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the arts walking tour
9 stops, Medium
All major cities have fascinating hidden sides that they choose to reveal at random. If you’re lucky, Mumbai will allow you a couple of those picture-perfect moments when you least expect it
the bazaar tour
7 stops, Medium
If there’s demand, chances are a market will spring up somewhere to meet it. That’s how things work in aamchi Mumbai, where everything from flowers and antiques to second-hand cars
salman khan ka bandra!
6 stops, Medium
One of our country’s biggest superstars lives in this suburb, in a one-bedroom hall apartment! It’s incredible, but true. Interestingly enough, Salman Khan has lived in that space
If you've bumped into several closed shutters at the nearest chemist shops this morning, you can blame the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). About 7000 shops in the city will stay closed from 7 am to 11 pm on November 11, 2013, protesting a crackdown on their shops by the pharmaceutical vigilance body. The FDA has pointed an accusing finger at chemists for the elevated cases of drug-resistant TB due to sales without bills. By law, shops need a qualified chemist to enable the sale of medicines. This is the fourth strike by chemists in two years. For emergencies, head to chemist shops within hospitals premises.
Everyone remembers the fresh-faced actress in her launch film, Refugee opposite Abhishek Bachchan. After schooling at Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu, and graduation later, Kareena Kapoor Khan gave up her education at the age of 20 to pursue acting but now regrets having quit her studies so early to join Bollywood. She was at the time pursuing a course in law but given her family background in Indian cinema, she was so mesmerised by films that she just had to join the industry. She recently expressed regret for the sameand feels that it is very important to send kids to school and college, and allow them to grow into well-read, wholesome individuals. How about someone approaching the beautiful actress to take up the cause of girls' education?
Breakfast with butterflies
Unit No 31 Aarey Colony,Goregaon East
Got up very early this morning. And went past this checkpoint to the Bombay Natural History Society's Conservation Education Centre (BNHS CEC). Another two kilometers down the road into the beginning of the forest reserve of Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
Today was their annual 'Breakfast with butterflies' event.
We started with a kit and a briefing on the butterfly kingdom. Then we split into groups with a guide and went off into the forests.
I have never seen so many different butterflies and just simply so many of them.
At one point I felt like an intruder. I did not belong there. It was a magic land where humans should not go disturbing.
After the 1.5-hour trail through dense forest on a steep landscape we learnt that we had been walking through a very special butterly ecosystem.
Along the way, we met all kinds of spiders and a pit viper in our path that was very happy to be photographed by each one of us.
Of course there was a small turn in the trail that the guide ensured nobody took even by mistake. That would lead to leopard land!
Back at home and work now.
What a switch. Just a couple of kilometres away is the the mall infested strip of road where I live.
Films and Mumbai go way back, long before when it was called Bombay. Frenzied fans, a pulsating city and insane traffic still fails to put a stopper on the booming film industry. If you want to catch a celebrity in action, here are the corners you should haunt.
The Shantaram Tour
If it’s weren’t for Australian writer Gregory David Roberts, a whole lot of people would assume there’s nothing more to Mumbai than Bollywood and the Gateway of India. As his bestselling novel has revealed though, this is a city full of surprises at every corner. Here are some of the colourful spots that make their presence felt in Shantaram.
One day in South Mumbai
24 hours to visit one of India’s most vibrant cities? Not enough. Not enough at all. Still, for the few who refuse to spend more time, for whatever reason, here’s a list of places it makes sense to stop and visit. Hire a pre-paid cab for the day and rattle out the names. Or, stay in your hotel room and check them out with us.
Guide: Rohinton Mistry's long journey
Born in 1952 to a Parsi family in Mumbai, Mistry spent his early years here. Despite migrating to...
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