Sunday lunch date at Kyani and Co.

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As an ex-xavierite , I have such fond memories of this Irani cafe .  A quick breakfast of Kheema pav and chai before we headed for lectures was a ritual then , and am sure it still is for many students even today.

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Freshly baked bread at Kyani and Co. ( Goans and pav …inexplicable connection !)

 

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Goodies in a jar ! They might have got a few spellings wrong , but some of these are just awesome . Clicked this while searching for wine biscuits.

 

 

The place looks almost the same as it did twenty one years ago when my music teacher took a group of us there after our practice session at Furtados.The cafe which is over a hundred years old has retained its character with its high ceiling, black bentwood chairs and checkered table cloths !

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I still remember my first visit there with Mrs. Anchan. She introduced me to a pink fizzy drink that I had never tasted before – raspberry.

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Although this one’s off limits for me now ,  the hub had one for old times’sake

It was also the first time I tasted the chicken puffs there and a few of their cakes .

Then in college ,  it became the perfect hang out as we waited for those endless photocopies of notes and reference sheets. Bun maska , Kheema pav , cakes and parcels to carry back home in crowded trains ! When we started dating , R and I would often make our way to Metro to catch a movie and a quick stop at Kyani and Co. was a given. It has been sixteen years and we both have grown more in love with the place .

A long drive on a lazy sunday afternoon , stopping by your favourite cafe which brings back wonderful memories and being allowed to binge after months makes for an unforgettabale date !

When you can’t eat Chicken Farcha …chicken cutlet is a substitute ( But my tummy knows better …there can be NO substitute for farcha ).

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Kheema pav – R’s comfort food !

 

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The first time I tried Chicken sali boti …it has always been Mutton sali boti for so many years but yesterday even this felt like heaven ! ( Restrcitions ..ouch !)

 

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So what if you can’t have any ..the family sure can ! Chicken puffs , mutton patties , mava cakes and eclairs 🙂

Sometimes one hopes that things remain the same , naive thinking I know, but I still hope Kyani and Co. continues to charm the young and the old with its period setting and yummy goodness. Kyani and Co. always makes me happy and nostalgic and yesterday was a very special date …thank you BFF !

Mandapeshwar : Mumbai’s forgotten caves

Most Mumbaikars would have heard of Kanheri caves in Borivali , however , the name Mandapeshwar will probably draw a blank .

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Mandpaeshwar caves with ruins of the old church on top

Hidden in a nook near Mount Poinsur in Borivali , these 8th centruy rock-cut shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva tell a story of a tumultous past. Hindu figurines plastered over by the Portuguese to convert it into a chapel only to be again desecrated after the Portuguese were vanquished in the Battle of Bassein by the Marathas.

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Remnants of a tumultous past

When the British took over , the caves once again became a centre for Christian worship and finally with the end of the colonial rule, the worhsip of Lord Shiva was restored.

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The current state of the caves is pitiful. Poorly maintained , reeking neglect , the caves are a forgotten legacy . Crores of rupees designated to restore the caves to their past glory have vanished in thin air , leaving Mandapeshwar to disintegrate and gradually disappear.

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Disfigured figurine
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The ruins of the Old Portuguese Church on top of the caves

 

Corruption, political conflicts , public apathy and an insane number of unecessary malls mushrooming in the city…..heritage doesn’t seem to stand a chance.

Wax offerings at the Mount

The Mount Mary Basilica on a hillock in Bandra , Bombay , draws devotees from across the city and country ,and is one of the few places in the city where a few moments of tranquility can be found any time of the year , any time of the day or night .

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The wax offerings sold outside the church have changed over time, human figures, wax limbs and simple wax house models used to be the main attractions in the years gone by ,  however , there’s plenty more on offer to offer now . A model of a school , court papers , wax passports and a special offering for aspiring television actors who come to the city of dreams to try their luck! What do you think?

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One for your pet too !
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A speedy passport request ? A prayer for a lost phone perhaps?
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Ticket to Bollywood