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21 gobble-able street food yummies in Mumbai

Hello, after what seems like ages!

In all fairness and honesty, I’ve been lazy. I tried to write but then decided to take a nap instead. I’m back finally, with yet another list.
Yes, I know lists are done to death but this is different. Or not.

I curated @WeAreMumbai for a week and was suggested to blog about the best street food places in Mumbai. So, here I am, with the help of Shaunak and Rahul, listing 21 places down, in no particular order. Let me know if you’ve been to any place/ would like to go and have a special review for it. Also, since it’s street food, the location might be a little confusing. Feel free to hit ’em up.

1. Dheeraj (opposite Mithibai, Vile Parle) : Mayo cheese grill

2. Healthy bites (Opposite Bade Miyaan, Besides Gokul bar) : Paneer Charcoal Roll {for late night craving}

3. Manoj (World Trade Centre, Colaba) : Everything you can possibly eat. But white pasta has an edge over everything else. You’re sure to die of cheese overdose, no, not literally.

4. Carter’s Blue , (Carter Road) : Shawarma

5. Khau galli , (Vile Parle Station) : Genie dosa

6. Mohd. Naseer Cooperwala, (Gulmohar Road, beside Vodafone store) : Bhurji pao, pao bhaji, Pulao {Ask him to make it spicy with extra butter}

7. Lucky Pao bhaji and Bhurji Pao centre, (Close to Mohd. Naseer Cooperwala) : Everything. {Will deliver, For midnight cravings}

8. BM/ Gurukrupa juice centre, (Sion, Close to the station) : franky and sandwiches

9. Ganesh galli, (Zaveri bazaar, Muljhi Jetha market) : Daal pakwaan and Daal sandwich. {Also, there’s a guy right beside who sells ‘Milk cake’.}

10. Thane (outside maamledaar office) : Misal

11. Crawford Market, (Outside Sadanand Hotel) : one old guy sells finger lickin’ good Dahi vada

12. Farid Kabab, (Jogeshwari) : Best Seekh Kabab and Paratha hands down.

13. Nawab Kabab, (Kurla)  Open almost till 4 am. Again, some killer Seekh Kabab and Paratha.

14. Hot Seekh, (Hasnabadh lane near Santacruz station) : servers up some killer tandoori, seekh kebab, shawarma and baida rotis

15. Manju Dosa, (Santacruz) : One of the best chutneys ever, in Mumbai. If you can handle a lot of butter this place is for you.

16. Ram and Shayam chatwala, (Santacruz) : One of the oldest chatwalas in Santacruz.

17. Jai Jawan, (Bandra) : The place that keeps linking road buzzing after hours. Some mean fish and tandoori

18. Vakola signal  : Bhruji pav for those 4 am cravings

19. Dosa guy opp Bombay Blues, (Khar) : his orange chutney

20. Dosa guy at Podar school, (Santacruz) : mad pav bhaji dosa

21. Yaadgaar, (Bandra station) : keema pav with half fry

Do try all these places and let me know what you think.

Cheers!

From Meh to ROFL

How Stand-Up has become the next big thing.
P.S. Co-written by Pranav Nayak.

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I just finished watching YouTube FanFest and realized how far comedy has come in India.

Till a few years back, stand up comedy for me was a rogue video of Russell Peters that somehow found its way on my hard drive.

It was back then that I stumbled upon a podcast by All India Bakchod (AIB), and that was my first introduction to the emerging comedy ‘scene’ in India.

What I heard, I liked. So, I went looking for the podcast creators on Twitter. Soon, I had discovered other comedians and their 140 character updates has kept me in loop since.

I may not have a thesis on the state of stand up comedy in India, but I sure am in a position to make an inference or two.

Social media has played a major role in making English stand-up what it is today. And I don’t think them performers will deny it. First hand digital interaction with the present and prospective audiences, gauging the public sentiment, platform for views Et all make social media channels very important for these performers.

In fact, social media has given birth to a few comedians.

Once you start cracking people up on Facebook and Twitter & have a loyal fan following, you wouldn’t mind trying your hand at comedy in ‘Open mics’, would you?

But there is a difference between social media comics and seasoned stand-up performers. When you’re behind the protective shield of the Internet, you don’t have to stare into your hecklers eyes and shut him up with a piercing comeback. You’re in the comfort of your own room and behind the protective screen.

Open mic sessions might be a launching pad, but hardcore stand-up is another ball game altogether.

Presently, we have quite a few established comic artists, many budding comedians also a whole lot of noob performers. With so many jokes flying around, someone is bound to take offence.

The problem with the Indian audience’s that, that someone turns out to be a huge chunk of people.

Let’s face it; India is a cultural melting pot. Many races, castes, religions, lifestyles give form to many jokes. Some are bound to make people laugh, and the fellows not laughing are the ones taking offense. But more often than not, we love jokes that are not even remotely depicting us.

I was sure that India couldn’t take comedy. I had written a list based piece, using stereotyping as a device. It was all in good humour, but the amount of ‘hate’ directed towards me was shocking to say the least. That was something personal, on the public domain, I keep reading about cancelled shows, unruly audience members, strict mandates by the organizers etc. And all that reinforced my notion.

But a lot of it is changing now, and fast.

Now, people think it is an offence to take offence at jokes.

What started off with the Great Indian Laughter Challenge breaking TV viewers into splits after their daily dose of soap drama, has now graduated to podcasts, video channels and hugely popular live shows.

Now, we have places specially dedicated for comedy appreciation. Comedy as a whole is going mainstream; TV, radio, films and current affairs carry content that’s either created or curated by comedians. But the biggest indicator is the fact that, people are actually willing to spend money to watch just these comedians pick on them.

From being a highly fragmented scene, it’s becoming an organized business industry. OML and other talent management agencies are doing a fine job at that.

When a business expands, so does the competition. From the sidelines, it sure looks hunky dory, but with different comedy collectives holding their own ground (read: AIB, Weirdass, East India Comedy and Schitz en Giggles), it might be a feeding frenzy on the ground levels.

When I was watching the TVF guys and AIB taking a bow on the stage, I couldn’t help but see the enormity of all this. From being something that a handful of people see or hear, these folks are notching million plus views on everything they put online, they’re performing to packed venues and networking with the other established designers, directors and performers.

And it’s just the beginning.

Things are still nascent for English comedy in India, and it’s going to become much bigger.

So now would be a good time to get all your information and keep it up your sleeve.

P.P.S. This post was written for the office blog. You can find it here.

Misconceptions and Men.

There are a lot of things that men think but aren’t true. I don’t have as much experience with them as I’d like to think but I know quite a few to come to this conclusion.
Go ahead, give it a read and OUTRAGE cause I’m sure a lot of men won’t like a lot of stuff.

1. Your junk is HUGE. Just like we women aren’t equally blessed, so are you men. Learn it and live with it. I don’t know what women prefer, but it’s okay to live with what you have. Don’t boast if you don’t own it.

2. Women know 3245372482161827 colours. Not true, again. A lot of women do, I agree, but there are quite a few who do not. And it is okay. Some women don’t know the difference between beige and cream and its okay. On the contrary a lot of men also do know a large number of colours.

3. Women are complicated. No! Just say a couple of nice things and buy flowers or chocolates and BOOM! She’ll like you! Now don’t ask me questions about friendzones. That’s out of my ability to explain.

4. I’m awesome. Bah! If you’re not Robert Downey, Jr., you have absolutely no right to think that.
 (Women P.S. – You can replace Robert Downey, Jr. with the man of your dreams)

5. All women diet. Puh-lease! Women can be as huge a foodie as you so do not underestimate them and let them have that double cheese margherita.

6. Women follow sports only to impress men. Really? Are we toys or human beings with a brain of our own? We follow what interests us and what we like. If that should impress anyone is just an additional advantage that we probably get.

7. Women can’t kill a cockroach. Okay, let’s face it. A LOT of women including me, can’t. But a considerable amount of women can. They’re brave and this isn’t a need they’d like to call a man for.

8. Clicking a selfie makes you a pussy. I know so many hot guys who click selfies and that doesn’t make them any less of a man.

9. Men who know about fashion are all gay. That doesn’t even make sense. Since when did knowing about something make you gay?

10. Women are gold-diggers. Incorrect. Not all women fall just for money. In fact, a lot of us do like to dutch in when the time comes to pay the bill!