The Week in Pictures

Behold, the SENSEX. Our client office (PNB House, PM Road) was a stone's throw away from the core of Indian Business. The manager was on...

Behold, the SENSEX. Our client office (PNB House, PM Road) was a stone's throw away from the core of Indian Business. The manager was only too happy to take us there and was polite enough to not laugh when we went on a snapping frenzy. It's not everyday when you see the building which is the main cause of premature balding among Indian men today.















The view from our hotel room's balcony - The Brabourne Stadium. My room mate was pretty apprehensive though, more so because the view from our senior's room was fantastic, directly facing Marine Drive. We consoled ourselves saying we would wake up to a place where Tendulkar has hit centuries whereas they had to wake up to mushy couples doing their thing oblvious to the Uncle-jis and Aunty-jis huffing and puffing along Marine Drive.








Marine Drive at Night. We'd come back from office at around 7.45 pm and (actually the staff there would drive us out) get back only at around midnight after dinner. Marine Drive is the best place to waste time. While my colleagues would go on a picture taking spree I'd just sit there and tune out, in an attempt to figure out life, the universe and everything. Ofcourse, knowing me and my course of thoughts, I invariably ended up giggling, which I'm sure would have creeped my colleagues out to no end. But it is definitely the place to be, safe in the late hours and even if you don't figure out the meaning of life or where your life is heading, it temporarily takes you to a world where there is no hassle, no problems and no complications. Although its not permanent, its nice.








Gateway of India. When we went there, it wasn't the most impressive of sights, especially because renovation work was going on. We spent close to an hour here, trying to find a Bhelpuri guy who was apparently featured in the Times of India. Our mission was unsuccessful but we were after Bhel with a vengeance. Finally we spotted one Bhel fellow in Colaba. Even though it wasn't the best, we were strangely happy. Bhel does these things to you.
I loved every single detail in the Taj Mahal hotel. It's something else. Right from the historical background to the Top designer stores inside it today, it screams Bombay!
No trip to Bombay is complete without the pigeons!
My first trip on the infamous trains of Bombay. Figuring out the Mumbai city railway systemwas quite an ordeal but I'm really glad I did take a ride on them. It was great. And I'm really proud of this picture, I was at my inconspicuous best when I took it. Apart from the aunty staring into my phone as I took it and the kid in the queue who kept pointing at me as though I'm some kind of terrorist, nobody noticed!








Leopold's! For all the hype about how it's been around since 1871 and the Shantaram mention, I found the food to be remarkably average. The coke in my coke float was warm. But the grilled sandwich was ok. I managed to go to Leopold's twice. The first time, my cousin V (Yes Adi, V is for V only) took me there for dinner. The pasta was also decent. Service was kind of lousy though. We totally embarrassed ourselves singing along with the music that was playing. Our rendition of "Hero" was particularly sidesplitting, it was actually intended to be cruel and unusual punishment to the cafe for bringing our garlic bread 45 minutes late.











I love the taxis of Bombay. The rickety Fiat cars were our lifeline there. And they use the meter! At this juncture, isn't it the same petrol prices prevailing across the country? Then how is it that it's only in Namma Chennai that meters 'kattupadiagaadhu'? Go figure!
Home & dry. Nothing quite like the smell of Madras garbage to arouse the senses into embracing your hometown now is there?

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22 comments

  1. Glad you like my city :D

    The first time I read your blog, it was another article on your trip to Bombay. The numbers thingy. Your first trip away from home I guess. I thought you must be some 24-25 :P

    V took you to Leopolds eh? I told her to go there the first time. But I don't think she went with the same enthusiasm(Shantaram) that I told her with. She was working in South Mumbai and doing nothing there except work back then. You must have had Bun maska and beer! That's the best thing in these Iranian restaurants. Cafe Mondegar near Regal is better I've heard.

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  2. Ada paavi! Naangelaam youth!
    But then again, my maturity, wisdom etc has always been beyond my years.
    It was not my first trip from home :P Maybe my first trip to North India from work.

    Actually she was kinda enthu about taking me there, but then again, she just wanted to avoid Ming's.

    Bun Maska and Beer a? NOW you tell me :P

    Saw Mondegar. Didn't go though. :/

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  3. You like our little city, do ya?
    God bless you and hallelujah

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  4. A virtual sojourn at Bombay...thanks for that...superb narration supported by some spectacular pics

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  5. Huh! You are in idiot. You din't visit Room no 244, Hostel 3, IIT Bombay. Thats the only place worth seeing in that dump. The significance of that place is that it housed one of the biggest brains and greatest cricket player in the world for 3 years. A place of lesser significance is Rno 142, Hostel 3, IITB. That housed the aforementioned great for 1 year.

    In any case, you should have travelled in the general compartment and not the ladies compartment:).

    I also have one question. What is your issue in life? Nice job, nice family, super sister. I don't think you realize but things can get a lot worse.

    -Ok

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  6. @naren
    oh yes very much :)

    @rajesh
    thanks!

    @Ok
    Aren't you the pillar of modesty?
    :P
    I did travel in the general compartment.
    My senior and me were the only girls in that compartment, luckily there was no rush, only 3 thathas and one shady fellow :/
    And I know I have a nice job, great family, unlimited charm, super looks, intelligence etc => I don't have any issue in life right now :)

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  7. hi thenga satni.. wanna ask u something.. y do u call urself chutneycase? is there a pun behind the name? or is there some kind of hidden/rettai meaning? or is it because u thought it sounded funny/interesting?

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  8. Ahaaaaaaa....Ungla maari evlo peru kalambirkaanga?!

    Oru double/triple meaning-um illa. I just liked the name (sounded better than thayir saadham case. Lol.)
    Soft soft idlis oda kaaramaana

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  9. akka akka.. imaginationa paaru yaa :D.. the point is the noted. (anon was me btw)

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  10. marine drive is the best to waste time...
    u like bombay..god bless you

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  11. Spent a day in the city sometime last year. Maybe I needed more time to appreciate its beauty. And that too with my knowledge of 'Subtitles-seeking' Indhi, communication was fun.

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  12. Now why would you go to Leopolds for dinner!!!
    When in Rome do as the Romans do
    Makkaloda ikiyaam aayrundha u wud have enjoyed for sure...

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  13. Leopold's is not for dinner lol... and, did you check out the super small club in the top floor of leopold's?

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  14. Yea, she took me to that club type place the first time. We were singing Enrique's "Hero" at the top of our voices. I think we got high on pasta sauce. Lol. Terrible service though, the only entertainment we got was a bunch of aunties (AUNTIES!) who were drinking pitcher after pitcher of beer (and getting louder with every glass).
    I know dinner is not really what people come for there, but then again, na dhaan romba chamathu-nnu onakku theriyume. :)
    Unlike some other people who go to Bombay and do all shady and KD things.
    :P

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  15. Never been to mumbai in like...AGES! which is equal to not goin at all....cuz the last time i went was in some 4th-5th when there wr no direct flights from bahrain to chennai...aduku apram nalla vela! :)

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  16. Exceptionally brilliant!
    You know where all the laughing centres lie.
    Tickling pen!
    will come back..
    me too blog..

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  17. You missed the sights and sounds of the suburbs! :)

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  18. Neege chennai vennai pollarku :P

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  19. Exceptionally brilliant!
    You know where all the laughing centres lie.
    Tickling pen!
    will come back..
    me too blog..

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  20. Neege chennai vennai pollarku :P

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  21. akka akka.. imaginationa paaru yaa :D.. the point is the noted. (anon was me btw)

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  22. @naren
    oh yes very much :)

    @rajesh
    thanks!

    @Ok
    Aren't you the pillar of modesty?
    :P
    I did travel in the general compartment.
    My senior and me were the only girls in that compartment, luckily there was no rush, only 3 thathas and one shady fellow :/
    And I know I have a nice job, great family, unlimited charm, super looks, intelligence etc => I don't have any issue in life right now :)

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