Swiggy -online food ordering made simpler 

Online food ordering services , one of the best I have found so far. I have been using online food ordering service for past several months in  Mumbai.  Of the many I have used the best one I found so far is swiggy ,  decent number  of restaurants ,  a delivery representative with contact number assigned for each order,  real time tracking , order replacement in case of unavailability ,  easy cancelation and refund policy ,  option of paying through wallets! ! ! 

Would definitely recommend giving it a try

Happy eating Mumbai ūüôā 


Ms. Tomato

While the year ¬†2016 has ended , I was reminded of an exercise I was assigned while serving at a ¬†restaurant in the US, share¬† one thing that happened in last week which made you happy? While 2016 was ending lot many things happened in my life , in fact the year was full of changes , adjustments, shifts . If I were to pick one incident what would it be, and there was no doubt in my mind for the entire year of 2016, it was when I met Ms. Tomato – I do not know her real name but she was so adorable , so lovable and so red … just like a¬†tomato..

Few days back I was out shoe shopping on a lazy sunday afternoon when this tiny little girl walks up to me with ¬†a pair of shoes in her hand and lifts them up high and says ” these are nice” , oh how I wish I could enact it while i write this. She was with her her mom and grandma who were watching her from a distance and extremely puzzled. I waited for a moment , thought she might pull away , she must have been looking for her mom but she stood there with shoes still held high , looking at me and all I could say was “yeah they are”. She took down the shoes , sat on the floor and started to put them on…. In the mean time her mom walked up to her and I moved away neither did I turn around nor did she call out, she became busy trying her shoes… Well, that was Ms. Tomato – the highlight of 2016 and one incident that I might choose as the moment when I have felt happiest¬†in 2016!!!!!!!!!!!

In Aamchi Mumbai as a mumbaikar would say!


Can you fall in love twice? I moved from Washington D.C.  after having lived there for 11 years and like every other Indian, work brought me to Mumbai . Summer -hot and humid Mumbai and not able to find a place to stay was how I welcomed myself !

Kandivali, Bandra , Andheri, Goregoan, Malad , Santa Cruz , Kurla , Powai  ,  Vikroli ,Ville Parle , you name it Рthe places I have searched for a decent living! Having found a place to stay Рwas a relief with Mumbai rains right around the corner. I thought what they show in bollywood was true Рyou come to Mumbai feel the heat of summer Рsee the mumbai rains and fall in love with the city and before you know you have spent the rest of your life in Mumbai! On the contrary I ended up visiting doctors getting treated for cold and cough!

When I was in my early 20’s I fell entrapped by the liveliness ¬†of New York but after about 8 years or so fell in love with calmness and serenity of D.C. Despite the weather, falling sick and not so happy work place I still haven’t given up on Mumbaikar’s “aamchi mumbai” I wonder as to what that is am I falling in love again ¬†??!


Shirdi – SaiBaba


I am not a big believer in following rituals of worship for the most part because they are inculcated in one either out of fear of punishment or the necessity to do so. I have been to various religious place like Hindu Temples, Jain Mandirs, Gurudwaras,Dargah , Church . The most peaceful place that I found so far was church, it takes very little effort on your side to search for inner peace because the place itself is so quiet. I had heard a lot about the Shirdi -Saibaba temple located in the Shirdi village in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. I took a cab to Shirdi from Bombay which is about 4 -41/2 hours drive. It took about 3 hours waiting in the queue to darshan or reach the place where Shri Saibaba idol is placed, meaning it was crowded. You spend about half a minute to a minute’s time for the darshan, strangely enough, though the ratio of wait time to darshan time is unimaginable, I was able to connect to myself within that one minute. I do not know whether its the ¬†doing of miracle stories that I have watched on television, or vibration of the land around that gives you the feeling of tranquility. I would recommend visiting once with lot many places for boarding and lodging, small shops around to shop and cab for ~Rs5000 if shared from Mumbai is not a bad deal and Ofcourse the temple management staff has put in ample efforts to keep things organized and made¬†refreshments available while waiting in the queue.


Everything is online!

Few years ago, I remember telling a friend that should you need anything, I am just a phone call away – ¬†connectivity seemed to exist or at least hypothetically!! I recently moved to India, and in my hometown where ¬†once “in-person” was ¬†an IN thing I got introduced by my cousin to the website “Just Dial”¬†http://www.justdial.com/ Whatever you need is available starting from food, car rentals , daily grocery, housing, travel &ticketing, education information, other services. You name it and you got¬†it!

Damn ! the technological advancement “a friend” got replaced by “Just Dial” ūüôā

Gujarati Thali

gujarati thali

I have lived in the D.C. Metro area for about 10 years. There are many indian restaurants in the area that cater decent food. All these years I have searched ardently for ¬†a Gujarati Thali¬†¬†in the area without success until very recently. Opened in September 2015, located in Ashburn, Virginia about 30 miles from Rockville ( 495/VA267)or Washington D.C( George Washington Memorial Parkway/VA267). – Rupa Vira’s Signature restaurant serves gujarati thali on weekends.

Gujarati thali is little different than regular thalis that you would find in any Indian restaurant- it brings staple food from my home state – usually has two curries, lentils, sweet, farsan ( snack – which is usually steamed or fried), indian pickle, papad, buttermilk drink (Chas).

Menu for Signature’s gujarati thali included

Tindola nu shaak (ivy gourd curry)

Undhiyu ( medley of vegetable- typical in the winter season in India)

Vaal ( Lentil)

Kadhi( made of yogurt and chickpea flour)

Rice , Puri, Papad,Chaas

Sweets- Rasmalai, Ghughra (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gujia)

Farsan – khaman(made from chickpea flour), patra (battered and steamed colocasia leaves), lilva kachori (coconut and pigeon peas)

Indian salad (kachumber) and indian pickle

I would definitely recommend going to Rupa Vira’s Signature restaurant- absolutely worth the drive!