Above is the back cover to the second PCW/UNcubed sampler (another flip book). I’m working hard to have it ready for print. I’ve still got to process the pages. I’m hoping to have copies on hand for MegaCON, but I may be cutting it too close.
American pizza chains are big business in India. Dominos, Pizza Hut, Smoking Joes (cool name!), and now Papa John’s! I had to do a double-take when I first saw the sign for Papa John’s – it was in Hindi – but the motto’s still the same. And nearly all pizza delivery is done via motorcycle. It’s not unusual to see a Domino’s or Papa John’s delivery guy cruising around on a typical day. (And even McDonald’s delivers!)
While in India we had pizza once – the day before our return back to the States. It was pretty good, although tailored to the Indian tongue. (We had a veggie pie, which included the standard olives, onions and bellpeppers – with the addition of corn).
As for beverages, I quite enjoyed Kingfisher beer. It’s a bit difficult to find in the US (outside of Indian restaurants, I haven’t seen it anywhere.) The two mugs captured in the photo above were part of an “all you can eat and drink buffet”. Unlimited beers. Imagine that.
Thanks to a family friend, I was able to keep the two glasses as souvenirs from my brief stay in Pune.
My mother-in-law (Mom), lives smack dab in the heart of bustling Mumbai. I took these photos from the terrace of her flat. On the third picture below, you can see the Indian Ocean. The view from the terrace was spectacular – my photos do little justice to actually being there.
Amidst the busy-ness and din of the city sounds, I found the terrace to be a place of serenity. Enjoy!
Our trip to Mumbai was incredible. We’re all back home now, far too excited to sleep (probably because we’re still on Mumbai time). Even Sonia’s up! My parents were kind enough to fly down to Tampa a few days beforehand to give us a hand in settling back in.
As to Mumbai … hmmm, where to begin?
There are so many interesting observations I’ve had on my vacation. First and foremost: I didn’t really miss the Internet too much. I thought I would be suffering withdrawal symptoms – but amazingly, I fared pretty okay. (Proof that you can actually survive without being connected all the time. Imagine that?)
Sure, I occasionally hopped on G-Mail, Facebook and Twitter, just for a few minutes here and there. I originally had a grand vision of blogging every day – but due to limited resources (Aarti’s mom has dial-up) – I quickly gave up on that idea. Instead I spent time in the analog world, from reading newspapers (gasp!) to jotting notes and observations in my personal sketchbook.
We were fortunate to have terrific weather during our entire stay. Winters are very mild in Mumbai, comparable to Tampa. Although, ironically, on the evening we returned home, we found Tampa to be at a shockingly cold 41 F.)
I’ve sprinkled a few photos to give you a sense of the Mumbai I saw during my stay. There’s more to come, of course. But all in due time…
I’m flying in through to Delhi and need to catch a domestic flight from Delhi to Mumbai. I understand that domestic flights are out of Palam Airport, whereas international flights come in through the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Is there complimentary airport transportation to go between both? First time landing there, just want to make sure things go smoothly.