Following on from a look inside our new home, here are some scenes from our new neighbourhood in Mumbai — Hirandanani Gardens, Powai. Powai is located in Mumbai’s central suburbs, around 6 kilometres from the airport and 25 kilometres from the city centre in south Mumbai.
Hiranandani Gardens isn’t your typical Mumbai neighbourhood. In fact, I was surprised that such a place existed! It’s a planned development township, built solely by Hiranandani Constructions.
I’m discovering that the quality of life here is quite exceptional. No wonder the area attracts a lot of expats. The developer has built parks, hospitals, and schools. There are world class hotels, shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Nearby, there’s even a go-kart track.
Most of the accommodations in the area consist of luxury highrise apartments, constructed by the developer. However, step outside the boundaries of the township and you’ll find people living in huts on the side of the road. The contrast is immense. The bungalows where I live are the only buildings that haven’t been built by Hiranandani Constructions. They lack the luxury element, but make up for it with character and space.
I feel incredibly comfortable walking around this neighbourhood. On more than one occasion I’ve seen Indian women dressed in mini skirts or shorts. I do miss the “Indian” element though — those small, small shops that clutter the side of the road in a mismatched manner. Outside my old apartment building there was a tailor, a paper recycler, numerous vegetable sellers, a laundry, a hardware store, a mattress maker, a chemist, a grocery store, a fancy store, a guy who came on his bicycle to sharpen knives and other instruments, a chai-wala, and an assortment of evening snack stalls. Sadly, the only vada pav we’ll be eating around here is Jumbo King!