Things to do this week in Mumbai (16 October – 22 October)

16 October, Monday

Monday Game Night is real! Amanzi Sky Deck will be hosting a games night every Monday. Beer Pong, Roll the Dice, Match the Card, Wheel of Fortune and many more. For more details, click here.

17 October, Tuesday

Add a pinch of comedy to your daily routine. Attend A Stand-up Comedy Show – ‘Fresh Comedy Night’ at Backstage Cafe Bar. Artists Andy Reghu and Sonali Thakker are going to be a part of it. You can see both new talent and professionals appealing to you with their comedy. Click here to book your tickets.

18 October, Wednesday

Attend the launch of ‘Impulsive Decisions’, which is an 8 track album by 21 years old, Kush Upadhyay at antiSOCIAL. A session guitarist who started playing at the age of 11 and Over the years he has been a part of various bands with genres ranging from Blues, Funk, Rock, Jazz, etc. To know more about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

19 October, Thursday

On this special occasion of Diwali, Reality tours and Travels are holding a special tour at Dharavi. You can learn more about Diwali, learn about how to make rangoli and head towards to the girls football field where you can light lamp and sparklers. The good thing about this is that 80% of the profits will be shared with the sister NGO’s. To know more about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

20 October, Friday

AntiSOCIAL presents Full House. The night is going to be a Social’s brand new night that pays tribute to the genre of House Music Feat. Max Lián / Ruskin / Priya Sen. Just dance it out on this Friday night. For more information about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

21 October, Saturday

Saturday evening calls for a Wine Painting Workshop at Todi Mill Social. With no prior painting experience required, this will be a guided session by BombayDrawingRoom, shedding light on the basic strokes, sketches and techniques and helping you getting in touch with the artist within. Book your seat now.

22 October, Sunday

Go a little German and celebrate Oktoberfest at Gateway Taproom in BKC. This is the last day of the fest. So, grab your chance and enjoy best of the food and beer. For more details, visit their Facebook event page.

Gwenda Glocalista presents- Ayurvedic Masterclass with Kama Ayurveda for Expats only.

In a city like Mumbai, pollution can have many effects on one’s health. And the effect is seen on our skin as well.
And so to take the best care of your skin, Gwenda Glocalista along with Kama Ayurveda presents an Authentic Ayurvedic Anti-Pollution Masterclass to take best care of your skin.

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The event will be hosted at the Kama Ayurveda store, Juhu withh an interesting Ayurveda Talk + DIY Activity + Personal Doctor Consultation. This is your only chance to know the best way to take care of your skin, the importance of Ayurveda and also a personal consultation with the doctor will help you learn more.

To rejuvenate your inner self, we have arranged some small bites & drinks as well (holistic, vegetarian, non-alcoholic).

We would end the workshop with Gift Vouchers & Small Gifts for all attendees.

Please Note: This is an EXPATS ONLY event.

Your guide to eat this Diwali in Mumbai

Diwali is truly the festival of lights. A festival, where families unite and celebrate together. It is the perfect occasion to celebrate together, while also enjoying the finest range of foods.  

Basically, Diwali is the king of all festivals. From new clothes to a list of all the sweets and food items, people celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm and joy.

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Diwali is all about exploration of food, be it street food, main course options or wide range of sweets. However, this festival of lights is also to be enjoyed for mithais and sweets. People eat them and distribute them as well.

This festive season, enjoy Diwali by going on a traditional Indian food experience. Below listed are a few restaurants you should try for perfect authentic food.

 

  • Soam Restaurant
    Location: Ground Floor, Sadguru Sadan, Babulnath Road, Opposite Babulnath Temple, Chowpatty, Mumbai
    If you’re looking to have some authentic faraal food eaten specially in Diwali, then this is the place for you to be.They have an entire menu dedicated to faraal food.
  • Aaswad
    Location: Temporarily relocated opposite Amar Hind Mandal on Gokhale Road, Dadar, Mumbai
    To get taste of all Marathi dishes. To know what Maharashtrians have for Diwali, including their traditional snacks like thalipeeth, sabudana vada. You can also take advantage of Diwali and buy sweet items such as chakli, chiwda pohe ladoo.

 

  • Diva Maharashtracha 
    Location: Lalita Giridhar Tower, T.H Next To Goa Portuguese Restaurant, Takandas Kataria Marg, Kataria Colony, Shivaji Park
    A perfect destination for all the sea-food lovers which also has options like North Indian and Goan food.They offer almost all types of Maharashtrian desserts, including Shrikhand, Puran poli,  kheer, halwa with a range of ice-creams to choose from. You must visit there to enjoy  the authenticity of Maharashtrian and Goan food.

 

  • Spice Klub:
    Location: 8A, Janta Industrial Estate, Opposite Phoenix Mills, Senapati Bapat Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013
    North Indian street food is prepared with a scientific twist at this rustic-design restaurant. It’s a fantastic place to have a great gastronomical experience.
  • D Damodar Mithaiwala
    Location: Shop No.14, Harganga Mahal, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Road, Khodadad Circle, Dadar T.T East
    Mithai, Sweets are a must for this festive season. Complete your cravings for sweets at D Damodar Mithaivala. Offering to you a wide variety of all Indian sweets, it is one of the best places in Mumbai for desserts.

 

INSIDE OUT IN BANDRA

I love Bandra because of its small lanes and unique shops that you will find randomly while strolling through the neighbourhood (or if your friend gives you an insider tip).

Inside Out is such a cute little store in the lane of Papa Pancho Da Dhaba near Gold Gym in Pali Naka.

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Originally from Delhi, Pooja Johry designs quirky, colorful and unique home décor, stationary and much more. Wall Art (digital and handmade), cushions, coasters, mugs, fridge magnets, diaries, keychains, dream catchers… You name it and you find it at Inside Out.

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It’s such a colourful place to be. You will find great gifts for family back home that is quirky, colourful and different – yet not too Indian that it wouldn’t fit in a Western household. (Oh, and you will find great gifts for yourself, too.)

img_20171004_161549Right now, Inside Out has a special Diwali Dream Catcher Festival going on (06-25 October) and we love it. Pretty inspiration that you include so easily in every style!

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P.S. They also custom-make art and home décor. Get directly in touch with Pooja and her team via email: care.insideout@gmail.com

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 8pm (closed on Sunday)

Address: Shop No.1, Dunhill Dome, St. John Road, Pali Naka, Bandra West.

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/KvBo9Nc5HAG2

Website: https://www.insideoutinnovativedesigns.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/insideoutinnovativedesigns/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/insideoutinnovativedesigns/

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Your travel guide for Diwali 2017

Diwali is one of the most auspicious and important festivals for Hindus, and is celebrated to commemorate the victory of good over evil. For those who are looking to make use of the long Diwali weekend to travel, here are some of the best places where you can spend your Diwali this year:

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Varanasi

The festival of lights is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate it than witnessing the grandeur of this age-old Hindu festival in Varanasi? This place, also known as the City of Gods, celebrates Dev Deepawali or ‘Diwali of Gods’ on the Ganga ghats in the most splendid manner. You can start your day with the holy Ganga snaan (bath), and then go on to explore the city that is decked up during Diwali – with lanterns, lights, decorations and bustling street markets selling Diwali sweets and brightly coloured clothes. In the evening, take a boat ride at sunset and witness the beauty of the Ganga ghats being lit up with millions of lights – a feast for any photography enthusiast, with spiritual chants being recited on the riverside. After the holy rituals, soak in the wonderful display of colourful firecrackers.

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Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm and passion throughout this state. But the cities Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur give a whole new meaning to the word ‘celebration’. You can see Rajasthan in its true element during this festival. People decorate their homes, buy new clothes, distribute delicious Indian sweets made in pure ghee and draw beautifully intricate rangolis outside their homes. Jaipur, also called the Pink City, is enchanting as it lights up during Diwali. The Nahargarh Fort offers stunning glimpses of the illuminated walled city after sunset. You can also witness a marvellous sight as Lake Pichola in Udaipur glistens in the beautiful glow of colourful fireworks at midnight.

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The whole of Punjab throws grand Diwali celebrations every year. But this festival is a little extra special here in Amritsar since it coincides with Bandi Chhor Diwas, the day that marks the return of the sixth guru of Sikhs, Guru Hargobind Sahib, from Mughal captivity. It also signifies the day that Amar Das, the third guru laid down the foundation stone of the famous Golden Temple. In honour of these occasions, special kirtans (prayers) are sung all across the city and the Golden temple is bathed in light – wonderful diyas light up the temple premises. It is truly a sight for the eye.

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Delhi-

Delhi is one of the best places to visit during Diwali. It is one of the main festivals in the North, and is therefore celebrated with lots of fervour and gusto. The highlight of Delhi are the markets that are lit up during Diwali. The things you can buy from here are so extraordinary and of high quality, that they truly justify that it is the national capital of the country. These markets are very famous for its bright and heavily-sequinned traditional clothes, jewellery and other adornments that are available in a wide variety. Delhi also showcases a brilliant display of fireworks that can be seen on the day of Lakshmi Poojan.

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Mumbai-

Mumbai being the financial capital of the country, Diwali is celebrated in a grand way, especially Lakshmi Poojan that holds special importance since it involves worshipping Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. People buy precious metal, particularly gold on Dhanteras. They wear colourful traditional clothes, light lanterns and diyas, burst crackers and organise Diwali parties. If you want to see Mumbai in all its glory, you must visit Marine Drive where a spectacular display of fireworks is lined up for everyone to enjoy. If you want to escape the noise, and wish to spend a quiet Diwali, then Purushwadi is the place for you. It is a small village located on a hill along the Mumbai-Nashik highway where people light a bonfire on Diwali night and cook local food. Children go from door to door singing traditional songs while asking others to pour oil in their lamps. It is a place which gets you closer to nature and the local people.

Diwali is one of the primary Hindu festivals, and holds great importance in the hearts of Hindus all over the world. If you want to skip the annual Diwali rituals and explore places that celebrate Diwali in a different way, then you must give our list a try!

Things to do this week in Mumbai (09 October – 15 October)

09 October, Monday

Want to remain fit and healthy? But, also want to enjoy different types of food? Go to 212 All Good. They have a list of healthy options you can choose from. Just enjoy your Monday and motivate yourself with some good food.

10 October, Tuesday

#ParxHuntGrandFinale is finally here to rock the land of Mumbai. India’s five best colleges bands will be performing live along with Underground Authority(India) as the headliner. Join in their madness at Hard Rock Cafe, Worli. Check out their official Facebook event page for latest updates.

11 October, Wednesday

BKC’s hottest spot, Toast & Tonic, have invited Bombay Expats members and friends to the launch of their Bar Night. No cover/entry for this event. Complimentary welcome drink for those on the guest list, plus irresistible offers on additional drinks. Please RSVP via info@bombayexpats.org and mention your full name, nationality and guest details. This is an RSVP only event for expats, foreigners, PIOs who were born, raised or spent a significant time abroad.

12 October, Thursday

Get ready for daily dose as Jio MAMI 19th MUMBAI FESTIVAL begins today. The festival will last for 7 days. Enjoy and discover the beauty of cinema with over 200+ films being screened. For more information, check out their official Facebook event page.

13 October, Friday

And It’s time for Pune Oktoberfest. The 10th anniversary of fest will be an exciting and entertaining event that will last for 4 days. Exclusive VIP Night, followed by two nights of fun filled German tradition and the Kingfisher Ultra derby on Sunday. Be a part of this amazing event. Enjoy music, beer and have a great weekend. For more information on this event, check out their official Facebook event page.

14 October, Saturday

All Things Nice will be hosting a blind tasting of international and Indian wines at Cafe Zoe on Saturday for all Gwenda Glocalista members at a discount of 10%. Mark your Saturday right away.

15 October, Sunday

This Sunday go treasure hunting at this  unique event called Kabaad Hunt : Finders Keepers hosted at Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla. Finding treasure needs more than an explorer. 3 hours may not be enough for you to uncover clues and complete challenging tassks, that take you to the next level. 20 teams race against time. You must make teamwork your ally to win prizes worth Rs 4000! More details here. 

Sarda Milk Farms

Sarda Milk Farms produces fresh, antibiotic-free, unadulterated and organic milk and milk products and delivers it directly to people’s doorsteps in Mumbai and Pune.

The founder of Sarda Milk Farms, Shrirang Sarda, stepped into the dairy business in 2013. His objective is to give his customers delicious wholesome milk and other dairy products delivered right to their doorstep, which is considered quite a luxury today. This milk is pure and healthy, free of antibiotics and other rubbish. Lot of attention is given to the clean and hygienic packaging at Sarda Farms. The milk farm is completely mechanised – the entire process from milking the cows to collection of milk (aggregation) and finally packaging is automated, with absolutely zero human intervention.

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The cows in Sarda Farms are of the imported Holstein breed from Holland. Sarda Milk Farms gives their customers the opportunity to visit the sprawling 50-acre farm on the outskirts of Nashik in a small village called Shenith, off the Mumbai-Nashik highway. It is less than 175 kms from Mumbai. (Do get in touch with them if you want to take your kids out of the city and into the farm life for a day.)product_image_2016-06-11-07-11-43

Apart from milk, they have ghee (clarified butter) and dahi (yogurt). Sarda Farms provides a Free Sample facility and 30-day trial facility for new users. In the 30-day trial, 30 litres of milk is delivered to you for a month, that is, 1 litre daily.

Sarda Farms is a great way of getting fresh uncontaminated milk delivered to you everyday. And I absolutely love it.

 

Your only chance to watch Atomic Kitten Live!

Founded in 1998, the group’s debut album – ‘Right Now’ was released in October 2000 and jumped straight into the UK Top 10 and spent 7 weeks in the Top 40. Their follow-up – the infectious and melody-laden ‘See Ya’, released in March of 2000 – crash-landed into the charts at number 6 with the 3rd single, “I Want Your Love” also hitting the top ten. The tracks perfectly picked up the lyrical theme coursing through every Atomic Kitten song. ‘Whole Again’ went on to become the group’s most successful single, staying at number one for four weeks, and eventually becoming the 13th best-selling single of the 2000s.

In 5 years, Atomic Kitten kicked their way into the national pop psyche and became the biggest girl group in Europe. They generated more press than any other UK act with their every move photographed and celebrated. Their charitable work trumped any other group with them becoming patrons of Worldvision, Unicef, Save the Children, Breast Cancer research and a myriad of smaller more personal charities.

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Here’s your chance to watch the iconic group LIVE! Get ready to witness the electrical energy of #MichelleHeatonKerry Katona, and Zoe Birkett at#MarketcityMumbai!

To grab your FREE tickets, mail us at gwendaglocalista@gmail.com with subject Atomic Kitten, don’t foget to mention your Name & Nationality.

Things to do this week in Mumbai (02 October – 08 October)

02 October, Monday

Begin your week by watching a beautiful play Yeh Tera Dil Yeh Mera Dil – Ek Prem Gatha, at NCPA which is a folk musical set in historical times. Inspired from famous novel, Rani Nagfani ki Kahani, story revolves about a prince and princess and their life. To book your tickets, click here.

03 October, Tuesday

Stressed is Desserts spelt backwards. Enjoy their delicious range of desserts. Don’t wait for the meal to finish before ordering your favorite dessert at Mirchi and Mime. The food here is always amazing but their desserts have just got our heart now!

04 October, Wednesday

Would you like to introduce yourself to the German culture? Want to party in German Way? So, Get ready. The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce brings to us amazing German Days in Mumbai till 7th of October. This event will showcase various facets of Germany in different fields including business, education, lifestyle, tourism and sports. Entry is free. However, evening events, Mumbai Oktoberfest entry is via tickets. For more information about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

05 October, Thursday

Get ready for another exciting event, Grand OctoBier Fest at Grand Hyatt Mumbai. Get in the festive spirit and enjoy the amazing delights and just refresh your heart. You’d also be able to choose from a range of special brews, from both domestic and international beers. There would also be a Grand OctoBier Fest Brunch on 8th. For more details and updates, check out their official Facebook event page.

06 October, Friday

Tonight, just get ready for an International event series: Various artists w/ Roska and Eng presented by Wild City. Also, Roska is heading to Mumbai for the very first time. One of the UK’s most accomplished underground exponents will be at antiSOCIAL. Get excited and listen to some good music. For latest information about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

07 October, Saturday

Want to relive those 90s days? Yes, even in this 21st century, If you think your heart belongs to that 90s music. This one is a perfect destination for you. Relive those glorious days with Atomic Kitten Official. In the past 5 years, they have become the biggest girl’s group in Europe. Watch this iconic group at Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla. To buy your exclusive ticket, mail us at gwendaglocalista@gmail.com with subject ‘Atomic Kitten- Your Name and Nationality’.

08 October, Sunday

End up your week at a good note. You can attend  “A stage for Change”, which is a unique fundraiser held at antiSOCIAL. Here individuals with developmental disabilities will be performing and can share their music abilities with the world. For more information, visit their official Facebook event page.

Why is 2nd October International Day of Non-violence?

Gandhi Jayanti, a day observed as  a national holiday in India is marked as the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Universally referred to as “Father of the Nation”, every year this occasion is celebrated on 2nd of October.

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Gandhiji, Father of the nation is known for his pivotal role and his significant contribution in India’s freedom struggle. He convinced people to join them and believe in his principles of truth and non-violence. He led the people of India to adopt his principles of non-violence and ahimsa and made them work on ethics and satyagraha.

One after another, he just fought endlessly to set India free from British rule. The title ‘Mahatma’ suits perfectly to such a great leader. Gandhiji’s whole life is an inspiration. Starting from his birth on October 2, 1869 till his last breath on January 30, 1948. His life story can be a great inspiration and a guiding path to several people.

Internationally, this day is celebrated as the International Day of non-violence.

People in India celebrate this by serving prayers and offering  a tribute to Gandhiji. Especially at Raj Ghat in New Delhi, special arrangements and prayers are being performed to offer tribute to Gandhiji. Gandhiji was cremated at Raj Ghat only.

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Raj Ghat, Delhi

In Mumbai, Mani Bhavan situated at Laburnum Road is a patriotic place which is closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi. The place where Gandhiji stayed for a period from 1917 to 1934. It is a two-storied building where he stayed for seventeen years. Mani Bhavan belonged to Shri Revashankar Jagjeevan Jhaveri, one of Gandhiji’s friend.

Mani Bhavan has a significant role in the life of Gandhi. It was, Mani Bhavan, from where he initiated his freedom struggle, took forward his Satyagraha, Swadeshi and Khilafat movements.

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In the year 1917, his association with charkha began when he was staying at Mani Bhavan only and also movements like Home rule movement happened while his stay at Mani Bhavan.

In the year 1955, this building was taken over by Gandhi Smarak Nidhi to maintain it as memorial to Gandhi after which it turned as a Museum and Library. Just when you will enter, you can encounter a library with the statue of Mahatma. Dotted with Gandhi’s pictures, on the second floor is the room preserved where Gandhiji used to stay. The terrace is that spot where he was arrested on 4th of January in the year 1932.

During his November 2010 visit, Barack Obama became the first high-profile and international visitor to visit Mani Bhavan in the past fifty years.