Posted by: dreymer | November 7, 2006

that journey to mumbai

against all odds and many, many external uncertainties, i was finally on my way to bombay – the land of glittering glam bollywood stars!

it was a happy day. after a week of haze and cloudless skies, the sun was finally visible and shining bright. a good start.

i had the fish tandoori with brinjal and rice – a gentle and tasteless introduction of indian cuisine. a cabernet sauvignon  and ‘the devil wears prada’ on screen were the perfect distraction to airline food.

we were almost there! KUL to BOM.

the mumbai international airport reminded me of the subang airport 20 years ago. restrooms were very clean though! after clearing immigration and customs, i bought a prepaid taxi for RS 460 to the oberoi just before exiting the airport. like a wide-eyed marsupial, i searched for the taxi area but couldn’t find it. there were no signs at all and wasn’t even sure who were airport employees! i did find my way and had to wait for my very own A/C taxi.

it was quite an experience or maybe i was just jittery stepping foot on a foreign country and especially when i got into the taxi and had two guys hovering at my door for tips.

“umm, tips?” i asked. (what did you do? you just got the right taxi for me that’s all!)

“yes and you must also tip the driver… Rs 50 or Rs 100, as you like,” one of them said.

rrrrright. (i did tip anyway..)

after an hour of lane switching, honking, red-light beating and non-existing pedestrian crossing (i swear the driver almost hit a child!) i arrived at the hotel unharmed and was greeted by a familiar face.

hungry, we decided to have dinner at the hip and happening (according to reviews) indigo. to our dismay, it wasn’t as what we expected. where was the crowd? there were less than 10 people at the bar. this popular resto-lounge looked empty.

with good company and a tall long island tea after such a long journey, all those expectations seemed petty. what was more important was that the other expectations were met.

assorted breadsticks

our starter – two “giant” tiger prawns.

i had a ‘tataki’ – cured tuna with sweet potatoes and pictured is meanie’s seafood pasta.

to be continued: the travellers get lost and orders something that only fear factor would serve….

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Responses

  1. do they serve tandoori pasta?

    i wonder who is the familiar face you saw in india.so happening-can bump into someone familiar:)

  2. no, they don’t serve tandoori pasta. are you being funny or is there such a dish? 😐

  3. Is tipping compulsory in India? How much should you tip at restaurants?

  4. Tip from yourheart Anttyk!

  5. Hmm.. Food looks good! Having a good time there?

  6. did you go by yourself? sounds like you had company in india, which i’m sure helped alleviate all the apprehension.

    tipping in india = not customary but gaining popularity as tourism increases and foreigners leave tips (who doesn’t like extra money?) 10 – 15% is more than adequate. of course, as a former waitress, i agree with will – tip from your (generous) heart!

  7. did you go by yourself? sounds like you had company in india, which i’m sure helped alleviate all the apprehension.

    tipping in india = not customary but gaining popularity as tourism increases and foreigners leave tips (who doesn’t like extra money?) 10 – 15% is more than adequate. of course, as a former waitress, i agree with will – tip from your (generous) heart!

  8. gappa! no.. i had a travel companion.

  9. oops, didn’t realise my comment posted twice.. sorry! i’ve been looking forward to your posts about your trip so maybe my computer got excited…
    🙂

  10. gappa.. you’re funny! no worries. i like to think you are kinda long-winded. just kidding. yeah, i’ll try to be a little hardworking today and come up with something!


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