Lunch For One – At Phoenix Marketcity

By now you know that the Phoenix Marketcity is my favourite mall in Mumbai – not just because my home and office are close by but because of the great shopping and restaurant options they have.

The other day I enjoyed Lunch For One at the (relatively) newly opened Bombay Coffee House. I knew this café from Bandra but never paid attention to their meal menu. I used to meet friends for a quick coffee or milkshake and maybe had some pastries – that’s it.

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But when Bombay Coffee House opened up at Phoenix Marketcity my friend and I went for lunch in one of the first days and we were impressed by the Cantonese Chicken Noodles and the Penang Curry. It was really delicious and comforting.

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So recently, when I forgot my lunch box at home, I was thinking what to eat and while I was considering to just order subway to the office, I suddenly remembered the Penang Curry. Exactly what I needed that day: a yummy warm meal that comforts you.

And that’s how I decided to have Lunch For One at Bombay Coffee House. I sat down at the high tables at the end of the café from where you can look into the Dublin Square, took out my book to read and before looking into the menu I ordered the Penang Curry again.

Yummy!

The Elephant Parade Mumbai, 2018

Did you see the 101 elephants that arrived in Mumbai a couple of days ago? Yes, 101 elephants across the city. We are talking about the beautiful curated elephant statues of painted elephants of The Elephant Parade of course.

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After successful exhibitions in 24 cities across the world – including Milan, London, Singapore, Jaipur and Bangkok, the parade has come to the Maximum City for the very first time and we couldn’t be more excited!

This initiative plans to raise funds to help India’s 101 corridors for elephants, and build crucial rescue centres around the forests that are very much needed. The money for the cause will be raised through the sale of the displayed elephant sculptures. The beautifully painted elephants have been designed by prominent personalities, renowned artists and designers such as Anita Dongre, Amitabh Bachchan, Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin to name a few. We are especially proud that our fellow expat Maria and her team are part of this and created a beautiful elephant named OrangeX2654.

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PC: Maria Leon

OrangeX2654 is a super creative elephant made by Maria Leon in collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law! The idea of contributing to save the declining population of elephants in India inspired Maria to join Elephant Parade India. When asked about the change this parade could bring, Maria, who is a Spanish expat, said that the herd will have a two fold effect – the first will be an increase in the awareness of the plight of the Indian Elephant, and possibly a boost in the funds to alleviate their situation. Secondly, the display of the elephant in public areas would be the introduction and showcasing of art, and its potential influence, to a spectrum of Indian society that would normally be overlooked.

Over the course of the next few days, groups of the elephant sculptures will be on public display around the city, beginning with Priyadarshini Park, Palladium Mall in High Street Phoenix, Siddhivinayak Temple, Sophia’s College and Radio One Office Lower Parel which has already started from 2nd and is upto 6th March.

PC: Tanvi Phondlekar
PC: Tanvi Phondlekar

The parade at Worli Sea Face has started from 3rd March, and will be upto 7th March.

From March 8-11, the display will move to the central suburbs, in R City Mall Ghatkopar, Phoenix Marketcity Kurla and the Grand Hyatt in Kalina.

From March 14-18, the Elephant Parade will be in the western suburbs – Carter Road Beach and Amphitheatre, Bandra Fort, Taj Land’s End in Bandra, The Bombay Art Society in Bandra, Infiniti Malls in Andheri and Malad and Oberoi Mall in Goregaon.

The Elephant Parade is on till March 18 and is open to public.

PC: Tanvi Phondlekar
PC: Tanvi Phondlekar
PC: Tanvi Phondlekar
PC: Tanvi Phondlekar

Holika Dahan: The origin and significance of Holi

Holi is a traditional Hindu festival which marks the arrival of Spring. Widely known across the world as the Festival of Colours, it takes place over two days, and is a celebration of fertility, colour and love, as well as the triumph of good over evil. The first day of Holi is celebrated as Holika Dahan and the second day as Dhulivandan, which is best known around the world for the powdered colours that revellers throw on each other, eventually leaving them all coated in colour by the end of the day. Despite it being a Hindu festival, people of all religions and cultures take part and it’s now seen as a universal celebration.

Holi will be celebrated on 1st and 2nd March this year.

What is the significance of the Holi festival?

Holi’s different celebrations come from various Hindu legends, although one is widely believed to be the most likely origin. The word “Holi” originates from “Holika”, the evil sister of demon king Hiranyakashipu. King Hiranyakashipu had earned a boon that made him virtually indestructible. These special powers blinded him, he grew arrogant, thought he was God, and demanded that everyone worship only him. His son Prahlad was a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu. This infuriated Hiranyakashipu. He subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve to do what he thought was right.  When the demonic king’s immortality turned him evil and he began to kill anyone who disobeyed him, Prahlad decided to kill him. However, when Hiranyakashipu found out, he asked his sister Holika to help him murder Prahlad. In their plan, Prahlad’s evil demonic aunt would wear a cloak which stopped her from being harmed by fire and take Prahlad into a bonfire with her. When she managed to trick him into sitting into the bonfire, the cloak flew from Holika’s shoulders while she was in the fire and covered Prahlad; he was protected but she burnt to death. This is how Prahlad’s immense devotion to Lord Vishnu saved him from all harm. This is the reason why huge bonfires are burnt on the first night of Holi, hence naming the ritual “Holika Dahan” or “the burning of Holika”. The bonfires represent the pyre in which Holika was killed. This mythological story greatly signifies the victory of good over evil.

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PC: Firstpost Hindi

People can see the Holika Dahan bonfires in every neighbourhood. This night is followed by celebration and fervour the next day, with people throwing vibrant colours at each other and eating delicious sweets. This festival is a way of celebrating the triumph of good.