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perfume shopping, Mumbai

Looking at this picture a few days after it was taken I already have such warm memories of this experience. I walked by this shop on my way back to the hotel and was ushered in by an incredibly friendly shop keeper. Within minutes, my wrists, forearm, neck and shirt were covered with different scents as they took down each bottle of perfume, based on my descriptions of what I liked, and let me try them on -- literally. They then brought me bottled water and tea...and I ended up staying there for nearly an hour chatting with the staff, looking at the shop keeper's digital photos of his perfume factories, and sharing my photos of Ottawa winter. I can still remember the looks on their faces when I told them that temperatures were 30C below! I think they must have repeated "minus thirty" about 6 times. This is one place that is a must shopping destination in Mumbai. 4/14 Kamal Mansion Corner, (Arthur Bunder Road), Colaba, Mumbai

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Taken on March 21, 2008