The week that was  #MondayMusings #chattyblogs

The week that was #MondayMusings #chattyblogs

As a working from home mother (a.k.a a working housewife for the womenfolk),  sometimes,  I tend to get too cut off from the rest of the world.  I spend hours working on the laptop just getting up for survival activities like eating,  bathing, etc.  And the only company I have got are the children who keep coming in and going out of the house as per their school, tuition, play schedules.  Isolation hits you like a brick.

So, it was a good change when I had to trek in the 4 hour to and fro commute to my office.  And the four hours is on a good day. Let me tell you,  when one gets into a Mumbai local,  you are entering a different city or country with its own rules and laws.  It is the big serpent that dashes through the city throughout the day,  north to south, south to north.

I start my journey from the extreme north of the city to the south and then,  when the twains meet,  I change to a train to take me to the north again. Someone finally thought of changing the north to south pattern and added some horizontal lines with a metro or subway or tube or whatever which finally made the twains meet at a more practical location. Continue reading

When vada pavs came to the rescue

When vada pavs came to the rescue

The vada pav was born in the 1960s in the textile mill areas of Mumbai.  It is a quick grab and bite snack, easy on the pocket, fulfilling on the stomach.  Vada Pavs are sold in the millions every day.  During recession times,  we used to joke that if we ever become jobless,  we will start our own vada pav stall. Source : Wikipedia

But someone, really followed it.  A few years ago,  a Vada pav shop opened in my neighborhood.  It is no roadside eatery.  It is a proper shop which sold only vada pavs.  It is managed by a homely middle aged lady and two middle aged men.  One is the husband and the other is a relative.  My inquisitive friend informed me that the husband lost his job due to his factory shutting down and so they have started this shop.  The shop owners would come in the mornings and evenings and sell vada pavs.  Over the years,  they have made up their own brand due to the distinct taste of their vadas,  chutneys and softer pav.  The taste is the only identifier.  There is no fancy packaging, tissues and all that snazz.  Just unadulterated vada pav packed in newspaper or a paper plate or sometimes hand.  Hygiene is high priority.  We have to queue up outside the shop to get our share of vada pavs.  The queues are long and monsoon queues are longer,  but we do not want to miss out on our favorite local vada pav.  They further expanded the menu to include samosas and bhajjis,  too.  Everything is managed by these three people.

They are just one of the few nameless souls who add flavor to my small locality.  Wouldn’t it be fun to discover such quaint places which only cater a niche food?

Source : Zomato.com I can think of the ice cream shop at Churchgate at Wankhede stadium who serve handmade ice-cream sandwiched between two wafers.  The place is packed (maybe they should do the queue thing) with families waiting for their orders.  They insist they have no branches.  They use only natural ingredients and the ice-cream is out of the world.  Try  it out.  Any more can you think of.

I can now look them up on the Nouns App available on Google Playstore.  It is an app for foodies, by foodies where people share their food experiences.  Spread the word of your favorite food eateries and find new ones through the app.


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Images source : Vada Pav – Wikipedia.com,  Ice Cream – Zomato.com 

Anything but books Tag

Anything but books Tag

I am loving this tag doing the rounds introduced to us by Shantala.  It has been fun reading other’s responses.  For a change, this one is not about books but a little more about me.  Read through and pick up the #AnythingButBooks tag.  I would love to read yours too.

Name a cartoon(s) that you love.

I grew up at a time when there was just one hour of cartoon shown on Sunday mornings at 9 called Mickey and Donald which I loved.  Then there were the video cassettes of Tom and Jerry we used to watch for endless hours.  Among the recent cartoons,  I love binge-watching Shinchan.  I have to watch it,  I have 2 boys.

What is your favorite song right now?

It is a not so current song.  But, I have been listening to this on endless loop as I discovered it recently.

Kehte hain khuda ne is jahan mein sabhi ke liye
Kisi na kisi ko hai banaya har kisi ke liye
Tera milna hai us rab ka ishara maano
Mujhko banaya tere jaise hi kisi ke liye

For the non-Hindi speaking,  here is the translation –

“It says God has created someone for everyone,

Finding you is a sign from Him,

That I am made for someone like you.”

I love the way the music goes around in circles. If you loved the lyrics,  the music is even better. Here is the link

What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?

I can spend hours walking.  I love to go for long walks,  walk in a market, shopping, walking to anywhere.  All I need is a pair of comfortable and strong shoes.

What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I love to spend time in Museums and in ruins.  I can spend hours and hours going through each and every exhibit and reading all the notes written below it and I can remember them too.  On my last weekend in London,  I spent the whole day,  yes the whole day, at the Victoria and Albert Museum and at the Natural History Museum.  It was pure bliss.

As for the ruins,  I stay near Bassein fort and I love to walk around the ruins of the fort.  The fort is used for movie, music videos, ads and TV serial shootings too.  It helps to maintain this historical monument.  But, it could also damage the original features of the fort.  I wish our Archeological department does more to protect this fort.  You can see the fort in this famous song from Heropanti.  Ignore the foreground dancers,  just see the beautiful fort in the background.

What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about (this can do with books, I guess)?

I want to learn about editing videos. Why? To create book reviews with videos.  I don’t want to be staring into a camera and showing people book hauls.  But, more like an edited video which will show what the book is about.  Anyone help me with where can I start?

What is something unusual you know how to do?

There really is nothing unusual I know that the rest of us doesn’t know.  In fact,  there are too many things I do not know to do.

Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us, if you can).

Well, last year I made this website.  I used tutorials on Youtube to understand how to customise the themes, how to add code and lot of nitty-gritties.  I am a techie and code loves me.  It was pure bliss to seep through endless code after ages.

What is your most recent personal project?

It has to be growing capsicums.  It did grow, I posted the pictures on Instagram.  But,  now I want to create a fairy garden or a miniature garden.  All my time is now spent in watching their videos and Pinterest is full of ideas.

Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows).

When I look out of my window,  it is to a main road which is 100 feet wide.  So,  loads to think about like cars, clothes, signals. Just before the road is a peepul tree inhabited with birds of all kinds.  Their morning activities are fun to watch.  There is also crow’s nest and I love watching their antics.  Beyond the road is an unkempt open ground.  It is green now due to the first rains and a delight to watch.

Give us something that’s your favorite, but make it something oddly specific, not like your favorite food, but like your favorite food when you’ve been studying for hours and forgot to eat. Or, you know, something like that.

I am not really a foodie but I love to listen to music when studying or working very hard. If it needs me to concentrate and stay awake,  music is the best.  It helps me focus.

Now that you know me a little more,  tell me about yourself.

 

These circuses … Teaser Tuesday 1

These circuses … Teaser Tuesday 1

I just finished reading this book of short stories titled ‘These Circuses that Sweep through our Landscape’.  Tejaswini Apte-Rahm has put together 10 short stories full of excellent writing.  The review will be up soon.

 

Here are my two teaser lines from one of the stories.  It was a bit difficult to choose.  But I choose this one for the vivid images and passion it creates in just a few words.

Mili was arriving in Bombay on the twenty-third of August….Even before my hand reached for the mouse, my mind was filled with luscious images of Mili, of days filled with conversations and hot chai, of moist nights and pulsing, never sated desire.

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Six Minutes of Terror by Nazia Sayed and Sharmeen Hakim

Six Minutes of Terror by Nazia Sayed and Sharmeen Hakim

Author : Nazia Sayeed & Sharmeen Hakim

Version : Paperback

Genre : Non-fiction, Investigation

Source : DDSReviews.in

Publisher : Penguin India

Pages : 227

Blurb :

The Mumbai 7/11 train bombings in 2006 were one of the deadliest terror attacks the city had seen after the 1993 blast. The attacks orchestrated by the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (the ISI) were aimed to cripple the city by attacking its lifeline – the local train. A series of seven blasts in a span of only six minutes rocked the city at seven railway stations, killing 189 and injuring over 700. Six Minutes of Terror is the first investigative book that will present a blow by blow account of the events that led to the terrorist attack, profile the people involved in the blasts as well as describe how the plot was unearthed by the police. Superbly researched, with painstaking detail, the book tries to delve into the minds of the home-grown terrorists who created unprecedented havoc and claimed innocent lives ten years after the horrifying attacks. Continue reading