Diwali in Bombay: sparklers, pinwheels, rockets, ladi bombs, mithai, colourful celebrations, fun and laughter

Diwali – the Festival of Light

Diwali provides an occasion to stop, take a pause for breath, gather one’s loved ones, and celebrate all that is good in the world. Read about our 2012 celebrations here.

Annoying little brothers. Naughty little sisters. But a relationship always worth celebrating

Raksha Bandhan – the sacred bond

Siblings can be frustrating, can’t they? Know-it-all elder sisters. Pesky little brothers, bullying big ones. Yet despite (and because of!) this proximity, the endless chafing and bickering, a unique bond develops.

The essence of this sacred month truly lies in the spirit of sharing and giving.

Fasting and feasting – Ramadan and Eid

Last week, millions of Muslims around the world embarked on Ramadan, the month-long cycle of fasting, prayer and reflection, followed by Eid al-Fitr.

Business is usually good for the dhobis during Holi.

The origins of Holi (and our 2012 celebrations)

There’s nothing quite like Holi. Literally, you have to see it to believe it. The festival of colours, of vibrant carousing, of gentle flirting, Holi is India’s barmiest celebration.

New Velantimes Day video: like spending two minutes with a lunatic

Desi Couple video #5… Velantimes Day II: Velan Shakti

The Velan-times Day story continues, with a daring rescue of the Desi wife from treacherous villains in the nick of time. Release the Velan Shakti!

Last Christmas we gave you our raan...

A Bombay Feast at Christmas

We felt a responsibility to turn uninspiring Christmas dinners into something amazing. Something that friends would squabble over the scraps of. A Bombay Party in your mouth, so to speak.

Naughty, naughty. Very naughty.

Naughty Christmas Chai

A conversation revisited…Cold, rainy morning, not very long ago in a comfortable booth at Dishoom on St Martin’s Lane. A motley crew of Dishoom-wallahs, mulling over ideas for Christmas.

Sita sang the Blues at Diwali 2011

Diwali at Dishoom – 2011

Diwali draws near, and with it fireworks and celebrations. But it’s also worth remembering the story of Diwali, passed lovingly on through generations. A tale of daring, of wonder. Of chariots flying across the sky, of the wise monkey god leaping the ocean.

Dishoom-wallahs, Chowpatty-wallahs, Southbank-wallahs, random-wallahs

Goodbye Dishoom Chowpatty Beach

It was a loopy premise, even for a pop-up. ‘What if an old Bombay Cafe were to take a gentle stroll down to Chowpatty Beach in about 1965 and drop a mild acid tab?’ But now, the crazy colourful summer is fading into grey-brown autumn. Say goodbye to Dishoom Chowpatty Beach one last time.


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