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Mumbaiwale: On a heritage tour? Avoid these walks of shame

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2020 01:49 PM IST
Ignorant tour guides, confusing trails, locals who aren’t experts, facts that tell no story - steer clear of these

Mumbaiwale: One-of-a-kind city souvenirs you’ll never want to part with

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2020 01:17 AM IST
Tile-themed wallpaper, postcards of mill areas, a map through a UNESCO site and other collectibles
This image, from 1988, shows Air India’s Chief air hostess, Colleen Bhiladvala arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport. She is met by fellow AI flight attendants displaying the Company’s new uniforms. There were different styles for first class and for different aircraft.(HT FILE)
This image, from 1988, shows Air India’s Chief air hostess, Colleen Bhiladvala arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport. She is met by fellow AI flight attendants displaying the Company’s new uniforms. There were different styles for first class and for different aircraft.(HT FILE)

Mumbaiwale: An exhibition of rare Air India memorabilia

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2020 01:49 PM IST
Wave to the Maharajah. And keep your seat-belt on. Next week’s show of Air India memorabilia combines history, aviation and nostalgia
People visit horticulture exhibition held by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation at Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan, in Mumbai, on Friday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
People visit horticulture exhibition held by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation at Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan, in Mumbai, on Friday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Mumbaiwale: A blooming bonanza in Byculla

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2020 12:44 AM IST
Pumpkins win prizes, ‘best buds’ means flowers, and stem sells. @mybmc hosts Mumbai’s greenest show. Here’s why you’ll enjoy the 25th edition
Karadi Tales’ new title, The Mountains of Mumbai takes barely 40 pages to deliver a message of India‘s and Mumbai’s plurality.(Aalok Soni/HT Photo)
Karadi Tales’ new title, The Mountains of Mumbai takes barely 40 pages to deliver a message of India‘s and Mumbai’s plurality.(Aalok Soni/HT Photo)

Mumbaiwale: On Republic Day, let three cool children’s books remind you that we are all one

UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2020 08:09 AM IST
Head into Republic Day with three fun children’s books that focus of India’s plurality and what it means to live as one
It’s not about the clocks; it’s everything else in the frames that make Chaudhuri’s images so rich.(Chirodeep Chaudhuri)
It’s not about the clocks; it’s everything else in the frames that make Chaudhuri’s images so rich.(Chirodeep Chaudhuri)

Mumbaiwale: Chirodeep Chaudhuri’s Seeing Time is much more than an exhibition of clock photographs

UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2020 12:52 AM IST
The photographs are really a way to look at a changing city, at public memory, and to see how Mumbai has lived with clocks. How did he manage to do it?
Zake’s art is all over the city. Check out his most iconic walls, on his Insta page.
Zake’s art is all over the city. Check out his most iconic walls, on his Insta page.

Mumbaiwale: The 20 coolest city chroniclers on Instagram

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2020 04:06 PM IST
Landscapes in puddles, the fisherman’s life, window art, baobabs, buses and Bambaiyya style. Check out these handles run by dedicated city lovers who dig deep into their subjects of interest.
At a lecture this week, I glimpsed the parallel world of ads for medicines, tonics and toiletries in colonial Bombay.(Alamy Stock Photo)
At a lecture this week, I glimpsed the parallel world of ads for medicines, tonics and toiletries in colonial Bombay.(Alamy Stock Photo)

Mumbaiwale: It All Ads Up

UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2019 12:39 AM IST
Bombay knows how to sell. And print advertisements from a century ago show that we were just as gullible then
Deepa Jhaveri(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
Deepa Jhaveri(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)

Mumbaiwale: Deepa Jhaveri, pageant winner and comic, wants punchlines and world peace

UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2019 08:47 AM IST
Stand-up comedian and beauty pageant winner, knows how to make disparate worlds collide
Gangadharan Menon, Aslam Saiyad and Gopal MS take in the sights at one of their recent Hallu Hallu excursions.(HT PHOTO)
Gangadharan Menon, Aslam Saiyad and Gopal MS take in the sights at one of their recent Hallu Hallu excursions.(HT PHOTO)

Mumbaiwale: How To Fall Off The Map

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 06:57 AM IST
In hurried Mumbai, a new initiative, Hallu Hallu, aims to take it slow and observe parts of the city you don’t usually visit
Dreams particularly haunted those who owed their dead ancestors something.(HT FILE)
Dreams particularly haunted those who owed their dead ancestors something.(HT FILE)

Mumbaiwale: What did we dream of a century ago? And what did those dreams mean?

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2019 07:17 AM IST
A century-old book about folklore of the Bombay Presidency has unusual details about our sleeping life
Our Lady on the Mount, whose eight-day birthday celebrations form the heart of the fair, has attracted crowds since 1570.(Ht FILE)
Our Lady on the Mount, whose eight-day birthday celebrations form the heart of the fair, has attracted crowds since 1570.(Ht FILE)

Mumbaiwale: Family A-Fair

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 06:49 AM IST
The Raphaels, who live smack in the middle of the action, recall the Bandra Fairs gone by
Rekha, in her iconic role as the 1800s courtesan Umrao Jaan, with Naseeruddin Shah.
Rekha, in her iconic role as the 1800s courtesan Umrao Jaan, with Naseeruddin Shah.

Mumbaiwale: Secretive and seductive, Mumbai’s mujra scene today

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2019 02:40 PM IST
A podcast tracing Mumbai’s last mujra performers offers a precious view of an all-but-vanished world.
The Bunker, a subterranean warren of passages and storage rooms under the Governor’s house, will soon be open as a modern museum.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
The Bunker, a subterranean warren of passages and storage rooms under the Governor’s house, will soon be open as a modern museum.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Mumbaiwale: Go underground and back in time at Raj Bhavan’s bunker museum

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2019 05:37 PM IST
15,000 square feet of tunnels and ammunition storage cells, plus virtual reality booths - it’s a spooky walk, and a new way to discover the city
From a 1971 report on the Election Candidates Campaign in Bombay. Note that the poster os for Aan Milo Sajna.(British Phaté)
From a 1971 report on the Election Candidates Campaign in Bombay. Note that the poster os for Aan Milo Sajna.(British Phaté)

Mumbaiwale: Rediscover the Bombay of your grandparents with this free video archive

UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2019 11:48 PM IST
Rare footage shows Bombay from the 1940s to the 1970s. See just how much has changed
Faaltugiri And Other Flashbacks: How I Survived a Childhood In The ’80s recounts an era before the riots tore Bombay apart, before three Khans came to dominate the box office, before the Internet connected us in absurd and alarming ways.(Illustration: Abhilasha Khatri)
Faaltugiri And Other Flashbacks: How I Survived a Childhood In The ’80s recounts an era before the riots tore Bombay apart, before three Khans came to dominate the box office, before the Internet connected us in absurd and alarming ways.(Illustration: Abhilasha Khatri)

Mumbaiwale: Revisit 1980s Dadar in this hilarious, heartwarming memoir

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2019 11:35 PM IST
Janhavi Samant’s memoirs cover the sights, sounds, characters and ideas that are fast vanishing in Mumbai
Photographer and educator Aaran Patel teamed up with musician and visual artist Jeff Nelson to present heritage structures and neighbourhoods that don’t usually make it to the #DiscoverMumbai photo roll.(Aaran Patel, Jeff Nelson)
Photographer and educator Aaran Patel teamed up with musician and visual artist Jeff Nelson to present heritage structures and neighbourhoods that don’t usually make it to the #DiscoverMumbai photo roll.(Aaran Patel, Jeff Nelson)

Mumbaiwale: A photo show that’s off the beaten path

Mumbai | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2019 05:12 PM IST
A weekend-only photo exhibition offers new views of the heritage buildings we don’t often notice.
And like the best museums in the world, the T2 has a special show in addition to the permanent collection, all through July.(HT Photo)
And like the best museums in the world, the T2 has a special show in addition to the permanent collection, all through July.(HT Photo)

Mumbaiwale: Tour and taste Maharashtra before you board your plane at T2

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2019 12:07 AM IST
Check out a special exhibition celebrating the crafts and culture of Maharashtra at the city’s swish terminal
Picture for representation only.(HT Photo)
Picture for representation only.(HT Photo)

Mumbaiwale: How to identify plants that only spring up in the monsoon?

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2019 08:32 AM IST
A 60-year-old guidebook, complete with beautiful illustrations and local names might help
So Lord Brabourne, Bombay Governor and cricket fan, set aside 90,000 square yards of land to the Cricket Club of India for a stadium, India’s first for any sport.(HT Photo)
So Lord Brabourne, Bombay Governor and cricket fan, set aside 90,000 square yards of land to the Cricket Club of India for a stadium, India’s first for any sport.(HT Photo)

Mumbaiwale: Batting for Bombay

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 08:30 AM IST
World Cup on your mind? Rewind to some milestone moments in the city’s cricket past
Picture for representation only.(HT Photo)
Picture for representation only.(HT Photo)

Mumbaiwale: Fluid thoughts for a rainy day

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2019 09:59 PM IST
Every time it rains, I’m filled with questions. Here are some answers…
Picture for representation only.(HT Photo)
Picture for representation only.(HT Photo)

Mumbaiwale: What’s your favourite city stereotype?

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2019 12:02 AM IST
Artist Abhijeet Kini sees the city as a mix of characters old, new and fondly missed
Rashida Lokhandwalla’s store, Zarrin Arts, stocks the most colourful trimmings and frills for ridas and offers customisation and embroidery work fas well.(Rachel Lopez/HT)
Rashida Lokhandwalla’s store, Zarrin Arts, stocks the most colourful trimmings and frills for ridas and offers customisation and embroidery work fas well.(Rachel Lopez/HT)

Mumbaiwale: Mohalla shopping on a whole new level

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 08:50 AM IST
If you’re headed for iftaar to Bhendi Bazaar, stop by a new shopping centre that has the area’s oldest businesses
An unexpected delight at the Paving: The Way exhibition: peeks into tony Mumbai homes where cement tles were laid between 1920 and 1950. Most are still intact and as bright.(HT PHOTO)
An unexpected delight at the Paving: The Way exhibition: peeks into tony Mumbai homes where cement tles were laid between 1920 and 1950. Most are still intact and as bright.(HT PHOTO)

Mumbaiwale: A beautiful but too-short show about city tile design elevates the ground beneath our feet

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2019 07:14 AM IST
Take to the floor with Paving The Way, an exhibition of century-old tile designs from Bharat Flooring and Tiles’ archives
Bombay leads India in the sobriety of thought and breadth of view, which comes from travel and commerce and the magic influence of property, wrote a writer in 1911.
Bombay leads India in the sobriety of thought and breadth of view, which comes from travel and commerce and the magic influence of property, wrote a writer in 1911.

Mumbaiwale: Can you see today’s city in this Bombay review from 1911?

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2019 08:02 AM IST
What did visitors make of this city 100 years ago? One man saw commerce, equality and tolerance
We can’t think beyond Marine Drive panoramas, #CityOfDreams, Bollywood, dabbawalas, auto rickshaws, vada-pao, sexualized Koli fisherwomen and night shots of the sea link.(HT FILE)
We can’t think beyond Marine Drive panoramas, #CityOfDreams, Bollywood, dabbawalas, auto rickshaws, vada-pao, sexualized Koli fisherwomen and night shots of the sea link.(HT FILE)

Mumbaiwale: Can you see past the clichés?

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 08:38 AM IST
To see the Mumbai beyond the stereotypes, switch off your screen and take a close look at reality
A 150m-long passageway, part of an underground colonial-era bunker, was found in 2016 right under the governor’s official residence at Raj Bhavan in Malabar Hill.(Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
A 150m-long passageway, part of an underground colonial-era bunker, was found in 2016 right under the governor’s official residence at Raj Bhavan in Malabar Hill.(Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)

Mumbaiwale: What secrets lie beneath the surface of your city?

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 07:54 AM IST
There’s a lot going on if you dig deep enough. See how low can you go with a few major finds from recent times
The team behind On The Rocks, a cool show explaining Earth’s geological makeup and major life changes in simple terms for non-academics and kids.(Rachel Lopez)
The team behind On The Rocks, a cool show explaining Earth’s geological makeup and major life changes in simple terms for non-academics and kids.(Rachel Lopez)

Mumbaiwale: Meet the rock stars

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2019 04:31 PM IST
At a tiny corner of the big Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is an exhibition millions of years in the making. What stories can stones tell us?
In a Chembur slum, onetime resident and taekwondo champ Jaydeep Kadam gives kids a fighting chance at success(HT PHOTO)
In a Chembur slum, onetime resident and taekwondo champ Jaydeep Kadam gives kids a fighting chance at success(HT PHOTO)

Mumbaiwale: The taekwondo champ who returns to his slum to give kids a helping hand

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2019 08:09 AM IST
Onetime slum resident Jaydeep Kadam, gives local kids a fighting chance at success with free martial arts training
The end-to-end fare costs only Rs 40 and the coaches are full of joyriders. Take a ride to see the city on a whole new level, especially the newly gleaming mill district.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
The end-to-end fare costs only Rs 40 and the coaches are full of joyriders. Take a ride to see the city on a whole new level, especially the newly gleaming mill district.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Mumbaiwale: Anda cell, Shiva in the slums, and new sights on the monorail

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2019 08:09 AM IST
Buy a token. Grab a seat. Take a look. The route between Chembur and Saat Rasta has much to see
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