my previous two visits to bombay, last may and this past february, were both for work, so i knew i wanted a more leisurely visit before i left india. i wanted to have a little more time for lunches and dinners with friends, and i wanted to just enjoy the city that i love so much.
as luck would have it, it worked out for me to go straight to bombay from se asia. almost everyone i wanted to see was in town during that time, priyanka and deboo had flexible schedules, and reality announced their 3rd midnight bicycle tour for the weekend i was to be in town. it was perfect timing, and i had a blast as always. below are some highlights.
lots of quality time with priyanka and deboo. these two are just so amazing, and i was so happy to not only stay with them again but to get to spend so much time just lounging around and chatting. i had no agenda, and i managed to catch them during a light time in their schedules, so we were able to chat and laugh and eat and enjoy one another’s company.
a night out at toto’s. toto’s is my favourite bombay bar, and every time i visit the city i tell everyone to join me there for a night of drinking. the staff there love me, the drinks are affordable, and i have dreams about their kheema pav. we managed to assemble quite the motley crew and drank and ate and laughed to our hearts’ content.
reality’s midnight bicycle tour. i am a huge fan of reality tours & travel – and their sister ngo, reality gives – and i have been wanting to do one of their midnight bicycle tours since steph first designed them. they only have them once or twice a year, so i missed the first two, but as luck would have it i got a notification while i was travelling that they were doing their third tour while i was in town. i immediately conned deboo, akshathaa, and karno into joining me for the ride, we got a spot for anandi as well, and we had a great time. we began in colaba at 12.30am and cycled all around south bombay, eventually winding up at the worli fort for an amazing sunrise.
a lunch at britannia. pc and i took ourselves on a lunch date to britannia in south bombay on my last day in town. i wanted to have some parsi food , and pc had an errand to run in colaba, so the timing worked out well. we had a lovely conversation with boman uncle, one of the coolest old men i’ve ever met, and that berry pulav was delicious.
i love that island city something crazy.