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The Winter Bike Rides & More

The weather in Bombay at most times is at an average of 28 to 32 degrees celcius, Come December into January & February is the only time the weather cools down a bit going to an average of about 24 to as low as 18 to 16 degrees Celsius. All times are good for a bike ride but these 3 months are the best 🙂

Early Winter View of the Moon

Early Winter View of the Moon

This is my first winter (if you can call Bombay climate & temperature winter) with my Bike, so the last few days of November where the temperature dipped have been absolutely brilliant for Bike rides. More often than not, I leave for a bike ride early in the morning between 5:30 am & 6:00 am – yup! a lot of you may think this is crazy but trust me, this is the best time to ride on the streets of Bombay which go crazy with traffic post 8:00 am. The weather around daybreak is absolutely amazing, add to that the roads have absolutely no traffic & its just you & your bike cruising, the wind has a brilliant chill & you can hear some awesome birds & sounds other than cars honking away & people abusing. Also, it’s not yet sunny considering Sunrise is at its peak post 6:45 am.

Daybreak to Happen soon!

Daybreak to Happen soon!

Interesting View to Start the Day!

Interesting View to Start the Day!

Awesomeness!!!

Awesomeness!!!

Most of the time, the route I take is from my house towards Nariman Point past Marine Drive. This, according to me, is one of the most scenic & open view places left in Bombay; cruising past Chowpatty & the different Gymkhana’s (Club Houses) towards Pizza by the Bay is absolutely brilliant. Nariman Point itself offers a great view with people jogging, walking, exercising right next to the sea. Also from NP you can see the complete Queen’s Necklace which is what the stretch from Nariman Point to end of Chowpatty looks like when seen from a vantage point :-). Heading back from Nariman Point, you are riding next to the sea & the breeze literally moves the bike…. this is a super feeling! From there, I take the route towards Walkeshwar & past Hanging gardens down Malabar Hill, this is by far & I kid you not, the best part of my bike ride in the morning. The descent from Hanging Gardens & Malabar Hill towards Peddar Road is like you get transported into another zone, there is a clear drop in temperature by about 5 degrees, lush greenery around & the peace & quiet. You have to ride this stretch, it is an absolute must for all whether you are on a bike, car or taking walk do visit this area in the morning it is an experience you will love…

The Queen's Necklace

The Queen’s Necklace

The Best Place for a Bike Ride...

The Best Place for a Bike Ride…

Worli Seaface

Worli Seaface

From the Malabar Hill descent I move past Peddar Road, stop below my in-laws building (in my mind at that point I am stalking them 😉 ). Moving on from how my devious mind works, to the bike ride past Mahalakshmi temple towards Haji Ali & Worli Seaface, the Haji Ali Stretch past the racecource towards Worli is again highly recommended, not for any other reason except the wind which literally smacks you in the face & the trafficless 5 lane road. Worli seaface, again like Marine Drive, is an experiance as you ride next to to the sea. Also, the view overlooks the Sea Link Bridge which is totally spectacular. This is where my ride ends & I head home passing the Atria Mall where the BMW & Ducati bikes’ showroom forces me to stop & stare aimlessly at some stupendous bikes. From there, riding past the race cource always is special considering I learnt how to ride at this place i.e. in the parking lot of the race course which is massive & totally empty in the early hours of the morning. For people who want to learn how to ride a bike in Bombay, I strongly suggest you come here to learn & practice.

The Sea Link

The Sea Link

All in all, I ride for about an hour in the morning which is also kind of therapeutic. Over a period of time, I have realized I have 3 really good shrinks 1) My wife 2) My bike 3) Alcohol  ha ha ha ha ha seriously twisted I am :-). Having said that & before I end this article, let me just reiterate to all reading this blog & are planning to visit Bombay or are living in Bombay, you have to take your ride out past the mentioned route whether the same be a car, bike, shoes or flip flops in the early winter morning, Trust me, you wont be disappointed with the awesomeness you experience!!!

That be my Awesome Bike!!!

That be my Awesome Bike!!!

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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Bike Ride Revisited, Cookies & Pizzas

Sensational Marine Drive

Our Black Beauty!!!

Saturday started off with a rare and early morning bike ride… Rare basis the rains wherein this time around in the country it is the monsoon season & thus due to consistent rains in the city, bike rides are few & far between. There are people who do ride in the rains, though Mihir & I totally refrain from the same….. to each his own, I say… Coming back to the bike ride – an amazing feeling when you just start the engine, put the bike into gear and start cruising; somehow, even after a break you just feel like the bike is a part of you and the feeling is unmatched. A bit like cycling – you never forget how to ride it 🙂 .

Fortunately, the weather was kind…… actually, the weather was spectacular….. roads were dry, nice wind, the sun was under a cloud cover & all that jazz. Started by riding through my lane & then ventured to ride towards Worli Seaface. Passing Peddar Road & then Haji Ali which is my most favorite stretch to ride past was an amazing feeling, then went upto Worli Seaface where the wind was strong & at times felt the push of the same across the bike. From there, decided to go back as there was a slight drizzle which had started, though by the time I reached the Race Course, the weather was clear again. Decided to then continue the feeling of non stop riding & rode towards Marine Drive which was super awesome! Went to Nariman Point & back home. The brilliance of open roads matched only with the experiance of riding next to the sea was super cool!!!

Yummmyyyyy!!!

Awesome Cookies Courtesy the Mrs!!!

Got home, finished morning chores and then decided to head out for lunch with Mihir, Rachita, Yooti & Mother-in-law a.k.a. JKD. The cuisine to be eaten was Chinese & the place agreed upon was Asia 7 at the Palladium,  Phoniex Mills. Went there did a bit of window shopping & then went and ate some awesome food. Had some raw Papaya Salad, soup which had a distinct thai flavour (coconut milk base), some awesome mushroom starter followed by Rice & some Vegeteable Gravy. The place is a bit steep but definitely worth a visit. Went home & crashed. Though, while I was asleep, the very lovely Mrs baked some awesome cookies; woke up to sensational visuals & smells of the same. Cookies were vanilla, Chocolate & Chocolate with a soft center of Chocolate Truffles… Also Yooti had made some great Apple & Orange Sangria which was drunk through the evening by Vishal, Mihir & yours truly :-). The brilliant evening was then ended with Tacos and the Chocolate soft center Truffle Cookie for Dessert. Also, watched the animated movie Arjun which is a Disney movie though made by Indian companies like Tata Elixi & Reliance. The movie’s look & feel was breathtaking & the story captivating. I highly recommend the same to all.

More Yummyness!!!

Pesto & Jalapeno Pizza!!!

Stuffed Crust Pizza!!!

Sunday started off with Astro’s walk, bath & breakfast, post which the day was spent lying on bed watching movies. Saw a movie called The Philly Kid to start the day, loved the tag line of the film which said “To be out he had to be in”. The movie on the whole was decent & worth a watch. 2nd movie watched was Hijacked, starring UFC legend Randy “The Natural” Courture….. total wall paper movie which had its moments :-). Also ordered some wood-oven pizzas from this local joint called Govinda which is a restaurant run by the ISKON Hare Rama Hare Krishna Trust. The food was decent, though my suggestions if you ever order from there please re-heat the pizzas before eating… Finally, to end the amazing weekend, saw The Journey to The Mysterious Island starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Full on on entertainment movie. After that saw an episode of True Blood and finally passed out…

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Helmets & More

 

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The Sensational Extended Weekend

Quick background – we had all planned to go to Pune for the weekend and in anticiapation taken Friday off. To our dissapointment, on Wednesday we heard that our Pune trip was hijacked by the senior citizens & we wouldn’t be going after all. Post multiple levels of mental mustarbation, we were clear that the Party was going to happen and that we were gonna have a super time at Peddar road (in-laws house) which was going to be empty for the next few days. Important note: the inlaws had hijacked the Pune trip!

View From the Party Pad!

Budweiser Strong Magnum

So Thursday evening’s when the party began: in-laws place with Kingfisher Strong and lots of fun! We also called Aashay in Pune and & asked him to get to Bombay ASAP. He agreed to come on Friday so that was sorted. Also then we decided to smoke up which was totally insane. Post being ravenously hungry we devoured some awesome pasta & roasted potato mash made by the lovely Mrs. It was also clearly decided that we were going to be at peddar road for the next 2 days for which we needed supplies. Multiple lists were made basis food & alcohol, the same was ordered from Godrej Natures Basket. Food consisted of Meat, Cold Cuts & Mince; the Alco had Budweiser Red, Magnum, Murphy’s Stout & also Stella, and some Sula wine as well. We also had Royal Salute Whiskey & Grey Goose at home so then we were sorted for the next 2 days.

Awesome Kheema!

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Friday morning began with getting supplies home and also consuming the same :-). Lunch was ordered from Mumbai Kitchen, which was spectacular! On the order there was Chicken, Steak, Burgers & Hot Dogs. By evening Aashay & his cousin, Aniruddh, were in and that’s when the party kicked into topgear. We also went and ordered a bottle of Teachers as we didn’t want the Royal Salute to get over during our binge sessions. Also need to add here that one of our friends bunked work half day and joined us for lunch and general chilling through the day. One of the best days ever! So much catching up with everyone, at the same time everyone piss drunk and crazy amounts of fun!

Saturday morning with Ekta & Goo (Goo’s the Royal Enfield Classic bike owned by Ekta)…… actually Friday & Saturday morning we were on the bike cruising past Nariman point, Marine drive also covered Worli Seaface. Post that, on Saturday went to meet Chottubhai to get some minor tweaks done on the bike. This is the moment we stumbled on the picture for a D-grade movie…..so took a picture for the blog……….. thought it was damn funny! Got home post that & devoured some brilliant Chicken Kheema Rolls, Bacon & Churizo Ham made by Rachita, then the drinking continued in the afternoon. Aashay, Ekta & me made a ginger, apple, lemon flavored vodka cocktail in a pitcher (actually Aashay made it) went through that, then decided to have a vodka chilli shot which had Ekta & Aashay running around the room in a frenzy! Evening continued in a super duper chilled zone with everyone and we ordered in Pizzas so life was like totally sorted. Post dinner & general zoning went home & crashed. We also made our own home made Bong which was the Ulti Baka moment…… actually Ekta made the Bong so it was Ulti Bakudi moment…

This is too much fun!!!

Best Dessert Ever!!!

Bike Ride View!

Sunday morning went on a bike ride past the lanes in my area and across chowpatty, then went to Peddar Road to clean up the place considering the in-laws were going to be back; so went there, sorted a bit of it and decided to move the party to my residence. Waffles were eaten for lunch, post which Aashay & Aniruddh left for Pune & the rest of us decided to watch movies. Please note we were smoking up through the day I mean that was kinda “obvio buddy”. So the 1st movie we saw was the sequel to Pirahana 3D, Pirahana 2 in 3 D which featured a generous amount of Boobs and was like a lot of fun. Then we watched This Means War which was a chick flick with a FBI secret agent love triangle angle, post which we watched 21 Jump Street which was a fun movie. For dinner Cold Cuts – Turkey & Ham Sandwiches which were out of this world. Finally ended the day with a super dessert by Rachita and watching a couple of episodes of Supernatural.

This extended weekend was probably one of the greatest times we all had and will never forget. The usual Suspects – Vishal, Rachita, Ekta, Mihir, Yooti, Aashay, Aniruddh & Anu! Ulti fun people… We so need to do this again, like Defo Dude!!!

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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The Food Fest

Crazy Bombay Rains!!!

Yesterday was crazy considering the awesome food places we went to for both lunch & dinner – it was super awesome so decided to write about it on the blog. So the way this played out was that the morning was totally crazy with the city being lashed by heavy rains. Somehow Rachita, Mihir & me rode through the same & reached work. While at work, got random calls basis traffic jams across the city, also social media was going crazy about the jams, etc. We decided to leave early by lunch so as to avoid the traffic nightmare. Though come noon, the day suddenly was bright & sunny and there wasn’t an iota or indication of rains.

Yummy Salad!!!

This is when we decided to go for lunch at the local mall. On reaching Inorbit, we were contemplating where to eat considering the amount of options availiable, right from the Food Court which offers everything from Mcdonalds, Subway, Tibbs Frankie, etc., to stand alone places like Kareem’s and Pot Pourri. After much contemplation, we finally decided to go to Pot Pourri. Rachita & me have been to the place before – some time ago – but Mihir hadn’t and thus the excitment. At Pot Pourri we realized they had a buffet for lunch which was for Rs 440/-. Mihir & I opted for the same while Rachita ordered a chicken prep off the menu.

Pretty Damn Good!!!

On the Buffet counter, there were 2 soups to choose from, the veg and non veg. We had the pumpkin &  chicken soup, post which Mihir went and got some awesome salad of the live counter, the same was super yum! After soups & salad, we decided to try the pizza – the same, unfortunately, wasn’t that good. It was a bit dry & cold, also the sauce on top barely had any flavor. Moved to the main course wherein there was pasta, rice, madras curry, korean chicken & rice. I opted for some korean chicken & rice, Mihir opted for the pasta, fish curry & korean chicken. The main course was total value for taste & money & was devoured in minutes & then finally there was dessert, which was Tiramisu & Orange Souffle. The same was also pretty nice! Overall, the experience was extremely pleasant – the ambiance of the place is casual & the waiters are also extremely helpful and polite. That just takes a simple lunch experience to another level. Even though we didn’t drink, we checked & the Alcohol is well priced & the menu for the same is decently extensive.

Our Rating for this place:

Inorbit Mall

Pot Pourri

Our Rating – Please note this is basis Km 10 to 100 (10 being the lowest & 100 being the highest)

Ambience – 90 km

Service – 92 km

Food – 88 km

Burn – 80 km (This place is well priced)

Badbikegang Average Speed – 87.5

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Superb Stuff!!!

Steak , Chips & Barbecued Onions!!!

Post the lunch, the evening was something we were still super excited about as the POA was to go to our favorite Sizzler place in town – Kobe Sizzlers. While this was going to be a family affair, the promise of Sensational Steak & other goodies available there were definitely upside. Reached Kobe by about 7:30pm with the jing bang of about 16 people. Kobe doesn’t take bookings so it is first come first serve based policy, Oh ya! the 16 people included the in-laws and our immediate family. Everyone more or less ordered Sizzlers except for Mihir & me who weren’t so keen on sizzlers as we wanted to eat some hard core yummy steak, biker style! 🙂 Went ahead and ordered a steak bun & also an egg & cheese bun to start with. The same was totally awesome – bread just rightly roasted on the pan and the egg with cheese in between just totally brilliant! The steak bun was totally in another league as with every bite you could taste the yumminess. Post this, we ordered a portion of steak, chips & onions to end our meal. The main course absolutely stunning, as you can see in the picture. Also a note for people who don’t like their meat too hardcore, if you are at Kobe’s and ordering, do not order the steak, go for chicken instead, though if you are the hardcore variety, do not miss the steak! The Sizzlers are to die for at Kobe& they customize them to your taste. Also the burgers are super juicy succulent & all the wonderfull things you expect. Finally, after being stuffed silly, walked home which is about a 1 km away & called it a night.

Brilliant Steak Bun!!!

Our Rating:

Kobe

Our Rating – Please note this is basis Km 10 to 100 (10 being the lowest & 100 being the highest)

Sensational Sizzlers!!!

Ambience – 80 km

Service – 88 km

Food – 93 km

Burn – 84 km (Value for Money)

Badbikegang Average Speed – 86.25

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Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Helmets & More

 

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Incidence & Coincidence

Friday evening, decided to go to the local drinking hole, Mini Club House with Mihir & Vishal; on reaching there, was told the place was shut and would open by 7pm. Oh! here i forgot to mention we went there by 4pm. Decided to dunk the idea of drinking out, saved some money and decided to drink at home. Bought Haywards 5000, went home, got shit-faced and closed the day.

St7 Totally Superb!

The Saturday morning bike ride as always, was past worli seaface, shivaji park, upto bandra reclamation and then back to nariman point; though on the way back, an interesting incident happened wherein, past shivaji park I noticed a Hyosung St7 – dude! that’s one killer bike! Like an excited kid, I started chasing the bike. This is where it got interesting – wherein the St7 rider and I started riding together without uttering a word. This was so super awesome! We also had enough people staring at us past prabhadevi and century bazaar. Finally, before he went his way at passport office and I went towards city bakery, we gave each other a thumbs up & cruised away… Total feeling of brotherhood had happened!

Pretty Average Pizzeria

That’s Vibha

Got home, decided to go to Pizzeria, a local pizza joint at marine-drive. They serve the most awesome Bombay masala pizza (regular cheese pizza with Indian herbs). Reaching pizzeria, we realized the place has been totally re-done and looked quite cool; the same, though, could not be said about their service and food as it was horrifying – firstly the service and then the food. They have changed the recipe for the Bombay Masala Pizza… Immediately called up a Shlok (friend) with whom we have eaten 5 Bombay Masala’s and have been regulars to this restaurant. Spammed social media about the disappointment and the general stuff.Also note Shlok has a Royal Enfield Twin Spark 350cc.  Coincidentally, also met  my old boss and friend, Vibha, who was visiting the place as well. She also had a feeling where she thought she would meet me (premonition moment)! Cribbed to her also about the service and food, then took a photo of hers to feature on this write up check the same 🙂 Post that, came home & crashed.

This is Sensational!

Evening was spent eating amazing frankie made by the Mrs. Also ate icecream bon bons and watched Gone starring Amanda Sefried to end the day. Sunday morning’s bike ride was past lower parel, dadar and back. Also took Mihir for some photography to marine-drive, grant road vegetable market and mahalakshmi. He also went to haji Ali Durga which was fun and scary & he is going to have a post on the same with some awesome photo’s soon. Most of the day was spent watching movies & lazing in bed having Caronas. Saw Runnning Man starring Arnold, a bit of Supernatural & then watched Limitless starring Bradly Cooper which was brilliant to end the day. Started off Monday by hating them i.e. Monday’s. Post that brilliant bike ride happened as the weather was awesome & to make the day interesting, have dinner planned at the in-laws. Hopefully, I won’t hate Mondays that much this week 🙂

Sunday Morning Photography

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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1 Litres = 2 Hours

Day before yesterday, and to get over the mundane Mondays, Vishal (Brother-In-Law) & I decide to order Alcohol 🙂 Things like this are always a good idea & help jump start the week in the right direction! Post contemplation, a bottle of Jack Daniels was ordered and basis the Mrs’s request we ordered a bottle of Cinzano, which our secret contact bootlegger claimed he had.

Sidhivinayak Temple

Next day morning, the day started off with the mandotory bike ride past Sidhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi to Shivaji Park & back. The fun part was clearly the fact that the weather was awesome, wasn’t too sunny – a nice breeze was blowing and traffic was also negligable. Post getting back from the same, went to work. I had just about reached work when I was informed by Dad that the booze had arrived! Immediately plans were made to  meet at the adda (Our Gang Headquarters a.k.a Our House). Breezed through work in anticipation of the evening.

Awesome!!!

1 Litre = 2 Hours

Post reaching home, made relevant preps – got ice ready, glasses out, stared at the JD bottle for a while & also realized that instead of Cinzano we had got Martini Rosso. Laughed about the fact that our secret contact didn’t really understand Cinzano and somehow heard it as Martini Rosso & delivered the same; none the less, we decided to try the same. Mihir, Vishal & I poured in the first glass of JD & mixed the same with Thumbs -Up (Local Indian Cola far better than Coke or Pepsi as it packs a punch) post going down a few glasses, the conversation revolved around work, Y2K dating a data entry operator in office (Y2K is a manager in our office 35, not married, and runs behind anything in a skirt). Also we were celebrating Ritika & Suneel’s 10 years of courting anniversary so there were drunk messages, calls & tweets which happened!

Somewhere through all this, we decided to go through the entire bottle of Jack Daniels. Please note, by now the thought processes, considering we were decently high, was that this would be an epic achivement!!! This is when things went out of whack and within a span of about 2 hours, we emptied the bottle of JD. Too much fun and excitment followed as in our minds this was a crazy achievement. Also, by then, we were decently hammered and going crazy laughing at everything and anything. Also, at some point there was dinner had; though, at 11:30 p.m., we realized we were ravenously hungry so ordered pizzas & dosas from Shiv Sagar and ate dinner no. 2. Finally, after all the craziness ended the day & passed out…

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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The Extended Weekend Part 2

Monday Morning Ride View

Part 1 of the same was around the details of Saturday& Sunday; though, as mentioned the Holiday continued till Tuesday, considering Monday & Tuesday were holidays!!!! The excitement of ending Sunday night without Monday being a working day is absolutely one of the greatest feelings in the world… As always Monday morning started off with a bike ride across Nariman Point, Walkeshwar & Breach Candy. The excitement of the ride coupled with the excitement of Monday being a holiday, & to top it off, we were going to watch The Avengers (we covered that in yesterday’s post) was totally insane!!!

Fiery Idli

Awesomeness

The next cool thing was going to watch Avengers on our own Bajaj Avenger….this was so awesome! Again, this is the moment to mnention the greatness of the movie and how awesomely awesome it is and all should watch it (specially if you own a Bajaj Avenger somehow the experience multiplies exponentially). Post the movie, we went down to Walkeshwar to Dakshinayan which is this small joint which serves some great South Indian food. Their Dosas, different kinds of idli-wadas, punniyaram, bisibele rice & filter coffee are to die for. Another thing I forgot to mention was that the gang was going to meet up for in the evening for a food & alco party; please to note, our friend Ritika was also going to be gracing us with her presence – she also loves food & alco as much as us 🙂 The menu for the evening was Pizza pot pies, home brewed beer, whiskey, Southern Comfort & the hulk themed soft centred baked cheesecake. Afternoon was spent preparing for the party; most of the same was done by the lovely Mrs while most of us had passed out. Evening was spent drinking & stuffing ourselves with yummy food, beer & more alco…

Sidhivinayak Temple

Tuesday started with a bike ride – a trip past Sidhivinayak (as always) which is a Ganpati temple & has a huge following; also as it was Tuesday which is Ganpati day; there are crowds lining up from 12:00am onwards! Devotees walk from across the city and outstation to the temple, it’s a pretty big deal and all who visit the temple believe that their prayers get answered. Post Prabhadevi, I moved to Shivaji Park where in there was crazy security; at that moment, I realised it was Maharashtra Day & Labour Day and thus there were celebrations and security measures. I went past Reclamation where in there were Royal Enfield Riders assembling for a Rally. Post Reclamation, rode all the way back to Nariman Point and then home. After a well deserved shower and cold coffee with bailey’s irish cream, I crashed in bed as the plan for the day was to laze & do nothing… Starting from 11:00 am in the morning to 11:00 pm in the night. Rachita and me watched episodes of Supernatural season 1 & 2 only had a few breaks for lunch & dinner. All in all, an awesome extended weekend!!!

Tuesday morning View at Bandra Reclamation

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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