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“EVERY DAY YOU SEE SOMETHING AMAZING” – Mumbai streets

Sharpening knives by pedal power.

Sharpening knives by pedal power.

“The locals still call it ‘Bombay’. Mumbai may be politically correct but it is the politicians’ name,” says our guide Pankaja.

As new kids in town with only a couple of days to explore a city of possibly 20 million people (nobody knows for sure), it helped to have a car, driver and guide organised, to smoothly transfer us through the traffic jams to a few of the main attractions. Thanks, Abercrombie and Kent!

Of course to really see Mumbai we needed to leave the air conditioned car and proceed on foot.

And we expect the unexpected in India… Continue reading

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BEDAZZLED IN BOMBAY

Welcome to the lounge used by Oprah.

Welcome to the club lounge used by Oprah, Alfred Hitchcock, Gina Lollobrigida and Shane Warne – perhaps not all at the same time.


Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel


The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel services directory has a ‘Destiny Planner’ available at the business centre. That’s an astrologer, in other words.

I wondered whether to dial 3372 and ask when our lost luggage would arrive. Singapore Airlines didn’t seem to know. Was it our destiny to spend the next fortnight buying new clean shirts every day, or would the missing cases turn up before we left the city on Saturday?

At least we could wait for them in considerable comfort. Continue reading

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