Mumbaikars (the local word meaning ‘people of Mumbai’) believe in taking FULL advantage of the weekend! That means the party starts on Friday night and doesn’t end until Sunday 11:59 p.m. And that’s for people who are conscious that they have work the next day– for the rest, the fun can keep going on until it’s time to crash!
I rolled out of bed around noon on Sunday (still have to tell y’all about Saturday night!) and found that I didn’t have much time to laze around in my pajamas. My aunt is in the process of launching a home décor business, and since I’m her partner in crime for everything, we spent the afternoon making designs, creating samples, and meeting vendors. Somewhere in the middle we managed to squeeze in lunch, but before we knew it, it was time to wrap up and head to the theater.
The Vagina Monologues has come to town, so my aunt and uncle took me and a group of their friends to see the play. The play itself was phenomenal and we all had such an amazing time watching it, but honestly, the vibe of the theater added so much more to the experience! The theater – called Prithvi Theatre (note: in India, it’s spelled with an “re”, not an “er”) – is this funky, cool, eclectic joint that’s part indoor and part outdoor. The theatre is small, cozy, and intimate and the minimal lighting adds a unique twist. Surrounding the theatre is a buzzing outdoor café that serves up some amazing food and the best Irish coffee in town. It’s got a super chill atmosphere which makes it one of the best hang out spots around here. And the fact that it’s tucked away in a side street just off the main road adds to the magic of this place. It’s like discovering a hidden gem in the city!
Anyways…back to the play. I would definitely recommend it! The production company Indianized the script slightly to cater to the crowd here, which definitely added to the fun of it! I’m sure the American version is as great, but I’m really happy I got to catch the Indian version out here. The play is still banned in certain parts of India because the content is considered “inappropriate” and “would disrupt law and order” in the country. Pssssshhhhhhhh!! When the crowd heard that everyone erupted in uncontrollable laughter! To blame the lack of law and order in this country on anything other than corruption and politics is absolutely ludicrous! But luckily Mumbaikars are modern and progressive enough to accept and embrace bold-theme scripts, so The Vagina Monologues has been running quite successfully here. There were three back-to-back shows today, all of which were sold out!!
After the play, we hung around and grabbed a bite at the café before heading out to dinner. For those of you who have ever been to my house for dinner, dinner here in India works the same way. You eat in courses spaced out over a long period of time. And dinner doesn’t start until 8 or 8:30. So we got to the restaurant at 8 and ate all night until 11:30. Since it wasn’t raining, we took a little stroll outside and landed at home a little past midnight.
I seriously love the way Indians live life to the fullest out here. They know how to have a good time and aren’t afraid to have it. Doesn’t matter what time or day of the week it is…if there’s an opportunity for a good time, they’ll take full advantage of it!!