Kiki’s Day Out

IMG_20140919_203750Hello friends!! Hope everything is cool at your end! Things are pretty much cool with me as well. I have many topics to blog about but somehow fall short of time. It’s high time for me now to blog quickly before my head bursts of overload of information. Without wasting time let me quickly describe about what I intend to write this time. I have been writing about many different things, of late. But the topic I’m writing today is something really unique and I’m very sure that all of you will get back to me saying the same. We see many birds flying in the sky. The thought that crosses when we see them is how free they are! No restrictions! (Of course, there is danger, but still they enjoy flying high). They fly high in a place where most of us yearn to be sometime at least during our lifetime. But when you actually see the birds freely flying in the sky, have you really thought about many other birds, which in their lifetime, have never seen any place other than the cage they are put up in! I’m writing about one such bird (a unique parrot found usually in parts of Africa) today, which we have named Kiki.

Kiki is our neighbor’s bird. Whenever Madhuri used to go to their place to get their dog, Leo, home, she would look at Kiki in her cage. She would feel bad about it and always made it a point to go and talk to her. It so happened that the neighbors had to be away from home for a couple of days. That is when they came over and asked us to keep Kiki with us for a few days. Never did we expect that this small little colorful bird Kiki had such a personality! She is a real stud. It, obviously, took some time for her to get used to the new environment and also the new set of people. Initially she used to bite all of us badly in case we tried to put our fingers inside the cage. But slowly, she started getting used to us. We always made it a point to keep her wherever we are sitting during the entire day. She started talking to us in her own Kiki language (that is how she gets the name Kiki). Step by step she started getting comfortable with us. When we just sit and think about the caged birds, we realize that how difficult it is for them. Sometime during their childhood, when they were carelessly sitting on some branch or wandering, they would have been caught and put in the cage for a life time. They naturally see every person with suspicion of falling prey again.

DSC_0436She started getting friendly with each one of us gradually. That is when Madhuri asked our neighbors to let Kiki be with us for some more time. Madhuri, being a stud in the world of animals and birds got us to put our fingers in the cage and pat her. Once Kiki got used to our touch, it was done and final. She, now, shouts and screeches at the top of her voice if we don’t sit with her and pat her. She insists that we massage her 24 x 7. I’m such a person who is dead scared of animals. But, now, after being with our neighbor’s dog for quite some time I’m almost out of fear (however, I still feel little scared to go in front of new, unknown dogs). And with Kiki I’m like a child. My husband calls me the official massage therapist for Kiki. She just enjoys when we massage her neck. She turns her neck to complete a full circle, so that we can reach her neck completely. She has reached the comfort level of letting Madhuri open the cage and hold her in her hands. When Madhuri puts her hand in the cage, Kiki comes and sits on her palm very cutely (cannot actually describe it in words).

We have a lot of fun talking to her in her Kiki language and we all enjoy massaging her and pampering her. But, then, we also feel very sad when we see her in the cage. She has such a restricted life inside the cage. We then don’t have a choice of letting her free as well. She has been in the cage for the entire life of hers and now if we even let her go, she will not be able to survive in the world outside, which she has never seen ever. She will surely not be able to protect herself from other birds. After giving it much thought, we decided that at least one day, for at least some time we will let free inside the house with all windows closed. On a weekend we ventured into this and I must say, it was worth a watch. Though she came out of the cage, somehow, she felt very comfortable in moving just around the cage hanging. She felt very safe around the cage. After all it’s the only place she has stayed all her life. Gradually, she started moving away from her cage and finally flew (just a bit though as she is new to flying as well). The leap was the moment for all of us. We really felt happy for her. She enjoyed it as well. All the while flying she was looking out for Madhuri, whom she trusts her life with. When Madhuri went in, that was it she flew right to her and sat on her hand. And yes, it was really a task to put her back as she was fearlessly sitting on Madhuri’s hand and didn’t want to leave the warmth of her hand.

This is Kiki for us. We had never imagined a bird to have such a colorful personality. Even to this day we feel sad for her as she sits in the cage the whole day and nibbles our fingers when we put it inside. We go in search of toys for her, so that she can have some new activity in the entire day. But in the end, we also know that she is better in the cage as she will at least be alive. If she is left open to the world, she will surely fall prey to the bad outside world. We just keep making sure that we keep her entertained and happy the whole day so that she doesn’t get bored of her caged place.

So friends, I’ve come out with something different this time- something new, which I’ve experienced and enjoyed to the fullest. I will come back again with something interesting yet again. See you soon.

Till then, Cheers!!!


Shopping at Colaba Causeway

DSC_0483Hello!! I’m back very soon as I’d previously promised, with something different and new on My Space. Being in Mumbai for two months now, one of the most interesting things I can do on my blog is build up Mumbai Diaries slowly, which would probably be of some help to people who wish to visit Mumbai for the first time. My road sense is quite fair (nothing much to boast about like my mom, who has a photographic road sense). But then, with the limited road sense, I make sure that I remember the places I visit in Mumbai. I have visited many places here. Being a typical girl, I love shopping (I just mean, any kind of shopping, though I don’t enjoy window shopping much). I’m sure all girls out there would agree with me. I can go on and on shopping for hours even without realizing the time. That is how I wanted to spend my last weekend- just shopping. When you have a fellow girl, then it turns out to be twice the fun. And when it happens to be three ladies shopping it is much more fun. In other words, I just can’t explain in plain simple words, how much fun we can have when we go shopping.

Weekend is always the time when the entire family is at home enjoying, bullying each other. And weekend happens to be the time when I actually find my sister at home, all for myself, without any tension. From the day I’ve come to Mumbai, Madhuri has been planning to take me to Colaba Causeway, the shopping heaven for girls of all ages. But somehow, things didn’t work out so far and our plan always got cancelled. Last weekend, we finally decided that it’s high time we actually went shopping (girls always love pampering themselves, at least, I love). So, like the three musketeers, mummy, Madhuri and I went shopping to just pamper ourselves at Colaba Causeway.

I had heard that Colaba Causeway is a heaven for girls with everything under the sun available at a single stretch. I was too eager to see what sort of place it is! I must say I was just too over excited to see the place. I must say, you really do find everything at one place – necklaces, bracelets, finger rings, head bands, anklets, chains, decorative items, clothes (every single type), footwear, hand bags and what not. I mean, finding everything at a place is something very awesome for a city like Mumbai because it saves your travelling time. Once you reach the place, you can just keep walking along the long stretch to find every single thing you’ve ever thought of owning. There’s nothing which you wouldn’t find there. For the first fifteen minutes or so I just went on admiring everything I could set my eyes on. It took me some time to get into the actual shopping mode as I’ve to admit that I was flabbergasted. But once I started off, then there was no one to stop me (Oh yes, my husband was intelligent enough to stay back at home rather than accompanying).  But as a matter of fact also, guys would really get bored at this place. If not all guys, at least, guys in our family would get bored to the core if they accompany us.

As I already mentioned, you find a variety of items which will for sure drive you crazy. But girls, just calm down and relax and also beware. I learnt a lot of shopping tactics from my sister (pat yourself Madhi, for instilling in me those important shopping tips while shopping at Causeway). The shopkeepers are proud owners of stuff which we girls go crazy about. So it’s obvious that the prices they quote will be a little too much. So just open your mouth, be firm and just get your price straight and do not give up. You will in the end get what you want. I don’t actually remember when I actually bargained last. But I thoroughly enjoyed my shopping at Causeway. We just didn’t realize that we walked for about three and half hours shopping. It was only after I came back home did I realize that my back had got the most of my shopping.

Everything apart, being a girl, I just loved being at Causeway and I’m sure girls, you’d all enjoy it as well. So what’s stopping you, pick up your bags and just go. I’m coming up with something too cool too soon.

Till Then, Cheers!!!

My Review on ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’

downloadHi friends!! Hope life at your end is as sweet as honey! I’m back on my blog again after quite some time (exactly a month later). I know excuses are not meant to be, but folks I’m really sorry. I will make sure I blog at least twice a week from now on to make up for the days lost. As I had mentioned earlier I’m trying to bring in some new segments which might prove to be useful to most of you’ll in the days to come. That surely needs some background work, which at the moment is in progress in my over engaged brain. I have had my so many first sweet experiences back in Mumbai. Let me slowly bring it out one by one in my upcoming posts. One amongst them is what I plan to bring out in this current post. After shifting to Mumbai I’ve seen many movies (I’ve seen at least 10 movies in 2 months period – a bit too much for my Dad’s standard though). One such movie which will always remain in the list of my top favorites amongst them will surely be ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’. In fact, for me it’s the best movie ever. Today we don’t find any movie that actually creates an actual impact on you. We all go for it because it’s a time pass. But this movie is something more than what we actually expect from films today.

The film evolves completely around the life of one boy Hassan Kadam. The story starts off with Hassan as a boy and then takes us through his journey. The Kadam family move away from Mumbai after the communal clashes hit them and they lose Hassan’s mother in it, to a small place in Southern France. There they set up an Indian Restaurant just hundred feet away from Madame Mallory’s Michelin starred swank house. They really look too tiny in front of Mallory’s posh restaurant. But papa Kadam, an Indian Restaurateur doesn’t give up. He sets up this small gaudy restaurant with guts. Madame Mallory comes across as an icy proprietress is, however, not happy about it and she wants to have their business shut down. But senior Kadam’s son, Hassan Kadam has golden fingers with regard to cooking and his passion keeps their small restaurant going stong. Initially seeing his passion for cooking, Mallory’s chef Marguerite gifts Hassan a cook book with delicious French recipes. The story moves about with Hassan lending a hand in the setting up of this restaurant and how the Kadams take it along. In the course, they face opposition and obstacles. But, despite it all, the path which Hassan takes towards his success later in his life is worth watching.

I just loved the movie. Nowhere in between did I feel that it was moving slow. The movie is worth a watch. It shows that if you’ve passion you will do anything to reach the right place. Hard work and passion together will take you places for sure. My advice is to just rush and watch the film. I loved it. I’m sure you will all enjoy the subtlety. Manish Dayal as Hassan Kadam has done a real good job.

Until you guys watch the movie and get back let me just rush and get back with something nice yet again.