When you meet celebrated author editor team of Devdutt Pattanaik and Jerry Johnson. When you meet an openly gay Prince in India who is fearless and has been on Oprah 3 times. When you then get showered with love and warmth by Haresh’s family. A perfect Bombay evening.
Honoured. Presented my book and travel insights today at the Canadian Consulate in Bombay. Emotional and wonderful event – both my Canadian and Indian identities intersect. A part of Mumbai Pride events. Special. Big thanks to the Consulate (despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit in early Feb and busy schedules) and Solaris Pictures. The Consular General spoke about Canada’s values and about its diversity. Jayita Phulsunge. Sridhar Rangayan Saagar Gupta. Deepak Kashyap an amazing interviewer. Heartfelt gratitude to all who came and made the event come to life. Loved it. Bipin Tanna, Pallav Patankar, Sopan Emm, Cleston D’Costa, Kala Ramnathan, Padma Iyer, Devesh Khatu, Balachandran Ramiah and Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal. It is late so if I forgot to tag you please forgive.
When you get a bouquet of roses to greet you and another bouquet to say “good evening”, you know you are with family. In between spent time catching up with the wonderful staff at the hotel. Vishesh Sharma, Churendra Vikram, Sushant Rane, Prachee Ghodke trupti and many many more you all just rock! No wonder the hotel is sold out each day. Alexey Rykhva Marina Apenko Apenko Nadiya you are in for treat when we meet next Tuesday.
The youthfulness all over, the drive, the energy, and the ambition! Broad strokes I know but Asia is where it is at. The vibe the buzz the growth! Service second to none, technology used widely (digital bartender etc), and much more. It ain’t “go West” anymore it is “go East”. Very satisfied with the trip so far, the MOST complicated trip I have done in distances locations, time zones, and date lines. Glad to have learnt so much. Now onwards to my home away from home. Bombay! Look forward to connecting with several wonderful people. PM me please if you would like to meet. Schedule kinda full but we will make the time. Love INDIA.
When Mohamed Adam knew he was being photographed he quickly put on his fancy shades. He takes care of the life jackets while dad drives the boat. Highlights were:
a) the water village where about 20,000 people live and homes are inherited over generations.
b) the Juma mosque with 29 gold domes to mark the 29th Sultan, beautiful from every angle. The mid day prayer going on while I was there added to the experience.
c) Royal palace, fenced and hard to photograph, all with the Sultan’s polo grounds and the Crown Princes’s football field. The 100 hectares elaborate. Three entrances, one for royalty, one for foreign heads of state and one for dignitaries.
Brunei. So here’s the scoop on questions many of you asked. Alcohol forbidden here. But. If you are a non Muslim you can drive across the border to Malaysia (also partly on shared island of Borneo) and pick up 2 liters every 48 hours so long as consumed privately. Cigarettes not sold here. You can also bring them in but tax is prohibitive. Legally no one allowed to smoke up to 6 meters from a building. The hotel however has ashtrays in every single balcony. The hotel: bit over the top, acres of gardens, 3 cinemas, you name it. Owned by the King. Several buggy drivers are women, unusual anywhere else. Signs saying beware of monkeys since they can get aggressive. Not seen a single one. Little island across is said to be filled with snakes. No plans to visit to verify this. Btw. Immigration was 20 seconds luggage arrived in 2 minutes. All highly efficient.