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  • 10 legacy tips for parents travelling without kids

    In the past the family had always travelled together. Tell your children (or your spouse if you’re travelling alone) where they can find both in the event

  • A weekend getaway to Lonavala

    My wife and I share many interests — our love of travel, books, movies, food, writing, music, etc. —

  • To plan or not to plan

    that I’ll never achieve any of my goals if I don’t plan – after all, if I want to go on a cruise or travel

  • Looking for a weekend getaway? Take a trip to South Mumbai

    The joy of a weekend outing, a short holiday or a vacation is only heightened by the joy of going with people you’re most at ease with. In my case, it’s my family. For several years now, my wife and I have been frequently going to South Mumbai on weekends, from our home in the suburbs. That part of the city, once a bustling commercial hub, is a special place and has an old-world charm that takes us into another time – one steeped as much in pleasant memories as in architectural wonders, historical landmarks, single-screen theatres, art galleries and cultural scenes. We have a natural affinity for the place seeing as we spent our early years living and working there. The reason we gravitate towards South Mumbai, especially to the more vibrant areas of Churchgate, Flora Fountain and Colaba, is also because of the Arabian Sea-facing promenades, footpath booksellers and eclectic cuisines. It’s the kind of place where we have a good time even without doing anything in particular; sometimes just walking along the broad pavements talking about things and being content in each other’s company. It was with these sentiments that my wife and I made yet another trip to the island city on a Sunday morning recently. Instead of taking a suburban train, as we usually did, we drove down, covering the roughly 28 km (17 mile) distance in about an hour. Unthinkable on most weekdays. We reached Colaba around 11 a.m. and parked the car on Rampart Row at Kala Ghoda, or Black Horse, so named after a mounted statue of King Edward VII, the erstwhile Prince of Wales, that stood in the area. From there, we walked past heritage buildings including the iconic music store Rhythm House, now closed, and the 153-year-old David Sassoon Library and Reading Room, before taking a quick tour of the artworks and artefacts at Jehangir Art Gallery and the 1922-built City Museum. The tree-lined stretch between these two places serves as an art plaza for unknown but very talented artists whose paintings should adorn the walls of art galleries. Our pleasure trips to the city are never complete without little gastronomic adventures, and South Mumbai has plenty to offer on the food trail. This time, we plucked a leaf from memory and ate at a place we’d been frequenting for over three decades – Delhi Darbar. The restaurant on Colaba Causeway is popular for Indian and Mughlai cuisine, but mostly biryanis. And so, in keeping with tradition, we’d butter chicken with nan and roti followed by chicken biryani. While the quantity was still good, we were a tad disappointed with the biryani which didn’t taste the way we remembered it. But would we go back? We probably would, for nostalgic reasons. Lunch and dessert over, we cut across the shopping street on Causeway and went to the seafront. This part of Mumbai’s coast has century-old heritage landmarks overlooking each other – the arched Gateway of India monument and The Taj, a luxury hotel built in Indo-Gothic style. Being Sunday, the place was swarming with locals and tourists, selfie crowds, and photographers who captured memories for a price. With little room to stand, we’d to give up any thought of enjoying the sea air and beat a quick retreat. By now, it was late afternoon, but we’d one more thing on our agenda – books. There’s always that. From Colaba, we drove to an enormous book exhibition near Churchgate Terminus and spent over an hour browsing rows of books, the length of bowling alleys, and buying a few. There were countless books – fiction and nonfiction, paperbacks and hardbacks – but unfortunately, I didn’t find the authors I was looking for, which was just as well since I already had a pile of unread books. The nice thing about these excursions in South Mumbai is that the places we usually visit, including the 3.6-km long Marine Drive or Queen’s Necklace, are located within walking distance. If walking isn’t your thing, you can always drive around or take a cab or a bus. Also, since the summers are hot, the ideal time to go sightseeing, book-browsing, fine-dining or sea-gazing in the south of the city is in the evenings, as we mostly do, or during winter when strolling through the wide streets can be a gratifying outdoor experience. © Prashant C. Trikannad © All photographs are the property of pocketfulofhappiness.com

  • Living life in restaurants

    television writer, producer and creator of the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and presenter of food and travel restaurants, it’s the centre of social life, where we celebrate with family and friends, make new friends, travel without travelling, and of course, eat.” we forget our worries and share joyous moments over food and drink with the people we meet without travelling

  • How to live each day and be happy

    and responsibilities at home, picturing ourselves escaping the routine and living the idyllic dream, travelling

  • The other side of the river

    One morning, two monks, a teacher and his disciple, were travelling together when they came upon a river

  • Saving for the future? Don’t forget to enjoy your life today

    that an escape from the daily grind every now and then, engaging in moments of self-indulgence such as travel

  • How to deal with back-to-office anxiety

    The pandemic may be over but Covid-19 has changed the way we live, work, do business, communicate, travel

  • 12 famous writers on the pleasures of reading books

    She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village. — Roald Dahl

  • Why you should continue working after retirement

    forward to living a retired life in the relative comfort of their home, occasionally socialising and travelling

  • 12 inspirational passages from books past and present

    You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for

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