Midnight Maddness at Mohammed Ali Road

Phirni
[Phirni - A Creamy Rice Pudding, seen here in flavours of Safron and Almond]

The Minara Masjid twinkles a glorious light green under a cloud of tiny fairy lights as chaos entralls the streets below. In what now has become an annual Ramzan treat for me I decided to haunt the Khao Galli at Mohammed Ali and yes ofcourse savour every lastbit of food I could find.

It's a sweet Ramzan
[It's a sweet Ramzan]

Here’s a snippet from my last years visit

The red hot charcoal solder as the smoke rises through the tenderised chicken and kebabs into the air, wafting into my nostrils, air such divine. It’s a frenzied scene as full pitched bazaar flows by with smiles and sighs under the green glow of the well adourned mosque and the orange glow from the alleviating traffic behind me. I glance at my wrist watch and it blinks backs 00:00 am at me. I frown in disbelief think out aloud, “It can’t be tomorrow already, the city is alive and awake” My words at any other time would have been audible but today they seem to have been drowned by the life around me.”Aao Aao Sahb, Mensahb .. Humare Badiya Khana Khao“, “{Come one and all try out our delecious fare} shouted the man next to me in his crisp white kurta and colourful skull cap. Seeing that I was paying him some eye contact he diverted his sales touts to my directions.
People think Indian Bazaars are haphazard, I disagree each market has a finely planned out anatomy. Just like when you’re in a department store and you find the Womens section on the first floor, childrens on the second, and mens wear on the third or sometimes on the fourth depending on where they want to put the lifestyles stuff. In the same way the midnight bazaar has womens shoes, everything from skilettos to juttis on the outer rim. There is also other stuff hair-bands, clothes, costume jewellery etc etc but since I’m not the target consumer I ignore. I by pass the shoes with out second look and move on directly to the good stuff, the food. Back to the anatomy we have the dazzling variety of methais [sweets] and food of all shapes and sizes on the left. Food Court Style yet outdoor very cool.

I was there for the sweets and Suleman Usman Bakery was the place to enjoy them. Phirnis, Maalpuas yum. I lapped down a rich and creamy kesar Phirni till my plastic spoon scrapped the bottom of the terrecota cup it was served in. The Maalpaus pure heaven served hot with their crispy brown honey dipped sweet exterior and their custard creamy interior melting in you mouth as your palate just wanted more. Sensory overload.

Midnight Bazaar [Bangles]My this showing at Mohammed Ali Road was pretty much like last it was just the quantity of food intake was doubled. The list included Maalpaus and Phirni at Suleman Usman (obviously), Pathar Ghosh (hyderabadi dish where pieces of meat at cooked on a preheated slab of granite absolutely delicious), Tongue Soup at Bademian, a generous intake of sugary faloodas, some sheikh kebabs and finished off with some excellent dudhi ka halwa.

Tongue Soup
[Susanna and Paul trying out their tongue soup at Bademian

It was good I can tell you that.]

Excuse me I have a lot of digesting to do and before I forget Eid Mubarak

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Theatre Groups

 Hindi Theatre Groups

 

Arpana

Arpana was found in 1985 by a group of like-minded theatre people. Sunil Shanbag, Shishir Sharma, Lata Sharma, Reetha Balsavar, Utkarsh… more…

 

The Experimental Theatre Foundation

Founded in 1992 by Manjul Bhardwaj and other like-minded people, the Experimental Theatre… more…

IPTA

The Indian People’s Theatre Association was formed during the Quit India Movement in 1942. Upon its formal inauguration in 1943-44,… more…

 

Motley

In collaboration with a fellow FTII -ite, Naseeruddin Shah started the theatre group, ‘Motley‘ that celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 1979. more…

Naath

Naath Theatre, earlier known as Kreators was established in 1992 by Kamlesh Mota & Babul Bhavsar. This theatre group’s objective has… more…

 

IDEA

It regards itself as the only theatre group in
India working towards the promotion of Hindustani Theatre…

Ekjute

Ekjute under the guidance of Nadira Zaheer Babbar, a National School of Drama (NSD) graduate, has presented over sixty plays… more…

 

Ansh

Makrand Deshpande started his theatre group Ansh in 1993 and has written, produced and directed about 30 plays since. more…

Yatri Theatre

Yatri ‘the theatre repertory’, is one of the most patronized cultural groups in the country. Yatri has always strived hard to maintain and preserve… more…

 

Aranya

Aranya was formed in the year 2003 by a group of friends. Coming from different backgrounds each person…

Ank

Ank has raised a substantial audience for hindi, and raising the integrity of Hindi theatre…

 

Avitoko

Avitoko was established on the 1st of May 2001. During these three years, Avitoko has taken a meaningful effort to…

Shilpkaar

Shilpkaar, is formed to provide healthy entertainment with a mission to serve Quality Entertainment.

 

Arts Creative Theatre

Arts Creative Theatre is the brainchild of Mr. Mujeeb Khan, who wishes to promote theatre and theatrical activities…

 

 English Theatre Groups

Work In Progress

“To limit one’s imagination is to limit one’s world.” The ‘Work In Progress’ theatre company is a vibrant, energised and innovative theatre group,…  more…

 

No License Yet

‘No License Yet’ has seen three productions to date and will soon be premiering in September 2005…
 more…

The Company Theatre

The Company Theatre’s creative and training activities have experienced considerable growth in the Indian arena.  more…

 

Industrial Theatre Co.

We started the industrial theatre co. to discover and popularize alternative spaces for theatre in Mumbai.  more…

Attic Salt Theatre

This theatre group derives its credo from doing theatre that exploits the potential of humour in its varying forms.
 more…

 

Motley

In collaboration with a fellow FTII -ite, Naseeruddin Shah started the theatre group, ‘Motley‘ that celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 1979.  more…

Little Prithvi Players
Fourteen years ago when Prithvi Theatre began “Summertime at Prithvi Theatre”, the team knew that its ‘devious’ aim was clearly to develop a better  more…

 

Zero Theatre Company
Zero started its theatre activities with a definite vision, a need to present plays using a minimum of sets and props, using the actor  more…

Working Title
An eclectic and a young English Theatre group, Working Title has to its credit, productions such as Curfew, Mahadevbhai (1892-1942)…  more…

 

Masque
Masque was founded in 1987 by Vikram Kapadia who has been actively involved in Mumbai’s English theatre scene for the past twenty years.  more…

Rage

Rage is one of Mumbai’s leading theatre company…

 

 

 Gujarati Theatre Groups

Naath

Naath Theatre, earlier known as Kreators was established in 1992 by Kamlesh Mota & Babul Bhavsar. This theatre group’s objective has… more…

 

Ideas Unlimited

Ideas Unlimited builds productions, which can encompass class, as well as the masses of the people. It is perhaps the only Gujarati theatre… more…

Upendra Trivedi

Upendra Tridevi is name which every gujarati movie or theatre goer is well-know with, a great actor & producer.

 

Kala Sangam

Kala Sangam the most successful talent creator in the field of music and drama…

 

 Marathi Theatre Groups

Awishkar

Awishkar theatre group has consistently been doing Marathi experimental plays for the last forty-three years..

 

 

 

The Company Theatre

The Company Theatre’s creative and training activities have experienced considerable growth in the Indian arena.  more…

 

Industrial Theatre Co.

We started the industrial theatre co. to discover and popularize alternative spaces for theatre in Mumbai.  more…

Attic Salt Theatre

This theatre group derives its credo from doing theatre that exploits the potential of humour in its varying forms.
 more…

 

Motley

In collaboration with a fellow FTII -ite, Naseeruddin Shah started the theatre group, ‘Motley‘ that celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 1979.  more…

Little Prithvi Players
Fourteen years ago when Prithvi Theatre began “Summertime at Prithvi Theatre”, the team knew that its ‘devious’ aim was clearly to develop a better  more…

 

Zero Theatre Company
Zero started its theatre activities with a definite vision, a need to present plays using a minimum of sets and props, using the actor  more…

Working Title
An eclectic and a young English Theatre group, Working Title has to its credit, productions such as Curfew, Mahadevbhai (1892-1942)…  more…

 

Masque
Masque was founded in 1987 by Vikram Kapadia who has been actively involved in Mumbai’s English theatre scene for the past twenty years.  more…

Rage

Rage is one of Mumbai’s leading theatre company…

 

 

 Gujarati Theatre Groups

Naath

Naath Theatre, earlier known as Kreators was established in 1992 by Kamlesh Mota & Babul Bhavsar. This theatre group’s objective has… more…

 

Ideas Unlimited

Ideas Unlimited builds productions, which can encompass class, as well as the masses of the people. It is perhaps the only Gujarati theatre… more…

Upendra Trivedi

Upendra Tridevi is name which every gujarati movie or theatre goer is well-know with, a great actor & producer.

 

Kala Sangam

Kala Sangam the most successful talent creator in the field of music and drama…

 

 Marathi Theatre Groups

Awishkar

Awishkar theatre group has consistently been doing Marathi experimental plays for the last forty-three years..

 

 

 

 

Theatre Schools/Workshop in Mumbai

Theatre Schools in Mumbai

1. Parag Vijay Datt Drama Academy
1st flr., Mithibai Collage, Vile Parle-west, Mumbai

2. Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan Kala Kendra
Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan Hall, Kulapati, K. M. Munshi marg, Chowpatty, Mumbai – 7

Theatre WorkShop in Mumbai

1. Prithvi Theatre Workshop
Organised by : Sanjana Kapoor, Prithvi Theatre.
91-22-2614 9546

2. Ekjute Theatre Workshop
Organised by : Nadeera Zaheer Babbar, Ekjute theatre group
91-22-26212821, 26212819

3. Reall padamsee’s Theatre Workshop
Organised by : Reall Padamsee

Welcome to Mumbai

Mumbai is the Hollywood of India; as a matter of fact this city is better known as Bollywood (from its previous name, Bombay). This city has so many stories of rags-to-riches that people have it synonymous with the city which can make anyone’s dream comes true, and where everything is possible. While Delhi, Kolkata (Calcutta), Chennai and other metros in India are great opportunity bases, none of them come even close to the capacity of Mumbai in its power to make thing happen.

The film industry is the most prominent in this city, where millions come every year to try out their luck and stay on in the hope that some day they will get a break. Another very important glamorous industry is the advertising industry which is highly flourishing in this city. There are hundreds of young men and women as well as children between 2-15 years recruited every year for the so many advertisements that India is quite famous for.

The third very popular industry in Mumbai is the crude oil industry since there are a great number of oil rigs in Mumbai high due the availability of oil in the sea belt along the coast.

The above, all three being a very high returns industries, make Mumbai the seat of cash-flow of almost unlimited amounts. This is the city where money has absolutely no limits and where you can get everything you want anytime you want.

Complementing the above three, there is another one that is a highly flourishing industry, i.e. hospitality and travel industry. Both hotels as well as traveling and related functions have achieved the closest position to perfection in Mumbai.

The major opportunities lurking in Mumbai
That brings us to the position of jobs. Mumbai, though highly concentrated in the above four industries, has also a great share in the other types of industry. As other metros, this city too is reeling under the onslaught of the IT industry. Mumbai in this regard is perhaps the best place to look for a job since it offers you not only a great salary but also an excellent ambiance at work place.

The city has innumerable jobs, mostly high paying because Mumbai standard of living is high. The major concentration of jobs is acting and modeling, BPO jobs, marketing, sales, telecommunication, air hostess / air crew, back office jobs, research, customer service and so on.

Some of leading and highest paying Call Centers in Mumbai are Daksh, E-serve, JP Morgan, Epicentre and Intelnet. But this is just showing one side of the picture. There are umpteen of leading firms who have their headquarters or branch offices in Mumbai making this city a paradise for job seekers. All the jobs here have a very high turn over because the competitions is fierce, targets are very capriciously set and followed and the city has one of the fastest paced life styles in India.

Since people flock to Mumbai in search of their luck specially in the acting industry and the majority do not make it, Mumbai has become the host of a great deal of talented and highly intellectual people. This is why, the atmosphere in Mumbai is very open, permissible and at the same time respects the privacy of all. Similarly, in the job, people in Mumbai are expected to be highly proactive and self-driver. There is no place in Mumbai for people who are lethargic, need a boss to tell them what to do and/or people who have to be motivated to work. Mumbai is very demanding when it comes to quality of work in all categories across all jobs. This is city is one of the most professional cities of India; where working is hard, and celebrations too is hard.

If you are looking for a career in Mumbai, you have to understand that you have to compete first with yourself and then with others; people here are everyday trying to do better than yesterday and this has become a culture in Mumbai. Unless you are a highly motivated individual and one who can create work when there is none, Mumbai is not for you.

The best jobs available
Besides, a career in acting, modeling and oil industry, there is one more very important high paying industry, i.e. hospitality and travel. Here, you will find the hotel vacancies, travel agency vacancies and the more glamorous ones of the airlines, ship cruisers and international couriers. All these jobs have a very high pay packet and hence they are very high in demand.

Of course, up and above these are the unbeatable IT jobs, both BPOs and technical staff including software engineers. Mumbai is among the leaders in IT jobs being responsible for more than USD 60 billion in the years 2005-06 alone. The job number for 2006 has been forecasted to be about 1,300,000 which concentrate most in entry and middle level entrants. The number forecasted in engineering jobs is about 1,200,000. India by itself is such an important player in the IT market that software companies are writing specific programs only for the Indian market.

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