August Favorites

 

August has been a month of new beginnings. And some of them will always be unforgettable.
Here are my August Favorites:

NRI Brunch Fiesta

I love Sunday’s. The laziness of the weekend, the catching up with friends and of course Brunch. I recently discovered the most delicious and colorful Sunday Brunch at NRI in BKC. And it’s a Brunch Fiesta. Definitely one of my favorite brunches in the city. I liked it so much that I wrote a whole blog post about.

Sunday Brunch Fiesta at NRI in BKC Mumbai

Lipstick under my Burkha

Wow. I still find it difficult to describe this movie. Powerful. Important. Rebellious. The movie takes you behind the scenes and shows you the life of four ordinary Indian women. Really. I don’t have words to describe the movie. All I can say it’s a must watch. Watch the trailer and stay tuned on my Facebook page as I will post there if I can find an English version of the movie.

Gwenda Glocalista Events

This month, I started hosting Gwenda Glocalista Events and it’s so much fun to meet you all in person and to discover Mumbai together. We started off with a unique home-dining experience at the home of chef Shital and are continuing our events with a Parsi Breakfast at BKC in September. (Do let me know what other events you would like me to organize…)

Marathi

If you are following me on Instagram, you know that I recently started learning Marathi at the Mumbai University. It’s super fun (and super confusing). I love learning new languages and after living in Mumbai for nearly 4 years, it’s about time to learn Marathi. “Maza naav Gwenda Glocalista ahe.”

Mumbai Spirit

Once again, I fell in love with Mumbai. I absolutely loved to see how strangers helped strangers and opened their houses, offices, restaurants, etc. to give shelter and food to people stranded during the heavy rains on Tuesday. This is the Mumbai Spirit that makes me feel so grateful to be part of this amazing city.

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Mumbai: 29th August 2017, when humanity poured in as much as the rains.

The Maximum City experienced unusual heavy rainfall yesterday which caused people stranded for hours. With 298mm of rainfall in just 9 hours, the city was at a standstill.

Flooded tracks during heavy rain showers in Mumbai near sion station (Souce: Indian Express)
Flooded tracks during heavy rain showers in Mumbai near sion station (Souce: Indian Express)

The waterlogged roads, disappearing railway tracks, those waterfall videos at the local stations, trees falling, overflowing nallas; all of this couldn’t stop this city and help from every corner flooded more than the water. People across the city offered help in various forms: shared rides, shelter, food and drinking water, phone charging stations, etc.

Maharashtra government issued an advisory: “The next 48 hours may see very heavy rainfall in Mumbai and suburbs… Precautionary measures include not venturing out unless necessary, electricity supply may be cut down to waterlogging, it would be advisable to keep devices charged, stock food and supplies, roll down windows of vehicles while in traffic…” as reported by Indian Express.

The transportation has now resumed back to normal. Some of the updates are-

  • Jet Airways, Vistara and IndiGo offered its passengers to cancel or reschedule their August 30 flights without any penalty or cancellation fee.
  • Metro rail services also functioning normally between Andheri and Ghatkopar.
  • Traffic from Bandra Worli Sealink is moving. No tolls for today, as per CM’s orders. 
  • Traffic on Western Express Highway is clear both on south and north bound.
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Here are our tips to stay safe during this time:

1. Don’t leave the house unless it’s an emergency.
2. Let your household staff stay at home and take care of their families.
3. Store some food and drinking water.
4. Charge your phones and laptops.
5. Save emergency numbers in your phone.
6. Communicate to your friends and family that you are fine (you can mark yourself safe on Facebook).
7. Offer help to others if you can (today and in the coming days).

Despite the crazy rains and flooding, the Mumbai spirit never dies. It’s amazing to see how strangers help strangers, organizations and groups organize food supplies to people stranded.

And also the Indian Navy community kitchens are providing food at Churchgate, Byculla, Parel, CST, Worli, Tardeo, Mumbai Central, Dadar, Mankhurd, Chembur, Malad and Ghatkopar this morning.

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Food distribution by Ganesh mandal of Lalbaugcha Raja to the devotees stranded there.screenshot_20170830-123215_01

 

 

We appreciate every citizen for their efforts and hope everyone is safe now.

Your guide to witness the grand Ganesh Immersion in Mumbai

Ganesh Immersion, the day when we all bid a goodbye to Ganpati Bappa. The day when the idols of Bappa are immersed in water bodies.

Celebrations take place for 11 days after which they come to an end on the day of Anant Chaturdashi.  However, many people who bring Ganesha to their homes choose to immerse Lord Ganesha much before.  It follows a particular schedule and can happen only after 1.5, 3, 5, 7, 10 or 11 days of celebrations.

P.C: https://goo.gl/2fKPPz

We have listed the major spots for Ganesh Visarjan in Mumbai. Head to the seaside and you witness whole of Mumbai there.

  • Girgaon Chowpatty, Marine Drive
  • Powai Lake
  • Juhu Beach
  • Versova Beach
  • Gorai Jetty
  • Veer Kotwal Garden, Dadar west

Many neighborhoods have come up with Artificial Ponds for immersion. This is a great effort to reduce the pollution in the seas. Some of them are:

  • Lokhandwala Complex, Lokhadwala Backroad, Andheri (west)
  • Sambhaji Garden, Santacruz (west)
  • Ganesh Ghaat, Goregaon (east)
  • Mayor’s Bungalow, Dadar (west)

Obviously, the entire city is flooded with bands, people dancing on streets on loud music. It might get cluttered to visit the streets. So, we present you a guide for emergency contact details nearby these major sights for Visarjan. Though Police constables and volunteers in large numbers are present at each venue, but in case, there is certain emergency, these are the numbers of police stations nearby these spots.

  1. Girgaum Chowpatty:
    Nearby Police Station:
  • DB Marg Police Station : 02223867873
  • VP Road Police Station: 02223872525
  • Gamdevi Police Station: 02223803505
  1. Powai Lake:
    Nearby Police Stations:
  • Powai Police Station: 02225702690, 02225702492
  1. Juhu Beach
    Nearby Police Stations:
  • Juhu Police Station: 02226183856
  • Oshiwara Police Station: 02226323861
  • Kherwadi Police Station: 02226570877
  1. Versova Beach
    Nearby Police Stations:
  • Versova Police Thana: 02226304812, 02226365420
  1. Gorai Jetty
    Nearby Police Stations:
  • Gorai Police Station: 02228451828
  • MHB Police Station: 02228677401
  1. Central South Mumbai
    Nearby Police Stations:
  • Mumbai Central Railway Police Station: 02223070197
  • Dadar Police Station: 02224301403
  • Shivaji Park Police Station: 02224229059

ganesh-visarjan2Some points to keep in mind while there:

  • Since it’s been raining all day, we advice you to carry your umbrellas and raincoat. Try wearing chappals as shoes tend to get soggy and makes it difficult to walk on the beach.
  • Traffic Jams are the most complaint thing. For this, you must take advantage of Mumbai police’s special measures of providing details about traffic arrangements. You can click here to get all the details and information of traffic arrangements and route maps.
  • If your ears are sensitive to loud music, drums and fire crackers, do wear ear plugs or carry them along with you in your bag.
  • Some tours and travel companies arrange special pavilions that can provide facilities like mobile toilets, clean drinking water and wireless Internet connections.
  • The two most important things that you must carry are first-aid box and water. It is difficult to get water in crowded places.
  • Take extra care of children. Keep them away from sea shores and crackers. There should be one person responsible for their care and safety.

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Ganesh Anant Chaturdashi! Be a respectful  and responsible citizen.

Things to Do this Week in Mumbai (28 August to 03 September 2017)

28 August, Monday

Watch some of the young talented stand-up comedians. Enjoy and encourage these new bees by watching them burning the stage with laughter. Attend the amazing Open Mic Night @ CLC with Raunaq. Click here to book your shows.

29 August, Tuesday

Make sure you attend this amazing event BOOKSBYWEIGHT today. There is definitely no person as loyal as a book and this is a good opportunity to grab all those books which you wanted badly. Fabiani Art Gallery, Irla offers a special opportunity to buy books by the range of weight. Go, grab this opportunity. Check out their official Facebook event page for more information.

30 August, Wednesday

Mid-week end calls for a break and what can be better than a comedy night. The biggest, baddest, baldest comedian Sorabh Pant is coming to Razzberry Rhinoceros. Get ready for this epic destruction of comedy and make your Wednesday a memorable one. For more updates about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

31 August, Thursday

Livewire, a Pune based band that was formed in the year 2004 have evolved gracefully over these years. These creative minds are all set to rock the night and giving a special tribute to Bryan Adam’s at Hard Rock Cafe. For more updates about this event, check out their official Facebook event page.

01 September, Friday

Friday night calls for a party night. Mia Cucina, an Italian cuisine restaurant not only offers a good range of food but have special bar nights every Friday. Get ready to rock and roll at Mia Cucina.

02 September, Saturday

India is a country which has wide variety of heritage and rich in cultural values. Heard of Parsis? They are an Indian community that originally came from Iran.
Join Gwenda Glocalista’s delicious Parsi breakfast only at SodaBottleOpenerWala. Start your day with Meaty Moro, cakes and many more dishes to choose from to make your weekend special. Click here to book your tickets.

03 September, Sunday

Food is the genuine foundation for happiness. 212 Good have got an exclusive menu curated by 5 Yoginis in the town. Keeping your health in mind, it’s their small initiative to help you maintain your health with wholesome amount of good food.

A colorful and delicious Brunch Fiesta at NRI in BKC

It’s wet. It’s dark. It’s grey. Monsoon is officially back. It’s raining almost all day every day; perfect weather for a lazy Sunday brunch. Recently, I was invited to try the most delicious, colorful and beautiful brunch in the city. It was a fiesta: The Brunch Fiesta at NRI in BKC to be precise.

Sunday Brunch Fiesta at NRI in BKC Mumbai
Check out the Sunday Brunch Fiesta at NRI in BKC Mumbai.

Honestly, I didn’t pay much attention to this restaurant at Maker Maxity in BKC before. The concept though sounded very interesting: Atul Kochhar is a twice Michelin starred chef and celebrates “global Indian” dishes at NRI (Not Really Indian). Not really Indian dishes because these are dishes that the Indian Diaspora took from India to the world and adopted and changed it over time. Chef Atul brings these dishes back to India. The menu also has a great Peruvian influence and that’s definitely a cuisine rare to find in India.

Sunday Brunch Fiesta at NRI in BKC Mumbai
Do you click pictures of your food before you eat it?

Back to the Brunch Fiesta: it was colorful, delicious and so much fun! I was part of a blogger’s table with the Food Blogger Association of India (FBAI) and we literally tried everything on the menu. My favourites being: the Indie Brit Fish, the Chorizo Taco, Ceviche (classic), the Calamar Crostillant, the Zucchini Tiradito, the Malay Butter Mushroom, and the Singaporean Chicken Curry. Well… I told you: we tried a lot!

Sunday Brunch Fiesta at NRI in BKC Mumbai
One of my favorite dishes: Indie Brit Fish.
Sunday Brunch Fiesta at NRI in BKC Mumbai
One of my favorite dishes: Chorizo Tacos.
Sunday Brunch Fiesta at NRI in BKC Mumbai
One of my favorite dishes: Zucchini Tiradito.
Sunday Brunch Fiesta at NRI in BKC Mumbai
One of my favorite dishes: Calamar Crostillant.

I highly recommend you to try out the Brunch Fiesta! It’s super fun, delicious and for real: what’s better than a lazy Sunday brunch on a rainy day?

Do let me know what’s your favorite dish on the menu in the comments below.

The Brunch Fiesta at NRI in BKC
Every Sunday, 12.30pm to 4pm
Food Only: 1300 INR + taxes
Food and Alcoholic Beverages: 2000 INR + taxes
For details, click here.

Sunday Brunch Fiesta at NRI in BKC Mumbai
Thank you FBAI for inviting me to this delicious and fun Sunday Brunch!

NRI - Not Really Indian Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A Walk from Kolhapur to the World

It is often said that a journey of thousand miles begins with a good pair of footwear.

You might have heard the name ‘Kolhapuri chappals’. You might even be owning a pair… But do you know how this comfortable leather crafted slipper got its birth?

Kolhapuri Chappals are now ‘world famous’ handcrafted Indian footwear which got its origination from Kolhapur, a town in Maharashtra around 400km away from Mumbai (towards Goa).

Kolhapuris are handmade footwear and are tanned using the dyes extracted from vegetables which make them an eco-friendly product. Saudagars (Merchants) of Maharashtra wore these leather sandals for the first time in the early 13th century. They have come up and emerged as a popular style statement even after 700 years.

Kolhapuri sandals

The first designed pair of chappals was primarily very thin as compared to what material we have today. It was even termed as kaanwali (sandals with ears) because it had two side flaps.

Saudagar family sent their very first model to J.J. Sons, a retail store in Mumbai. They received a lot of appreciation and were very impressed by their work. They even placed an order of 20 more pairs. The demand for Kaanwalis was increasing and by the end of eighteenth century, they became popular and got their name emerged as Kolhapuri and the brand Kolhapuri chappals got more popular in the market.

You might think that they can only go with ethnic look or go with traditional spunk. But, no, nowadays new trends are emerging. Women are even wearing them with jeans or going boho look by adding Kolhapuri chappals.

Originally Kolhapuris weigh 2 kilos because they were made using Buffalo-hide. The main purpose behind making such thick chappals was to beat the heat and survive in the mountainous terrain of Maharashtra. Kolhapuri chappals have longer life durations. However, nowadays they have thin sole and are really light just like a feather.

Kolhapuri sandals

Previously they were available in tan brown color. However, with new designers combining tradition and new trends and variations, they are available in a list of endless colors that may range from blue to green to orange. And funky designs, kolhapuri chappals with heels, pearls and other designs added are recent innovations in Indian Kolhapuri fashion. The combination of tradition and modern trends makes these Kolhapuri sandals a fashion statement among young Indians, bloggers and travellers from across the world.

Kohlapuris from Aprajita Toor
Modern Kohlapuris from Aprajita Toor (www.aprajitatoor.com)

Kolhapuri Chappals will always remain on the top list of ‘Things to buy’ if staying in India. One of the best Indian handcrafted footwear with which you can go on a ride from Kolhapur to the whole world.

If you are looking for beautiful handcrafted modern Kohlapuri sandals, you should check out Aprajita Toor, a Mumbai based fashion designer: http://aprajitatoor.com/

Kohlapuri High Heels by Aprajita Toor
Kohlapuri High Heels by Aprajita Toor (www.aprajitatoor.com)

A glimpse of our first event last Thursday

Our first Gwenda Glocalista event was a special Farali Lunch by our favorite homechef Shital Kakad last Thursday.

Farali Lunch Event Gwenda Glocalista
The spread at our Farali Lunch event at Shital’s Home.

We had a wonderful time enjoying a delicious spread of typical Hindu fasting food which none of us had tried before and it was amazing to chat with Shital and learn more about Indian cuisine & culture. We also discussed a lot about Mumbai, where to buy ingredients for our favorite homemade dishes and much more.

Thank you to our guests and our amazing host for making this first event so much fun and a great success. Check out the pictures from the event below:

Gwenda Glocalista Mumbai Event
Vrat Dahi Aloo Sabzi

Samo Rice also commonly called as vrat ke chawal

Rajgira Amaranth Thepla. The origin of the word Amaranth is Sanskrit and believe it or not, it means deathless
Rajgira Amaranth Thepla
Sweet Potato Chaat
Sweet Potato Chaat
Yum Chips
Yum Chips
Sabudana or Sago Khichdi one of the favorite food while fasting
Sabudana or Sago Khichdi one of the favorite food while fasting
Bottle Gourd Kheer
Bottle Gourd Kheer
Paan Shot
Paan Shot
Shital's Special Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Shital’s Special Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Thank you for our host Shital from Shital’s Food Cottage for opening her home to us and prepare such a delicious Farali Lunch for us!!!

Gwenda Glocalista Event Mumbai
We had a lot of fun at our first Gwenda Glocalista Event! Join for the next one…

P.S. We already have our second event planned: A delicious Parsi Breakfast at SBOW in BKC. Check out the details on our Facebook event page.

Things to Do this Week in Mumbai (21 to 27 August 2017)

Monday, 21 August

Mumbaikars are all set to welcome Lord Ganesha and preparations are in full swing for Ganesh Chaturthi. Do you want to paint Ganesha on your own? Doolally Taproom in Colaba hosts an art workshop that teaches you how to paint Ganesha in Indian Folk Art. For more information, you can check their official Facebook event page.

Tuesday, 22 August

Enjoy a special dose of drama at NCPA this Tuesday. Watch an interesting Hindustani play, Lihaaf by Ismat Chughtai who was a pioneering female Urdu writer of the 20th century whose work posed a challenge to the patriarchal norms and structures of the society. Click here for more information about the event.

Wednesday, 23 August

Let’s laugh this Wednesday at Razzberry Rhinocereos in Juhu. Mixed with storytelling and social commentary, Sundeep Sharma’s stand-up is always relateable and a joy to watch. An amazing comedy night with Sundeep Sharma’s one hour special ‘Aye What Do You Think You Are Doing?’ awaits you. For more information about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

Thursday,24 August

Tonight, Sushant Divgikar will be live at Hard Rock Cafe Worli with a special tribute to the legendary Michael Jackson. Sushant is all set to rock the night and all you need to do is head over to HRC! For more information about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

Friday, 25 August

Today is Ganesh Chaturthi and for many it’s a long weekend. If you are not heading somewhere for a weekend getaway, you could do a mini staycation at the Renaissance in Powai and catch a great comedy show: One third of the East India Comedy, Azeem Banatwalla and Kunal Rao are performing live at Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel. For more updates, check out their official Facebook event page.

Saturday, 26 August

Head to Khar Social for a free party on Saturday night! Social presents ‘FULL HOUSE’ with the special mixture of dance and house music. The entry is free. For more information about the event, click here.

Sunday, 27 August

Did you read my blog post about the NRI Brunch Fiesta? Well… then I don’t have to tell you what to do this Sunday. Come to BKC and enjoy a delicious spread of Latin American and Not Really Indian dishes and pair them with your favorite cocktails. Details of the brunch can be found here.

Ganesh Chaturthi – Tips to bring Lord Ganesha home

The Hindu month of Shravan represents the commencement of full-blown celebrations, and the month of August brings in a series of festivals – Raksha Bandhan, Gokulashtami and Pateti (Parsi New Year). But these festivals only serve as precursors to one of the biggest festivals of the year – Ganesh Chaturthi. This is a spectacular festival honoring the birth of the elephant-headed God, who is fondly also known as Ganapati.

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in many states like Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, but nothing compares to the grandeur that is witnessed in Maharashtra. Almost every alternate household in this state brings Lord Ganesh home, and this festival is celebrated with great faith & enthusiasm for a period of 10 days. Mumbai, the birthplace of this revered festival, welcomes Lord Ganesha with so much fervor and gusto, that one cannot help but feel overwhelmed by all the excited chaos around.

Ganesh Chaturthi Mumbai 2017

Local community groups or mandals purchase Ganapati idols of towering heights that ooze magnificence and pomp. On the other hand, households prefer to worship their adored deity in a much simpler manner. Regardless of the scale of the celebration, preparation for these festivities can be a mammoth task, especially for someone who is new to the city, and hence to the festival too. Many expats love the vibrancy of this festival but have no idea how to celebrate it at their own homes.

Here are a few tips from a true-blue Mumbaikar (our intern Ruta) that will help relieve the stress that some people would experience if this is their first year of bringing Lord Ganesh home:

Firstly, let us start with the most integral part of this process- purchasing the idol or murti of Lord Ganesha. I am sure everyone wants their murtis to look outstandingly beautiful and hopefully be eco-friendly as well. Thankfully, you can find all types of idols in Mumbai but where do you buy them? The best idol-makers or murtikaars are found in the Lalbaug-Parel-Dadar belt, along with Girgaum, Vile Parle and Thane. These murtikaars have been making idols over several family generations, hence each one intricately blends in their own trademark design. Ganesha murtis are most commonly made of Plaster of Paris (POP) but due to increased awareness about the environment, the demand for idols made from shadu (natural clay found in the Konkan region of Maharashtra) as well as other bio-degradable materials has been on the rise. The prices for these idols depend upon their production material, size and design. Idols usually cost Rs.1000 onwards, with the eco-friendly ones being a little more expensive than the POP ones.  Bargaining is highly recommended.

However, only buying the idol is not enough. You must also make your home look beautiful, so that it is truly welcoming the Lord. A diverse range of decorations are available in the markets today. The main type of decoration bought by households is called makhar. These are sheets of thermocol or cardboard, artistically painted and bedecked with various adornments, which are joined together to make it look like a little home for Lord Ganesha to reside in while he visits us. Many people go for different themes, which can be created using fresh flowers, origami crafts, lanterns and fairy lights. These materials are available in Dadar West, Crawford Market near CST Station and Natraj Market in Malad.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2017

Since Ganesh Chaturthi is all about celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesh, an auspicious time is chosen to perform the pooja. In this pooja, saffron milk and fragrant perfume is poured on the idol and then washed off with water. The idol is then adorned with intricate jewelry, silk clothing and garlands of fresh flowers – especially the Lord’s favourite flower, the hibiscus. Next, laddoos and freshly steamed modaks are offered to the deity as naivedyam. The special part about these modaks is that they are made only during this festival. They have a sweet filling on the inside that consists of freshly grated coconut and jaggery, while the outer soft shell is made from rice flour or wheat flour. These steamed modaks are usually eaten hot with a lot of ghee (clarified butter) poured on top. After the naivedyam, it is time for the Ganapati aarti. This is an age-old custom that goes back centuries. Aartis are hymns sung in praise of the Lord, thanking him for his blessings. Following the pooja is the best part – the one when we finally get to eat all the delicious preparations! There are friends and family around, and it’s a season of good cheer & joy.

These celebrations come to an end on the day of immersion or visarjan. The murti is immersed in water as a temporary farewell to the Lord, to chants of “Ganapati Bappa Morya” and pleading Him to return soon next year. Different households do the visarjan at different points of time in the 10 day period – one and a half days, three days, five days, seven days and ten days. (If you are wondering about the immersion dates and places , stay tuned for our next Ganesh Chaturthi blog post next Friday).

Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival that is enjoyed with utmost zeal by devotees of Lord Ganesha, with all their heart & soul. People wait all year round for these ten days. This beloved Ganeshotsav, a celebration of Lord Ganesha, is an emotion in itself. Hopefully this guide helps you bring home this feeling during Ganesh Chaturthi 2017!

Ganapati Bappa Morya!

Everything you need to know about Parsi New Year

Parsi New Year is also known as ‘Jamshedi Navroz’ after the legendary King of Persia, Jamshed who started the Parsi Calendar.

Parsis follow the religion of Zoroastrianism which is one of the ancient world’s most important religions for over 1000 years and was the official religion of Persia (now Iran) from 650 BCE until the rise of Islam in the 7th century.

Parsi and Bombay

Mumbai history is full of Parsis contribution. The cosmopolitan community of Mumbai has seen Parsis for more than four centuries now. The first record of a Parsi, Dorabji Nanabhoy, settled in Bombay in the 1640 for trade reasons and with the arrival of the Britishers, more and more Parsis migrated to Bombay. In 1673, the British handed over a piece of land in Malabar Hill to the community for the establishment of their first Dakhma, Tower of Silence. After death, Parsis were taken to the Towers of Silence where the corpses are quickly eaten by the city’s vultures.

Famous Parsis (from Mumbai):

  • The Bombay Samachar, Asia’s oldest newspaper, was founded by a Parsi scholar and priest by the name of Fardoonji Murazban.
  • Dadabhai Naoroji, known as the “Grand Old Man of India”, was a Parsi intellectual, educator and the first Asian to be a British MP.
  • Pherozeshah Mehta was known as ‘The Lion of Bombay’ and ‘Uncrowned King of Bombay’ was one of the founders of the Indian National Congress.
  • Cowasjee Nanabhoy Davar who set up the Bombay Spinning and Weaving Company, the first cotton mill to be established in Bombay, on 7 July 1854 at Tardeo
  • Jamsetji Tata, regarded as the “Father of Indian Industry” who founded the Tata Group.
  • Rockstar Freddie Mercury, the lead vocalist of Queen was born of Parsi descent in the Sultanate of Zanzibar, and grew up there and in India before moving with his family to Middlesex, England, in his teens.

Must-see Parsi places in Mumbai:

  • Dadar Parsi Colony in the famous Five Gardens area of Dadar-Matunga is the largest Zoroastrian enclave in the world, and in 2009, out of the 45,000 Zoroastrians living in Mumbai, 10,000 lived in Dadar Parsi Colony.
  • Bhikha Behram Well is the oldest sweet water well in Mumbai , sunk way back in 1725. The site is a declared heritage structure and is held sacred by the Parsi community.
  • The Banaji Limji Agiary in Fort entered its 309th year old this year.

Parsi New Year is celebrated by visiting the Agiary. Agiary is commonly known as the Fire Temple which was brought from Iran and the fire is always kept burning in the temple by the high priest. The Parsis worship Ahura Mazda which symbolizes fire. They offer milk, flowers, water, fruits and sandalwood to the sacred fire on this special day. No festival is complete in India without decorating your house. And on Navroz as well, Parsis decorate their houses with colorful flowers and rangolis, in which the motif of a fish is used.

If you are looking to spend your day at some Irani café eating the Parsi food, the perfect place is SodaBottleOpenerWala in BKC.

SodaBottleOpenerWala, your quintessential Bombay Irani café and bar by the Olive group presents Bhonu or the Parsi feast on 17th August 2017, to join-in the Parsi New Year celebrations. Enjoy myriad flavours of the Parsi culture through a sumptuous Parsi feast and sample some signature traditional dishes put together to make the Parsi New Year meal a delightful one.

Parsi New Year Sodabottleopenerwala

Gwenda Glocalista wishes everyone Navroz Mubarak!