Happy Diwali to you & your family

Mumbai looks very festive these days with colorful lights and beautiful decorations. Diwali (or Deepavali) is around the corner and preparation for the festival of lights is full on: A deep clean of the house, after which the home is decorated beautifully with rangolis, lights and lanterns.

On Diwali night, people dress up in their best outfits, light up diyas (small candles) inside and outside the house and participate in puja (prayer) with their family members. Similar to Christmas in the West, Diwali is a festival celebrated with family.

I am sure you have noticed how things slow down a bit during this time of the year and you might have had a Diwali Party at your office today (which probably reminded you of your year-end party in your home country). That is because Diwali also marks the new year. And the many fireworks (beautiful but extremely loud and polluting the whole city) will remind you of New Years Eve in your home country.

Diwali spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

Here are my TOP 3 Diwali Tips for You:

  1. You should absolutely attend Diwali celebrations with your Indian friends, colleagues or neighbors if they invite you. There is nothing better than being with a big fat Indian family during this festive season. (In fact, you can be even very direct and ask your friends or neighbors if you could participate in their Diwali celebration. I am sure they will feel very happy to introduce you to this Indian festival.)
  2. If your maid or other household workers ask you for a Diwali bonus and you are wondering how much to give: One month salary if they have worked for you since more than 6 months. Otherwise, you can give half month salary.
  3. Stay Safe! Be aware of fire crackers, etc. during Diwali celebrations on the roads but also in your housing society.

Happy Diwali 2016


Halloween Brunch at Grand Hyatt

This month is full of celebrations at Grand Hyatt: the Grand OktoBierFest (Did you see my Instagram pics?), Diwali and tomorrow, you get a chance to celebrate HALLOWEEN at the #UnapologeticallyItalian Saturday Brunch at Celini.

Grand Hyatt Halloween Brunch

Trick or Treat? Definitely Treat! Delicious Italian Soulfood awaits you. Check out all the details here.

Gwenda Glocalista Card Holders enjoy 20% discount on the brunch at Celini!

Sewri Koli Seafood Festival

Sewri: You may or may not have heart of this part of Mumbai. For me this was a part of the city I would only see from far away when driving on the Eastern Freeway.

But last Sunday, we went to explore Sewri as part of the Sewri Koli Seafood Festival that was organized by APLI Mumbai and the Koli community of Sewri. We enjoyed a guided tour at the Sewri Fort and learned about the local history of this place. And after that, we enjoyed  a variety of seafood that the Koli women prepared for visitors. My favorite was the Prawn Curry – very spicy and very delicious.

The Sewri Koli Seafood Festival also introduced visitors to the idea and plans of the Sewri Eco Park. Continue reading if you are interested to learn more about this project:

“The Sewri Eco Park is a proposal to Mumbai Port Trust to capitalize on the natural assets of our beautiful eastern coastline (such as mangrove and the flamingo seasonal bird sanctuary) by replacing the hitherto viewing spot known as kerosene jetty. The park will not only provide Mumbaikars with an easily accessible spot to view one of Mumbai’s most iconic feathery pink visitors (the lesser flamingo), but also an escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Surrounded by beautiful wetlands the recreational areas, educational facilities and exquisite view promise to make the Sewri Nature Park one of the best green spots in the city.”


The Gr8 American Food & Beverage Festival from 13 to 26 October

Gr8 American Food and Beverage Festival by USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) brings to you The Gr8 American Food & Beverage Festival from 13 to 26 October 2016 powered by All Things Nice.

10 restaurants across the city came up with a specially curated menu featuring America’s best produce and beverages such as blueberries, walnuts, pears, apples and whiskey.

Participating restaurants are: Cafe Zoe, AKA Restaurant, Ellipsis, The Korner House, LIMA, Please Don’t Tell, Euro,  The Sassy Spoon, Woodside Inn and Lighthouse Cafe. Check out all the details of the festival here and here.



The Grand OktoBierFest from 14 to 23 October 2016 at Grand Hyatt

Grand Hyatt Mumbai brings Bavarian culture to Bombay and hosts the Grand OktoBierFest from 14 to 23 October 2016. The majestic tent is home to chef-crafted Bavarian delights, refreshing brews from around the world and foot-tapping music by ‘Talbachbuam’, a renowned band all the way from Munich.


Gwenda Glocalista is impressed by the grand spread of traditional German food like German Pretzels, Obatzda i.e. a piquant Bavarian cheese dip ; Chicken or Pork “Wiener” schnitzel, potato salad ; Chicken Cheese or Pork “Frankfurter” mustard, fresh horseradish, oven fresh sour dough bread; “Roasted Bratwurst” mashed potatoes, sour kraut; “Goulash” Lamb Goulash with spätzle, German cold cut – cheese platter with a typical German Pumpernickel Bread and many more.

For reservations and more details, call Grand Hyatt at 7045950140 or check out the official Facebook Event Page.

Stunning View of Mumbai | Airport Vlog

Today, I would like to share with you another of my vlogs. I am still learning this whole video editing thing but I totally enjoy sharing my experience in this format and hope you guys like it, too. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel by clicking here.

Stay tuned for more videos and blog posts about my recent Goa travel coming up soon. (My blog post about Curlies at Anjuna Beach is already up!)

And last but not least: Thank you Jet Airways for this amazing flight experience!

Chilled Out Time at Curlies, Goa

Curlies Anjuna Beach Goa India

My recent Goa trip was a workcation. Both my husband and I were extremely occupied with business work but we also needed a break. So we decided to pack our laptops (and a few other things) and head to Goa for a few days. September can still be quite rainy but we were lucky. It drizzled only on the first day when we were setting up “our offices” at the beautiful Panjim Inn Hotel.

We had an amazing time in Goa: went for early morning walks, enjoyed amazing Goan food and we were extremely productive during the few hours per day that we spent working on our businesses.

Curlies Anjuna Beach Goa India

On the last day, we decided to head to North Goa for some beach time and of course more delicious food! I love the fresh seafood and of course the Goan sausages. Nearly everywhere we went, I ordered squid masala fry, garlic butter prawns and Goan sausages.

Our first stop in North Goa was Curlies. Located at Anjuna Beach, this shack makes for the perfect chill out place. We did carry our laptops and worked for a little while. But then, we enjoyed the amazing view of the Arabian Sea, the refreshing salty breeze and our Lime Soda, while our feet were touching the sand.

Anjuna Beach Goa India

Unfortunately, we had just finished our breakfast at our hotel and still had a few other places on the list, so we only ordered some pancakes. Curlies being a beach shack, you can’t expect 5 star cuisines here. But the food is decent and tasty. And while it was too early for us to drink beer, we saw the other guests enjoying their breakfast with some wine or cocktails…

Definitely a place you must visit when in Goa. In fact, Curlies wasn’t crowded at all this time. Probably, because it was still off-season and early in the day. And that made it extra special.

Curlies Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato