Once in a blue moon the actions speak louder than words follower husband takes it upon himself to give his missus an excuse to wear her new clothes and his kids the chance to assert yet again why he’s the best dad in the world. Yesterday was one such day. He was a man on a mission.
I’ve been living in Mumbai for a long time now but it’s amazing how little I’ve seen of this place. For someone who loves to explore what India is made of, this is the perfect place to begin with. As you travel, every fifteen minutes, the changing names of shops and restaurants suggest you’ve travelled the length and breadth of the country! ☺
A long weekend, two hyper-energetic adventurous kids and a breather taken by the incessant rains; what more can one ask for! A, who likes to plan everything on the spot, suddenly decided that we are taking the kids to the Jijamata Udyan which houses a zoo and also the Bhau Daji Lad Museum which I had been planning to visit for quite some time.
In the zoo, A Jr felt important telling Angel about the names of animals and reading out to her the ones he didn’t know of, why they are kept in open green places (elephant, deer), why they are lazy and sleepy (python, hippopotamus), why they are called amphibians (crocodile, turtle) etc. The fun part was that all she was bothered about were the birds or ‘Kaw-kaw’ as she calls them.😘😘
The museum tour was quick. A Jr, being my son, went through each section gingerly and absorbed everything he could. Angel kept the attendants busy by running amuck and bumping into the barriers laid out in front of the displays. I particularly enjoyed the pictures and models of the old maps of Mumbai and its history.
Yet another surprise up his sleeve, A then took us all to Girgaum Chowpatty! It was a rare occasion when it wasn’t littered, crowded or stinky. I and A Jr played in the water like two little kids (ok, he’s already a kid) with Angel joining us soon after (even if it meant me carrying her). She screamed hysterically and shouted ‘paani-paani’ looking at the vast sea. Boring A, took our pics.
Tired and hungry by now, all we wanted was to sit and hog. Next stop? Sardar Pav Bhaji at Tardeo. For the uninitiated, this is one of the must-visit restaurants in Mumbai whose specialty is the inimitable Pav Bhaji. Apart from the long queues in front of religious places, this is one place where I’ve seen people queuing up for grabbing a bite, as early as 7 in the evening! Since you’ll be consuming humongous dollops of butter, remember to leave your diet at the doorstep.😈
One would assume we would reach home and simply crash. Well, yes and no. While I and A could barely stand, with their batteries charged up with the nap on the way back, the kids were ready to wreak havoc again! We didn’t mind that though. 😆😆😆
People wait to visit exotic places and spend exorbitantly to have fun, but I think when you’re in the company of your loved ones you can feel the magic anywhere. What say? 😄