BUY, BUY MUMBAI
Fiona Caulfield reveals her must-have purchases
Bangles and bindis from Vividha at Chandra Lok; excellent accessories for dressing up, very Bombay bling. Bombay Electric’s Bombay Street Pack, the must-have arrival set of two stylish cotton kurtas (tunics) and pants for men from Bombay Electric, which showcases cutting-edge work from more than 20 Indian and 10 international designers. Bombay Electric’s own range, Ghee Butter, is soft, comfortable and stylish. Also T-shirts made from 100 per cent Indian cotton, with new colours every two months. Opposite the side entrance of the Taj Mahal hotel at Reay House. www.bombayelectric.in. Ganesha in terracotta or sterling silver; these miniature elephant gods are from Frazer & Haws in Bandra. This firm, founded in London in 1869, makes exquisite silver jewellery and collectibles. www.frazerandhaws.com. Kolhapuri chappals (sandals) made from soft leather in a rainbow of colours from Joy Shoes at the Taj Mahal hotel or, for the best prices in Mumbai, from Husain Ali’s Corner Footwear stall on the Colaba Causeway. Mantra matchboxes from graphic art studio Design Temple. Mantra matchboxes feature messages for ideal living: safe sex, non-violence and saving fuel; also look for Holy Smoke incense sticks, stationery and lighting. www.designtemplestore.com. Gungroo and dumroo musical instruments from Furtado in Kalbadevi, Mumbai’s much-loved 140-year-old music store. Gungroo is an anklet with bells; dumroo is a monkey drum. www.furtadosmusic.com. Organic masala chai mix from Conscious Food’s warehouse or Indigo deli and patisserie at Apollo Bunder. www.consciousfood.com Sula Dindoori red wine, Maharashtra state’s best wine, made from grapes grown in the Dindoori vineywards north of Mumbai. From Shah Wines. www.shahwines.com. Vintage Indian bazaar treasures from India’s hippest and sexiest lifestyle shop, Bungalow Eight. www.bungaloweight.com. Fiona Caulfield is the author of Love Mumbai, LoveBangalore and Love Delhi. She is preparing guides to Chennai and Kolkata. www.lovetravelguides.com.