Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Jaded photographs of the Gateway of India and the king of kebabs at Kebabs and Kurries in Mumbai

Sunset in Mumbai yesterday, living a never-endingly eventful Travelife

In Mumbai yesterday, living a Travelife, we spent the day sightseeing around town before taking our midnight flight back to Asia on Cathay Pacific.

For me, it was my nth time in Mumbai. But I was happy to see everything again, and enjoy the beautiful architecture of the city.

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Then we stopped for lunch at a delicious restaurant called Kebabs and Kurries, at the luxurious ITC Grand Central Hotel.


Cathay Pacific flies direct from Hong Kong 
to most major cities in India


Mumbai has two restaurants that have made it to the S. Pellegrino list of the world's best restaurants, but I decided not to book these as they aren't authentic Indian -- although they are very good.

And I already tried one of the restaurants on the S. Pellegrino list two visits ago, before it made the list.


Simple delicious kebabs at the Kebabs and Kurries restaurant in Mumbai

The Kebabs and Kurries restaurant was on my wishlist because it's supposed to be the "king of kebab restaurants."

This was all I really wanted to try for our last lunch in Mumbai, and I'll write more about it in a separate blog entry. But for now, let me confirm that their kebabs were absolutely delicious. I think I had two servings of everything.

I just loved this pomfret...


At the end of the day, after taking in all the colonial-era architecture, I took my friend to see the Gateway of India, which is the main icon of Mumbai.

He'd been his usual charming but jaded self all day, but just a little bit more jaded than usual -- so I decided to put this "jadedness" to good use.

I wanted him to take some good photographs of the Gateway of India with his two bazooka cameras.

Mumbai's colonial center is full of beautiful buildings


When we parked the car right by the Gateway of India, I said to him: "Okay, Jaded. Do your stuff. Please impress me by taking a fantastic photo of this. I haven't seen a really good one of the Gateway of India yet."

He asked me: "What do you mean?" I guess he was thinking to himself: how hard can it be to take a nice photograph of a monument?

I said: "Just wait and see."


The Gateway of India in the background

I myself have never ever taken a good photo of the Gateway of India. And by "good," I mean an interesting and unique photo. There are limited angles for taking photos of this monument.

For one thing, it's just a monument with the sea as background. How many unique ways can you take a photo of a monument with nothing but the sea behind it?

There's also very little foreground space for taking a good photo.

Plus, every time I've been to the Gateway of India so far, it's either had scaffolding or steel barriers, or some kind of structure around it. So not conducive to making anything uniquely picturesque.

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So I added: "Use some of that jaded attitude to please take a jaded photo. Maybe you'll have a fresher jaded perspective (if there is such a thing) and it'll come out better than all the other normal ones I've seen so far."

He asked: "Normal? What does that mean?"

Again, I replied: "You'll see. Every photograph I've seen so far has been done in one similar way. I want you to please take me some jaded photographs please."


I walked with him until the entrance to the Gateway of India. Then I said: "Good luck, Jaded."

"What are you going to do?" He asked. He thought all along that I was going with him to the Gateway of India for photos.

I winked at him and said: "Last-minute shopping." We were headed out of India at midnight and I still had rupees and luggage space.

I ended up buying a huge coffeetable book on the last Maharani of Jaipur, full of beautiful old photos of her that I had never seen before. It wasn't cheap and it weighed about two kilos, but I just had to have it.

Everyone's strolling Mumbai's promenade at sunset

So I did a bit of shopping, he took some nice photographs, and then we headed to the promenade of Mumbai to take photos of the city at sunset.

It was perfect timing, and we were able to take lovely photos of a most dramatic setting of the Mumbai skyline.


A warm welcome at Dum Pukht fine dining restaurant of the ITC Maratha Hotel Mumbai.
Our last meal before flying...

Afterwards, we had a very nice meal at Dum Pukht, one of Mumbai's most famous Indian fine dining restaurants.

It's located at the gorgeous ITC Maratha Hotel Mumbai right near the airport, so we could take our time over dinner here before our late flight.

Dinner started with kebabs. We especially loved the chicken kebabs.

More on this lovely restaurant, designed like a room in a beautiful palace, in a future blog entry.

The perfect end to our trip to India, and to another day in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.


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