City of Dreams…Mumbai…

Black and Yellow color, everlasting skyscrapers and smell of fish in the air…well you are definitely in the City of Dreams…Bombay aka Mumbai…

I visited the City of Dreams with Vicky last weekend, and honestly there is no other city like Mumbai…I didn’t get too much time to roam around, because of Vicky’s tight schedule, but he got free by Saturday afternoon…and we went straight to Starbucks…I always wanted to see Starbucks, but I never got a chance…in fact when I went to Singapore on internship, at that time also I clicked photographs in front of Starbucks but I didn’t go inside, because I was enjoying myself so much, I didn’t notice that I was standing in front of Starbucks…I noticed it after two years while going through old pics…I know I know, I can’t believe it too… 😀

So we final reached Starbucks around 1700 hours…and the minute I entered the Coffee House, I could felt the aroma of freshly crushed coffee beans…we sat near the counter, because those were the only two empty chairs in the whole coffee house…My hubby asked me what would I like to have, I told him anything with coffee would do me a great favor, because I wanted to taste the flavor of coffee beans for which Starbucks is so known in the world…I know you must be thinking why so much fuss about Starbucks…after all its just another coffee house…

Well, for Indians it’s not…we don’t have any coffee culture, we are more chai (tea) loving people, and we love to drink tea just the way Americans love to drink coffee…CCD (Café Coffee Day) tried to create that culture and sort of got success in that…but it’s very reasonable to every ones pocket, and its taste is very Indian…I love CCD a lot because my love story started from there, but we will talk about that some other time…

Starbucks is just the opposite of CCD, everyone out there were rich and by rich I mean very RICH…Rolls Royce, Bentley, Audi, you name it and it was there in their Parking lot… I was observing everyone, that is my all-time favorite job, while my hubby was selecting a suitable drink for me from the Menu…you look at any face everyone’s hair were perfectly styled, nails were perfectly manicured, they were looking as if they are about to jump on the Ramp walk or about to go for a photo shoot…I noticed that everyone was behaving very sophisticatedly, no one in that room was anywhere near normal…still I enjoyed it all but I didn’t get it why it was so different from other coffee houses, until I got the bill…it was 800 bucks for one coffee and one triple orange crush…and I got it why it’s different from other houses I visited…Well normal people can’t afford to have 800 bucks of Coffee every day, but yes we can come here on some special occasion with someone special…just the way I visited Starbucks with my hubby and he made it more special by giving me the famous Starbucks logo printed white paper cup to me…

We kissed goodbye to Starbucks after an hour, with the hope of visiting it again soon, and we went straight to the famous JUHU BEACH ( Chowpati )…wherever you lay your eyes dark brown water was the only thing visible…it was the exact opposite of Starbucks…no one out there were properly trimmed, but still everyone were having a great time…no body was bothered that if I will do this or that somebody will laugh at me, noooo…you can be true to yourself on Juhu Beach, the most common thing that I saw was smiles across everyone’s faces …we enjoyed the world famous cuisine of Juhu Chowpati…pani-puri, bhel puri, vada pav, idli, pav bhaji, we even clicked snaps which were automatically beautiful, as usual I love to freeze the moments  and of course we ended it with baraf ka gola and paan…we enjoyed the beautiful sunset and the never ending sea line of Bombay…

It was already dark and the sea was looking scarier than ever, so we decided to move on…because it was already 19:30 hours, and we didn’t have any place, all of a sudden we made a real time decision to watch a movie…when I am with my hubby, real time decisions are normal, he is really unpredictable, we went to the nearest theater which was PVR…and guess what all show time movies were pathetic…still we wanted to kill the time so we decided to go ahead with it…as we were waiting for our movie tickets, the guys on the counter said its 800 bucks…and I swear my jaw dropped to the floor just like a cartoon character…( this was for the second time that I was encountering 800 bucks in that day )I have heard it from my friends that movie tickets are way too expensive in Bombay, but when I actually paid for it I could not believe the reality…still we went ahead with the movie, and I swear it was one of the best movie I had ever watched, not because the movie was actually great or something…

I enjoyed it because it was the first time we didn’t check out the reviews of critics and our friends, we just watched it like any  couple who are on their first date of dinner and movie…and the best thing was the crowd, it was very classy, no one was hooting or whistling, even when Sunny Leone ( porn star )was bouncing half naked in front of camera, oh we watched Ragini MMS 2 by the way…well it’s pretty obvious isn’t it, when you are paying 400 per head the crowd’s happens to be classy, girls were either in shorts or some knee length skirt or frock, which was cool, you can’t wear this kinda dresses anywhere else in India, try it and the next minute everyone will be watching/staring/gazing/raping you instead of movie…

Once we were done with the movie, we went straight to Golden Waves, a multi cuisine restaurant near our hotel…on the way, we saw the bungalows of famous Bollywood stars, Amitabh Bachan, Akshay kumar, Ajay Devgan, to name few…but the interesting thing was this, from outside their houses were looking like any other normal house…roads were broken and footpaths were under maintenance, see after all they are humans just like us…we had wine and great Kashmiri Dum Aloo with Kulcha in dinner…and slept hard till 900 hours  in the morning…

Next day, we went to Lower Parel via Sea Link Bridge, and I have to tell you the view was breath taking…I loved it one side of the bridge has skyline of Mumbai while other has never ending Sea View…WOW…totally unbelievable…I enjoyed my ride to Phoenix Mall in Lower Parel…because they have made a jogging path adjacent to the sea belt…….it’s amazing to watch, I guess instead of jogging, I would prefer to enjoy the view and write…

As soon as I entered the Phoenix Mall…I swear I agree with others it’s the best mall in India…In the entrance you have Burberry & Zara, then Armani, Chanel…you name it and they have it…and at the very center of the mall they kept a big round bouquet of Red & White Roses, which will make you smile instantly…we kept humping and jumping from one shop to another, and decided to do shopping every year from Bombay only…but funny thing happened, when we went to the Food Mall…I was checking out the crockery section, my all-time favorite, when Vicky nudged me and asked me to check out the bag of a lady standing adjacent to me…it was not the bag, it was LOUIS VUITTON…olalalalalalaaa…something I always heard about and checked out in fashion magazine is just right in front of me…my eyes couldn’t believe it for a minute but as soon as I checked out the logo I knew it’s THE LOUIS VUITTON…I laid my eyes on it for the last time and kissed it good bye with heavy heart and turned to the next sections and just there right in front of me was staring another Louis Vuitton in some other girl’s hand…I couldn’t help myself from smiling, we bought some cakes and muffins and went towards the cash counter…and opposite to me a couple was waiting with Louis Vuitton, Vicky nudged me and asked me to check out the lady to my left, she was also carrying the Louis Vuitton…I turned to my right, and another lady was carrying a Louis Vuitton…Vicky and I couldn’t stop ourselves from LOL, we saw uncountable Louis Vuitton bags in that mall…

On our way back to the hotel, I told Vicky, that don’t worry one day they are going to put a board outside ‘People with Louis Vuitton’s can only enter’…we laughed for hours…but one thing that I learned about Bombay is this…it’s a place where you can find the poorest and the richest…you will find people from every caste and creed…people are very broad minded, no one is going to give you a second look just because you are wearing something odd…ladies who are 45+ knows how to carry western outfits, seriously if you want to learn some fashion sense, visit Mumbai…if you are a real shopaholic Mumbai is a must for you…life is very fast, nobody has time for you…peoples dream are like skyscrapers of Mumbai, never ending… and if you are an Indian who loves travelling, do come to Mumbai…it’s really a City of Dreams which never sleeps…

I don’t know when I am going to visit Mumbai again, and the Louis Vuitton mall again…but Vicky has promised me to buy me a Louis Vuitton, he told me “I don’t know honey, how much time it will take, but I will buy you a Louis Vuitton before you are 30”…and with that thought in my mind I slept coyly in his arms, dreaming about my Louis Vuitton…in the City of Dreams…

AARYA

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