What can get you out of bed on a weekend in Mumbai?
If living in Mumbai has made me intolerant of anything, it’s the crowds. And I avoid them like the plague—from local trains on weekdays to beaches over weekends; even malls were on a need-to-go basis only. However, I did manage to drag myself to the flea markets, which seem to be enjoying their moment in the sun – pun intended.
Let’s work out the path of least resistance
The first time I visited a flea market, it was Kitsch Mandi and I devised the best way to go about it. I’d visit at the peak of the day and by ‘peak’, I mean the hottest part of the day and also the least fun. You see, I was avoiding crowds but clearly it meant missing the best time (though it also meant missing the claustrophobic panic attack). So, at 12.30 PM, heat stroke in sight, I made my way to the park, where there were more people fanning themselves than in a black-and-white movie.
How Mumbaikars got Hip
As I scoured the “mandi”, I began to think of how quickly the Mumbai scene had gone from mall mania to flea market fever. There was a time when we were all mall rats – parents, kids, students, daytime hangers-around. In the post-Kala-Ghoda-era, we’ve changed focus, simply because we’ve discovered one other thing we can do.
And, what’s more, here’s where we find stuff. Not your usual line-up of brands, more those things you can brag about to your friends, show off at your dinner table and eat without piling on the calorie count. You can even find things to do, hobbies to pick up, ways to make yourself a little more interesting. Or at least pretend to do all of the above while looking like you’re in on the cool.
How I got Hooked
It was almost dusk, a cool breeze whipped up my hair (into a big mess) and just as I found a grassy spot to seat myself and bite into a chicken kebab slider, a makeshift stage lit up and the vibe of the park completely changed, as renditions of Rajasthani folk songs captivated us all. Listening to Kailash Kher performing in Phoenix Market City doesn’t quite elicit the same response.