Its my first trip home to Mumbai since landing a super cool project in Jakarta. I managed to arrange a flight route (via Bangkok) that permitted me to arrive in time for a friend’s new gallery / event space launch. We reached just as the music began, what joy to be serenaded by a dear friend, munch on macaroon treats, sip wine and generally enjoy terrific company in a convivial atmosphere. Our friend has done well with this new venture!
For those unfamiliar with Bandra, it is a special neighbourhood – a catholic bastion with strong proud traditions that has become rather popular with ex-pats – including those seeking a more ‘regular’ life not bolstered by insane high salaries and expense accounts. You know the type – locally hired foreigners who have chosen to stay and forgo all the ‘extras’ that come with a pampered ex-pat nomadic life!
Particularly the immediate area around Veronica and Chapel road, one can still find old bungalows and a sense of community. The space I found myself just a few hours from landing is one such bungalow… That was falling into complete disrepair until along came friends with a huge labour of love and rather more money than they planned – transforming it into a new avatar – an enchanting space to enjoy for eclectic events and show off funky furniture.
Lots of updates to share however in the meantime, I’m just going to enjoy being here. Waking up to the sounds of home, the smells of the neighbour making aloo paratha, the simple joy of being brought that first cup of cappuccino by my partner in the morning and yes – even the dratted ‘ding dong’ every few minutes!
It’s good to be home. What do you miss when traveling?
Isn’t Bandra the most lovely place ever? I love the sweet neighbourhood. It’s good to see your city through an expat’s life. Nice post. 🙂
It is! I stubbornly lived outside of Bandra for some 8 years then finally succumbed to Bandra Reclamation where have the best of both worlds – can scoot out to the highway with minimum fuss & traffic jams AND walk down Chapel Road and more to the heart of Bandra. 🙂
There is such an amazing history here too and there is always something fascinating to discover!
And just curious, the place you have mentioned here is a restaurant or a private venue that can be booked for parties? Looks great indeed..
Private venue… recently lovingly and beautifully renovated! Will check with the folks that run it on their thoughts for bookings.