bone of the country. Dharavi is considered one of the largest slums in Asia and it has an area of just over 2.1 square kilometres and a population of about 700,000 plus living in 100,000 around makeshift homes and appx there are at least 400-450 people per acre. The largest slum in the world, however, is located in Mexico city (Neza) with four times more people than Dharavi. Mumbai is known for its Bollywood film industry, some call Mumbai as city of dreams while some come to Mumbai to bag the job they work their ass of for many many years. But Dharavi Slum came into international limelight when Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008) won an Oscar award. A British drama film that is a loose adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author Vikas Swarup.

However, being the biggest slum in the Asia aren’t the reasons why Dharavi is famous for. I tell ya this, if you remove Dharavi from the city, most likely Mumbai would collapse within a day or two. Dharavi is the ‘oxygen‘ of Mumbai like how the local trains are the ‘heart beats‘. With their small business, slum dwellers generate an annual turnover of about over USD 650 million, making it one of the most productive slums in the world. Yes! You read this right.  Continue reading “The part of Mumbai you never wish to put your feet on but there’s home of the ones who help Mumbai to be the greatest city of India”

Day Trip to Chorão Island-Goa. Visited Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and found an inhabitant mystery Island.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetChorão also known as Choddnnem or Chodan, is an estuarine island located in the backwaters of the Mandovi River and it is the largest among other 17 islands of Goa (yes! Goa have 17 islands in total). Chorão is divided by creeks and backwaters that have tidal variations, a network formed from the Mandovi and Mapusa rivers and the Cumbharja canal. You can reach Chorão Island either by ferry from Ribander or take a picturesque long road route crossing the whitewashed churches, green fields and beautiful Portuguese Villas from Mapusa. Definitely it will put you into time travel.  Chorão Island is famously known for the largest bird sanctuary of Goa – Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. The reserve has got its name from the famous Dr. Salim Ali – an Indian ornithologist and naturalist who sometimes referred to as the “Birdman of India”. There is a paved walk which takes you within the sanctuary and the mangroves can be explored by a boat which navigates through the narrow passageways. Continue reading “Day Trip to Chorão Island-Goa. Visited Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and found an inhabitant mystery Island.”

The Enchanting Houses of Goa-Museum and Indian Artist, Cartoonist & Illustrator Mario de Miranda Gallery

Each type of architecture has a history to it and Goa have a excellent visual delight. Along with the roads dotted with palm trees, you will witness the cozy homes as well. The Portuguese culture has influence in Goa more than at any other state in India and most of the historic houses still standing were built between 18th century and the early part of 20th century. The Portuguese arrived in Goa in 1510 and brought with them a host of cultural and aesthetic influences from Europe and other places. The Portuguese first made churches and the started constructed casa’s (private houses). Continue reading “The Enchanting Houses of Goa-Museum and Indian Artist, Cartoonist & Illustrator Mario de Miranda Gallery”

13 Interesting Things About Goa You Should Learn Before Traveling.

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Not so many people know much about Goa except those who are exploring nooks and corners of Goa or living there. Goa is rich in art, nature, culture, history, mining, iconic Indo-Portuguese architectures (churches and houses) / structures and one of the few places in India that allows (legal) casinos to operate (basically, ‘Floating Casinos’). At one corner Goa is a part of Globalization, at the other part it’s a 19th century peaceful living style, barter system still playing role. Sometimes I wonder how anyone just visit Goa to stay at luxury properties and never stepped out. Well, we live by our choices, always 🙂

Sometimes to get to know about the strange lands we are traveling it is not easy. There is always a different picture in actual. So I have compiled a list of useful tips which might help in making your trip a good one and memorable. These tips are by no means a comprehensive list but they will help you plan your trip before your embark on it and also when you are actually in Goa. Continue reading “13 Interesting Things About Goa You Should Learn Before Traveling.”

Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa – Dec 2018

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It was the third edition of Serendipity Arts Festival last year in December (2018) from 15th to 22nd, turned the Goan capital – Panaji into an engaging public art space. From recreating a market place in a park to dramatizing the “Mahabharata” using puppetry, the “Charpai Project” where you get to know about the traditional woven bed used in the Indian subcontinent since 500 years, singing retro Bollywood songs, coke studio, classical music to jazz tunes, the eighth-day-long event has celebrated all things, ordinary and nostalgic, alike. India’s first multi-disciplinary arts event, with over 90 dynamic projects highlighting the country’s rich traditions of music, dance and theater, alongside culinary arts, craft, and visual arts exhibitions. Goa’s biggest and largest Arts Fest that brings and introduced us to the best artist of India. Like how the Festivals and Beliefs are the strong root of its Heritage and Tradition in India, the Arts is playing the backbone of India along with the Economy. Art in any form, be it music, writing, painting, photography, craft, theater, calligraphy, dancing, singing and much much more. Art is an ultimate healer one could really ask for. Art is everything you need currently to survive in this crazy world 🙂 

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Museum of Goa (MOG) – Harmony in the middle of chaos

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We love experiencing great art, witnessing enigmatic collections and some of us love reading about out of the world stories about the artists. Museum of Goa – MOG is different! The Konkani word mog meaning love, is an apt acronym for Museum of Goa. This place is busted with love spirit. An unlikely location for Museum of Art, a 1500 square meters of space centrally located in Pilerne Industrial Estate (the big Industry Zone), appx 5 kms from Candolim Beach area, a three storey structure designed by the well-known architect Dean D’Cruz, stands between industries on one side and the forest on the other. The museum has no permanent collections except few. Funded and founded by sculpture and installation artist Dr. Subodh Kerkar. MOG opened its door on November 2015 and till date it is one of the most visited place in Goa. The inclusive space for Arts that successfully have bringing together different artists, curators and art lovers from all around the world together under one roof. A magnificent display of art which have break all the social barriers. Undoubtedly the most mesmerizing art display I have seen so far. An Art venue that goes beyond art. MOG, you have my heart ❤ Continue reading “Museum of Goa (MOG) – Harmony in the middle of chaos”