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Gulab Jamun

My favorite part of any Indian meal is gulab jamun. I was relieved to find out the dessert I’ve devoured all these years outside of India is pretty much the same as it is in India. With food, there’s nothing more annoying than knowing exactly what you’re missing. What is gulab jamun? It is delicious […]

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Coffee Bean

There’s nothing like seeing an old friend before boarding a 3 a.m. flight. I first became hooked on Coffee Bean when I lived in Los Angeles. My friend Holly and I would hit the one on Main Street in Santa Monica. We always, always got Ice Blendeds. Big ones. With whipped cream. Then, when I […]

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Roadside Refreshment: Sugarcane Juice

This popular summer drink is as delicious as it sounds. The vendor selects a few sugarcane stalks, feeds them through the press, and mixes the juice with additives such as ginger and lime. Tweet

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Mumbai Entrepreneurs

People flock to Mumbai to make a buck (or, rather, a rupee) and you can’t walk far without encountering an enterprising vendor. I would have given this guy some business and gotten a shoe shine except I was wearing sandals. Tweet

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Mumbai Monkey (and Handler)

This is the first leashed monkey I saw. Too bad it kept playing hard-to-get and refused to face the camera! I felt bad for him since most of the other monkeys were freely running atop buildings and hanging in trees. Tweet

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Peshwari

This is one of the 50 best restaurants in the world, according to a placard in the restaurant. Now I’m not entirely sure whose designation that is, but I do agree that this was a delicious meal and the best Indian food I have tasted! Disclaimer: Aside from much Indian food in New York City […]

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Colorful Mumbai

One of my favorite things about Mumbai is the vivid, colorful clothing that brightens up even the bleakest corridors. Tweet

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Gateway of India

This grand arch faces out to Mumbai Harbor from the tip of Apollo Bunder in Colaba, Mumbai’s southernmost district. It was built to commemorate the 1911 royal visit of King George V (although completed in 1924) and is based on the Islamic styles of 16th century Gujarat. Tweet

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On Driving in India

Indian drivers are among the most proactive I’ve ever seen. That’s the only way I can put it. Oh wait, here’s another: Indian drivers maximize the amount of time they are in motion. You might think this is not so unlike Western drivers, but read on… Middle of the Road: In India, it is typical […]

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Ferry

Sigh. Even the ferries are wonderfully colorful.Tweet

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