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I recently made a decision that I don’t really want to be working for my currently company for years and in fact I would quite like to leave as soon as I can. It’s not an industry I am passionate about and watching my husband, who is passionate and talented in the industry, inspires me to go after something that I can really feel drive and satisfaction from. And so I have decided that I would like to open a shop in our main tourist district of Mumbai. Let me tell you a bit about it and then I have a small job for you, dear readers, to help me decide on a name.

The idea is that I would be selling Indian furniture and other locally made products – beads, homeware, tiling, flooring, cosmetics, silk fabrics etc – a mix of antique and new – plus would also showcase local artists and hold exhibitions. The shop will be air con, comfortable, spacious and contemporary, while still retaining a kind of bargain hunting feel.. ie not too snobby.

The image can be described as-

Contemporary
Local
Colourful
Calm
Western/European tastes
‘Genuine Indian’ products
Eco -friendly

It will (hopefully) be close to the many hotels and guesthouses in the South of Mumbai and so will aim primarily for the tourist market and secondly for the local market.

I am currently location-hunting, which could take up to 6 months, plus another few months for renovations, so I am still a long way away from opening day.

Would like your suggestions for names. Let me know which one you like from below, or leave your own suggestion in the comments section. Look forward to hearing from you!

I was going to make a fancy poll here but am not that tech savvy I’m afraid, so instead I’ll make a list and I just need you to tell me which one you like in the comments. Imagine each one on it’s own, with a suitable font, logo etc.. ok?

So here’s the list:

Manuka

Bombay Artspace

The Mumbaiiker

Lotus

The Elephant House

Mish Mash

Kanuka

The Studio

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Goan weekend

So we had a lovely weekend amid monsoon storms and havoc and in our cosy little villa in Goa.

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Left work at 10am on Friday (fabulous time to leave work 🙂 ) to catch a noon flight.. travelled business class as it was on K’s airpoints of which we have discovered he has lots, so what a treat.. arrived at the hotel at about 3pm in the afternoon. The Holiday Village has lots of little Villas in a big coconut grove with lots of frangipani trees and green lawns and winding pathways connecting everything. Gorgeous, but no shelter at all when it rains so you spend most of the time getting soaked, which is half the fun of a monsoon holiday anyway. So, we settled in,  K finished up some phone calls while I lounged in the bathtub, and then we hit the tennis courts for all of about 15minutes before it started bucketing down.. moved indoors to play table tennis and after a closely contested 2 games resulting in 1 – 1, we left for a quick swim before it got dark.. swimming in the rain and wind with a view of massive, dirty, angry sea waves is pretty darn cool, specially when its really warm and you can float on the surface, feeling raindrops on your forehead and watching the coconut palms get blasted by furious winds. There is also one of those pool-bar set ups where you can sit in the pool and have a drink, so of course we had to do that for fun – sat drinking spicy Bloody Marys, in a pool, surrounded by a warm, windy monsoon storm.. quite a strange combination! Later we ran back to the room in our swimsuits, showered and settled in for a night of dvds and delicious Goan food – prawn curry, pomfret recheardo (grilled fish with a tomato based spicy marinade inside), pork sorpotel (pork, liver, onions, spices – very Goan dish and the only time in my life I have been able to eat liver without gagging), with crusty warm Goan bread (white bread that is very yeasty and tasty), and some cold beers. Delish.

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(the view by the breakfast cafe, this part is sectioned of as it is slowly being reclaimed by the sea. The ship in the background beached around 6 years ago and ownership and responsibility is still being debated.)

  

Saturday we woke to a real storm… it had worsened overnight and we ran down to the breakfast cafe by the beach with our pants rolled up and were ankle deep in water most of the way. The roof of the beach cafe is lined with plastic and layered with palm leaves. Seems the plastic has split and the waves that were pounding into the seawall and splashing over the side of the restaurant were also coming in through the roof. So everyone had breakfast that morning with their pants rolled up to their knees and splashed their way to the buffet and back.. made things quite exciting! Especially everytime a huge wave hit and sent another torrent of water inside. We had a nice long breakfast, read books and enjoyed the sound of the waves and the rain, then went off to complete the table tennis championship, plus some (uncoordinated from me) badminton and a swim.. then in the afternoon had a heavenly massage and relaxed in the room for a few hours. Went out that night to a local restarant called Souza Lobo that was divine, plus the whole meal cost about the same as one dish at the Taj! We feasted on Goan Sausage Chilly fry (Goa is the only part of India that eats pork – Portuguese influence) , more Sorpotel, stuffed crabs, a giant pomfret and more hot and yeasty Goan bread. Unfortuantly the place had its liquor license revoked recently so the meal was just missing the nice cold beer to wash it down but went fine enough with fresh lime sodas. We did have the, um, lively experience of live and very loud singers going full tilt the whole time, pounding out a collection of the most classic eighties songs every – think Dirty Dancing + We built this City on Rock and Roll kind of style.. this was going so loud we couldnt even talk.. just sing along and feast on our Goan delights! On the way home we picked up a 6-pack of fantastic local Kings beer, which was less than half the price of 1 Corona in our minibar.. hotel prices never cease to amaze me!

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Sunday we were checking out at 1pm so spent the morning by the pool relaxing. Flew out at 6pm after a two hour delay due to the weather.. gave us a good chance to fit in the last Goan chilly fry at the airport restaurant over beer and cards.

so a very indulgent and delicious weekend, a lovely way to see in my birthday!

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going goa

I’m off to Goa for the weekend! yahoooo.. bit of a birthday celebration, the big 2-7 on Monday and I will officially be in my late twenties..eeek! This time last year we went to Kerala.. nice tradition to start i think, popping off for a monsoon getaway end of June. My only plans include a looooong massage, a loong walk on the beach in the rain, and watching the RUGBY – nz vs sa on saturday, evening India time. Unfortuantly the hotel doesnt get the right tv channels so we are going to have to hunt it out at another bar. fingers crossed! Anyway, hope y’all have a nice weekend.

Taj Holiday Village : looks nice huh?

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Reveal your deepest fears and secrets on a postcard to the owner of Post Secret, and see what other people are scared of. This weeks theme is Fathers Day (in America)… the site is updated every Sunday.

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camera2-005.jpgThis little cutie is comes and visits our bedroom window every morning around sunrise and in the evenings too. After much internet research I have discovered he is called a sunbird, or more specifically, a purple-rumped sunbird, which sounds mighty exotic doesn’t it. He also has a mate who is not quite as colourful (see here). These two little birds have been visiting our window ever since I’ve lived there and even since K first moved in, which is about 4 years now I think. They flutter around the glass and tap on it and we have two theories about what they are actually up to. Either there is some moisture forming on the glass at sunrise and sunset, or, since our windows have reflective glass, they are actually checking out their own reflections and trying to figure out how it works. i think the former is probably most likely – they are going after moisture or maybe some little bugs. Both birds are really tiny, they are probably about only 2 inches high, and they have quite large curved beaks. I have learnt that they are nectar eaters so I guess this beak helps them get inside of flowers. I bought two new bougainvillea plants in the weekend, for outside our windows. so when they start flowering it will hopefully make our friends very happy. I wonder if they visit other windows throughout the day. I’m sure they must, we are on the 4th floor of a 17 story building so I don’t imagine that they only come to us, but I do like to pretend they do. We think they live in the big tree down below the building but I have yet to find their nest, which will look something like this.

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These photos were taken by creeping round the corner of the open window very very slowly and it’s the first time I have actually succeeded in getting non-blurry shots. Will try to get the female over the next week. I think its pretty cool that they have been together for at least 4 years, probably longer. I wonder how long birds this small live for? I wish I could find their nest and see if they have any babies. I imagine that all the big fat fiesty crows around would make it pretty difficult to keep a baby bird alive for very long. Those crows will eat anything. So these little sweeties must really have a difficult time, being completely outnumbered by crows and pigeons who are agressive and also about 5 times the size. These sunbirds have a merry little chirp that is pretty loud and goes on and on while they are fluttering around.. it makes them seem like they don’t have a care in the world and really are not bothered by the other birds around them. What a grand name and loud voice for such a tiny wee thing..

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street scene

this lovely picture is from Mumbai Daily Photo.. an auto-rickshaw takes a break in the shade under a gorgeous tree in full bloom.. wish I knew what these trees are called.. anyone?

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Rickshaw Rest Stop

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The Hormone Guide

Every woman knows that there are days in the month when all a man has to do is open his mouth and he takes his life in his own hands. This is a handy guide that should be as common as a driver’s license in the wallet of every husband, boyfriend, co-worker or significant other..

DANGEROUS: What's for dinner?
 
SAFER: Can I help you with dinner?
 
SAFEST: Where would you like to go for dinner?
 
ULTRA SAFE: Here, have some wine.
 
 
DANGEROUS: Are you really  wearing that?
 
SAFER: Wow, you sure look good in brown!
 
SAFEST: WOW! Look at you!
 
ULTRA SAFE: Here, have some wine.
 
 
DANGEROUS: What are you so worked up about?
 
SAFER: Could we be overreacting?
 
SAFEST: Here's my paycheck
 
ULTRA SAFE: Here, have some wine.
 
 
DANGEROUS: Should you be eating that?
 
SAFER: You know, there are a lot of apples left.
 
SAFEST: Can I get you a piece of chocolate with that?
 
ULTRA SAFE: Here, have some wine.
 
 
 
DANGEROUS: What did you DO all day?
 
SAFER: I hope you didn't over-do it today.
 
SAFEST: I've always loved you in that robe!
 
ULTRA SAFE: Here, have some wine.

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