Dusshera- The victory of good over evil.

Dussehra, or Vijayadashmi, as it is alternatively known, is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in India that marks the end of the nine-day festival of Goddess Durga – Navratri. Dussehra is celebrated on the 10th day of the month known as Ashwin in the Hindu calendar, which falls in the Gregorian months of September or October. This is an important festival as it spreads the message that good always triumphs over evil.

The preceding nine days to Dussehra are collectively known as ‘Navratri‘, and are dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga.

Dussehra will be celebrated on Saturday, 30th September this year, according to the Lunar calendar followed in Hinduism.

The word Dussehra is composed of two Sanskrit words joined together – ‘dasham’ and ‘ahar’, meaning ‘10’ and ‘day’ respectively, whereas the word Vijayadashami means ‘victory’ and ‘tenth’ in Sanskrit. This festival is popular since it has a lot of significance in Hindu mythology. According to the great epic Ramayana, Raavana, the ten-headed demon king of Lanka was defeated by Lord Rama while rescuing his wife Sita, signifying that good will always win over evil. Mythology also  has it that Goddess Durga killed the buffalo demon, Mahishasura on this day. Therefore this day is celebrated by burning huge effigies of Raavana and bursting firecrackers.

It is believed that the celebration of Dussehra was started by the Vijayanagar kings in the 15th century. After the fall of Vijayanagar Kingdom, the Wodeyars of Mysore continued the Dasara Festival in the year 1610 at Srirangapatna.

Dussehra is celebrated with great enthusiasm in many parts of the country. In North India, drama-dance-music plays based on the Ramayana and Ramcharitmanas (Ramlila) are performed at outdoor fairs and huge effigies of Raavana are burnt.

P.C: The Better India
P.C: The Better India

In South India, Dussehra is celebrated in different ways. The city of Mysore has traditionally been a major center of Dasara-Vijayadashami celebrations. The highlight of Vijayadashami is when the Mysore Palace is beautifully lit up, and large processions are followed thereafter. In Telangana, women make flower rangolis called Bathukamma, to welcome Goddess Durga. In Kerala, children are introduced to formal education. Students wrap their books and place them on the feet of Goddess Saraswati’s idol, along with other offerings like sugarcane,jaggery,malaru (roasted paddy) etc. for two days. During this time, they refrain from reading or writing. The books are taken back on the day of Vijayadashami after a special pooja is conducted. In Maharashtra, people buy new gadgets, equipments and even gold as this day is considered to be very auspicious. In West Bengal, Durga Pooja begins on the sixth day, that is the ‘shashti’, and ends on the tenth day, on which day Goddess Durga idols are immersed in the water.

Dussehra is a festival that reminds us of the power of truth, and its ability to win over evil. It sends a message across that good always prevails, and that we all should refrain from sin.

September Favorites

 

Here are my September 2017 favorites:

  • Seawoods Mall in Navi Mumbai

The other day, my husband and I went to explore a new neighborhood and I must say: Wow! We went to Seawoods in Navi Mumbai and as soon as we crossed the bridge and left loud and dusty Mumbai behind us, we were greeted with big tall trees on both sides of the streets and fresh air. It just felt like a different world when we passed by the lake and saw kids playing cricket on a green field. Not exactly what I had in mind when thinking of Navi Mumbai. Recently, Starbucks and H&M opened up new stores in the Seawoods Mall – so I was curious to check it out and I am so impressed by the looks and feels of the mall as well as the variety of international and luxurious brands. And the best part, it is not as crowded as other malls in Mumbai on a Sunday evening. Definitely worth the travel!

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  • Milk from Sarda Farms

I can’t believe it took close to 4 years living in Mumbai before I finally subscribed to the milk delivery from Sarda Farms. Farm fresh, pure and wholesome milk directly to your doorstep. Sounds too good to be true? Specially in a city like Mumbai where you feel you have to run around the whole city to hunt down an organic apple? Well, try it yourself: Sarda Farms offers a 30L milk trial for free. (And thank me later!) It’s a game changer.

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  • The Vegan Rainbow Pizza at the Farmer’s Cafe (Bandra)

Omg! I can’t believe this pizza so healthy and so delicious at the same time (and it actually looks like a rainbow). Zucchini, capsicums, red cabbage, black olives, cherry tomatoes, corn, vegan falafel, beetroot hummus, homemade vegan cheese, topped with pistachios and seeds. The Vegan Rainbow Pizza at Farmer’s Cafe is definitely one of my favorite pizzas in the city and please don’t be surprised if you see it pop up in another monthly favorite again!

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  • Gwenda Glocalista Card

And last but not least: I am still in love with my Gwenda Glocalista Card. It’s such a fun way to explore Mumbai and enjoy great discounts at our partner restaurants, hotels and stores. I am super excited this month because we added some new partners. Check all the details on our website: www.gwendaglocalista.com/ggc-partners

The Farmer’s Café –why they are not just another healthy eatery in Bandra

On a mission to make unhealthy healthy, the menu reads all our favorites: pizza, burgers, etc. But in a healthy, many times even vegan version. And you will be surprised how delicious it is!p_20170925_154824

In the same road as Bombay Salad Co (in fact, the same shop they started in), the Farmer’s Café is cozy and offers inside and outside seating.

We started off with some healthy and refreshing drinks: the Body Booster (Tumeric, Ginger, Coriander) and the Belly Burner (Ginger, Lemon, Organic Jaggery) and continued with the most comforting, authentic, delicious and even healthy Aglio E Olio full of yummy veggies (zucchini, capsicums, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and sundried tomatoes). Really good and highly recommended!

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But my absolute favourite was the Vegan Rainbow Pizza which we ordered after seeing it at the table next to us (which happened to be our friends Laura and Victoria). Such a colourful yummy creation! It is so good that I have added it to my September Favorites.

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And of course, we had to try the desserts: The Vegan Chocolate Cake and the Vegan Chocolate Almond Pudding. Oh, the pudding was so yum and delicious and I want to believe super healthy!

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I absolutely love that it is so easy to eat healthy and vegan because of places like The Farmer’s Café in Bandra.

P.S. I already know what I will order next time: Rainbow Pizza and Chocolate Almond Pudding! Do let me know what you enjoyed at the Farmer’s Café in the comments below.

World Tourism Day- 10 Best places to visit in India

India- a country that stands distinctively tall among all others because of our diverse and rich culture, religions, languages and infrastructural marvels scattered all over country. As a result of this diversity, India sees a large inflow of tourists throughout the world. People from all countries come to India to experience the variety that it has to offer. Since our country is such a major tourist hotspot, World Tourism Day is a really important day for us. It is celebrated annually on 27th September, which happens to be today! Therefore on this occasion, we bring to you 10 amazing places in India that are an absolute must-visit!

10 best places to visit in India:

  1. Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir
    Known as the “Jewel in the crown of Kashmir” or “Srinagar’s Jewel”, Dal Lake is one of the most beautiful pristine water lake in India. The houseboats in the clear water with sky reflecting is not to be missed when in India.

    P.C: Manali Jain
    P.C: Manali Jain
  1. Tea fields in Darjeeling
    The ‘Mecca of Tea’ is one of the famous tourist place for its estates producing teas which is famously known as “Champagne of Teas”. Don’t forget to stay at one the bungalows in the tea estate and spend your day looking at the hills in the misty weather with tea workers working. Feel free to join them as well!

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    P.C: Pix daus
  1. Temples in Hampi, Karnataka
    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, temples here are said to built in the 14th century, it is bounded by the torrential Tungabhadra river on one side and surrounded by defensible hills on the other three sides.

    P.C: Siddharth Dasari
    P.C: Siddharth Dasari
  1. Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab
    The Golden Temple is known as Sri Darbar Sahib, the holiest place for Sikhs is not only famous for its upper floors covered with 750 kg of gold  but also its Langar (World’s largest open free kitchen) serving food to 100000-300000 visitors every day.

    P.C: Manali Jain
    P.C: Manali Jain
  1. Kumbhalgarh Fort near Udaipur, Rajasthan
    Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the walls of the fort extent upto 38 km which is claimed to be second largest continuous running wall after The Great Wall of China. It was the birthplace of the the great king and warrior of Mewar, Maharana Pratap.
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  1. Mysore Palace in Mysore, Karnataka
    The City of Palaces, Mysuru is a famous tourist destination in the world for its palaces. The Mysore Palace is official residence and seat of the Wodeyars, the royal family of Mysore. The most amazing sight is on the night of Dusshera when the palace is all illuminated.
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  1. Backwaters in Kerala
    The scenic backwaters of Kerala are a popular destination. An interconnected network of canals, lakes and rivers, it is a labyrinthine system formed by more than 900 km of waterways. The houseboats are the best place to spend a night.
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  1. Living Roots Bridge in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
    Cherrapunji is not only famous for being the wettest place in the world but also the ‘double-decker’ root bridge handmade by the tribes of Khasi and Jaintia using the aerial roots of the Rubber Fig Trees.

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    P.C: BBC

     

  1. Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad
    The official residence of Nizams during their rule, the palace still remains remains in the rein. Built over 200 years ago, Chowmahalla is renowned for its unique style and elegance.
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  1. Rann of Kutch in Kutch, Gujarat
    The salt marsh in Thar desert is said to be one of the largest salt desert in the world. The white desert on a full moon day is the sight not to be missed.
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We hope this article has helped you discover some absolutely beautiful places in India.
Team Glocalista wishes you all a very Happy World Tourism Day!

Things to do this week in Mumbai (25 September – 01 October )

25 September, Monday

Mondays cannot get any better than watching the best short films of the BAFTA 2017 Nominations (Shorts). The second edition of the year-long association between Social Offline & British Council India, screening incredible motion pictures on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, at #Social and #antiSOCIAL venues across the city. More details on the Facebook page.

26 September, Tuesday

Shopping midweek is always more fun! Head to the Cache gallery, Bandra for their ongoing Jaipur Mela. Buy amazing Rajasthan Hand Block prints on Kaftans, Chanderi Dupattas, Stoles, Suit Set, Bags and even quilts and bedsheets. For more details, check here.

27 September, Wednesday

DeVere Group Mumbai are hosting a complimentary “Hindi101 class with Pallavi” at 7pm at the Pondicherry Cafe at Sofitel Hotel, BKC. Come whip out some basic Hindi sentences that can really help you in day-to-day basic activities and more. You also get a complimentary “Pallavi’s Need-To-Know Hindi Kit”. RSVP- lucy.jones@devere-india.co.in if you are keen to attend.

28 September, Thursday

To make your Thursdays better, Gwenda Glocalista invites you for a discussion on hot beverages and wellness products! A research by an international tea company, this event at Taj Mahal Tea House is a must attend. More details on our Blog, request you to fill the form.

29 September, Friday

This Friday has something really interesting for those who want to visit the Durga pandals but don’t know where to start from. Travel Trikon embarks on a wonderful journey that takes you through vivid destinations in and around Mumbai to experience the beautiful culture of Bengalis in Mumbai. From Powai to Marine Drive, this culture tour is a must. For more details and itinerary, click here.

30 September, Saturday

Have you ever heard of the Saree Festival? Yes. Hosted by Red Earth at Coomaraswamy Hall, CSMVS Museum, KalaGhoda, this is an interactive session with saree bloggers and stylists. This is your chance to know more the traditional drapes of India, foregrounding narratives of continuity and change in the saree world. More details on their Facebook event

01 October, Sunday

Sunday calls for good times! Head to Gateway Taproom for the Oktoberfest and enjoy the best of German specials (food and beer). The place will be decked up with the colours of Germany and Oktoberfest. The idea is to give Mumbai a taste of Munich. More places to celebrate Oktoberfest on our Blog.

Munich in Mumbai- Oktoberfest in the city.

History on the festival: Oktoberfest, which started as a Beer festival and traveling funfair in Munich, Germany is now celebrated all over the world.  With more than 6 million people attending in Munich, the festival starts in mid or late September till October.

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So why is the Oktoberfest celebrated in September?
As per Oktoberfest.de, the first fest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.

By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over “die Wiesen” or the fields much longer without feeling chilly. Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times.

Oktoberfest in Mumbai:
  1. Beer & Burger Festival at Old Wild West
    Location: Lower Parel
    Dates: 16 September onwards
    A restaurant by the day & a bar at night is hosting an enticing Beer & Burger Festival which combines our favorite dishes the burger, fries & the ceaseless beers. It is a combination that never goes out of style and never fails to impress.
    Buy any of our burgers from our specially curated menu and avail Hoegaarden or Stella Artois draught beer at INR 200/-
  1. Grand Octobier Fest at Grand Hyatt
    Location: Santacruz East
    Dates: 05th- 08th October
    Celebrate chef-crafted traditional Bavarian delights and refreshing brews from around the world under a majestic festive tent.
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  2. Boston Butt
    Location: Fort
    Dates: 16th September – 4th October
    Boston Butt has brought up a specially curated menu and craft beer options of about 1500 ml at just INR 777++ that would encourage continual drinking & eating all season long.
  3. Harry’s Bar+Café
    Location: Powai
    Dates: 17th September-01st October
    Get ready to guzzle down some fine #beers from around the world and grub on a specially curated #OktoberfestMenu.
  1. Blanco – Bar Eatery Hangout
    Location: Andheri (West)
    Dates: 17th September – 3rd October
    This Oktoberfest enjoy scrumptious delights from Germany, beer concoctions, and beer games in the Santorini way at Blanco!
  1. Gateway Taproom
    Location: BKC
    Dates: 29th September – 22nd October
    In addition to the German specials (food and beer) the place will be done up with colors of Germany and Oktoberfest. The idea is to give Mumbai a taste of Munich.
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  1. Mumbai Oktoberfest 2017
    Location: Mahalaksmi Racecourse
    Dates: 4th to 7th October
    The Mumbai Oktoberfest is part of ‘German Days in Mumbai’ celebrations which is co-hosted by the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce and the Consulate General of Federal Republic of Germany. The ‘German Days in Mumbai’ will showcase various facets of Germany excellence along the lines of Business, Education, Tourism, Sports and Lifestyle. Experience Munich in Mumbai, and dance to the tunes of the official Oktoberfest Band ‘Die Kirchdorfer’ which plays live in the Munich Oktoberfest since 1994.
  2. Octobeerfest at British Brewing Company
    Location: Multiple outlets in the city.
    Dates: Ongoing till 15th October
    To make this Octobeerfest more exciting British Brewing Company brings to you (a) draught beer at INR 99/- for a pint between 4pm-7pm (b) one free Hoegaarden beer on purchase on two, (c) a KF beer bucket with three on one pint of beers at INR 630/- (plus taxes) or (d) 660 ml of any craft beer priced at INR 599/- (plus taxes). If free flowing beer is on your mind, get endless draught beers at INR 599/- (AI) for two hours from 4 pm to 7 pm on all days of the week.

    Beer Sangria at British Brewing Company
    Beer Sangria at British Brewing Company

Invitation to discuss about hot beverages and wellness products!

Calling all British, European and US Expats in Mumbai!

An international company is developing a new range of wellness products for the European and international market. To tailor the product to the taste of the international consumer, they invite you for a discussion on the idea and samples of the product in an interactive session!

Eligibility:

  • Only BRITISH, EUROPEAN and U.S. EXPATS who will return to their country of origin (no permanent resident)
  • Must be open to consuming hot beverages and wellness products like infusers and herbal teas.

P.S: You get some delicious High-Tea snacks, Tea samples and a gift voucher of FabIndia worth INR1000/-

Excited much? Fill in your details here. And we will confirm your invite via mail.

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NAVRATRI- The Festival of Goddess Durga

Navratri is a nine-day Hindu festival that is celebrated in India every year to worship Goddess Durga. Navratri literally means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; ‘Nav’-  nine and ‘Ratri’- nights. It is one of the most sacred festivals for Hindus that primarily symbolizes the victory of good over evil. During these nine nights and ten days, Devi/Shakti, that is, female divinity is worshipped with great reverence, which represents the energy of the universe, in her 9 beautiful forms.

This year, according to the Lunar calendar which is followed in Hinduism, Navratri will be celebrated from Thursday, 21st September to Friday, 29th September, with the tenth day being Vijayadashami or Dussehra.

Nine different forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped and invoked during each of these nine days. One of the most followed traditions during Navratri, especially in states of Maharashtra and Gujarat, is that the devotees wear different colours of clothes for nine days, each colour honouring one form of Goddess Durga. The colour scheme changes every year based on the weekday when the festival begins. This year, the nine different colours for the nine avatars or forms to be worn on each day of Navratri are:

  • 21st- Yellow for Goddess Shailputri
  • 22nd- Green for Goddess Brahmacharini
  • 23rd- Grey for Goddess Chandraghanta
  • 24th- Orange for Goddess Kushmanda
  • 25th- White for Goddess Skanda Mata
  • 26th- Red for Goddess Katyayani
  • 27th- Royal Blue for Goddess Kalaratri
  • 28th- Pink for Goddess Mahagauri
  • 29th- Purple for Goddess Mahishasurmardini

Since India is such a diverse nation, Navratri is celebrated differently in each part of the country. Here is a look at how it is celebrated in each region:

  • North India-
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    Ramlila in Mumbai
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    In Delhi, Navratri celebrations are characterised by the Ramlila plays that take place over the city. Ramlila plays symbolize the victory of King Rama over the demon Ravana. Huge effigies of the demon Ravana are burned on Dussehra because, according to Hindu mythology, in the Ramayana, Rama prayed to Goddess Durga at the beginning of Navratri, to grant him the power to slay Ravana. This power was granted to him on the eighth day and Ravana was defeated on the occasion that we celebrate today- Vijayadashami or Dussehra. In Punjab, jagrans take place every night, where devotees gather to sing religious songs.

  • South India-
    Golu Dolls at Gaondevi Marubai Temple, Matunga Central
    Golu Dolls at Gaondevi Marubai Temple, Matunga Central

    In South India, the three forms of Goddess Shakti are worshipped. Goddess Durga is worshipped for the first three days of Navratri, followed by Goddess Lakshmi for the next three days and ending with Goddess Saraswati on the final three days of Navratri. In Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Navratri is celebrated as Golu, a ritual in which nine makeshift stairs representing the nine nights are built in homes. Each stair is decorated with beautiful dolls, and idols of gods and goddesses. It is said that these dolls are handed over from generation to generation.

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    In the states of West Bengal, Odisha, Assam and Bihar, Navratri is celebrated as Durga Puja and it is observed in the last four days of Navratri. These days are referred to as Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dashami. The festival celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. In Kolkata, Durga Puja is the main festival where one can see huge Durga idols being worshipped with great fervour. On the last day, they are immersed into the water which is called visarjan.
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    In the West, especially in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat, flamboyant Navratri celebrations take place. For people living in Maharashtra, Navratri signifies new beginnings, hence it is considered the best time for buying property or making business deals. A typical ritual performed during this time is that married women invite their married friends over; they apply haldi and kumkum on their forehead and exchange gifts. In Gujarat, Navratri is a dance festival. During these nine nights, people in Gujarat wear colourful clothes and play the traditional dances Garba and Dandiya. This dance is played in Maharashtra as well.

In Mumbai, the best places to play Garba and Dandiya this year are:

  1. Ruparel Navratri Utsav with Falguni Pathak-
    Location: Late Shri Pramod Mahajan Sports Complex, Borivali
    Price: Rs. 700/day, Rs.4000/season
  2. Radiance Dandiya
    Location: Sahara Star, near Domestic Airport, Santacruz East.
    Price: Rs.500/800
  3. Rangilo Re-
    Location: Nesco Center, Goregaon
    Price: Rs.250/day, Rs.2000/season
  4. Rajmahal’s Silent Garba (with headphones)-
    Location: Rajmahal Banquets, Malad
    Price: Rs. 1500/day
  5. Korakendra Navratri-
    Location: Korakendra Ground-2, Borivali West
    Price: Rs 360 onwards

The idols of Goddess Durga are put up in pandals in different parts of the city. Some of the popular pandals in Mumbai are:

  • The Bengal Club, Shivaji Park:
    It is one of the oldest Durga Puja in Mumbai that focuses more on tradition and less on grandeur. This pandal sets up authentic Bengali food and clothes stalls.
    Location: Bengal Club, Veer Savarkar Marg, Shivaji Park, Dadar West

Bengal Club, Dadar West

Bengal Club, Dadar West

  • Balkanji Bari (Mukherjees):
    The Balkanji Bari puja hosts cultural programmes during the 5-day festival with participation from the Bollywood fraternity.
    Location: Hotel Tulip Star, VM Road, Juhu
  • Lokhandwala Durgotsav:
    This Durga pandal is known for its extravagant setting, celebrity spotting, cultural programs and food stalls.
    Location: Lokhandwala Durga Puja Ground, Andheri West

Lokhandwala Gardens, Andheri West

Lokhandwala Gardens, Andheri West

  • Powai Sarvajanin Durgotsav:
    This pandal is famous for its different themes, Dhunuchi Dance competition and performances by famous Bollywood singers.
    Location: Hiranandani Gardens, Powai
  • Chembur Durga Puja Association:
    This association is celebrating Durga Puja for more than 60 years now, started in 1954. Aarti, bhog and cultural programs are organised during the festival.
    Location: Chembur High School Ground, Swami Vivekananda Chowk, Chembur Naka

The nine days of Navratri are considered to be highly auspicious, which all Goddess Durga devotees enjoy with enthusiasm. It is an important festival since it imparts a very strong message- truth always triumphs over evil.

#HealthyIsDelicious – The Mandala Life

What do you think about a delicious and global menu using organic food delivered to your doorstep at a reasonable price? Sounds too good to be true? Well, if you work or live in Lower Parel and surrounding neighbourhoods, it’s a dream come true.

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I was super excited when I was invited to the blogger’s meet of The Mandala Life – and I remembered one of my p_20170912_195923-2favourite hashtags that you must have seen me use a lot on Instagram: #HealthyIsDelicious It’s the perfect hashtag for Mandala. And I would like to add #OrganicIsBeautiful.


Chef Davide Cananzi created the most delicious, guilt-free, beautiful and healthy dishes for us:variety of salads, burrito bowls, lentil tabbouleh, wild forest bowls, granola mango parfait and so much more!

And my Favorites:

The Sri Lankan Rice Bowl: chicken, roasted potatoes, spinach, French beans and cucumber in a Sri Lankan curry with lemon mustard flavoured brown rice.sri-lankan-curry

The Korean Bibimbap: stir fried with mushrooms, bean sprouts, radish, paneer, spinach, zucchini and carrots in a Bibimbap sauce with sesame infused brown rice.korean-bipimbap

The Chocolaty Walnut Brownie: a flourless, gluten free brownie with roasted caramelized walnuts.

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Wow! Flavorful, healthy, delicious and organic food delivered to your home or office. What else do you want?

Like farm to table restaurants, The Mandala Life brings you fresh and organic meals right to your doorstep. The menu changes according to the availability of fresh produce. You can order directly from their website: http://www.themandalalife.com/

 

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

Things to Do this Week in Mumbai (18 to 24 September 2017)

18 September, Monday

Start your Mondays on a good note in some heritage style. These Heritage Day Walks organized by AF Bombay will go on till Friday which will include special screenings and guide tours around Mumbai. Visit the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum today. For more information about their events, check out their official Facebook event page.

19 September, Tuesday

One cannot think well, sleep well and love well until and unless they eat well. Recommended by Bombay Times, you must try out new Yoga menu at 212 All Good, which is curated by the city’s 5 best yoginis. #EatBetterBeBetter, the menu is available only till 20th of September. Hurry and eat up this delicious food with no added preservatives.

20 September, Wednesday

Mid-week calls for a little break and a fun night. Don’t make any other plans, because the best for the day is already at Cafe Zoe. One of the India’s top stand-up comedian, Kenny Sebastian will take stage for an hour of hilarity. Click here to book your tickets.

21 September, Thursday

It’s the first day of Navrati, and how about a Satvik Navratri Thali for dinner at Soma, Grand Hyatt. Curated by Chef Vinod Singh Rana and his team, this eclectic thali brings a unique medley of flavors and textures to make your traditional fasting menu more wholesome & interesting. Check their Facebook event for more details.

22 September, Friday

Mark your calendars for the 22nd of September, Friday, 9 PM for the next Bombay Expats Networking Night! Meet fellow expats and locals and enjoy good food, drinks and conversation at one of Bandra’s all-time favourite spots, Olive Bar & Kitchen. No cover charge; Complimentary welcome drink for those on the list! Please RSVP via info@bombayexpats.org and mention your full name and guest details. You can also join their Facebook group for futher updates.

23 September, Saturday

How about a Design Tour today? Top designers Pavitra Rajaram and Asha Madan will take you on a two-part Design Tours At Good Earth, Lower Parel. Let’s know more on the forces that have inspired Mughal age and the inheritance of the exquisite textile craft of Chintz at this tour. For more information about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

24 September, Sunday

Sort your Sunday with Children’s Film Festival | in collaboration with Canada at Dr. Bhau Daji Museum and introduce your kids to some exciting animated stories on freedom, rights and values. Join them for educational film screenings. For more information about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.