My cousin Evan set me up with his friend's contact information, so I spent an evening with them in Malabar Hill before they were to head off from Denmark! I saw a COMPLETELY different side of India here! Not having really been in a home (aside from the houseboat) I was naive to what it was like. There was a woman to take care of the kids, a gentleman to take care of the cooking and receive/fetch groceries, and yet another gentleman who handles the cleaning. There is a staff quarters below their apartment I was informed. The apartment was kept immaculately clean and the food was delicious! I did grow up with a babysitter, but never with so much help in the nice, how useful and nice to have! I hope to visit them again upon my potential return to Mumbai for a flight!
I was quite saddened not to find the gentleman described to me by a nice guy from California. This guy gives REAL tours of Mumbai, meaning that he takes you to all the places that normal tourists would not go, such as the slum where Slumdog Millionaire was filmed in, the Red Light District, Crawford Market and other spots! I was told that the tour was particularly eye-opening and one with many hard sights to witness. I really hope that I get the opportunity to embark on it if flying out of the country via Mumbai! The next location is Goa, and we will be heading there via sleeper bus tomorrow!