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Fah Thai Magazine Sep/Oct 2017

"FAH THAI" is the in-flight magazine of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited and is edited and published by MPMI Group Ltd.

HAPPENINGS INDIA MUMBAI

HAPPENINGS INDIA MUMBAI HAPPENINGS MALDIVES This is the city’s signature festival when the elephant-headed god of wisdom and luck is welcomed for ten days. This year, the celebration crosses into September, with idols being taken regularly in procession to be floated into the sea. A vantage point to see these immersions would be from one of the many beachfront hotels in Juhu like Sun and Sand, Sea Princess and the Marriott where you will get a ringside view. SPOTLIGHT Welcoming Ganesh City tour groups also arrange Ganesh festival tours which cover areas difficult to access on your own. Some of them start off where the idols were created with a visit to a potters’ colony, others offer detours to flower markets and tastings of festive sweets and snacks like the dim sum shaped steamed “modak” offered to the deity. There are visits to Maharashtrian families, close up views of the ceremonies and guided excursions to see the huge statues, and make a wish. grandmumbai.com/ganesh-festival-tours, mumbaimagic.com/ganesh-festival-tour NINE NIGHTS FOR A GODDESS Navratri, Durga Pooja, Dassera–these are the various names for a major festival celebrating the different forms of the Goddess Durga. In Mumbai, the Gujarati community celebrates with music and dance over nine nights, which is what Navratri literally means. This year the dates fall between September 21st and September 30th, and there are many venues where you could join the folk dancing, as you keep the beat with decorated sticks. Hotels, sports grounds and amusement parks now host dance nights with selfie booths, LED screens, and neon and laser lighting, but there are quieter, traditional celebrations in private clubs and neighbourhoods. Costumes, often available on rent, are changed every night. The food on offer is strictly vegetarian. MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism) also arranges a pilgrimage tour around temples. The Bengali version, Durga Pooja, is different. You can go “pandal (pavilion) hopping” to view the beautiful Goddess idols and partake of the free lunch or “bhog” sponsored by wealthy families. Three popular ones are at Lokhandwala, Shivaji Park and Tulip Star, Juhu, which are conducted by celebrity families or Bengal clubs in great style, with many stalls offering delicious Bengali food including fish and meat dishes. travelmail.in, whatshelikes.in, lokhandwalapuja.com ILLUMINATING DIWALI This year, Mumbai celebrates the festival of lights on the 19th of October but the illuminations are put up far ahead of the day. Every year the city light up gets more elaborate. From traditional terracotta or brass oil lamps to festoons of fairy lights and lanterns, every house and heritage building is decorated or flood lit. You could browse through old-style street markets, modern malls or the ever-popular wholesale Crawford market, which overflow with everything an Indian family would need to invite Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, into their homes. A terrace restaurant facing the bay would be a good place for extravagant firework displays. You could simply sit on Chowpatty beach sands at Marine Drive, or splurge in a lounge bar like Aer atop the Four Seasons. fourseasons.com SPOTLIGHT Rustic Chic Shack The Fish & Crab Shack redefines the ambience of beachside dining. This time, the rustic-chic culinary oasis sits halfway along Finolhu’s sandbar. Located in the Baa Atoll, the eatery is the perfect place to unwind while basking in the serenity of nature and savouring fresh and delicious seafoods. A glass of rosé or crafted cocktail should complete the occasion. Along with its scrumptious menu, the Fish & Crab Shack location is perfect for a walk on the pristine sand. The surrounding clear blue merely intensifies the experience and available boat service to the restaurant rounds out the joy of escape to the Maldives. finolhu.com 112

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