Are you enjoying monsoon and spending adequate time indoors, cooking delicious food and binge watching the latest series of fantastic culinary shows like Masterchef Australia on television Chef’s Table on Netflix?
Apart from all that, I’ve been unforgivably busy setting up www.lensplate.in and simultaneously juggling the opportunity of planning to launch a few new food brands: including a small kitchen and a unique food-merchandise brand. Lensplate’s website is now ready and we will go live with it sometime during next week; followed by other launches during the end of this year. Hopefully, if our plans formulate according to the time we aspire to achieve it in.
Apart from chasing my biggest passion towards food, my business partners Snehsha, Kiran and I are also building brands internally, under our newest venture called Risevertise, which is currently positioned as a creative agency, especially for other start-ups and people who share my passion for food and creativity like me.
We are building a team of experts for our office in Andheri, who specialise in photography, design, video production, social media marketing, web design and various other kinds of digital, as well as BTL activities. We have currently partnered with a few small QSRs in Mumbai and a few newly set up brands from different cities; in the FMCG, television, automobile and technology industries respectively.
I know it has been really long since I have managed to resume reviewing my culinary experiences again, especially newly launched restaurants on this blog; and I’d like to say this from the bottom of my heart…
However, this time, I promiseto finally resume writing from this month, and gradually increase the frequency of sharing my food stories with you, at least once every fortnight. We are rebranding and redesigning this portal as well, www.thebigbhookad.com while you read this story on it and the new look should go live during the last week of August.
I’ve spent a few days with the new Maruti Alto 800 and we hope you enjoy reading our experiences at not-so-usual and offbeat places Snehsha and I visited in Mumbai with this new ride!
#TohChaleinKyaMumbai was an initiative by Maruti to encourage its customers to visit unique places and try unique activities in different metropolitan cities. I hope you enjoy my recommendations of unique activities you could opt for in or around Mumbai, when you have time to spend with your car and dearest friends or family members!
Here’s a moment captured with our dedicated and humble driver for those few days, Chintamani, when we met him for the first time at Maruti’s dealership outlet in Navi Mumbai.
Let the exploring begin!
Why settle for just 3D when you can enjoy watching movies in 4D at Cinepolis in Thane! Yes, you read that correctly. MOVIES IN 4D!
What is 4D? 4-D film is a marketing term for an entertainment presentation system combining a 3D film with physical effects that occur in the theatre, in synchronisation with the film. Effects simulated in a 4D film may include rain, wind, strobe lights, and vibration. Seats in 4D venues may vibrate or move a few inches during the presentations. Other common chair effects include air jets, water sprays, and leg and back ticklers. Hall effects may include smoke, rain, lightning, air bubbles, and smell.
Our time at Cinepolis was something that we hadn’t experienced before and you can know more about what they offer on www.cinepolisindia.com.
That day, after our show ended at 4 PM, we decided to enjoy a long drive from Thane to Marine Drive, just for some never-tried-before ice cream! Adventurous much? No actually, because I was sure there would not be much traffic on Eastern Express Highway during that time of the day.
We ended up enjoying the unique and insanely popular green chili ice cream at Bachelorr’s. You should go beat the heat on a sunny day with some never-tried-before ice cream flavours like green chilli and watermelon-litchi fusion out there, with access to the iconic view of the marine from the beginning of its promenade.
After spending some time at Marine Drive, I decided to drive the new Maruti Alto 800 home to my new apartment in Lokhandwala, where I’ve shifted recently with my family. On our way, we were greeted by the inescapable traffic jam at Mahim and Bandra, so we decided to let the peak hour pass by and parked the car in a lane near the church.
A friend of mine had told me about how walking on skywalks is going to be the next big thing for fitness freaks in the city. I had missed my morning run that day, so we decided to enjoy a nice long evening walk on the new skywalks constructed for pedestrians near Mahim Church. When we reached this spot on top of the skywalk, where we could view hundreds of cars pacing through right below us, we took this picture and also shot a time-lapse video on our smartphones.
|Stand still and embrace the chaos of and your existence in Mumbai, from newly constructed skywalks at Mahim.|
I used the car for another day, mostly to commute for meetings with potential clients in the city and to share my feedback and suggestions with the team at Maruti’s dealership in Nerul.
They say most men are overly attached to their cars and gadgets. Well, I might not be an exception to that stereotype. I enjoyed rediscovering a few of my favourite spots in (and around) Mumbai with the new Maruti Alto 800.
Sadly, it was time to say goodbye after day 2, so I thought of giving the car back slightly ceremoniously. I got the management to pick it up from this favourite spot of mine in Dadar, after enjoying the sunset and kadak chai, followed by a few con-calls with my clients.
It was a pleasure to be a part of #TohChaleinKyaMumbai and I hope all of you enjoyed our simple yet unusual recommendations of not-so-usual places in Mumbai.
Thanks and good luck, Team Maruti!
Hugs and regards from team Lensplate & yours truly,
The Big Bhookad™