Miami's Indian population has slim pickings when it comes to restaurants and even slimmer pickings when it comes to authentic fashion and home décor. That's why Biscayne Boulevard's Bhoom Shanti is a mini-mecca for expats and India-philes — a riotous explosion of ornate fabrics, dazzling jewelry, and heavily carved furniture housed in the corner storefront of an otherwise vanilla mixed-commercial strip mall. There are enough saris, salwars, wraps, and dresses here to clothe the cast of a Bollywood musical. And now that Slumdog Millionaire is the hottest film of the year, we've noticed more and more curious Westerners checking out stores in the quiet strip mall, seeking bindis and anklets of their own.
During special events, Bhoom Shanti brings its culture to ornate, intoxicating life. Stop by the store to sign up for the mailing list, and the ladies of Bhoom Shanti shall keep you abreast of the monthly happenings. On those enchanting evenings, Indian music resounds, the family and friends of the store's owners emerge, and you can even get your eyebrows threaded by a steady-handed expert for a mere $5. Score!