A journey to exotic and colourful Mumbai 去多彩孟买(听力链接大家可以点击本文左下方的“阅读原文”获取。

India is a country that fascinates and attracts many travellers – its colours, ethnic diversity, and amazing food are a photographer’s dream
印度是一个旅行者的胜地。她丰富旖旎的色彩,精彩纷呈的多元民族文化,令人神往的美食,是摄影师们的梦中之地。


Reshma Khan, from India’s major commercial city lives today in Beijing where she teaches Indian cuisine at The Hutong Cultural Exchange Centre near Beixinqiao. Recently Reshma was on an extensive journey around parts of India researching a culinary and cultural tour of her homeland which she is organising for The Hutong.
来自印度一座重要商业都市的Reshma如今居住在北京,并在北京胡同文化中心教授印度菜的烹饪,最近她正在印度境内广泛游历,探寻印度本土烹饪及文化。

Mumbai is a city of many cultures where over many centuries many people have moved not only from the Indian sub-continent but also from many parts of western Asia. It is a vibrant, bustling mixing pot of peoples with great cuisine. Being on the coast, fish plays an important role in local dishes. Reshma believes it is important for visitors to meet local people, travel on local trains, visit local restaurants to get the feel and buzz of Mumbai. The city also has the image of Bollywood, India’s films full of humour, vibrancy and of course, the colours we associate with the country
孟买是一个有着多元文化的印度城市,从印度本土到亚洲大陆都有人们源源不断地移居于此,这是一个文化与美食俱佳的地方。近邻海边的地理优势也让鱼类成为了当地印度菜肴的主要食材,Reshma相信,一个最好的感受孟买的方式,应当是深入当地及当地人的生活,去搭乘火车,去餐馆就餐,去靠近,去领悟。孟买也是印度文明的宝莱坞电影之都,它满载印度文化的幽默,活力,以及那些令人神往的印度的色彩。

A journey to exotic and colourful Mumbai

India is a country that fascinates and attracts many travellers – its colours, ethnic diversity, and amazing food are a photographer’s dream

Reshma Khan, from India’s major commercial city lives today in Beijing where she teaches Indian cuisine at The Hutong Cultural Exchange Centre near Beixinqiao. Recently Reshma was on an extensive journey around parts of India researching a culinary and cultural tour of her homeland which she is organising for The Hutong.

Mumbai is a city of many cultures where over many centuries many people have moved not only from the Indian sub-continent but also from many parts of western Asia. It is a vibrant, bustling mixing pot of peoples with great cuisine. Being on the coast, fish plays an important role in local dishes. Reshma believes it is important for visitors to meet local people, travel on local trains, visit local restaurants to get the feel and buzz of Mumbai. The city also has the image of Bollywood, India’s films full of humour, vibrancy and of course, the colours we associate with the country

Track one

India is so culturally rich

And it is full of ‘chaos’, and colour and it is so vibrant

Our first destination is Mumbai, because Mumbai is home to me

First family then start exploring from a culinary tour point

Because when you get people back to your city you want them to see everything Mumbai has to offer

Mumbai is such a rich melting pot of so many cultures

Everybody comes to Mumbai to fulfil their dreams

When I talk of Mumbai – the life of the different communities of Mumbai – homes of the people

Eat the food of the different regions – like the fishermen folk are there in Mumbai

Go to see how the fishing trolleys come in in the morning

The Farsis who live in Mumbai – they have been migrants from Persia

The Jew community, the Hindu community, the Moslem community

All the communities that stay together and make the rich fabric of Mumbai

You’ve got all these different cultures that come together – people who have moved from Central Asia, who have come down and mixing with the people coming up from southern India

And becomes a great big melting pot

Yes, Mumbai is such a nice melting pot, and when you go round the streets of Mumbai you will eat all the local food of what people of Mumbai like

Also at the same time you will see the sculpture

And travel the local trains and see how the local trains operate in Mumbai

You will be part of the life of a Mumbaiite- as we call it

Questions

1. How does Reshma describe India? culturally rich, full of ‘chaos’, colour and so vibrant

2. Why do people come to Mumbai? To fulfil their dreams

3. Why is Mumbai a ‘rich melting pot’? The lives of the different communities, eat the food of the different regions

4. Who are some of the communities? Fishermen; Farsis; Hindu; Moslems

5. Where have the people come from? Other parts of Asia; Southern India

6. What is the name for people from Mumbai? Mumbaiite

Track Two

The impression you get is that the trains are very, very crowded

The trains are crowded, yes, during the peak hour – that’s when the day starts in the morning and in the evening when everybody is rushing back home

Other times it’s pleasantly Ok to travel

It was always my dream to go to India and travel by train across the sub-continent

There were many films made about the railways – Great Railway Journeys of the World – going through India

It just seemed to us, really exotic

When you do a train journey you get to meet such interesting people

The conversations you have with them – you see the kind of food they eat

It’s very nice to travel in a train because you get to see and meet people from all different walks of life

At every platform you will have the local food being sold

You will have people, because they are from different parts of India, they will have their own tiffin boxes – the meal boxes that you carry

You just enjoy seeing the whole thing together

Meal boxes – that is one important thing that we will get to see in Mumbai

There is the system called the Dabbawala system which started some 100 years ago

Dabbawala means ‘tiffin carriers’ – they take lunch from everybody’s home and deliver it to the office

It is interesting to see how they operate

The Dabbawala Tiffin Box carriers are so much a part of Bombay

Prince Charles also came to Bombay and he met the Dabbawalas and invited them to his wedding!

Questions

1. When are the local trains crowded? Morning and evening rush hours

2. What is one description of train travel in India? One of the Great Railway Journeys of the World

3. What do you see at station platforms? Local food being sold

4. What is the word for meal time? Tiffin

5. Who met the Bombay Dabbawalas? Prince Charles



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