Lifestyle

Welcome to my crib


I often receive requests from friends back home about how and where I live. I think the general expectation seems to be that expats live in gated communities or in corporate housing, with a swimming pool and private gym. Although that sounds like all sorts of lovely, I’m proud to say I stay in a 1.5 bedroom flat in an old heritage building in Colaba. I’m especially excited about it because its a stone throw away from my office–the building next to it is where I work, and I think its safe to say quality of life doesn’t get much better than that in this city.

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This is a shot of the street right outside the building. A little ahead on this road is a little stand where I buy basic supplies like water and toilet paper. On my right side is my office, and on the left, my home. Quite convenient, to say the least!

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This is the building where I stay. I’m lucky because the tree sort of protects the street view from my balcony, so in the event that I’m wearing headphones or earplugs I can actually pretend I’m in a tropical, peaceful (non-honking) place…

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And this is the entrance of the building, taken from the inside. The plastic chair belongs to the watchman. Check out all those wires! One of them is guaranteed for my wifi connection…

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…loads of fake flowers are “planted” at the entrance…

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…the elevator is apparently also over 100 years old. I rarely take the elevator as I like to take the stairs whenever I’m not carrying something too heavy.

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On the second floor of the building is a gym, and some other random shops and offices. Clearly spitting in hallways is a big thing here–I’ve never understood it or why people would, but its more often than not highlighted in staircases and corridors.

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Rs. 50 fine for anyone who spits or litters in the staircase! Rs. 50 equals about $0.70.

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I’m a big fan of the flooring in the building, and I have the same tile-style inside my apartment. Although it may not look like much, these colonial-era Art Deco/Gothic/Victorian buildings in Mumbai are truly special. Most of these buildings are in major need of renovation–I have a feeling there will be a lot of residential building issues (more than there already are) in a couple of years. The overall condition is, as you can see, rough. Still, beautiful, and perhaps totally in their own way.  I recently read somewhere that, Mumbai, after Miami, FL has the second largest number of Art Deco buildings in the world…

A deeper look inside my home coming up eventually!

 

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