It was my 21st birthday morning when the knock on the door woke me up. Lazily I opened the door. To my surprise, my best buddies were already at the door to wish me happy birthday. Not many but I have a few valuable friends in my life- Riya, Kavya, Rahul, Dale and Rohan. We are together from our kindergarten and over these years our friendship has grown even stronger. They had got few balloons and a lovely bouquet of my favorite flowers. That was really very sweet of them. It was a sweet and memorable birthday morning.
We all decided to go out for lunch. Soon we got ready and left for our lunch party. We headed to the Raghuleela mall which is located in Khandivli. In Raghuleela mall, there is a restaurant called “The Village” since it has a theme of a village. I had heard a lot about it but never had visited it. As we entered, we saw a guy sitting like a munim (the accountant of a shop). He inquired us about the number of people for the visit and we had to pay for our meal then and there.
Further as we moved in, we saw a guy in dhoti with a transistor and he stamped our hands.The stamp was in circle with a VK letters in the centre. We got mango drink as our welcome drink. It looked like a total village fair. There were many elements which drove our attention such as village saloon shop, potter shop, post office etc. We then took our table which gave a feel of a local village dhaba. There were ladies dressed in traditional outfit serving food to all the guests. Some traditional Indian songs were being played in the background.
We were first served with the starters like Dhokla, Cutlets, matar potli. It all smelled and looked so delicious and mouthwatering. We were so hungry that we decided to jump up to the main course. I had taken mix veg. Dal, Pulav, Chole and Chapati. My friends tried Pav bhaji and Masala dosa etc. All the dishes tasted yummy. But the star attraction at that place was the entertainment. They played a puppet show which was funny and cute. There were options like Mehendi, bangles shop.
The place is surrounded by a banyan tree which houses a jyotish (a tarot card reader) and a jeweller’s shop. The shop contained traditional Indian jewellery. There were tables, cots and chairs everywhere. There were no reserved tables so we could move around anywhere we want to and sit wherever we wish to. We also tasted the Chaat at the Chaat counter.
There was a broken truck in which we sat and click some amazing snaps to capture the moment. For desserts, there were Gulab jamun, Vanilla ice-cream and even Jalebis. My friends had got a birthday cake for me. As they had informed the management about it, they even played a “Happy Birthday Song” when I cut the cake. It was a special day for me and also a wonderful experience.