Thus I spent one of the happiest years of my life going from shop to shop armed with a list of what needed to be bought – fabric to make clothes, bags, shoes, lingerie and gifts. Of course there were moments fraught with high tension and major fights but it was nothing a trip to the shops couldn’t fix. And the best place to fix any kind of problem is High Street Phoenix quite simply the best shopping complex in Mumbai.
When it first opened literally like a phoenix from the ashes of a textile industry brought to its knees by the labour unions led by Datta Samant, it was the only one of its kind. With just a small portion of the mill converted into a shopping area ( Big Bazaar) of daily provisions and commonplace commercial goods, very few people could have imagined how it would turn out into a swanky shopping Centre today. Gradually, the Mall took shape with Pantaloons, McDonalds and then SkyZone with its high end stores brought in a new concept to shopping.Palladium, with its international feel changed the game altogether and things got even better and with PVR, cinema viewing became a treat. Finally, here was a place to see a movie for all of Rs. 100/- only ( from Monday-Thursday from 9.30-12.00) , grab a meal of your choice ( from Kailash Parbat to Moshe), shop till you drop and go home happy and content.
High Street Phoenix is the best place to go to if you are feeling blue. The soft music, (today I was taken back in time with strains of “Danny Boy” playing in the airconditioned comfort of Palladium), the well dressed shoppers, the pleasant aesthetics brightens up your spirits. One by one the shutters opened revealing shoes, clothes, perfumes, cosmetics and a life style that everyone aspires to . I wandered into L’Occitane and picked up a deliciously sinful Almond Body cream tempted by the 10% discount offered to all Flying Blue members, smelt a few other creams, tried on a foot cream and wandered into the other Mecca of Beauty – Lancome.
However silly and vacuous it may sound, there is nothing more energising than a visit to a cosmetic shop. For a while you can actually dream you are Julia Roberts staring out from the poster and indulge in polite banter with the sales staff.
A quick browse through the book shop, breezing through the clothes at Fab India, munching a quick chocolate cupcake from Le 15 and finally choosing a TV at Croma ( the main reason for my visit!) I came out of the shopping complex as pleased as a Cheshire Cat.
Thank God for Phoenix – The mood elevator for all time.
p.s. the photo is taken from the official website of HSP.