Lifestyle

Welcome to my crib


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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!

 

Fashion, Lifestyle

boys equal girls, and vice versa


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A while back I did a shoot for a friend’s soon-to-be-launched t-shirt brand. We met at Starbucks early morning on a Saturday, shot until lunchtime, and celebrated with pizza and beer afterwards. I’ve never been too comfortable in front of the camera, but with the right team, photographer, and a relatable cause, it was a lot more fun than comfortable than I had initially expected. Can’t wait to show you guys the entire shoot soon — we have to wait for the brand to officially launch before we can publish the remaining images.

Have a look at the brand intent below. So important and relevant, and especially exciting to be a part of, myself being a woman living in India, a place not known for its gender equality efforts. We’re doing our part though – one initiative at a time. Check out their site here to learn more about their cause.

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Recipes

One Pot Pasta


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My usual routine for weeknights when I don’t have anything social planned is to head from work straight to the grocery store. Is there anything more satisfying than a full fridge? Don’t think so! Rule #1 though – make sure you know what you’re getting beforehand. Whenever I don’t plan my grocery shopping in advance I end up getting half the store and throwing it away a week later… Anyway, off I go, from the grocery store, home, to cook while catching up with someone over FaceTime or the latest episode of one of my favourite podcasts.

Tonight’s dinner was a One-Pot-Pasta dish which I made for the first time. Honestly one of the easiest and yummiest things ever. Basically, One Pot Pasta means you make the sauce, and cook the pasta in the sauce instead of the regular pot of boiling water. Total flavour explosion, plus al dente is much easier to achieve when cooked directly in a sauce. Who knew?

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…one of my favourite smells in the world: garlic in olive oil on medium heat…

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I’m a real tomato freak and always add extra to any recipe.

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Voila! It really was so delicious. Can’t wait to have someone over to try this!

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After dinner I treated myself to some of my favourite sweets and caught up with Harriet and mom on FaceTime. I really can’t wait to get home this summer–its been three years since I was home during this time of the year, and I can’t wait for Saif to experience it, too. As soon as I have a minute free I keep looking up things to do and see while we’re there. Getting older and coming home is a little like rediscovering the amazing things about where you’re from and falling back in love with it every time…