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Whisky Lady – An AWESOME August!

As slow as July was, August was the opposite for this Whisky Lady!

Because… drum roll… Mumbai be warned! We launched a Whisky Ladies gathering to have some dangerously fun times enjoying our favourite whiskies!

Five fabulous drams for eight amazing whisky women! (Table For One)

Five fabulous drams with eight amazing whisky women! (Photo: Table For One)

Yup – you heard it right. We now have our own rocking whisky women’s club in Mumbai! Our inaugural evening featured: (more…)

It never ends… shrug and sigh…

For those just tuning in… our building in Bandra is undergoing structural repairs. This is the latest instalment of our ongoing experience!

Ding dong! The doorbell rang and a mumbled “Close your windows” was delivered quickly before the worker moved on to the next flat to repeat the message.

It has become such a regular request, we essentially have shut ourselves in as you never know when falling debris will come tumbling down. We have more than one cracked window now too. This is all just part of life now… (more…)

Red carpet specimens

I will admit that our social calendar is often full.

Some are the normal live music shows, festivals, friends and family celebrations but peppered amongst these are ‘EVENTS’ (yes in caps) where they roll out the red carpet. Film and theatre premiers, _____ (insert brand, book, whatever) launches, etc. Where the point is to see and be seen – to have the shutter bugs snap and flash as guests enter.

For the first 40+ years of my life, such ‘EVENTS’ (yes those caps again!) were rarities rather than regular affairs. However the hazard of having a partner in ‘The Biz’ means these are a normal part of life in Bombay.

There are times at such ‘EVENTS’, I’m reminded of a short section in Fahad Samar’s book FlashPoint(more…)

Urban Village: More the merrier!

Sometimes company is better… why snooze alone when you can snuggle with your feline family?

Company is better

Momma cat with her three kittens

Just another day in Bandra’s urban village…

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London Theatre – Past and Present

I came across a playbill from our July trip to London… and it got me thinking that we just might have another experience or two worthy of a post. (Yes we DID manage to do more than just hang out at BAFTA!)

Well in advance of our trip, a Canadian friend living in Essex kindly offered to arrange an evening of dinner and theatre together for our single Saturday night in London. Sounded just right!

Before the performance, to get into a theatrical frame of mind, we met near the Tate Gallery and then took a little stroll along the South Bank to glimpse Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. (more…)

Glorious Graffiti by Gomez

If you wander around Mumbai you will come across some pretty spectacular graffiti.

Particularly in Bandra’s Ranwar village, there are stunning examples of street art. Given traffic conditions, the best time to stroll along Chapel Road, Veronica and Waroda Road is on a lazy Sunday when people not vehicles rule the narrow lanes….

Which is why I’ve decided to feature on the occasional Sunday an image from many months (nay years!) of wandering and clicking a pic here and there. What you spotted yesterday may be fading today to replaced by something new tomorrow. The only constant is change… with multiple flashes of creativity unleashed for a moment or two.

One such initiative occurred late 2014 with the St.art Mumbai project that brought artists from around the world to India. (more…)

Only later did I understand…

We lived in Hamilton, Ontario for a couple of years while my father did his PhD at McMaster University. It was an interesting change from Winnipeg and positive to be in a different environment.

However memory is a funny thing. One thing that stuck with me was an odd event that took place after swimming class.

I must have been 10 or 11 when in the change room there was the usual tween talk with innocent ribaldry.

When teasing turned to boasts about boys, one girl blurted out a peculiar assertion. (more…)

Letting go of bookish friends

Growing up, I was a voracious reader.

The books of my childhood were full of Canadian classics by L M Montgomery with her iconic curly topped imaginative “Anne of Green Gables” and early feminist and abolitionist American author Louisa May Alcott known for her book “Little Women” plus many other authors.

This hunger to discover worlds beyond my own through other’s words remains… with the exception of a few years in my early 40s when time to do anything other than ‘living’ took over. It doesn’t mean I stopped reading, however the quantity and range radically reduced.

With a slightly slower pace this year, my love of literature has resurfaced. (more…)

Whisky Lady – July Journeys

Whisky wise, July was a slow month for this Whisky Lady!

Let’s just say I know better than to waste quality whisky on a stuffed nose / dulled taste buds or attempt to write something coherent when all I want to do is go back to bed and nurse my miserable cold.

So instead of whining about what wasn’t accomplished, decided to focus on posts to come thanks to July developments!

Inver House Master Class features (Photo: International Beverages)

Inver House Master Class features (Photo: International Beverages)

Here are a few possibilities: (more…)

9th Quarter Summary – Still at it!

Bravo you brave soul for sticking it out! For those who’ve been around since the journey began 9 quarters ago, many thanks! For those who just joined, welcome!

July brought a wee shake-up in the approach to the blog as ‘Every day adventures in Asia (mostly)’ morphed into the simpler Everyday Asia with four core themes – Home, Away, Work and Play. Fear not – this blog remains grounded in the everyday mundane activities of a transplanted Canuck living in Mumbai and traveling (mostly) around Asia. (more…)

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