July 5, 2009

Borivali and beyond

Filed under: F&B,Retail — loggers @ 10:30 pm

We were due to meet a seasoned traveler for advice on our itinerary. The venue was the Oberoi Mall in Goregaon, and we decided to write a post about it because…why not?

We started the day by surveying the mall. Conversations with a wine-shop salesman[i] and a retail clothing agent indicated an upbeat atmosphere, in that sales figures have remained strong over the past few months in spite of slower than average economic activity. At Globus Wines, we found that Pearly Bay (a personal favorite) sells for ~INR1,500 (US$30) versus US$10 in the states. Interesting because duty on alcohol hovers around 100% in India, but this leaves ~$10 unaccounted for in an apparently low profit-margin business.

The mall is busy on weekends, with the majority of the customers coming from south Mumbai. Upon enquiring about WiFi access, we found that connectivity is limited to 30 minutes/person per day for “security” purposes. Our state/government ID’s were scanned before we were given the network key. We think this was inefficient as we needed access for >1 hour.

We ate lunch at Spoon, the food court, and then headed to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali. When we reached the park, we had 2 options: the Tiger & Lion Safari or the Caves. We were advised not to venture into the “safari” as it is poorly maintained and borders on animal cruelty.[ii] Ironic, for the park is named after late Sanjay Gandhi, whose wife, Maneka Gandhi is an animal welfare activist. We were charged INR110, covering expense for the car and admission for 3 into the park, and an additional INR5 per person (100 for foreigners) for entry to the caves.


The Kanheri caves were built from 1B.C. to 11A.D. as part of a Buddhist mission. The cistern developed by the monks for water harvesting was the highlight of the trek.IMG00147-20090705-1500


The day was well worth it. The only hiccup was the 3 hour car ride back to south Mumbai due to congestion at both ends of the sea link.[iii] Fortunately, we topped it off with a 4-course meal at Kalpana.

More photos.

[i] We learned that sweeter wines are preferred, and that red wines (in general) are more popular, among the patrons of Globus Wines

[ii] Not to mention, there are officially no tigers in the Tiger & Lion safari

[iii] Today happens to be the last day of free access to the sea link



  1. did you take into account import costs into account for the Pearly Bay? i think that would make up at least some of the US$10 that is ‘unaccounted’ for..

    Comment by gautamkalani — July 14, 2009 @ 1:19 am | Reply

    • The import costs cannot be that high since it is available for $10 (inclusive of import costs) in the US. Moreover, importing a product from South Africa to India would be cheaper than importing it to the states.

      Comment by loggers — July 14, 2009 @ 2:09 am | Reply

  2. oh. i thought it was manufactured in the states only – my bad…

    Comment by gautamkalani — July 19, 2009 @ 3:25 am | Reply

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