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Vodafone ZooZoo

As with pretty much everyone else, Vodafone's Zoozoo commercials have captured my imagination. Although I love most of them, following two are my favourites. The videos have been embedded from YouTube.





The Changing Face of Parel

Parel, both Upper Parel and Lower Parel, together with the neighbouring Elphinston, Lalbaug, Mahalaxmi was once upon a time an area full of Mills. Scores of cotton and textile mills used to be in these areas, as well as numerous chawls that housed their workers. Those industries and their mills are now a thing of the past. The real-estate landscape in these areas- in Central Mumbai to be precise- has changed. No longer are these areas considered to be down-market. They have been transformed into one of the costliest areas outside South Mumbai. 


No longer will you be able to see acres and acres of land that housed Mills. One of the last Mills' bastion, Dawn Mills, has also gone under the bulldozer and is paving way for a commercial complex, i think. Or is it residential complex? Or a bit of both? I do not know for sure, but much land in and around this area now houses pricey residences and plush offices. These pictures that I clicked were also taken from one of such plush, new-age g…

A Centre Court Celebration

I am just coming to terms after watching the spectacle on Star Sports, live from Wimbledon. The official Championship is still a month away, but earlier today the Centre Court was thrown open to public for the first time under the newly built retractable roof. For a tournament that has been increasingly plagued by endless rain delays and much discomfort and inconvenience caused to players, fans and officials, alike, a retractable roof (an overhead roof over an outdoor tennis tournament that closes if it starts to rain) was much wanted for years. Our prayers were finally answered when a few years back the nod was given to what many believe is the world's most traditional sporting tournament and thereby the reluctance to change the way the game has been played here since generations. 
And what a swanky roof it was complete with all the glitzy lighting. For a tournament that has long refused to come out of its time-warped history, for a tournament that is so historical and considered …

Sights and Sounds of Panchgani

For pure holiday-makers, Panchgani is a paradise. The weather was beautiful, though afternoons used to be very hot, not the best of times for you to venture out. But early mornings, evenings and nights used to be very pleasant. It even poured for two evenings there that made the conditions there very windy. 

Every time we are there, we prefer to eat out once. So if it has been Hotel Ravine for many years and Mount View Hotel last year, this year we decided to go to Il-Pallazzo hotel, one of Panchgani's oldest and arguably amongst the best and finest hotels. The hotel is set amidst a beautifully-maintained garden amidst tall trees. Ably run, owned  and managed by Kobad Davierwalla and family, right down from his ancestors, the hotel  also offers great food. It was Mamu's birthday, so he treated us all to a sumptuous and delicious dinner there. And what a dinner it was! Celery soup with toast and preservatives, chicken farcha, some baked vegetarian dish, prawn moily with rice, par…

Going to Panchgani

There are several ways to go to Panchgani; my favourite has always been a train ride to Poona, past the beautiful Khandala ghats, and then take a cab (preferably no sharing and all to myself) all the way to Panchgani. 
The very thought excites me; get up really early to catch the 5.45 am Indrayani Express from Bombay VT, breeze past the central suburbs in high speed, arrive Karjat station whilst the morning is still crisp, take in the scent of freshly fried wadas though I never used to eat them despite being such a big hit with passengers that the Central Railway used to make all the vendors stand in a decent line doting all across the large Platform No 1 - enough number of them to cater to all the compartments of the train - get off at Karjat station momentarily, to watch the two engines get attached to the train at the end, that would push the train up the ghats, then enjoy the beautiful ghats of Khandala and the multiple waterfalls that you get to see from your window and as you ent…