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Mumbai: Three arrested for transporting juvenile crocodiles from Andhra Pradesh

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Acting on the tip-off, the Thane Forest Department (Territorial) arrested three people for allegedly transporting two juvenile crocodiles to Mumbai by a private bus from Andhra Pradesh. Confirming the incident, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) Dr. Jitendra Ramgaonkar said, "We received information from our sources a few days back. According to the tip-off, on September 16 few people were going to smuggle juvenile crocodiles into the city using a private bus. Our team reached the spot in Borivli where the bus was going to come. While checking the luggage area at the rare end of the bus, our team recovered two juvenile crocodiles." The two juvenile crocodiles were taken to Sanjay Gandhi National Park for medical examination Also Read: Mumbai Crime: Two tortoises rescued from Mulund pet shop The Forest Department officials have also arrested two people in connection with the smuggling of the protected species. The arrested accused were identified as Mohammed Fazal(33) a reside..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Adulterated furnace oil racket busted, three arrested

10 hours ago  
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Mumbai crime branch's Unit-IX busted a major oil theft racket and arrested three accused in connection with the crime. They have also seized three tankers filled with adulterated furnace oil from the accused. According to the crime branch officials, the accused are identified as Mohammad Yakun Mohammed Nasim Siddiqi (26), Saifu Mohammad Nafis Khan (48) and Raju Kailash Saroj (32). The mastermind behind the racket is still at large. While speaking to Mid-Day, Akbar Pathan DCP detection stated, "The gang transported the furnace oil from JNPT to Mumbai-based BPCL oil fields. In the middle of the pick-up and drop locations, the gang had identified a dark spot where they would park the oil tankers and remove almost one-fourth of the oil and fill the tankers with water." Sources from the crime branch stated, "This is not a small theft as this racket is not new. They are habitual offenders and have been committing this crime for a long time. The tanker with adulterated oil would pass the sec..
                 

He does not like my friends at all

16 hours ago  
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My friends recently invited me to a spa for a holiday and I accepted. I asked my boyfriend if he wanted to come along, because it seems like a nice place, but he refused. At first, he was perfectly okay with me going away, but now says he has issues because he doesn't like my friends. I'm not sure why he doesn't trust me. This is causing some serious friction between us. What should I do?If you don't understand his reasons, he is obviously not being clear enough. If he doesn't like your friends, that is his prerogative, but it is also your prerogative to still be friends with them even if he has a problem with them. Ask him what the issue is, explain that you are entitled to choose who you hang out with just as you extend him the same courtesy, and discuss this openly to avoid a similar situation from cropping up in the future. This isn't a serious problem, so I urge you both to nip it in the bud by having a frank conversation like adults. My girlfriend constantly complains about how s..
                 

Music Broadcast Ltd. recognised amongst 'India's Best Workplaces for Women 2019'

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Radio City, a part of Music Broadcast Ltd. was recognized amongst 'India's Best Workplaces for Women-2019' and ranked amongst the Top 75 organizations on the list. 'India's Best Workplaces for Women' is a celebration of the best work cultures in the country, especially the ones that have made work environment felt welcome and safe for their women employees. Every year, Great Place to Work® and Outlook Business come together to appreciate and applaud the efforts of those organizations that have created and sustained a great workplace culture. A total of 747 organizations were evaluated for consideration in this list out of which 360 organizations met the eligibility criteria.  Great Place to Work® Recognition is a 'Gold Standard' - the most prestigious and the most credible employer brand recognition in the world. These organizations excel both on people practices that they have designed for their women employees and the feedback of their women employees experiencing parity..
                 

Save Aarey campaign: Move the Metro car depot to an alternative location, says Jairam Ramesh

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On Tuesday, Former Union Minister for Environment and Forest, Jairam Ramesh visited the Aarey Milk Colony along with Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam and extended his support to the Save Aarey cause. Ramesh also appealed to the government that in larger interest of public and protection of the rich biodiversity, the Metro car depot should be shifted out of Aarey Colony. A Press Conference was organised at the VIP Guest House in Aarey Milk Colony where Jairam Ramesh interacted with the local tribals and the members of the Aarey conservation group and Seva group which has been fighting against the construction of Metro car depot in Aarey. While addressing the media person, Ramesh said, "The issue is not just about trees but the entire biodiversity which needs to be protected. I would like to appeal to the government that they should move the car depot to an alternative location which is outside Aarey Milk Colony because this is what the people want. It's not just about the Metro project bu..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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Make way Alia Bhatt makes her bodyguard's job easier as fans spot her shooting for an upcoming film in Bandra on Monday. Pic/Shadab Khan Framed for Husain From the Paris Suite series In 2004, MF Husain's first exhibition of his limited edition serigraphs of Paris Suite at the city gallery Pictures and Frames lasted 25 days. It was then that gallerist and Husain's personal framer, Ashish Ajmera, decided to purchase some and later also invested in serigraphs and limited edition books of other series by the legendary painter. To commemorate Husain's 104th birth anniversary today, ARA Frames, the parent company of the original gallery, will be releasing the artist's limited edition serigraphs and books online. Moreover, Ajmera plans to start a foundation next year, where 15 per cent of the funds sold from every limited edition artwork will be used to promote skill development in art and framing education in India. Are celeb chefs worth celebrating? Nigella Lawson. Pic/ AFP There is an inex..
                 

Christopher Nolan kicks-off Tenet's Mumbai schedule with early morning shoot outside Mondy's

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For the suburban Bollywoodwallahs, a trip to Colaba is not a particularly pleasing thought. It's even less appealing when the shoot's call time is 5.30 am. A stylist friend asked if it was an Akshay Kumar shoot since he is infamous for his early morning call time. "Even better," was the reply as we dashed off to see filmmaker Christopher Nolan open his week-long schedule of Tenet in the city. Sitting a lane away from Regal cinema, iconic pub Café Mondegar, known as much for its vintage jukebox as for its Bifteck Alla Supremo, was cordoned off with barricades, and manned by brawny security guards. A few inquiries among the 150-odd extras present at the scene helped us learn that the film's on-ground production unit had been in discussion with the café for permissions to function out of their premises. A well-informed hanger-on told us the café's partners were clear they wouldn't mess with their weekend loyalist crowd, and in turn, the unit agreed to shoot in the wee..
                 

When sci-fi fans make music

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When author Douglas Adams introduced us to the Babel Fish — a small, yellow creature that translates any language to one you understand if you stick it in your ear — in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, his iconic series, those who haven't got a knack for picking up new languages wished the Babel Fish actually existed. Some fans of this creature include a group of musicians based in the city, who have dedicated their debut album to their love for sci-fi and will be launching it in Andheri on Saturday. "We are all science-fiction nerds, so it made sense to call our album Babel Fish. Besides, symbolically, it also portrays how the members of the band process what happens around and translate it into songs," explains Shubhangi Joshi, ahead of the last leg of their India tour, which incidentally has been rescheduled from Thursday to the weekend owing to a private party (not something you want to hear at a time when performance venues in the city are shutting down). Besides ..
                 

Magic meets mirth

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In as far as the performing arts in India go, magic and stand-up comedy can be safely said to exist in separate silos. But if you are a fan of international talent reality shows, you have probably seen a magician hold the audience's attention with his wit as much as he does so with sleight of hand. "Comedy magic is, in fact, a popular category of magic in the West," says illusionist-comedian Karan Chauhan, who will give Mumbaikars a taste of this genre at a one-hour performance called Abracahaha, where he will share the stage with stand-up artiste Kajol Srinivasan. Srinivasan, who has conceptualised the show, is known for her political humour and commentary on current affairs and social issues, particularly mental health and women's empowerment. She has also collaborated with a spoken-word artiste in the past. Though Srinivasan and Chauhan come from different genres, they have much in common. "Our language and how we present our material is similar. Karan's shows are very interactive a..
                 

Life after hysterectomy

2 days ago  
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For many women, the uterus or the womb is so much more than its physical existence — from providing a sense of self, gender identity and sexual attractiveness to cultural associations with desirability, the uterus's role in the ability to procreate can often lead to powerful emotional attachment. Hysterectomy (the partial or complete surgical removal of the uterus) is one of the most common gynaecological surgeries performed around the world. However, the resultant physical and emotional impact on women undergoing the procedure is rarely discussed. Take for example, internationally acclaimed musician Anoushka Shankar's recent post about undergoing a double hysterectomy, where she explains why she decided to go under the knife (she was diagnosed with 13 tumours) and that it was a difficult choice to make. "When I found out… that I needed to have my uterus taken out, I went into short-term depression. The news triggered fears about my womanliness, my possible desire to have ..
                 

Weekly Planner: 14 things to do around Mumbai from September 16-21

3 days ago  
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Attend an expo for cosmetics 10 am: Cosmetic Ingredients and Packaging India Expo is a focused trade show catering to the beauty, cosmetics and personal care ingredients industry. Those interested in starting their own business is this area can attend this expo.16 MondayWhere: NESCO, Goregaon EastEntry: R2,360Log in: insider.in Catch Jacob Collier live in action 8 pm: Jacob Collier is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, arranger, composer and producer based in London. The show in Mumbai will mark the debut of Jacob Collier in the country where he will dash around effortlessly switching between keys and guitars.17 TuesdayWhere: NCPA, ColabaEntry: Rs 3,500Log in: bookmyshow.com Head for a DJ Cyrus night 7 pm onwards: To pump up your weekday, DJ Cyrus will play the best music for you and your gang at Bombay Cocktail Bar. Jam to the wildest songs and forget all your worries.18 WednesdayWhere: Bombay Cocktail Bar, Andheri WestEntry: Rs 1,000Log in: insider.in Sign up for a Thai food fest 7 ..
                 

Atharva Ankolekar's mother on his win against Bangladesh in under-19 Asia Cup

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By the time India's Atharva Ankolekar arrived at Colombo's R Premadasa Stadium to take on Bangladesh in the U-19 Asia Cup final against Bangladesh on Saturday, his mother Vaidehi, a BEST bus conductor, was on Route 334 duty from Marol to Ghatkopar in Mumbai. While Vaidehi had one eye on handing out tickets to her passengers, the other was on her mobile phone, following the scores after India were put in to bat. Vaidehi raised her sons, Atharva,18 and Parth, 13 single-handedly after their father Vinod, also a BEST employee, passed away in 2010 due to malaria. India were bowled out for a paltry 106 runs in 32.4 overs. "I was totally off-mood. I almost gave up on them winning the final as the target was quite easy," she said. Her slim hopes of winning the final were pinned on Atharva's left-arm spin. After requesting her seniors to let her leave an hour early from work, Vaidehi managed to reach her Andheri home just in time for Atharva's first over [11th over of the innings]. Atharva stru..
                 

A sangria for every mood

3 days ago  
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Sangria is known to be a standard summer drink given how refreshing it can be. It was the feel-good factor of this tarty wine punch that propelled us to brave the downpour to sample a new sangria menu launched by Rassasy By Barcelos at the Orb, Andheri East. Sangria is an alcoholic beverage of Spanish origin, consisting of wine, chopped fruit, and other ingredients, which are combined, allowed to mascerate and then served chilled. Its versatility is well-known—you can add anything from diced pineapple and peaches, to apples and melons, and the tipple will never let you down. But, coming up with 21 varieties of sangria takes both skill and imagination. Traditional Portuguese Christmas sangria Truth be told, while en route to the venue, we were hoping for the absence of any desi surprises. Think kala khatta or a gola-inspired sangria. It's not an entirely far-fetched idea if you consider the array of experimental cocktails the city has to offer. But the menu had none of it. The san..
                 

Fanning the flames of a conversation

4 days ago  
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It's a curious thing how people living in India sometimes follow a foreign football club such that they feel compelled to say "we" lost or "we" won a match depending on the result. They invest such a large part of themselves in the team that they feel a sense of identity with it. There’s also a feeling of community. A person who supports, say, Real Madrid will automatically connect with another supporter of the Spanish club giant. This holds true not just for football, but also for musicians, actors or anyone else in the public eye. The sense of commitment that fans bring to the table can translate into all these other avenues as well. A scene from Being Bhaijaan Yet, there is precious little academic insight into understanding what makes such people tick, though an event this weekend at Godrej India Culture Lab seeks to alter that situation. Called The Great Indian Fandom Conference, it involves film screenings, panel discussions and expert talks on dissecting the subject. The s..
                 

Turning over a new tea leaf

4 days ago  
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Heritage spaces are like friendly spectres springing up without notice and making their presence felt in strange ways. But if it were a tea cake, there's a slice of it for Mumbaikars to tuck into with an iconic adda making a comeback. In its new avatar, the erstwhile Tea Centre — once a haven for the city's mavericks and bluestockings in its time — will be called the Queen's Deck, a luxury tea room and restaurant that's opening its doors to patrons today. Resurrected by Goodricke Teapot, the tea company's hospitality vertical, the 3,600 -sq ft space will house a tea room, a diner and will retain the tea shop that was part of the establishment once. "It will be located in the same spot, and will continue to have a separate entry, with another passage through the restaurant," PT Krishnan, vice president for the consumer division of the brand, tells us, as they gear up to unveil the space this evening. Tea Centre in its earlier avatar "We forayed into tea lounges in 2014, as a..
                 

Mumbai: Common people protest against Metro carshed in Aarey Colony

4 days ago  
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Protestors opposed to the proposed Metro III carshed in Aarey Colony on Friday demonstrated in front of the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Office in BKC amid heavy police presence. While around 200 people gathered for the silent protest despite the rains, sources said a pro-MMRCL bunch was spotted in the vicinity too. Anti-MMRCL protesters alleged that the second protest appeared staged. "We reached near the MMRC office in BKC at 4.30pm," said a protestor. "While we were standing, we saw a few vehicles arrive and people getting down and shouting in favour of the carshed in Aarey. The way they arrived and gathered looked suspicious and we think it was a staged protest." 'Green lungs must be saved' On Thursday, MMRC had purchased full page advertisements in almost all Mumbai dailies touting to educate the public about the 'Truth you should know' about the proposed carshed. Also Read: Mumbai: Aaditya Thackeray joins Aarey battle Abhay Azad, who was among the scores of common men, wom..
                 

Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: Lalbaug Cha Raja's visarjan photos, and videos

6 days ago  
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On Thursday, the Ganesh Visarjan procession of one of Mumbai's most famous Ganesh idol - Lalbaugcha Raja started at morning from Lalbaug, Parel. The Lalbaughcha Raja was founded in the year 1934. Every year, the Lalbaugcha Raja witnesses a stream of devotees during the 10-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The Lalbaughcha Raja is also known as the Navsacha Ganpati, which means it fulfills the wishes of its devotees. The Lalbaug Cha Raja starts its Visarjan procession from Bharat Mata Theatre and goes on to Sane Guruji Marg, Byculla Railway Station, Clare Road, Nagpada, Dunkan Road, Don Taki, Sant Sena Maharaj Marg (Kumbharwada). From there it takes the Suthar Gully, Madhav Baug, and follows on from C.P. Tank, V.P. Road, Opera House until its last destination of Girgaon Chowpatty, where it is immersed every year. The immersion of the Ganesh Idol of Lalbaug Cha Raja takes place at 8 am the next morning and is done using a special raft. The Lalbaug Cha Raja is organised every year by th..
                 

Ganesh Visarjan 2019: Traffic and immersion guide for Mumbai

6 days ago  
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As the city gears up for Ganpati Visarjan, police in the state have put in place elaborate security measures, including crowd control. Mumbai and Pune police have made elaborate arrangements for Ganpati Visarjan scheduled for September 12. "Over 40,000 security forces will be deployed which include special forces and reserved forces of Mumbai police. Civil defence and home guards will also be deployed," Mumbai Police PRO, Pranay Ashok informed a press gathering. Dear Mumbaikars, Traffic Advisory for commuters and outline Maps of #GaneshVisarjan routes for devotees heading towards various immersion points in Mumbai. https://t.co/zMYEtu1D1j pic.twitter.com/VBJv54lRJg — Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) September 3, 2019 According to news agency, ANI, there are 5630 public Ganpati all over Mumbai and more than 32,000 household Ganpati idols. There are 129 places earmarked in Mumbai for immersion of the idols. "56 roads have been declared as one way. To monitor the crowd more than 5000..
                 

Concrete as canvas

6 days ago  
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What does a pretty wall look like? While many think of patterns and decoration, Shanthi Kasiviswanathan looks at them bare, stripped off their uniformity due to environmental decay. She then sets a frame and captures it on her camera. But when viewers look at her work, the fact that they are photographs leaves them in astonishment — they either qualify as abstract or even impressionist paintings; staring at her image of a battered wall with a dark brown stain, it is easy to find traces of Monet's Woman with a Parasol. That's what Kasiviswanathan hopes to achieve in her first solo exhibition this week — to let the viewer come up with multiple interpretations of her work. Initially, the artist photographed the walls and then rendered them as pencil drawings In a week-long exhibition titled Enduring | Ephemeral at Kala Ghoda's ARTISANS', the 51-year-old artist will present 20 photographs of walls she captured from Colaba to Andheri and Thane. Giving more context of why her cam..
                 

Not killed, trees dying naturally in Andheri, says BMC

6 days ago  
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In the midst of a public outcry against the destruction of trees at Aarey, comes the case of Karnataka Public School, Andheri West, which has allegedly poisoned 30-odd trees on its premises to make way for construction of a new school building. An NGO, Shivtej Foundation first noticed the trees dying three months ago and brought it to the notice of BMC as well as MHADA officials on July 25. However, no action has been taken against the school yet. Sumit Ashok Dhuri, president of the NGO, said, "At present, KPS school is constructing a new building. The school authority as well as the contractor have not obtained any permission from the Tree Authority and have chopped down some trees and pruned others without permission, which is punishable under the Maharashtra (Urban areas) preservation of Trees Act,1975. It is also suspected that they have poisoned the roots of 30 trees intentionally. There is clear evidence of merciless killing of trees." Asbestos sheets cover the Karnataka Public S..
                 

Turning sour (dough)

7 days ago  
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If brown and multigrain breads were replacing the good 'ol milk loaf on your kitchen shelf a few years back, all anyone can talk about today is sourdough. The fermented bread, which has a subtle tartness to it, is becoming a rage among people for its health benefits. Now, Grandmama’s Cafe has joined hands with La Folie, a baked goods venture, to put together a pop-up, which will include a masterclass that will teach you to whip up simple and easy recipes using different variations of the bread, like whole wheat sourdough, harvest grain loaf, seeded multigrain sourdough and olive garlic sourdough. Edited excerpt from an interview with Vikram Deshmukh, head chef at the cafe, who will teach you how to make dishes like poached eggs and avocado on toast, mushroom ragoud, and a Thanksgiving Sandwich! Chef Vikram Deshmukh Why is sourdough is becoming so popular? One of the reasons for sourdough becoming popular is that it's internationally recognised. Plus modern restaurants in India ar..
                 

Like mother, like daughter

7 days ago  
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What people often don't realise about the generation gap is that it, like any other gap, can be bridged. There's immense scope for something entirely new to transpire from the culmination of new and old sensibilities. This is something that 19-year-old Mansi Vyas, who lives in Dadar, recognised three months ago, when a college project got her thinking. A student of SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Vyas is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in management studies. For the third semester of her course, her business planning and entrepreneurial management class professor suggested that instead of reading out of a cumbersome book, students try their hand at running a business for a month. Ultimate gooey brownie; ultimate gooey brownie with white chocolate; Oreo almonds and chocolate chip brownie "The project tried to see if we were cutout for a business. And we were given the choice to either start from scratch or sell bought goods," Mansi shares. It is then that she realised that..
                 

I can't wait for his divorce forever

7 days ago  
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I have been dating a married man for six months now. This relationship began when mutual friends introduced us, and we started to communicate a lot. He told me his marriage wasn't working out, and I believed him because he was really unhappy. Since then, we have become very close and he is considering divorcing his wife and marrying me. Whenever I ask him for specific dates though, or more information on when he intends to do this, he becomes evasive. I am starting to feel as if he doesn't know what he wants yet. What should I do? I don't want to leave him because I genuinely love him a lot, but I can't wait forever either.Adultery — for that is what this is — is complicated because it involves a tremendous amount of guilt and affects more than the lives of two people committing it. You knew his situation before you decided to get into it. What you decide to do next depends upon how much you respect yourself, as well as how much he respects you as well as his wife. This is ..
                 

Colaba occult murder: Residents wary, clam up when asked about three-year-old's death

8 days ago  
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An eerie silence gripped Colaba on Monday as a memorial meet was held in the evening for the three-year-old Shanaya Hathiramani, who was allegedly thrown off the seventh floor of Ashok Apartments, near Radio Club late Saturday evening. The local residents have been enveloped by grief and shock ever since. Accused Anil Chugani, a resident of Ashok Apts, is in police custody. The Hathiramanis live on the first floor of Sangam Bhavan tucked away in a lane behind the old Strand cinema at Colaba and next to the telephone exchange in the area. The building has two wings. On Monday morning, a stream of visitors were seen entering the Hathiramanis flat to pay their condolences. The father of Shanaya, Prem Hathiramani and other family members refused to speak to the media beyond, "we have the police investigating the case, we have said what we want to earlier." The family claimed that they had just returned after immersing the ashes. Baba Issardas hall where the prayer meeting for Shanaya Hathi..
                 

Colaba occult murder: Accused was looking to kill twins since June

8 days ago  
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Anil Chugani, 43, arrested for flinging his childhood friend's three-year-old daughter off his seventh-floor window, had been looking for an opportunity to kill her and her twin sister since June, police said on Monday. "My supernatural power ordered me to kill the child and I abided by the order," Chugani told investigators during his preliminary questioning. Chugani told the police he did not get an opportunity to carry out his twisted act till Saturday, when he convinced the Hathiramanis to allow their twins Shanaya and Shreya (3) to go play in his Ashok Apartment flat near Radio Club. The police said they have recovered a diary from Chugani's flat, where he had written several times the line: 'Save your life, kill the twins, go to jail.' The Hathiramanis "Chugani said he had been jotting down minute observations about the twins since June," said an officer privy to the investigation. "There are over a dozen pages in the diary where he has written things like, 'I met her', 'I saw he..
                 

Laughter is the best medicine

8 days ago  
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Dressed in stark whites with a grim look on their faces, the ensemble cast of Good Mourning certainly look the part in the opening scene of the play, as they gather in a friend's living room to mourn her husband's death and help her come to terms with it. But it's a bunch of friends, after all, and cases of extreme happiness and sorrow tend to make room for some alcohol. A few drinks down, the true emotions of the characters come tumbling out and the sombre atmosphere descends into acrimony, turning into a complete farce — until a clinical psychologist from the group steps in. The dark comedy is AGP World's newest production, which revolves around bereaved Laila, played by Anuradha Menon, and her pals portrayed by Sohrab Ardeshir, Zafar Karachiwala, Rytasha Rathore, Aseem Hattangady, Omkar Kulkarni and Danny Sura. The play marks the mainstream directorial debut of Deven Khote, a theatre veteran, and founding director of UTV. Zafar Karachiwala, Omkar Kulkarni along with Danny Sura..
                 

Giving life back to music

9 days ago  
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A toddler climbs towards the light. He then grows into a child who discovers the joy of flying a balloon. But that happiness pales in comparison to the elation he feels on discovering the guitar. It drives him to outer space, and he spends his adulthood learning how to make the instrument laugh and cry. A woman joins him along the way. They fall in love. They give birth to a daughter. And ultimately, that toddler grows into a 40-year-old man looking at the light again, but this time as a husband, a father and a musician who's embarking on his next journey in life. That's the pictorial story on the cover of Blackstratblues's upcoming album, When It's Time, launching on September 12. It's an intensely personal endeavour where the city-based band's front man, Warren Mendonsa, has plucked out chapters from his unwritten autobiography and turned them into songs. He's travelled inwards into the recesses of his past. Mendonsa tells us, "The way I look at it, when you write an album, you look ..
                 

Beat the burn

9 days ago  
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One out of every five employees in India is overworked and stressed out, and more than 50 percent claim to be experiencing some degree of work-related depression, reveals a 2019 survey by an HR tech start-up named Hush. According to Anju Jain, a psychologist, business leader and author of the recently published book Burn Out – Beat Fatigue To Thrive In An Overworked World (Penguin Random House), what compounds this problem even further is the fact that burnout has become "the new normal: an acceptable by-product of hard work and success." This, despite the fact that the implications of burnout are grave, with coronary heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, high cholesterol and even death under the age of 45 being linked to it. Adds success coach Sushma IR, "Factors such as upbringing, and cultural and societal conditioning all play a pivotal role in employees staying late at work, never being able to say no, working on weekends and having an extremely high response rate to ..
                 

Go island hopping with original inhabitants of Mumbai

10 days ago  
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Mogan Rodrigues (40) has lived in Uttan since his birth. On September 22, Rodrigues, an East Indian, will lead a group of city explorers through Dharavi Island, one of the last bastions of his community. Not to be confused with the neighbourhood in Sion, Dharavi Island is the one that comprises six villages in north-western Mumbai—Dongri, Uttan, Pali, Chowk, Gorai and Manori. It is also home to a large East Indian community. Who are the East Indians? The East Indians are considered the original residents of the city, with roots in the Isle of Bombay, Thana, Salsette and Bassein (present-day Vasai). Some of the earliest records of the East Indians date back to the 15th and 16th centuries when Portuguese missionaries converted members of local farming, fishing and salt-making communities to Roman Catholicism. Rodrigues, who’s also a licensed tourist guide with the Ministry of Tourism, is the local expert for Swadesee, a travel company organising the Dharavi Island walk. Tradi..
                 

The party is back at Tote bar

10 days ago  
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Somnath Bhattacharya, chief operating officer, deGustibus Hospitality, is one of the handful of people who have seen the iconic Tote Bar at Mahalaxmi Racecourse minus the blackout shades on the windows. The tints were installed to block the beaming disco lights from drawing unwanted attention. "Recently, when we lifted the blinds, my staff was surprised to see sunshine streaming in," he says. "They had never seen the place so bright." One of the city's oldest and most pulsating nightclubs, Tote Bar has seen party goers, mainly well-heeled working professionals, make a beeline to the leafy outpost on weekends. Mumbai Margarita After a decade, the venue is set to shed its "exclusive" avatar in favour of something more, for lack of a better word, millenial. The last party that Tote Bar hosted was in October 2018. "Traditionally, we've attracted the 35-plus crowd. We want to lower the age bar and stay relevant." After close to a year, it's not only been rechristened Tote Talli, but has als..
                 

Prepare to fall at new free-roam VR in Lower Parel

10 days ago  
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Most of us must have experienced virtual reality in some form or the other. It involves a full head mount with controls that let you move through the digital space. Regardless of what your experience with VR has been so far, you have to try out Zero Latency—a new free-roam VR experience, where the user can physically move in the virtual world and experience it with his/her friends. Its outlet at Todi Mills in Lower Parel is the first in India. It all begins with registration and selecting a call sign, after which there is a brief set of instructions about the game and some safety tips to avoid injury. Then you are suited up with a VR headset, headphones and a portable backpack computer. The entire kit weighs around 4.5 kg, but the backpack distributes the weight evenly, so it's still comfortable. You are then led into a room with your VR headset on, so that the game can register you. Once registered, the whole virtual room goes blank and then white. It is a bizarre feeling. The g..
                 

Milind Deora steps down as Congress city chief

11 days ago  
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Milind Deora stepped down as the head of the city Congress unit on Friday as the party high command accepted his resignation, which he had tendered a couple of months back. Working president Eknath Gaikwad has been made the acting president till someone new is appointed. However, according to party sources, there were chances of the veteran taking charge of the president's office. As per the new model adopted by the party for different states, including Maharashtra, some other senior leaders are expected to be given the responsibilities of working presidents. Deora tweeted the news and thanked the party for giving him the opportunity, albeit a short one. He was appointed president in place of Sanjay Nirupam ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. He had tendered his resignation when Rahul Gandhi decided to leave in the wake of the Lok Sabha defeat. The former MP suggested a collective leadership for the city and showed willingness to work at the national level.  Eknath Gaikwad. Fi..
                 

Mumbai Central becomes 1st station where 'Polluter Pays'

11 days ago  
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Mumbai Central station of the Western Railway is set to become the first and only station in Mumbai to be considered under the 'Polluter Pays' regulation. Polluter Pays is a National Green Tribunal principle where polluters have to pay hefty fines. This means that those littering and dumping garbage at Mumbai Central station will have to pay fines instantly. About 37 stations have been selected across the country to follow this norm. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had directed the Ministry of Railways to identify and develop these stations as 'eco-smart stations' after a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said there was unsatisfactory handling of waste at railway stations. After the remaining 36 major railway stations are identified, an action plan will be prepared for other stations as well. Also Read: Mumbai: Central Railway has a plan to solve Mithi menace Notified authorities of the railways like ticket-checkers and RPF personnel are free to recover the cos..
                 

Mumbai: Rogue drivers thrive on chaos at Ghatkopar station

11 days ago  
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Auto-rickshaw drivers mistreating commuters, blocking the roads, parking as they like and calling the shots with the fares are just some of the issues passengers outside Vikhroli and Vidyavihar stations face every day. The absence of traffic police personnel in the vicinity makes matters even worse. At Ghatkopar it is complete chaos every single day. The Railway Police Force (RPF) chowkie outside the station on the east and west exits have been closed for a long time, too. Locals taking autos to and from Vikhroli station every day alleged that auto drivers at the station are abusive towards passengers and have no fear of the law. Mario Rodrigues, chairman of the Bombay Catholic Sabha, Vikhroli unit, said, "The rickshaw drivers have their own fare system with the share-autos to R City Mall being the most expensive. For a year, there hasn't been any inspection from police officers. The drivers take advantage of this ignorance. The long and often haphazard queues for autos, along with aut..
                 

Indulge, it's all good

12 days ago  
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Last week, we got a fat hamper, holding a card that announced: "The cat's out of the bag." It took us a few days to do justice to its contents — decadent brownies, airy sour dough, baguettes, chocolat au pain and a honey mustard sauce that won our heart, among other goodies. On the second day of Ganesh Chaturthi, when the meme: "Dear Ganesha, it is supposed to be your visarjan not ours" did the rounds, the hamper sets us on a trek to Lower Parel. We spot the few cats that got out of the bags loitering in the alley of a revamped Smoke House Deli 2.0. The minimalist décor with new and improved illustrations in red, white and black by Priya Dali make the space seem more open. Chef JD Mukherjee, who joined Impresario a year ago, looks chuffed for he has pulled off a sincere attempt to create a New World European menu along with a Goodness to Go (GTG) section that reminds us of our beloved Pret A Manger, the UK chain of healthy sandwiches and good eats. Mushroom and bra saul r..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

12 days ago  
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Gaal ban gayi Dharmendra dotes on grandson Karan Deol at the trailer launch of his debut film, at a Juhu multiplex on Thursday. Pic /Shadab Khan Some unexpected lessons Teacher's Day is an occasion for many of us to express gratitude in public for the people who have shaped our formative years. It could be a person who taught you in school. It could be someone who gave you music lessons. Or it could also be someone who taught you to deal with the ups and downs of life as a sportsman. The third scenario applies to Sachin Tendulkar and Ramakant Achrekar. The latter was instrumental in making Tendulkar the master batsman he became. Sample the legendary story of Achrekar keeping a Rs1 coin on the middle stump during Tendulkar's net practice sessions, and the young batsman getting to keep it if he managed to keep his wicket. No wonder, then, that Tendulkar paid tribute to Achrekar by posting this throwback photo of the two of them. But of all the tributes that poured in, including from Bol..
                 

First 300 kmph Intercity Electric bus arrives in Mumbai

12 days ago  
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The first hi-power electric intercity bus that will run between Dadar and Pune with the brand name 'Shivaee' arrived in Mumbai on Thursday. Around 150 such e-buses will connect various cities across Maharashtra and will be operated by Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC). The 12-metre long buses have a capacity of 300 km per recharge. Maharashtra Transport Minister Diwakar Raote said, "These buses will be a boon to the MSRTC Undertaking as they will not only save the fuel cost but also change the face of the undertaking." Also Read: Are Mumbai buses BEST for commuters? In addition to this, Raote, along with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated a host of amenities for the undertaking. The Mumbai Central bus depot will soon be converted into a 49 storey building complex that can be leased out to government bodies and undertakings. "The first 14 floors will be used as the MSRTC headquarters and the floors above it will be given out on lease with a targeted r..
                 

Mumbai: Traffic cops are of no help at Bandra?

12 days ago  
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Auto drivers and their tantrums are a legendary Mumbai commuter problem, leaving citizens helpless and angry. Two months after the state transport department put share-auto stand locations along with their fixed rates on their official website, mid-day reporters decided to find out just how successful the move was. Not surprisingly, we found a large number of illegal auto stands dotting the city where the drivers decided the fares. The team documented illegalities of every kind involving auto-rickshaws — from refusing rides to exorbitant, arbitrary rates. Problems persist at multiple levels and the lack of viable public transport on the feeder routes is a major one. Auto unions questioned about the issue admitted that the illegal auto rackets were flourishing and jugaad autos operated with impunity. Mumbai Automen's union leader Shashank Rao told mid-day, "We are aware of the issue of illegal autos and have been continuously warning the authorities about them. When we complained..
                 

Listening better to combat despair

12 days ago  
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I haven't slept well at all over the last month. I keep putting it off until I finally succumb out of relative tiredness. I play multiple games of Scrabble on my phone, knowing fully well I shouldn't be exposing myself to the glare of a screen. But there is a restlessness I cannot quell. I realised two days ago that the duration of my sleeplessness coincides with the siege of Kashmir, since the announcement of abrogation of Article 370 that wrested away its statehood. Every day I almost consciously expose myself to news from the Valley that runs counter to the propaganda narrative. It leaves me aghast, the level of atrocities that are being committed against civilians. Even if a small percentage of it turns out to be true, we should be utterly and completely horrified with the normalising of such flagrant violations of human rights. I like to believe I am not the only one that feels despair. I've been thinking so much about what it means to reckon with the enormity of the helplessness ..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Waded in waterlogged roads? Beware of leptospirosis!

13 days ago  
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Wednesday's waterlogging raised the fear of leptospirosis and other monsoon-related ailments, especially with a large number of people wading through flooded tracks infested with rodents. Civic hospitals have been put on alert. "Till late evening, no untoward incident was reported," said Dr Rajani Jaqtab, CMO, Veer Savarkar Municipal Hospital. "Flood water is a mixture of rain and sewage water, which contains dangerous organisms," said Dr Ketan Vagholkar, DY Patil Hospital, Nerul, which was partly flooded. "Spiro organisms present in rodent urine entering the human body can cause gastro or even haemorrhagic fever, including lepton and skin infection." "The organisms may enter via wounds in the leg or from between infected toe-nails," said Dr Wiqar Shaikh from GMC. The BMC said civic dispensaries and ward offices have preventive medicines. Will insurance cover losses? The loss of Wednesday's flooding may run into crores with those who incurred losses uncertain if insurance will cover t..
                 

Mumbai hockey stars to felicitate Dronacharyas Clarence Lobo, Marzban Patel

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Two of Mumbai's well known hockey coaches and Dronacharya awardees, Clarence Lobo and Marzban 'Bawa' Patel will be felicitated by their wards on october 5 at the St Andrew's turf in Bandra in a fun but unique manner. Former India hockey player Viren Rasquinha is planning to bring together some of the big names in Mumbai and Indian hockey, who have played under Lobo and Bawa over the years. " The idea is to do it [ felicitation] in a way both Bawa and Clary would love to see — a hockey match- up between their boys, past and present. Lobo recalled playing for Bawa's club, Bombay Republicans back in the day when it was helmed by its founder, the late Balram Krishna Mohite. " I played quite a few matches for Republicans in 1972. Not many would know this, but there were times when we didn't even have a full playing XI, and both Mohite and Bawa had to take the field. Mohite played half- back while Bawa was left- outer. I remember, once Mohite got so exhausted during a match that he col..
                 

Mumbai: 12th Century artifact found at Metro car shed site hushed up?

yesterday  
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Construction workers found archaeological remains at the Metro III car shed site in Aarey Colony two years ago, and the artifact was immediately shifted to Mumbai University's archaeology department, sources close to the development have told mid-day. The discovery is not to be confused with the 2016 excavations, which unearthed artifacts from various parts of the city, the sources added. mid-day is in possession of photographs of the artifact, which experts said dates back to between 12th and 14th Century. Around two years ago, workers at the metro car shed site came across a small pillar-like structure," said the source. "This was safely removed. It appeared like some ancient archaeological structure and without wasting any time, MMRC officials and a team of experts from MU's Centre for Extra Mural Studies (CEMS) were informed. CEMS experts visited the site and took the structure to MU." The artifact was photographed on site, after it was taken out, which sources said is on the car d..
                 

Mumbai: Metro to pitch in to ease congestion at Ghatkopar

2 days ago  
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Mumbai Metro One has pitched in to improve the Ghatkopar station, and said they will make structural changes to the concourse level by relocating the retail area. Rail Minister Piyush Goyal had taken up the issue of congestion at Ghatkopar railway station seriously after MP Manoj Kotak briefed him with a mid-day page 1 report, 'Next Disaster Arriving on Platform No.1,' explaining how Ghatkopar station had become a death trap. A Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) spokesperson said, "Continuing our ongoing efforts, we will take further measures to increase commuter holding area at Ghatkopar and Andheri metro stations. To ensure smooth commuter movement, we are making structural changes at the concourse level by relocating the retail area and also increasing security check points and AFC (automated fare collection) gates. We will continue deploying our staff at nodal points to nurture queue discipline among our esteemed commuters." The narrow entrance to platform no. 1 at Ghatkopar ..
                 

Same same, but different

2 days ago  
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Since its inception in 2017, Candy and Green, a pet-friendly vegetarian restaurant in Breach Candy has kept their focus on wellness. In keeping with the current phenomena — where food establishments extend and convey their ethos through different means instead of only through their food — Shraddha Bhansali, the eatery's owner, has opened up her space for a bunch of events that are aligned with the restaurant's core principles. As such, the restaurant has hosted many workshops and sessions in the wellness space, like a sound bath healing and meditation one and another where kids were taught about sustainable eating. "But recently, it dawned on me that wellness can be found in different things. For many, performing or watching a performance can be therapeutic," Bhansali says about their upcoming event — an open mic that will include music, poetry, storytelling, drama, stand-up comedy and other forms of art. Shraddha Bhansali The idea is give people a space to express t..
                 

One bourbon shrimp, please?

3 days ago  
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If chef Priyank Chouhan, senior brand chef at Andheri's Hard Rock Cafe India, has his way, he would want you to "eat" your booze instead of sipping it. For this, he has created an-all new alcohol-infused food menu that has been concocted using a variety of spirits. "It celebrates our penchant for flavours and booze," says Chouhan. Rum-marinated chicken skewers Here, the chicken is marinated with coconut rum and house spices making it the ultimate appetiser for the Indian palate. While the flavours work their magic, the composition of the dish is satiating enough for our appetite as well.The coconut rice pilaf, grilled tomato and cilantro pesto makes it the perfect comfort food too. Bourbon-infused BBQ shrimp If you love sea food, then the bourbon Infused BBQ shrimp is a must try. The grilled shrimp us tossed in bourbon-infused barbecue sauce, served with sriracha mac & cheese, crispy green beans and toasted garlic bread. Margarita chicken quesadilla This preparation includes cla..
                 

Inclusive ink.

3 days ago  
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For the third edition of their Zine Bazaar in Mumbai, Gaysi has curated more than 50 independent artistes and publishers exhibiting their work at pop-up stalls. Founder Sakshi Juneja says, "This means you'll find storytellers, expressionists and artistes, all under one roof. There'll also be storytelling workshops, meant to make you challenge what you already know and build skills in new exciting areas." Here's a list of the five zines you must not miss out on. Plus One: A Journal Companion by Gaysi Family X Tinder The journal is filled with stories, activities, and spaces for folks to explore their endless creativity and opportunities to express themselves, or in collaboration with a friend or partner. Users get to explore areas of love, fantasy, dating, and sexuality and let their imagination run wild as they jump from page to page. Normal by Gaysi Family This queer horror anthology of 20 different explorations on horror range from long-form traditional stories rooted in Indian folk..
                 

King of Insta wants you to mate

3 days ago  
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"You're a legend," gushes a young boy to poker player and Instagram influencer Dan Bilzerian at a press conference organised at Lower Parel's The A-Club last week. "You are so inspirational and so consistent, and I am a big, big fan. How do you do it? And Dan answers with a word he's used several times through our s-e-v-e-n-minute interaction earlier: authenticity. "That's the key," he says. Dressed in a pair of orange shorts and white t-shirt and constantly biting on a toothpick, Bilzerian gives you the impression that he doesn't take himself very seriously. Which is surprising as his team requests us to not ask him about how his Instagram objectifies women. Bilzerian, with 42 million followers on Instagram, is one of the 30 most powerful people on the platform. His feed is filled with pictures of women in various states of undress. It's a flamboyant lifestyle at which some would cringe. But Bilzerian remains unabashed. A young man, who we overhear saying he's writing a show in which ..
                 

Alfredo's graduates

3 days ago  
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At 15, with Rs 100 in our pockets, we walked into Alfredo's through the arched doorway that led to the al fresco cafe seating of kidney-bean shaped tables. We'd ask to sit inside, specifically on the mezzanine level, which would fit all 10 of us and give us room be noisier. From there, we had a birds' eye view of the indoors, its pale-yellow walls, a large mirror, mosaic tiles and wooden seating. Four Seasons Pizza, which came with four types of toppings on one, a Hawaiian Pizza that came with pineapples, Fungi Ala Basil pasta and a round of lemon and peach iced teas. Dessert was a standard order of vanilla ice cream on a warm brownie by the Brownie Point counter outside. This was our go-to order, and the bill would be divided equally—even though the boys ate way more than girls. Bombay pizza This was about 20 years ago, when we became patrons of the Italian restaurant housed in King's International in Juhu. Over the years, the order changed from iced teas to draft beer and screw..
                 

Laughs for the record

4 days ago  
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Having an online presence today is almost a non-negotiable extension of what creative professionals do offline. A witty tweet, an Instagram teaser or a YouTube clip giving a sneak peek into what's coming up are all part of the paraphernalia, so to speak, of being an artiste. The world of stand-up comedy is no different. In fact, the phenomenon of videos going viral owes its existence — to a great extent — to clips of comedians commenting on current affairs, or adding a funny spin to evergreen themes. For those of us whose regular dose of entertainment includes attending a stand-up performance, these videos have more of a recall value. But for those who don't, such clips are a window to an artiste's brand of humour — and a potential invitation to watch him/her live in the next gig. That's why stand-up videos are serious business, which more and more comedians are realising the importance of. This perhaps, explains why instead of recording a routine performance, artiste..
                 

Taking a bow since 1962

4 days ago  
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Jini Dinshaw celebrated her 90th birthday on August 9 during an orchestral rehearsal. It was all in a day's work and she laughs about it. Four weeks later, the Bombay Chamber Orchestra (BCO) opened to a full house at the Sophia Bhabha Auditorium. Dinshaw, founder of the BCO, received a huge round of applause and was called on stage. At 90, she was bowing the viola smoothly, resting it on her left forearm. That wasn't her position until two years ago, when she suffered a stroke. As a violinist, the viola another stringed instrument which is relatively lightweight, kept her going. For as long as she can remember, Dinshaw always had a great love for music: she used to play the mandolin by ear. Her parents, though, wanted her to become a doctor and so, she was admitted to St Xavier's College to study science. She left for England in a year to study music. Unfortunately, no college would accept beginners. While waiting for a train at Waterloo, Dinshaw saw a lady with a violin. "I asked her ..
                 

Ganesh Chaturthi: 'Mumbaikars celebrate at mandals, less at home'

4 days ago  
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The number of Ganpati idols immersed this year has revealed a dip in the overall figure compared to last year and also how there has been a consistent drop in the numbers over the past five years. According to data provided by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), this year most people preferred to celebrate the festival at sarvajanik mandals instead of bringing Bappa home. Also, Ganpati idols brought in for one-and-a-half-day celebrations saw the highest dip in numbers. Even though the BMC has not sighted the exact reasons for the dip, experts believe recession, shift of population towards the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and heavy rain might be the ones. Members of Purva Mogra Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal (Andhericha Maharaja) carry the idol at Andheri East. Pic/ Ashish Rane Every year BMC sets up immersions spots at beaches, ponds and artificial lakes, and also keeps a track of the number of idols immersed in them. A civic official said, "Keeping a count of the idols he..
                 

Ganesh Visarjan 2019: Immersion of Lord Ganesha begins at Girgaon Chowpatty

6 days ago  
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On Thursday, thousands of devotees bid a grand farewell to their beloved Lord Ganesha as chants of 'Ganpati Bappa Morya' filled the air for one last time. Ganesh idols, big and small, were taken in procession for the final immersion as the Ganesh Visarjan process began on a large scale not only in Mumbai and Maharashtra but across India. Idols of Lord Ganesha at the Girgaon Chowpatty for the Ganesh Visarjan The Ganesh Visarjan procession, which is an integral and an inseparable part of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, is a sight to behold as men and women take part in the final journey of Lord Ganesh. While there are many places which are popular to witness Ganesh Visarjan in all its beauty and fervour, the Girgaon Chowpatty in Mumbai is even grand and eclectic one. Ganesh Visarjan and Girgaon Chowpatty are synonyms to one another. The Girgaon beach, which is also popularly called as Girgaon Chowpatty witnesses Ganesh Visarjan in all its beauty and grandeur in Mumbai. Thousands of Ganesh..
                 

Mumbai local: Rayaan, Shahyan bag top ranking in junior snooker

6 days ago  
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The Razmi brothers, Rayaan and Shahyan, both of Radio Club, finished as Maharashtra's No. 1 and 2 junior ranked snooker players. Rayaan, 17, defended his title and retained the top position, as he produced some impressive performances to win all his three matches in the junior snooker semi-final round-robin league of the BSAM organised Maharashtra State Junior Snooker and Senior Snooker & Billiards Selection (leg 1) Championship at the PJ Hindu Gymkhana billiards room. Meanwhile, Shahyan, 14, and Khar Gymkhana cueists Sparsh Pherwani and Sumehr Mago completed the league with one win and two defeats. However, Shahyan, with a better win/loss frame difference of minus one (frame won 6, frame lost 7) as compared to Sprash's minus two (FW 5, FL 9), claimed second position. Sumehr with a frame difference of minus three, finished as the No. 4 ranked player. The victorious Emeritus FC team with their trophy in Bandra recently Emeritus FC Online Education clinch rink football title Emeritus..
                 

Going to be action packed

6 days ago  
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Most of us are likely to remember 1994 hit Bollywood song from the action-packed drama Mohra called Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast. Who can forget the glamorous Raveena Tandon pelvic-thrusting her way into so many Indians' imaginations in white couture? But it is possible that only a handful can recall the end bit of the song where Suniel Shetty barges in to take on Tej Sapru, who played a bad guy, and in the midst of all that hullabaloo hurls and pins a bearded man in a black sherwani onto a table. That man was Abdul Rashid Mehta. Mehta, who has been circuiting on the fringes of the industry for the last 42 years, has worked as actor, stunt director and double in several classic hits of yore. Having started his career with the 1978 blockbuster Satyam Shivam Sundaram starring Zeenat Aman and Shashi Kapoor, the veteran went on to star in seminal Hindi films, including Gaddar, Janbaaz, Deewana, Saathi and Eena Meena Deeka. What's inspiring though, is how at 59, he's going strong as an action dir..
                 

A ball of a time

6 days ago  
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The objective is clear. You throw or roll a heavy ball called boule as close as possible to a small target ball called cochonnet. If you get the most number of boules closest to the cochonnet, you win. Sounds familiar to our own desi game of kanche or marbles? Halfway across the globe, the French call the ball or boule sport pétanque. And much like marbles, this game — a form of which dates back to ancient Rome — was first a social activity, perhaps born in town squares, before it also acquired a professional competitive side through national and international tournaments. A still from the film La cuisine au beurre (1963) On September 22, after the visarjan revelries fade out, Girgaum Chowpatty's seafront will come alive once again with a community spirit thanks to Alliance Française de Bombay's Pétanque by the Beach, an event that aims to introduce Mumbaikars to the much-loved French game. "Pétanque is a tradition in a large part of France. It i..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Three men held smuggling red sandal wood worth Rs 7.5 crore in Santacruz

7 days ago  
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Mumbai Police Crime Branch has arrested three persons for allegedly smuggling red sandalwood from Santacruz. The police have seized around 1556 kilogram of red sandalwood worth Rs 7.5 crore from the accused. Out of the three persons arrested, two were drivers whereas one was a carrier of the tempo in which the sandal was smuggled. According to the police, the consignment was about to be shipped outside India, though the investigating to unearth further link is underway. Accused Ali Shantaram Shaikh The arrested accused have been identified as Asgar Ismail Sheikh (49), Wajid Abbas Ansari (32) and Ali Shantaram Shaikh (32). Asgar and Wajid were driving the tempo while Ali had come to unload the consignment. As per preliminary information, the sandal has been brought from South India. "We have arrested the accused and further investigation to trace the person behind the consignment is underway," said Mahesh Desai, Senior Inspector of Unit 9. Also Read: Five foreign nationa..
                 

Masterpieces for the Mahatma

7 days ago  
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When the name of a person is synonymous with the name of a country, it is difficult to put into words the magnitude of their impact, even long after their death. So much so, that even the call sheet for the funeral of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Richard Attenborough's 1982 award-winning film Gandhi seems like a masterpiece in production with over 3 lakh extras. Closer home this Friday, artisans from across the country will come together to showcase Bapu's life and legacy through an exhibition at his residence during his visits to the city, at Mani Bhavan. Choti Tekam's Gond painting of the three wise monkeys An initiative by the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India, Relive the ideals of the Mahatma through Art is a two-day exhibition that aims to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary. Comprising 25 artworks, the show also displays 12 art forms including papier mache, warli, pattachitra, gond and mata ni pachedi. After travelling to Delhi, Pune, Gujarat and Kolkata, the sixth edition ..
                 

Buy these fashionable floral yet light sarees only on Amazon

8 days ago  
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Kangana Ranaut was spotted in an interacting session with the media at the press conference of Cauvery Calling Tree Plantation Campaign on Thursday, September 5, in Mumbai. For the event, Kangy was seen wearing a pretty blue floral saree, which she paired with a sleeveless blouse. Kangana Ranaut's team also shared the picture on social media, and fans can't stop praising the Queen's fashion sense. Take a look!       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kangana Ranaut (@team_kangana_ranaut) onSep 5, 2019 at 6:35am PDT Now even you can step out in a floral saree, which are fashionable yet amazingly light in weight to carry them the entire day. Check these out! Orange Floral Printed Saree: This prange coloured floral printed chiffon saree is a perfect fit if you are planning to wear in the monsoon season. Get this one at the discounted price of Rs 577 only. Shop here. Georgette Saree: One of the most graceful costumes made from unstitched fabric-the saree-t..
                 

Colaba occult murder: Even autopsy surgeons were moved

8 days ago  
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With the parents of Shanaya Hathiramani, 3, raising concerns over whether she was sexually assaulted by their childhood friend Anil Chugani before he flung her out of his seventh-floor window, officials decided to have forensic surgeons from JJ Hospital conduct her autopsy instead of St George Hospital. Prem Hathiramani had in his statement to the police raised concerns about whether Shanaya was assaulted as Chugani had locked the door from inside after taking her into the bedroom. "Therefore, the police wanted a through autopsy to be done," said a source from the centre. "The police even requested the autopsy surgeons to get the entire procedure videotaped to ensure that a record is maintained and the same can be used during the trial." The building from which the three-year-old child was flung. Pic/Suresh Karkera The body was brought to the postmortem centre at 2am and a panel headed by Dr M Jawale, assistant professor of forensic medicine, and Dr Rahul Wagh, resident (forensic medic..
                 

Mumbai Crime: 67-year-old woman found murdered in Mulund flat

8 days ago  
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A 67-year-old woman was found dead in her flat in Mulund West on Monday afternoon. Preliminary investigations show that the senior citizen was smothered by a pillow by an unknown person. Two cupboards were found open with personal items and documents lying strewn on the floor. The woman was still wearing her gold ornaments when her body was found. The woman, identified as Rukshmani Damji Visariya, lived on the third floor of Trivedi Bhavan in Mulund. "She was living alone in the one-bedroom flat. Her elder son Mehul lived on the first floor of the building," said an officer from Mulund police station. "The woman has three sons. The other two lives at some distance from the woman's house," an officer added. Rukshmani Visariya On Monday afternoon, when a salesgirl working in one of her son's shops went to the woman's house to use the washroom she found the door open. "When she peeped inside, she found Rukshmani lying on the bed. When she tried to wake up the elderly woman, she found her ..
                 

Eat your veggies in style

8 days ago  
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From beeji's kitchen 2.5/5 With a dome of maida enveloping an earthen pot that's ready to be torn in to let out a tingling burst of aromas, the paneer makhani biryani from this new delivery joint arrives in style. It sets our expectations so high, that after tearing into the shell and finding the preparation to be oily, we're slightly let down. Emulative of the moist Hyderabadi-style biryani, this one comes with tomato, coriander and an array of masalas. The paneer is soft, and the overall taste is satisfying, aside its greasy texture. At Beeji Ki Rasoi, D'souza House 9, Santacruz West.Time 12 pm to 12 am Call 7506670666Cost Rs 400 What the falafel! 3/5 The colour of the sabz e falafal biryani at this delivery joint is a beautiful golden shade. Looking and tasting pretty close to the original celebrated dish, this veggie version is an attempt to stick to the basics of making biryani — measured khara masala, perfectly cooked rice, and the correct amount of dum. We don't particul..
                 

Peri-peri for the win

9 days ago  
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Food: AuthenticAmbiance: ChillService: PromptCost: ExpensiveVerdict: 1/4 A rice-heavy meal tends to make you feel lethargic and sluggish, but a first tryst with the burrito in New Delhi at a hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint changed our mind. It was a surprisingly meaty rice dish that felt healthy and tasted good. More importantly, it didn’t put us into sleep mode. Grilled chicken drumsticks And so when South African chain Barcelos, known for its peri-peri grills, announced a new Mexican joint in Andheri East that boasts of a vast sangria menu, we decided to head there on a Friday night. That there are two huge nightclubs at this food hub meant the restaurants stay fairly empty and you don’t have to scramble for reservations. The interiors of the eatery have a distinct tinge of red, and the space is divided into different sections — a massive smoking area with huge windows that open up when you step into the space, a dining area with comfortable sofas in a dimmer area ne..
                 

See Photo: Shraddha Kapoor starts prep for Baaghi 3

10 days ago  
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Shraddha Kapoor is all set to unite with Tiger Shroff in the third installment of Baaghi. The actress who wooed the audience with her performance in the first installment has already started preparing for the third one. Shraddha took to her Instagram to share an update about the project. She posted a photograph of the front page of the script. It read: "Baaghi 3" "Baaghi 3 prep. Shoot starts in a few days," Shraddha wrote. This will be Shraddha Kapoor's third film with producer Sajid Nadiadwala after the 2016 actioner. With each installment of the action franchise, Producer Sajid Nadiadwala and director Ahmed Khan have planned to take this franchise to the next level in terms of scale, action and all other aspects. In an earlier interview, Shraddha said that she is excited to be a part of this movie. Shraddha said, "I am super excited to be back with the Baaghi family. I had such a memorable time being a part of Baaghi and this is my third film with Sajid sir, second with Tiger and fi..
                 

Cookbook Dishoom is filled with food and flavours

10 days ago  
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Dishooom— the word itself is packed with power and punch. And that is exactly what Dishoom, the Bombay Café, in the UK, has been doing since 2010. It has filled the lives of Londoners and people in the UK with some of the most lip-smacking and delectable dishes that are inspired from the iconic Irani cafés and heritage restaurants and bakeries in Mumbai. The brainchild of Kavi and Shamil Thakrar, Dishoom literally makes you live and breathe the Bombay air, even while you're far, far away from the actual city. And, executive chef, Naved Nasir, brings all that gorgeousness alive on a plate. The beauty of Dishoom is that on the one hand it strives to stay as close to the authenticity of traditional dishes, such as the paya, nihari, haleem, vada pav, pav bhaji, biryanis, and lamb raan, on the other, it has given British food a Bombay twist. Think, the very British Eton Mess, which has been given a tribute with Memsahib's Mess, with all the gulkand and rose petals, or th..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Moderate to heavy showers expected to lash the city today

10 days ago  
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According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the city will witness moderate to heavy rainfall on Sunday. The IMD's Santacruz observatory recorded 59.2mm rainfall and Colaba witnessed 53.2mm. The weather department predicted cloudy sky with heavy spells of rain likely to occur at isolated places in Mumbai and suburbs. Mumbaikars expecting a dry spell for the weekend must note that the weather department has predicted that the city will receive moderate to heavy rainfall over the next 48 hours. Also Read: Mumbai rains: Lake levels highest in three years Moderate with isolated heavy rains to continue over #Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, Palghar, #Alibag,Virar, Bhiwandi,Ghodbandar,Borivali, #Kalyan, #Dadar,Dombivli, #Goregaon, #Malad, Chembur, Malabar Hills, #Colaba,Navi Mumbai, #Kurla,#Thane during next 6-8 hrshttps://t.co/y5mIKYUGXo — SkymetWeather (@SkymetWeather) September 7, 2019 Pic credit/IMD Mumbai IMD Chief PRO Vishambhar Singh said, "Heavy to very heavy rainfall..
                 

For a love like theirs

10 days ago  
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Pick up lines, more often than not, are meant to amuse—swaying somewhere between just-giving-a-compliment and trying-my-luck. But, in 1953, when India leg-spinner and Shivaji Park boy, Subhashchandra Pandharinath Gupte, a member of the first Indian team to tour the West Indies, bowled one such googly off the sports field, it had fallen flat. "May I be so bold to say that yours is the kind of face that I would like to see every morning at my breakfast table!" Gupte had asked Carol Goberdhan, a young Trinidadian, whom he met on the sidelines of an exhibition game that was being played at San Fernando, Trinidad. Carol, who was assisting her father—head of the organising committee of the event—"manoeuvring her way around the tables, while carefully balancing a tray of empty glasses", had been anything, but impressed. "Excuse me, are you speaking to me?" she had asked, pointedly. While it would take an apology from Gupte for her to quickly melt, it also set the stage for a..
                 

About the boys

11 days ago  
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It's only love and that is all. Love for fashion; pure unadulterated visual pleasure, love for drama; excessively decadent and plucky, love of friends and family, friends who are family, and the media who braved the bucketing monsoon to be part of the 33rd anniversary show. Thursday night saw attendance by both, fashion media and A-list celebrities, who came together to cheer and raise a toast to the indomitable Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla as they celebrated 33 years in the Indian fashion industry. Meezaan Jafferi Their personal partnership spanning three decades is as much about a collaboration of classic clothing and indigenous crafts, balanced with an unwavering focus on handmade slow fashion, years before it turned into a global movement. Chikankari, for instance, remains their signature style, along with mainstays jaali and mirrorwork. Their latest show was nothing less than a costume extravaganza, where each men's (a brand new menswear line called Mard) and women's outfit —..
                 

Kamlesh Mehta takes questions from young paddlers on Table Tennis nuances

11 days ago  
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Achanta Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan and Manika Batra may have become household names in Indian table tennis, but Kamlesh Mehta remains an iconic figure for the sport in the country. In India, when table tennis was in its nascent stages, Mehta played a leading role in grabbing attention for the sport in a cricket-crazy country. With the sport changing rapidly in recent times, the eight-time national champion conducted a table tennis Masterclass for mid-day at the Juhu-Vile Parle Gymkhana recently and provided valuable insights on the game to young aspirants. Mehta, 59, also spoke about the changing landscape of the sport in India and the initiatives being taken by the administration at the grassroot level. Excerpts How has the table tennis scenario changed since the time you played? It has actually evolved a lot in every aspect. The scoring pattern used to be 21 points with a match comprising best-of-five games and five services per player. Now, it's an 11-point game with a best-of-seven ..
                 

Mumbai Mint launches Ganesh Chaturthi silver souvenir coin

12 days ago  
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The India Government Mint, Mumbai (a unit of Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd.) On September, 3 launched the Ganesh Chaturthi Silver Souvenir Coin 40 gram (999 fineness). Ajai Kumar Srivastav, Director Technical (SPMCIL) and S. Pradhan (General Manager) IGM, Mumbai were present during the launch. The souvenir coin is a painstaking and laborious effort by the mint engraver with Lord Ganesha in all his majesty with his devotees on the obverse side and the SPMCIL logo with the purity of silver and the year mentioned on the reverse side. The coin weighs around 40 gms on a 44 mm size blank. The mint has also produced the much-acclaimed Shahi Snaan coin which sold in large numbers at the recently concluded Kumbh Mela. Other notable products include the recently minted new series of coins - 12 sided coin which is also known as a polygon-shaped coin with braille letters. Today, the mint recorded a sale of 900 sets which is an indicator of big sales. The pa..
                 

Words from the valley

12 days ago  
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Two men from a village in Kashmir leave their homes to fight in World War II, only to find themselves on the opposite sides of a freshly drawn border upon their return. "Unki bhasha, gaaliyan aur duayein sab ek hain, bas desh badal gaye," says Urdu scholar-writer Aslam Parvez, referring to Manto's Aakhiri Salute, one of his many moving stories on Partition. The plot dates back to 1947, but the emotions involved in having to come to terms with a sudden development of such magnitude played out once again in Kashmir recently when it became a Union Territory. Wadi-e-Farda, or the valley of eternity, is an evening of such timeless writing on Kashmir that Parvez has curated for Studio Tamaasha's Urdu readings programme. "The idea was not to take sides on this development, because when you take sides, you leave aside a million other facets. Literature helps one see the larger picture," says Parvez, adding that another objective was to ensure listeners are aware that Kashmir is far from its po..
                 

Kiran Nagarkar - The born storyteller no more

12 days ago  
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Kiran Nagarkar, who was 77, passed away late Thursday. The author collapsed from a brain haemorrhage while at a friend's place where he had gone for Ganpati celebrations. He was rushed to Bombay hospital where he remained in a coma for two days, finally succumbing last night. Considered to be one of the country's most prolific writers, Kiran Nagarkar worked as a journalist, screenplay writer, and a copywriter along with noted poet Arun Kolatkar. His first book Saat Sakkam Trechalis (1974) was written in Marathi and translated into Seven Sixes are Forty-Three by Shubha Slee in 1980. Since then, all his books have been translated into German. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award for the best novel in English for Cuckold — a novel set in the early 16th century — in 2001, the Rockefeller grant and a scholarship by the city of Munich. Nagarkar also made a cameo in Dev Benegal's Split Wide Open where he essayed the role of Brother Bono. Kiran Nagarkar in his youth Nagarkar's leg..
                 

Mumbai Rains: A night of tragedy and struggle

12 days ago  
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The incessant rainfall and the subsequent waterlogging on Wednesday paralysed the city by bringing to a halt its lifeline — Mumbai locals — among affecting hundreds of commuters who struggled to their destination. The massive traffic jam on already-flooded roads, too, brought sufferings to many. A night at office Over 120 employees of New India Assurance had to spend Wednesday night at Fort office due to waterlogging. "As there were no trains or other means of transportation to go home, about 120 of us decided to stay at office. Next morning, we all took the first train home," said Anurag Patil, a Seawoods resident. Also Read: Mumbai: No rain warning for today predicts meteorological dept As many as 20 staffers of Sir JJ School of Art, Sir JJ Institute of Applied Arts and Sir JJ College of Architecture were given shelter by the director's office on Wednesday. "Several employees come from far off places. We didn't want them to risk their lives by going out in the condit..
                 

Mumbai: Central Railway has a plan to solve Mithi menace

12 days ago  
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Fourteen years after it brought the city to its knees during the July 26, 2005, deluge, the Mithi continues to pose problems to planners despite their best efforts. Following Wednesday's flooding that left the city gridlocked, railway officials on Thursday said they have a solution to the problem and are willing to submit it to the BMC. The river's level rose to the highest ever recorded — 4.2 metres — around 3 pm on Wednesday. Also Read: Mumbaikars, now you can live track a Mumbai local train! Yesterday, water receded at a rate of about half an inch per hour, and it took us eight hours to restore the CR line that runs parallel to the river," a senior official told mid-day. "Central Railway divisional engineers have worked on a solution to widen the Mithi and improve the drainage. We will submit the plan to the BMC." The official said the stretch of the river running parallel to the CR tracks has to be widened and deepened, while also improving the floodplains and remo..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Bhumi Pednekar gets stuck on flooded road; shares a video

13 days ago  
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The continuous downpour in Mumbai brought life to a standstill for a lot of people. It wasn't just everyday office going people but also celebrities who faced the wrath of the environment. As a lot of people were struggling to reach their destinations, Bhumi Pednekar too planned to reach the sets which were in Khopoli. With a number of roads submerged into water, the commuting got harder for normal public as well as actors who were stepping out. The 29-year-old actor on Wednesday shared a video on her Instagram story where she is seen in a car stuck on a flooded road. Bhumi shared as her Instagram stories that she was en route Khopoli to shoot but it's been more than 4 hours that she had been in the vehicle. Bhumi Pednekar shared a few videos as her Instagram story/picture courtesy: Bhumi Pednekar's Instagram account "Been on the road since 1.. en route Khopoli to shoot. Where there is a will..." she wrote. The video continued with people walking amidst the water and vehicles stu..
                 

Stage set for Broadway in Mumbai

13 days ago  
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If watching a piece of improvised theatre is like having a bite from an item in a fast-food stall, the experience of watching a Broadway musical is like eating a full-course meal that’s been slow-cooked for hours. The cast and crew spend months ironing out every chink in their armour. The technical team spends a packet on ensuring that it’s a larger-than-life production. The director oversees the entire process like a school teacher dedicating a semester to his students so that they pass their exams with flying colours. And the end result is that the audience goes back home with memories that remain etched in their mind for years to come. Kira Narayanan Some of these memories, of course, have to do with the quality of music on offer. The arrangements are such that the compositions keep ringing in the ears of people long after they have left the hall. Be it Evita, The Lion King or My Fair Lady, the songs in most musicals have endured the test of time. And proof of that lies ..
                 

Out of class guruji

13 days ago  
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We have spent most of our lives associating Teacher’s Day with school and college teachers. But there is so much that one can learn outside of the walls of these institutions. Particularly for those seeking a career in the alternative space, much of the learning takes place after they have graduated. What makes the role of our music, art, sports and culinary educators even more significant is that they are often providing platforms and creating opportunities, over and above imparting the skill that they are trained in. So, more often than not, a music teacher is not only helping you understand the art form, but also helping you channelise an interest into a vocation. Art teachers are teaching you how to develop the skill, but typically, they also work towards making art more accessible. In a country where the skill-based industry is largely unstructured even today, these teachers play an important role, not only as educators but also as leaders of the community. On Teacher’..
                 

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BCom graduate-turned serial conman arrested in Kalyan

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A special squad of the Kalyan police has arrested a serial criminal who conned bank customers on the pretext of helping them either count cash or identify fake currency notes. Mukesh Menon, who targeted people outside banks and ATM booths, is facing charges of fraud in more than 100 cases. The 40-year-old commerce graduate entered the world of crime more than seven years ago, when he used to make several visits to banks in search of a job. Menon started conning people during these visits and slowly became addicted to making easy money. He then quit his job hunt, and since then has committed more than 100 felonies across city and in Gujarat, too. Menon would approach bank customers target those who had withdrawn cash from the ATM, claiming that the machine was giving fake notes. He would offer to help identify them and quickly vanish with the cash. The Kalyan police team began a hunt for Menon after several cases of cheating were reported in Mahatma Phule and Dombivli areas between July..
                 

Acts of faith

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In the 21st century, while we equate the importance of religion with the number of concrete structures being built, archaelogist Rukshana Nanji goes back to simpler times. It's the early medieval period — circa 7th to the 13th century — and being part of the Christian, Muslim or Zoroastrian community in India didn't imply being treated as alien to the subcontinent. It means arriving, settling and making the country your home, in the truest sense of the word. "You're looking at monotheistic religions integrating into a polytheistic country. Hailing from West Asia, they arrive via sea and settle by the ports. And the Indians welcome them. So, it wasn't about religion as much as it was about culture," Nanji tells us, giving a gist of a series of lectures she will present at The K R Cama Oriental Institute this week. As part of the Government Research Fellowship Lectures, Nanji's paper is titled Ancient Shores, New People: The Arrival and Integration of Christians, Muslims and ..
                 

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Heading in Europe's direction

2 days ago  
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American films in Indian cinema halls are as commonplace these days as, say, a sardar on the streets of Toronto. You don't have to look beyond Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the latest offering, to corroborate that. But it's not the same case with arthouse European movies. There is a whole wealth of cinematic work from the continent that we miss out on in these parts. Sure, a few filter through in sporadic screenings. But otherwise, it's only hardcore film connoisseurs who bother to dig up information online and watch such movies sitting in the comfort of their homes. The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) is aimed at altering this situation, though. It will culminate in Mumbai this week after having travelled to eight other Indian cities. The packed line-up involves a diverse bouquet of movies from 24 member nations of the EU. None of these are potboilers designed for mass appeal. Instead, they encourage discerning viewers to put their thinking caps on and surrender to the flood of h..
                 

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It looks like Greek

2 days ago  
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FOOD: GoodAMBIENCE: BasicSERVICE: No-fussCOST: CompetentVERDICT: 1/4 It’s fascinating how flour works. Subtle, simple changes, be it in the technique of kneading, or the resting time; the amount of water used; and how it is fried or baked can result in dishes that are polar opposites of each other. For example, Americans fry dough to make doughnuts, Indians fry dough to make jalebis or gulab jamuns, and the Greeks make a crispy dessert from doughballs known as loukoumades (the Turks call it lokma). Patatas What makes loukoumade hard to resist is its crispy exterior, which gives a good bite despite being dunked in honey. Of late, Mumbai restaurateurs seem to have been piqued by this dessert since we noticed at least three joints serving it on their menu. The newest eatery to join the bandwagon is Lokomades in Bandra. On the menu are weighing scale-crashing, ganache-stuffed options that come loaded with chocolate sauce, Nutella, sprinkles, whatever your poison. And if it’s t..
                 

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Celebrating a decade of making space

3 days ago  
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Since 2009, tucked away in Mazgaon's industrial wasteland, Space 118 has been a haven for artists from around the world. So far over 300 artists have used its studios on short-term residencies to create works of art and experiment with ideas, art forms, techniques, materials and methods. To mark its tenth anniversary, Space 118 will collaborate with Sakshi Gallery to present Making Space, an exhibition that will feature works of 33 artists who've been part of its residencies. Saloni Doshi, art curator and director of Space 118 will curate the show, the proceeds of which will go to the artists and towards the publication of the book, Mapping Residencies in India—Post Independence starting from the Sarabhais till today. Boy bathing in talaab, Baran by Gauri Gill Doshi's interest in art began in her early 20s when she started buying paintings from her earliest paycheques. "I invested in mutual funds for all of one year," she says. Following two post-graduate diplomas—Doshi hol..