Apologies for working in the advertising industry and yet stealing from Alicia Keys' song 'New York state of mind' but if we can name our film industry Bollywood, we are allowed to morph any international term to fit our needs, right?
This weekend is meant to be special. Since I arrived in Mumbai, India, this is my first weekend dedicated to exploring the cultural muse that the city offers. I’ve spent the last couple of weekends either trying to shrug off the jet lag or trying not to miss bagels for breakfast.
I’ve also spent the last two weeks whining or humoring the woes of a local train traveller during peak time. From grabbing pictures of tacky posters or illicit graffiti that hug ladies first class compartments that talk about sucking to getting my pretty white shoes spat in red by a trespasser. I thought I’d seen it all. But this weekend is an attempt to right the wrongs and bring another side of Mumbai to life.
I plan on starting with a morning run in my local park and ending the day drinking wine at Juhu's wine bar. It’s been a while since I sipped on a good, dry Merlot. I've already announced my plans for the Hamlet at Prithvi's and pani puri in Chowpatty on Twitter.
Sunday will be spent reading in a good spot in Mumbai. I am adamant about my plans of reading anywhere but at home. So, suggestions are welcome. I also plan to avoid being looked at as the creepy girl who sits by herself on a humid Sunday afternoon so indoor suggestions are welcome.
Sunday will also be spent indulging in my mom’s lunch specials, which include guilt-less eating which ranges from Srikhand to Wadas.
Mumbai, I hope to buddy-up with you this weekend. I hope you let me.
(Mansi Trivedi is associate account director - planning, Saatchi & Saatchi)