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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Bandra November 2nd 2012

Hey everyone, Like usual I've taken way too much time in writing a blog post. I've actually finished my term in Mumbai already, but I'm gonna fill you guys in on what's been going on since then and then tell you what's going on now! Finishing the school term was pretty much torture, but everything besides school just got better and better with time. After a period of feeling really down because of college and a boring routine of a life, I decided to take a change and things really improved. I realized my college wasn't even taking my attendence, so I could do what I wanted! So I went to Goa with another Canadian girl named Renee and had one of the wildest weekends of my life I think, ha. Goa really was everything it ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai November 2nd 2012

The obvious poverty in Mumbai is an eye opener to say the least. To see a man laying half dead in the street while everyone passes him by and an elderdely woman lying helpless in the street is hard to consume as is seeing kids shooting up at the side of the road and children no older than 4 or 5 out at night time begging for money when they should be safe in a place we call home . . . In contrast there is a new Mumbai emerging out of the old that is establishing the Cafe culture and the economy is vast growing and emerging with western society. If this is a good thing or not is something of a debate! which we had with a local Indian business man who was pro ... read more
Mumbai Building Site
Central Mumbai

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Bandra October 31st 2012

Well the last one isn't true but it's a nod to the one and Only . . . So we have been to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Mumbai in 3 days, if only briefly in the first two. The first day in Mumbai was MANIC!! we came out of Raj's place in the morning to a deafining Mumbai rush hour and what can only be described as organised chaos!. As we wanted to get a real feel for the place we decided to take the local train from the North to the South. You know those pictures you have seen of people running across the track when trains are coming, people hanging onto the side of trains, well thats where we were :) I nearly ended up on an all female coach, which can land you ... read more
Jess at the 'Gateway to India'
Indian Red Cross

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Nagpur October 27th 2012

Moving across on the route N6 Mumbai to Kolkata. Not scenic. No tourists, cycling or otherwise seen to date. Resting my tattered arse here in Nagpur for a day. Map update included. Almost 10,000km still without puncture.Bizarre but true!... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Juhu October 17th 2012

In my Hindi class our assignment is to write a composition about our weekend. I thought it would be a fun and simple way to summarize my experience to use that as my blog. I haven't had it edited or checked, so if you know Hindi- mind my mistakes! It is also very different writing it in english letters than the Hindi script (sanskrit). First is the romanized version, and then below I will translate it. Yehe weekend mei Shyanne ke sath Mumbai ki yatra kare. Ham Thursday ki subah airpline se pahuchi. Mei mere dada ke dost Manoj se milti aur uska parivar ke sath rehi. Uska beta ka chote bachhe hai. Ek larka aur ek larki. Uska bahut pyara aur hoshiar hai. Ham kele aur bahut hase. Mujhko bukh nahin lugi kyonki vo bahut ... read more
Shyanne and I with our host family for the weekend.
South Mumbai
Gateway to India


Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai October 7th 2012

Mani Bhavan – A short blog about Gandhi-ji The monsoon rains forced me to cancel my trip to Pune so I decided to visit Mani Bhavan, the house where Mahatma Gandhi lived for many years. Located in downtown Mumbai, this house served as Gandhi’s base for almost twenty years and was the focal point for all his political activities during this time. A beautiful house on a leafy, tree-lined street, it has now been turned into a museum and archive to celebrate his life and achievements and I felt that a visit was essential. If Barack Obama felt it necessary to visit during his State Visit in 2010, I thought it was only right to follow his lead. (A short aside: You may be asking why I refer to Gandhi in the title of this blog ... read more
The oval plaque, reminiscent of the blue plaques in London
The bronze bust watching over us
Gandhi-ji's Room

Asia » India » Maharashtra October 1st 2012

An aside: A good friend alerted me today to an inaccuracy in my previous blog. I stated that many of the city name changes in India took place just after independence from the British Empire. I should have checked Wikipedia first, I guess, as Madras was only renamed Chennai in 1996 and, as Wikipedia states in Mumbai's case, "the English name was officially changed to Mumbai in November 1995. This came at the insistence of the Marathi nationalist Shiv Sena party that had just won the Maharashtra state elections and mirrored similar name changes across the country. A theory was proposed suggesting that "Bombay" was a corrupted English version of "Mumbai" an... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra September 30th 2012

One thing I had promised myself about this trip to India was that I would do my best to experience it as a native Indian does. I would travel as they travel and, as much as possible, eat what they eat. So, no McDonalds, KFC, or ham and cheese sandwiches and more Guajarati Thali, biryanis, lentil dahls and the like. (I have eaten at Subway but that was a Chicken Tandoori sub so that doesn’t count, right?) Indian food at the source is nothing like the westernized versions we taste every day in the UK and America; not every curry burns your mouth and every region has its own distinct flavours and textures. Some I’ve loved, others have just been a little too strange for me like the sweets made of chickpeas and the restaurants where ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra September 23rd 2012

Mumbai – A City of Contrasts, A City Alive Allow me to set the scene. When I was younger, I read an article in National Geographic entitled India By Rail. It described in incredible detail, and with amazing photographs, the railway network in India. It didn’t concentrate on the machinery but rather the people who kept it running and the villages, towns and cities it visited as it made its way across the massive, unbelievably diverse country known as India. I was fascinated by the history and culture and kept the magazine, imagining that one day I would be able to experience it for myself. In the years that followed, I got married – twice – and had children – three – and the dream remained exactly that – unrealized and filed away in a metaphorical ... read more
Welcome to Mumbai!
AKA Victoria Terminus
Starbucks Dubai

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Gorai September 6th 2012

Namaste Everyone! After months of planning, my trip to India is so close I can almost taste it. I've had all my injections, my malaria tablets and industrial strength insect repellent are already packed and ready to go and now I just have the weekend to wait. I've learned a few basic Hindi phrases but everyone I talk to tells me that in Mumbai, everyone speaks English so I should be okay on that front. I've done my research and my working visa is in place in my passport. Boxes are ticked. Twenty eight days in a foreign land, a world so very different than my own, awaits. I'll be posting frequently so I'm hoping that my friends will be able to savour, through me, the wonders of India. I can't wait. Oh, and the day ... read more

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