Papillon

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Papillon
This evening I had planned some shopping at the Alpha stores in Vile Parle area. Now shopping is not a breeze as it is abroad, here there is no sidewalk to check out stores, there is however major traffic, crowds and crowds inside and outside, random veg stalls selling exotic fruits and well, it’s monsoon season, so the entire experience just drains out your energy. So i drifted to the nearest place around, Papillon – surprised by its name, as most wouldn’t know Papillon is butterfly in french, despite the 2 butterflies drawn on their name board.
So from the outside there is not much to be expected, there is an outdoor seating area made of metal, chairs, tables and dishware lol. However for the more demanding, you will find a AC section in the back part and upstairs. (Prices don’t vary).
I’ve been here a few times and have tried the following dishes.
1.Briyani
It has the mixes alright, the vegs too, however it turns out to be just a spicy rice mix with mild flavour.
2. Mushroom Pizza
Well, I know my pizza, apart from entire India using the wrong cheese, this place said it was mushroom Pizza, it was just a thick dough with processed cheese. Had to resort to ketchup. I know right? What was I thinking ordering pizza at a punjabi place.
3. Naan
No comments, perfectly made.
4. Shyam Savera Veg Kofta
This dish should get an award. It’s basic veg koftas in the usual gravy but they maintain their moisture and they are tasty indeed, it’s a must order if you happen to be here.
5. Chole (Garbanzo Beans).
It was good, just remember to regulate the spiciness asking the waiter.
6. Kulfi
There is no proper Kulfi, you can mix whatever you want, but Papillon does a very good job. They add rabri, Falooda, those sabu dhana and rose syrup. Oh and the Kulfi itself, the entire combo is tasty.

You can tell by the prices they are aware of being the only restaurant in the area, and people will get hungry after shopping or just want a place to find shelter. Nonetheless, if you go for what they make traditionally ie – bhajis and such, you’ll have a good experience. For the rest continental food, avoid unless you must.

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Enough of it

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Garden of birds

Enough of it
Come with men
Do not follow me.
You have followed many for centuries.

Listen to me,
Do not repeat my words.
You have repeated words for centuries.

Understand me,
Do not adore me.
You have adored many for centuries.

Love me,
Do not worship me.
You have worshipped holy persons for centuries.
I say – enough of this immature authorization.

Embrace me,
Do not bend and kneel.
You have bent down and knelt for centuries.
I say – enough of this self- humiliation.

Befriend me,
Do not condem me as an authority.
You have condemned enlighted ones for centuries.
I say – enough of this callous condemnation.

Excerpt from A Friendly Communion by Vimala Thakar

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Infalible truth

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Infalible truth

Everybody played the game, if you don’t you’re called insane.
All the girls played the mental games and all the guys were dressed the same.
Why not try it all, if you only remember it once?

Todo el mundo juega el juego, si no participas te llaman loco.
Todas las chicas jugaron los juegos mentales y todos los chicos estaban vestidos igual.
¿Por qué no probarlo todo, si sólo lo recordarás una vez?

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Autophobia

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The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what others may think. Only when you truly stop doing it, is when you realize what a prison you lived in before. You will the realize how easy it is to control people. All you have to do is dictate what is right and wrong, moral and immoral, the good the bad, the sane or insane, the posible or imposible and you build a zone free of problems. Now if you live inside that zone of perception and live along those rules, the people will leave you alone, because your normal. However, once you start manifesting your uniqueness, what has happened to society is that most are watch dogs for the norm, you won’t fight any authority figure but individuals itself.
You see, omce we reach the boundaries of the problem free zone, we ourselves have trouble pushing through. People have been brainwashed through decades of obedience to follow these rules.
The principle is basic, just like in school, you don’t fight against the head master, ie lets say you steal from class, you don’t think about omg, what will the head master say, it’s what will my friends, parents or colleagues say/ understand of me, the main authority figure who has made these rules does not cross your mind, it’s other sheep just like you who do.
What has been achieved is a large army of zombies who impose this normality on you.

AND THE SOONER YOU ABANDON THE HERD THE BETTER OFF YOU WILL BE.

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Alpha shopping & Food

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Alpha shopping & Food

Well, today i got a call from my sister to go to the Alpha stores in the Vile Parle area. I was just about heading to the gym, so i knew I had to rush it, got the pump, returned home and away we went.
It was pouring! Mad pouring, you couldn’t see the cars infront, but as the crowd I hang around with still has some soul in them, they were making over zealous plans such as – Let’s go Juhu and walk on the beach, while all the water in the world was pouring from the sky…
Anyways, I hadn’t eaten, I was hungry and shopping always makes people hungry too.. although I didint get anything apart from a hershey bar, a M&M bar and philadelphia cheese; mmm cheese.
And so did the food come, had a dabeli for the first time in life, tasted like a sweeter version of pav bhaji. . It was alright… unsatisfied, I went for the Chinese Bhel, which my bud, she was surprised I hadn’t tried it, as it was her mother’s speciality, had to go for it. Again, a bit disappointed, it tasted okay, for the amount of stuff which goes in there, and what they are trying to mimic, it doesn’t taste much hmm, so in ordered some ketchup to get the tangy going… but the ketchup seemed fake too, no taste.
Well, I was a bit bummed, but I had hopes for a restaurant in the area and was going to eat bajias..and of course, they didn’t serve them. So we ended up ordering mushroom Pizza, which had no mushroom, perhaps he forgot or summin, I well, again would give it a 3/10, but I guess it’s due to me knowing how a pizza should taste.
Finally, on the way back, we stopped at Amar Juice Center, there in was told to try the Pav Bhaji, who says no to Pav Bhaji? And so I went for it.. mm it was better than what I had tried at other places but I still think there is hope out there for THE PAV BHAJI – although having asked the family, they said it should taste as it is, and it’s pretty good… perhaps the touch we add at home gives it that extra notch I have been looking for.

All in all, a good outing, laughs with the girls and my brother, and more places ticked off the food list.

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