Wednesday, December 1, 2010

First day in Mumbai with Anita! Food, Fabric, Shopping and Henna!

I arrived around 5:30 AM and Anita came to pick me up.  She used to work for me at Oilily back in Chicago and kindly let me stay at her house with her family.  She lives in a lovely condo about 30 minutes from the airport.  There wasn't a minute to relax as there was much to do. She made me coffee and a delicious indian breakfast.

She took me to her husband's corporate travel agent so we could plan my 17 day trip all over India.  She was so much help.  Her husband let us use his driver all day to drive us around Mumbai, see some sites, shop, eat and arrange my detailed flights and trips all over India.

I can't over how cheap the food is here.  Anita and her family are Hindu and they are strictly vegetarian wtih no meat.  Being a vegetarian here is easy in India because all of the food is infused with so many spices and flavor.
The food is very spicy and even when I ask for no spice, it's still hot but oh soooo good.
We had the most delicious samosas ( a potato stuffed pastry) for 8rupees (about 10 cents) each and dosas ( a thin, spicy, crepe-like food) for 47 rupees (about $1) each.

Now, anyone who knows me and my style knows that India will make me feel right at home when it comes to shopping.  Who can resist the vibrant colors, fabrics, saris and delicate silks and beading that surround me.  She took me to a place that specializes only in trim and beading for your hand made saris.  I also bought these fans from a little girl made out of peacock feathers for only $1!!  Can you beat it?

The streets are packed and the poverty level is astounding.  I have been to the Philippines several times which is also a third world country.  It has prepared me to see how people can survive and live on nothing and yet appreciate everything.

Finally, at the end of the night, Anita had arranged for someone to come to the house and do henna (  a flowering plant used since antiquity to dye skin, hair, fingernails,leather and wool. The name is also used for dye preparations derived from the plant, and for the art of temporary tattooing based on those dyes) on my hands and arms.  Beautiful!  


  1. Great pix G- Lo!!! I love the updates! You are so tan, it makes me bitter. LOL! I miss you. How long did the henna take?

    XOXO, Nancy

  2. so far my favorite pictures!!!India is beautiful and the way the women dress is lovely!!i love the henna they did on your hands. very talented that girl!! hope you're having fun and dont eat too mcuh!lol love you!=)

  3. I see you didn't waste anytime..Good for you!!!
    The pics are fantastic and I've always loved the colors of India. Some of their food I enjoy as well because of the spices.. The henna painting is long will it last? Thank you much for the short history lesson too. Very much appreciated...ever thought about being a journalist?...or is that a talent you already possess? ♥

  4. absolutely beautiful....the pics r amazing!! u look like ur having the time of ur life...nd u so deserve it!! so happy that u r having this expirience...b blessed lynn...nd keep doin ur thang....luv it!!! xoxoxo

  5. G

    You are an amazing woman. Looks like you are having fun and learning so much about the culture. have a great time and keep posting...

    Melody from Montreal