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Interview with Powai Resident Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal

Rushina is gastronomy columnist, writer, consultant and author with her own consultancy company. She has written innumerable articles in magazines such as mE magazine from DNA and Times of India, Crest. Also a prolific blogger she talks about her life in Powai, here is an exclusive interview with her.

1. How long have you been living in Powai? And why did you decide to make Powai as you home?

I have been living in Powai for 8 years now. At first I refused to look at Powai as an option, because I grew up in South Mumbai and I considered Powai the back of beyond! But then my husband brought me to look at Raheja Vihar and I changed my mind instantly. It was such a lovely peaceful, secure place. Perfect to bring up children in. I have never wanted to move away, I cannot imagine living anywhere else!

2. Can you share some of your experiences of living in Powai, right from the day you selected the property, till today? How has Powai changed in your opinion?

Initially, I was happy to live in an area where that was relatively quiet, Raheja Vihar being cut off from a heavy traffic infested main road. And then I found an amazing amazing sense of community. I would take my son to down to play and made friends with lots of other young moms, and there would be a host of grandmas ready to coo over my child. I think that assuaged the guilt that he did not have his own grandparents near to give him the kind of attention only grandparents can. It also helped me get lots of foodie inspiration, learning about the regional cuisines of India from the multicultural population of our area. And celebrating every festival from Holi to Idd. Children play safely downstairs even on their own, the watchmen have an eye on them as do other moms. And though the area has gotten more congested with new buildings coming up, it has also brought new amenities like a More store and a bank and lots of new restaurants.

3. What kind of extra amenities would you like, which are at present lacking in Powai?

It would be great if the approach road to Raheja Vihar could be sorted out somehow, there is a bottle neck that causes traffic snarls daily. It would also be very good if the areas green patches could be conserved, one of the biggest advantages that our kids have is these open spaces. It would also be nice to have a movie theatre and somewhere to have literary meets and cultural gatherings.

4. What do you think is the biggest advantage of living in Powai ? And what to do you think is the single most disadvantage of living here in Powai?

Powai has a lot of advantages. It is decently situated and well connected by public transport. It is also self-sufficient with hospitals,malls, schools, and all the various food stores I need access to for my work (including Thank God! a Nature’s Basket for the last couplel of years so I do not have to go all the way to Juhu for ingredients anymore.) It is also nice that concrete has not completely wiped out the green cover.
The disadvantage is the terrible roads and the ever worsening traffic congestion. I think the biggest disadvantage is the distance from town.

5.Can you tell us something about yourself?

I am a gastronomy columnist, writer, consultant and author with my own consultancy company. I have written innumerable articles in magazines such as mE magazine from DNA and Times of India, Crest. I am also prolific blogger and blog on food at a-perfect-bite.blogspot.com and am currently working on a book on food in Mumbai. I also spearhead my own consultancy firm called ‘A Perfect Bite’ and have worked with work with companies such as Soam restaurant, Beacon Holidays, Nature’s Basket, Amore Gelato and Casamia restaurant Mumbai

My kitchen is the meeting point of culinary cultures, while I am Gujarati I am married to a Garhwali and my search for A Perfect Bite has taken her all over the world. Luckily I have found the perfect cover for my obsession with all things food and brazenly use it to legitimise my foodie idiosyncrasies; such as shamelessly discussing food with anyone, anywhere, going to any lengths to get my hands on new recipes and ingredients. My obsession with food carries into other aspects of my life, I read a lot of food books and LOVE to cook. I also love to read. My Website: http://aperfectbite.in/

6.What do you think about this initiative of www.powai.info ? Do you think you can contribute to this website and help get Powai connected?

I think it is a great initiative. The website is smart, the content is well put together and very inclusive which helps people feel like they are involved and belong. It is also good to be able to be informed of things happening in the are with the click of a mouse. I have already been talking about the website and will continue to do so.

7.What would you like to see in www.powai.info  – in terms of Content (what kind of articles, photographs, news stories, important info) and in terms of Design (Looks, colours, interactivity-ease of use)

Considering my food journalist bent of mind, I do think that the food section could be improved. Add a listings section so we know of food festivals and offers in the area or new restaurants and the like. Also with the rest reviews, they need to be more objective. And I suggest you go beyond dining out with a section on home cooking, recipes and the like. Perhaps a similar interview to this in which one gets a peek into the home kitchens of Powai residents and their recipes as well.

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