INDIA TRAVELS: MUMBAI

Samosas & Sunshine

Lights. Camera. Action.  This vibrant metropolis is the home of Bollywood, but it would be a mistake to assume that it is its only attraction.  I lived here for 6 weeks in 2007.  The length of time and the freedom I had to wander meant I came across a number of unforgettable places and experiences that didn’t show up in the tour guide.  There was the Jewish Synagogue taken care of by a barefooted Rabbi, the Anand Chaturdashi festival (in which Hindus flock to the beach to submerge Ganesh statues in the ocean) and the Dahi Handi festival (in which Hindus create a massive human pyramid to break a hanging clay pot).  These incredible experiences  highlighted the character, diversity and spiritual commitment of the city’s inhabitants.

Pro Tip: September is a good time to visit – it is post-monsoon and you can try to catch the very visual and inclusive Anand…

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