The partying begins!
The painful immigration process behind us, we decided that we were going to totally enjoy our trip. So having checked in to this lovely new hotel, Faisal, Syed and I headed for the iMax Cinema with Vickram Crishna, a friend and colleague based in Mumbai. We had decided we were going to watch Avatar.
The iMax Cinema in Mumbai is a beautiful building in the middle of nowhere. I guess more development will happen eventually but at the moment one actually has to plan an expedition (an exaggeration really because it was only 20 minutes by car). There was no problem with tickets because it was the 4.15 show.
Once the tickets were purchased we bought popcorn, nachos, vege-burgers and drinks and went in search of our seats. Much of the food was consumed even before the movie began. Remember we hadn’t had lunch because the immigration process had taken so long.
Donned with our 3D glasses, we watched trailers until the movie began. Syed and Faisal had already watched the 2D version but were keen to watch the 3D version. I was watching it for the first time and WOW! It was simply amazing. The production, the graphics, the animation, the music, the dash of romance, the sci-fi. It just totally blew me away. I was so glad we had decided to come watch it. The strange thing about the movie is that it has done so well at the box office in the US (admittedly 70% of the revenue is from outside the US) even though the movie’s storyline shows America as the big evil, aggressive megapower who, acting out of greed, totally tries to destroy an entire civilization to get what it wants. I would highly recommend that this movie be watched in 3D if at all possible. The experience is totally out of this world.
Having ‘done’ the movie, we decided it was time to have our first South Indian meal. Before we did that, we happened to pass the bookshop “Crossword’ and, as expected, we immediately lost Faisal. The rest of us followed and all three of us ended up buying some books.
The cab ride to the restaurant took us through a large part of the back alleys of Mumbai thanks to Vickram. The traffic is crazy at that time of day and it took us an hour and fifteen minutes to get there. Quite a ride. The meal was sumptuous – dossa, pau bhaji, uppatums, idli/sambar, lassi and anaar ka juice, at the end of which we were totally stuffed and the immigration woes were totally forgotten. A great start to the trip with another 6 days to look forward to.
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