Mumbai they say is the melting pot of communities and within Mumbai, I am sure Bandra takes the lead.
Come Christmas and our neighbour’s grand daughter in our previous apartment used to come over to wish us with marzipan, Christmas cake, jejubes and guava cheese, all local sweets made by Christians.
During Ganpathi in our current apartment our Marathi neighbours send up modaks, laddoos, bhakar wadis and puran polis and other Marathi sweets.
During Durga Pujo the Bengalis of Bandra feed lunch to people of all communities who come to the Pujo grounds making sure that noone is turned back.
If you leave aside my time as a five year old in pre Khomeini Iran, then I had my first Muslim neighbours when we moved in to our second apartment in Bandra. Farida aunty next door would always come over with biryani and sheer khurma during Eid. I would look forward to it. When we finally moved out she made me a special pot of biryani for me to take to our new house. She was not alone. The Syed’s upstairs would send us kheer on Eid and Alu Bhai would share the luscious mutton from Qurbani which I would make kosha mangsho.
We no longer live in that building but we are still in Bandra and Eid continues to be festive for us.
Earlier today, Banu of Bunkin Banu and Banu’s kebab fame, who has looked after our house and cooked for us for ten years now dropped in with her grandson and daughter in law to wish us Eid and along with her got sheer khurma that she had specially made for the occasion.
The celebrations got off to a sweet start.
Looking at folks tweeting about their biryani cravings on twitter I too felt that some biryani would be perfect to go with the sheer khurma Banu had lovingly got for us.
We were enjoying a hot chocolate at Birdsong in the rain when I suddenly got a call from Qader Bhai asking if we were home. Qader Bhai looks after our aircons for close to ten years now. I broke into a smile as I knew what was coming.
Sure enough, Qader Bhai dropped in and we quickly hugged before he gave me a pack of the most amazing biryani that his wife makes, which he has brought for us on two earlier Eids, and some more sheer khurma and sev.
Qader Bhai left and we shut the door when the doorbell rang.
Eid had assumed a Kolkata touch it seemed as Surjapriya of Bong Bong had sent over some Kolkata styled biryani and chaap/bharta made by a cook whom they have hired from Arsalan Kolkata.
So come over folks, join in in our Eid party and Eid Mubarak to you all.
Folks whom I call Finely Chopped Knights have had a chance to have the amazing Kebabs Banu makes.
If you need a reliable and expert aircon fixer in Mumbai then Qader Bhai is your man. His numbers are 9224181220/ 9867860545
Bong Bong is now in Powai’s Galleria 1st floor Food Court apart from in Bandra 16th Road and the number to call from is 02269990202/ 69992616