Mumbai is a very crowded city (second most populous city in the world, right after Shanghai). South Bombay is the older, well planned part of the city with a lot of British built buildings, & neater roads.
There are more commercial buildings compared to residential ones. It’a pleasure to walk there, unless you happen to be walking in the morning or at 5 in the evening (because at those times the masses are walking to & from work).
Our walk began from Churchgate station.
Mirror self portrait of Shreetha & me at Fabindia. Gosh, I want everything they have there (spices/condiments, skincare products, handicrafts, décor & furniture. All their edibles are organic, & their furniture real wood (unlike all the particle board wood that’s everywhere today) I’m already dreaming of getting a new desk from there for my room (not happening soon! Haha).
I left there with a beautiful vintage looking globe (something that I always wanted & found, thanks to the June issue of GoodHomes India magazine). Will show it to you guys in a couple of days. I also picked up something cute for my next giveaway. There’s little over a day left to enter my current giveaway, if you haven’t already.
We then made a quick pit stop at Kala Ghoda café.
I’m a sucker for vintage signage.
Then, just besides the café this funky yellow scooter caught my eye. It obviously doesn’t run, but it’s a statement piece cum funky seat outside Obataimu.
Obataimu is a small but very creatively designed lifestyle store selling clothes, some books & décor items but most importantly they have working Polaroid cameras & Impossible Project film for Polaroids (the only place in India, for now). I saw a Polaroid SX-70 & SLR 680, retrofitted with funky leather. (I’m regretting not clicking photos of them!) There are also a few plastic Polaroid 600 cameras & The Impossible Project PX 600 Silvershade film (b/w film for Polaroid 600 camera) available there, & they will be getting more varieties of film in October.
This lovely lady is Sian, who you are most likely to meet if you visit the store. We had a great chat about Polaroids, vintage trunks & vintage eyeglasses. Mom thought I had found a kindred spirit in her because we both like artsy / quirky things.
There was a joint painting exhibition in Jehangir Art Gallery, we spent some time there looking around, me reminiscing about the time I took painting classes (it was in school & I was pretty bad! It’s been a while since I’ve picked up a paint brush though, maybe I should try again?)
The others went to the museum, but I wasn’t in the mood to go in. I waited by the shady trees outside (thankfully it wasn’t raining!) It was a nice place to wait, there are a lot of street artists on that sidewalk, & tourists too.
I always feel a bit nervous when I’m in charge of showing someone any place they’re new to, it’s a big responsibility. But I think the day was a success. I need to explore the city more. Anyone wanna come with me?