Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Some Matunga moments

Mumbai is a melting pot of different people, religions and cultures. People from all over India have settled here and foreigners too. I spent my Saturday in an area where south Indians live, and looking through my pictures, I quickly realized that I will need more than one blogpost to show you what I saw... So today let me give you just a small taste of south India in Mumbai... 

A stroll at Matunga market, and especially at the flower market is a delight for all senses.. Jasmines, roses and garlands in all possible colors and those wonderful aromas. Fruit, vegetables and pottery and colorful temples. Just have a look: 








Doesn't it look wonderful? It was. This was just a small taste for you... And talking about taste...

You know my love for Indian food right? so you might not be surprised to hear that I grabbed the opportunity to explore also the south Indian kitchen with both hands... Idlis, dosas, vadas... Mmmmm - Need I say more?

Stay tuned, dear reader, more Matunga moments coming up soon...

40 comments:

  1. Oh...that looks a like mini Tamilnadu .. flowers.. colorful temples.. everything the same.

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    1. Yes, its amazing:-) Happy to see you here dear Smitha:-)

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  2. Beautiful clicks Eli! Mumbai indeed is a medley of so many cultures coming together at one place.
    You seem to be making the most of it ;)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Vinodini:-)

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  3. Lovely photos, Eli :) It really is like a little South Indian town there. I very much enjoy visiting south Indian temples - the whole area near the temples is little town by itself. Glad you enjoyed this taste of India right there in Mumbai :)

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    1. Thank you so much dear Beloo:-)

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  4. If I hadnot read the intro., I would have though these photographs were from some place IN Tamil Nadu. Interesting. Are there mini 'other states' in mumbai????

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    1. I am sure there is... Still exploring..:-)

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  5. You grabbed the food with BOTH hands, even the left? Issh ;-)

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  6. Beautiful! Can you tell me about the wonderful frieze in image #6? Spectacular!

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    1. It was on front of a temple... Will see if I can find out - yes, really amazing:-) Thank you Donna:-)

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  7. Lovely!! Brought back wonderful memories of the markets in Bangalore/Mysore!

    I absolutely adore the smell of Jasmine flowers!

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    1. Ah me too - those Jasmines...:-) Happy you enjoyed:-)

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  8. Beautiful clicks Eli :) I had been to Mumbai once and only for 3 days. That was not at all enough to enjoy the beauty of that place! Your post brought back the memories of that travel :)

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    1. Thank you Swathi:-) Happy it brought back good memories:-)

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  9. Dearest Eli,
    Had first to look up what Matunga means but it is a locality in the heart of Mumbai. Also read that it is losing its Southern flavor as more Gujaratis and Jains are moving in of late...
    We did work in South India for over a decade and LOVED their culture that involved a lot around fresh jasmines and such.
    I think you went close to heaven on Saturday, with that abundance of jasmine flowers and other fragrant blossoms. We both were presented with such a garland for our first visit. Also using sandalwood blossoms, carved out. It really lifts up your spirits!
    And oh, the food, however very spicy but we both got addicted to it. Hope you also loved it and looking forward to your next posting.
    So glad you discovered this and it is one of the things I really MISS.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Dear Mariette. Thank you for sharing ... Oh yes, those Jasmine garlands are amazing ... It was a wonderful place - that flower market... And oh yes... quite amazed by the food as well:-) Big hugs

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  10. It is so colorful there! I am amazed by all the flowers and colorful temples. Everything here is quite bland in comparison.

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    1. Yes, very colorful:-) Hugs to you Kathy

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  11. You certainly have an eye and hand for great photography, Eli. What vibrant colours :)

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    1. Thank you so much dear Shailaja:-) So happy by your kind words:-)

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  12. Brilliant set of pictures to portray the essence of Matunga!!

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  13. Colorful locality through Eli's eyes...very beautifully captured...

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    1. Thank you so much Jayanta- so appreciate your encouraging words:-)

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  14. the place looks so vivid and colorful. I love flowers in south indian markets. Beautiful captures

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    1. Thank you so much Rajlakshmi:-) Hugs

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  15. These pics capture the spirit of Matunga perfectly!! Thanks, Eli, as always your posts bring back a flood of happy memories. :))

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    1. Oh wow - thank you so much - happy you have happy memories from here:-) Hugs

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  16. Oh Eli U make me miss Mumbai so badly..been to Matunga twice and like the place. Adore the pics. Read my short story on Mumbai and lemme kno
    http://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/lane-256-kamathipura-mumbai-part-one/

    http://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/lane-256-kamathipura-mumbai-part-two/

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    1. Thanks Vishal - so happy you enjoyed! Yup - off to read your short story:-)

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  17. Bright, colorful and joyous Matunga moments! Captured so well Eli! :)

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    1. Thank you so much dear Aditi:-)

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  18. Dear Eli,

    Thank you for bringing us along and sharing Matunga market with us. Filled with so much life. Your pictures are lovely!

    Take care sweet Eli!

    Charlie
    xx

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words dear friend:-) Happy to see you here as always:-)

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  19. Lovely. Next time I'm in Bombay I'll be strolling down Matunga. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Suzy:-) Hugs

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  20. It's something to walk the streets of Mumbai and something more to walk it along with you, dear Eli! I absolutely love to see Mumbai, my city, through your camera and you. I can almost smell the jasmines and the mogras in this post and now look forward to getting a taste of South Indian food in the next. Hugs. :)

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    1. Aaaawww sweet Arti - you kind words make me so happy:-) Big hugs back to you dear friend

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