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Virat Kohli's side similar to MS Dhoni's 2007 T20 champs: Lalchand Rajput

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India's 2007 ICC World Twenty20-winning team cricket manager and current Zimbabwe coach Lalchand Rajput reckons the Virat Kohli-led Indian team for this month's World Cup are similar to the 2007 T20 side which triumphed in South Africa. That team had a lot of all-round ability. There was Yuvraj Singh, who was vice-captain along with the Pathan brothers - Yusuf and Irfan, the three main all-rounders. "All-rounders make a lot of difference and I think we have got good ones now as well. We also have a very strong top three and that's very important. Earlier, there was Virender Sehwag. Also Read: The World Cup will be a test of Kholi's leadership and his tactical acumen Lalchand Rajput Now we have got Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and then Hardik Pandya, the X-factor. MS Dhoni as usual, is a great finisher so India have a very well-balanced team. This team should definitely win the World Cup," said Rajput. Apart from batting and the team's all-round abilities, Rajput fe..
                 

Suryakumar Yadav eyes new dawn

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Mumbai batsman Suryakumar Yadav revealed yesterday that he used to spend a lot of time brooding over his missed chances for the India and or India 'A' squads. But his Indian Premier League (IPL) season with Mumbai Indians (MI) has changed all that. Suryakumar, who helped MI to their fourth IPL title by scoring 424 runs, did not find a place the India 'A' team which will play one-dayers and four-day games against Sri Lanka and West Indies. Rohit Sharma Process is king"I had chats [about the missed opportunities] with a lot of players during the IPL. I had a word with Rohit Sharma as well. He said, in the end what matters is how you enjoy sport. If you always think about the result, the routine you follow will be affected. I follow that now. Rather than thinking about the result, I think about the process. I just believe in following a process. If it has to come, it will come," said the T20 Mumbai League's Triumph Knights Mumbai North East skipper. It must be stressed that he led an Indi..
                 

She seems to have lost interest in me

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I have been meeting this girl for a few months and we have gone on a few dates. Things were interesting at the start because we hit it off and she liked spending time with me. Lately, she appears to have cooled off. Things have changed for some reason and I can't figure out what happened. She was genuinely interested in me at the start, and now it doesn't really matter if I text her or not. I like her a lot and thought we had a connection, but I am no longer sure about this because it seems as if I imagined that connection. What should I do? Do I tell her how I feel and ask why she appears to have changed? Will that put her off? I'm confused.Our feelings towards people change when we get to know them better. Maybe the two of you had a genuine connection at the start, and she changed her mind about that after spending time with you. It could easily be the other way round too, because infatuation or interest in someone is always higher when one is trying to get to know them better. If sh..
                 

Phase II: BMC gets just one bidder every time it floats waste tender

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Even after successfully setting up organic waste convertors at four markets across the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is finding it difficult to get bidders for the second phase as part of which 18 such convertors would be set up to process the waste generated by 67 markets at a cost of Rs 37 crore. Each of the three times the civic body floated the tender for the second phase, only a single bidder came forward. Officials from the civic body's Markets Department said that as part of the pilot project, two waste convertors were set up last year, while two others were commissioned in March this year. "In the first phase, we set up the waste convertors in four markets, including Sainath Market in Malad, Meenatai Thackeray Flower Market in Dadar and KNP Market near Plaza Cinema. Two of them are currently being tested, the process for which got delayed due to electricity supply issues," said Sangeeta Hasnale, assistant municipal commissioner (markets). Also read: 'W..
                 

Stepping stones to conservation

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In the Natural History section of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), children flock by a display casing placed at the centre of the space. Walking into a room filled with specimens, you know that something here is real. And you can understand their fascination when the flex board reads, "Fossilised dinosaur eggs and bones discovered in India on view at the CSMVS for the first time." The little collection has come from Balasinor, Gujarat -- one of the largest dinosaur fossil sites in the world. We then meet the person responsible for this collaborative initiative. Princess Aaliya Sultana Babi -- whose ancestry can be traced back to Sher Khan Babi, an officer in service of Mughal emperor Humayun -- who has helmed conservation efforts in the region. Edited excerpts from the interview. A child looks at the display comprising of parts of a dinosaur rib, chunk of a sauropod's lower limb, a theropod egg, the famous masala egg and part of a vertebrae. Pics/Ashish Raje ..
                 

Are we all lost stars?

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Fans of pop duo Parekh & Singh were in for some disappointment when the Kolkata artistes cancelled their India tour last week. And when Nischay Parekh put up a post admitting that his decade of playing live music has come with anxiety, stress, and now depression, citing that the logistical challenges have pushed him over the edge, he was showered with nothing but hope and consideration from fans. The development finds resonance in a recent Swedish survey, which revealed that 73 per of independent artistes have suffered from mental illness and a third from panic attacks. A fact that comes as no surprise considering the uncertainty that comes with the job - figuring out what music you like and want to create, and if the audience will reciprocate, while also making sure what you compose helps you earn a living. As Jivraj Singh, the other half of Parekh & Singh puts it, "It's exciting because of the freedom of following your dreams of living your life as a musician, but it comes at..
                 

BMC, traffic cops to crack down on roadside parking in flooding spots

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The Brihamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) chief Pravin Pardeshi wants to simultaneously clear the city's traffic menace and increase the civic administration's revenue, starting this monsoon. During a meeting on Friday regarding pre-monsoon preparedness, Pardeshi asked BMC's traffic department and the traffic police to coordinate and clear parking on roads, as well as come up with a plan to encourage motorists to park in public parking lots. Pardeshi has been keen on increasing BMC's revenue by implementing parking charges rigorously. Seeing how public parking lots (PPL) are not being regularly used by motorists, who prefer parking on roads instead, he wants the traffic police and BMC's traffic department to come up with a model to encourage those being fined for illegal parking to park at their nearest PPL instead. Also read: CSMT bridge collapse: BMC's detailed bridge report a damp squib Public parking lots are not being regularly used by motorists, who prefer parking on roads..
                 

Mumbai crime: Gateman, kin thrash guard over parking of bike at station

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Furious with a Maharashtra Security Force (MSF) guard for not letting him park his bike in a no-parking zone, a Central Railway employee and his kin brutally thrashed him on Friday. The incident, captured on CCTV cameras near the ticket window at Tilak Nagar station, shows four people mercilessly thrashing the guard, and kicking everytime he fell to the ground. According to the police, the MSF guard identified as Shankar Awhad, 30, had asked gateman Abdul Kadar, 31, not to park his bike near the station in a no-parking zone. Two of the four accused that include Abdul's and his brother Irfan, who is an advocate, were arrested and later released on bail. Also read: Son killed father to usurp two factories in Surat, 3 arrested A police officer said, "Instead of moving his bike, Abdul started arguing with him. He said there were already two bikes parked there, to which the MSF guard said action would be taken against the bikers, and still told him not to park there. Angry with this, A..
                 

Shruti Seth on Mentalhood: My character can be termed as a cuckoo who believes in natural healing

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Actor-anchor Shruti Seth, who had been missing from the screen, is back with the ALTBalaji web series, Mentalhood, which marks the digital debut of Karisma Kapoor. Last seen in films like Raajneeti (2010) and My Friend Pinto (2011), and on the small screen in TV, Biwi Aur Main and Comedy Circus, Seth says, "I was away due to the lack of interesting offers. I did not want to be typecast, and preferred to host live shows instead." Mentalhood, a sarcastic take on motherhood, provides an insight into the different ways of child-rearing. The show revolves around a bunch of mothers who rally together for support. Karisma Kapoor Seth plays a single mother who is a yoga teacher. "There is a bit of me in it as I am also a yoga enthusiast. Otherwise, my character can be termed as a cuckoo who believes in natural healing. She does not want her child to be vaccinated. So, she is quite dysfunctional." The actor condenses the show's premise to the manner in which parents navigate the task of parenti..
                 

Mumbai Food: Dessert in a glass at Liquid Sweet Shop in BKC

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We love cocktails, and we love desserts. The two have always been separate, distinct entities for us. But, when does a drink become a dessert and vice versa? The boundaries get blurry at Yauatcha. The BKC fine-dine has launched their all-new Liquid Sweet Shop menu, a collection of dessert cocktails, in which each concoction is inspired by their signature offerings. It's targeted at mature drinkers - with a sweet tooth - who can savour the nuances in the cocktails. There's no additional sugar though, assures Abhishek Bindal, VP, Operations KA Hospitality. "Whatever sweetness you will taste is courtesy of the nature of the ingredients used," he says. This gets our vote. Pecan delice coffee with vodka,caramel and coffee cream. Pics/Atul Kamble On his recommendation, we start off with the raspberry delice martini, a take on the restaurant's most popular, Instagrammed dessert. To understand the references, we also call for the dessert, which features a raspberry and manjari (dark chocolate ..
                 

Teaching the Modi script, one letter at a time

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When Nashik-based archaeologist Sojwal Sali was a little boy, he used to watch his grandfather write in Marathi but in a script that was different from what was taught at school. He was particularly intrigued by his grandfather's unusual signature. The script, he soon learnt, was called Modi, believed to have been introduced in 1260 AD in the Yadava Dynasty by the then Prime Minister Hemadri (Hemadpant). Although at the time, Sali did not bother to learn it, despite his grandfather's insistence, years later he was to rediscover its charm. Making it relevant At 24, Sali is a Government of Maharashtra certified Modi expert. He teaches the script to students on WhatsApp and has taught more than 1,500 students in the last three years. The current batch has 30 students, of which one is from Muscat. "Most students live in different cities and the working class don't have the luxury of time to attend physical classes. Mobile is a great medium to teach and the learning is personalized too. Be..
                 

Cricket as the great unifier

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Our main goal is to sensitise young people towards heritage," says Tania Kamath, who, with illustrator Swati Namjoshi, is behind the book Flashback: Cricket (Indian Innings and Happenings Over Two Centuries). Kamath, who also runs the non-profit Watering Can Foundation which has published the book, says they picked cricket as a subject as it has national appeal. "We had a done a book called Flashback: Pune, which was all about the city's heritage and it did well with young people. So, we decided to take on cricket, and unearth why are all of us fascinated with it. It took us 18 months, and we found some interesting stuff," says Kamath. Young children who met CD Gopinath, the sole surviving member of the team that won the first Test match ever in Indian history The book is about the origins of the sport in India, of the role of women in the sport, how it spread across the country, how Bombay became a hub, and how the advent of the television changed the sport. All the text is interspers..
                 

Game Review: Combat makes Rage 2 a lot of fun

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Rage 2 continues the story 30 years after the events of the first one. If you haven't played it before, don't worry, as this one takes you through the most important points of the first game. However, if you need a primer, there are a few videos on YouTube with a compressed version of the events of the first one. Since the world had 30 years to change, you will see a more advanced civilisation, but one that is still fighting amongst itself. You play Walker, the last ranger, tasked with taking out the Authority, a villainous group of half-man half-machines. In the initial part of the game, the authority wipes a whole lot of people in a huge attack. You somehow find a ranger's suit and take on the enemy single-handedly. It shares its story DNA with the original, where one person has to take on an entire coordinated army. At your disposal are a variety of weapons and some superhuman abilities. The whole game has a Mad Max feel to it and the colours and vast desert landscape lend heavily ..
                 

A course in cracking the meaning of life

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Dr Omkar Bhatkar is running a university of life inside a college. SAPP, full-formed to St Andrew's Centre for Philosophy and Performing Arts, is a two-room box inside Bandra's Riverdale High. One room is the play area, where all the courses take place; the other is the administrative area, covered ceiling-to-floor in posters of all the courses taking place: Ancient Greek Tragedies; Mysticism, Women and Poetry; Theatre of the Absurd; Sacred Voices from the West, and other light material. A bookcase is sardined with paperbacks such as The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard, Silence and Beauty by Makoto Fujimura and Ways of Seeing by John Berger. It's a space in which Rodin and his masterpiece would feel at home. At the moment, Bhatkar does. Dr Omkar Bhatkar. Pics/Shadab Khan In a light-brown angarkha, looking light-years younger than a professor, Bhatkar tells us about SAPP, which he co-founded in 2018. "Coincidentally, you have come exactly one year later. We started the first course..
                 

Tanushree Dutta's lawyer: Cops speaking to those who know nothing

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Just two days after mid-day reported that the Oshiwara police were unable to get a single witness statement to corroborate Tanushree Dutta's sexual harassment accusations against actor Nana Patekar, her lawyer Nitin Satpute said the police were deliberately recording the statements of those who know nothing about the incident, and intentionally leaving out four people who know the truth. Not a fair probe Satpute said, "The witnesses whose statements the police have recorded know nothing. Either they have been forced to give statements or they are Nana's witnesses. Daisy Shah, who is the prime witness in the case, knows the full incident but she is not supporting Tanushree. The cops should make her undergo a brain mapping test or narco test." Tanushree Dutta's lawyer during the press conference yesterday. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar "There are four witnesses who know what happened that day. But the cops have recorded only half a statement. The 15 people whose statements have been recorded are ba..
                 

Fun under the sun

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While having a good time is an important part of summer holidays, it is also a good time for kids to learn more about health and nutrition, away from the pressures of school. A six-day summer camp by Dr Muffi's Digestive Health Institute will include interesting workshops and fun sessions. Participants can learn about nutrition concepts like the food pyramid, while they enjoy colouring sessions that help them identify good and bad food items. They can also learn how to cook, thanks to special culinary activities. But food isn't all there is to a healthy lifestyle, is it? The kids will also enjoy and embrace the dancer inside them at a zumba session, and learn about the importance and benefits of meditation a yoga class. On May 20 to May 26At Digestive Health Institute by Dr Muffi, L3-01, third floor, Trade View Utopia City, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli.Call 48809100Log on to thedigestive.inCost Rs 5,000 Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affairs, and also a c..
                 

Bharat: Katrina Kaif calls on Britain's best makeup artist Rebecca Butterworth

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Like leading man Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif too will sport five different looks in Bharat as her character ages from 25 to 65 in the course of the narrative. Turns out, the actor hand-picked British makeup artist Rebecca Butterworth to create the character's look in her fifties and sixties. While Butterworth is an established name in the UK, courtesy her work in several shows - including Idris Elba's Luther - and her collaboration with a makeup giant, Bollywood was not on her mind until a chance interaction with Kaif. A source reveals, "Katrina, who was introduced to Rebecca socially, was intrigued by her work in makeup and special effects. So when Bharat came her way, Katrina recommended her to Ali." Also Read: From Bharat to Kyrgyzstan; makers plan a worldwide release Kaif in Bharat Decoding the process, Butterworth said both Kaif and director Ali Abbas Zafar had reservations about using prosthetics to depict the ageing. "We used old-age stipple to add texture around her eyes, on..
                 

Borewells at Cross Maidan become latest Mumbai Metro victims

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The Mumbai Metro doesn't seem to cease being a troublemaker for the city's several stakeholders. Young and budding cricketers are its latest victims. The Cross Maidan in Fort, which has long been a training ground for future cricketers, is in a bad shape for more than three months owing to the depleting levels of water in the borewells here. With gardeners unable to water the ground, cricket coach Vidyadhar Paradkar, who has been training players for over 40 years, blamed the ongoing Metro construction at Azad Maidan. The gardeners at Cross Maidan are surprised at the borewells running dry for the first time ever. Pic/Ashish Raje The Cross Maidan that is watered using the supply from its three borewells has never faced a water shortage to this extent, coach Paradkar said. However, this year, 52-year-old Mohammed Idris, who has been tending to the grounds for the past 20 years, noticed that for the borewells are only yielding a trickle of water for the last three months. "Earlier, we wo..
                 

Big is beautiful

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Who among us doesn't remember switching on our non-HD televisions in the late '90s and 2000s in a bid to journey into the riveting world of food that expanded way beyond our borders. One such show that not only rocked the ratings of the channel it aired on in the US, but also kept Indians glued to their seats was Man vs Food. You'll have to agree that it was fun to watch popular host Adam Richman gorge on insane eats. Though largely hinged on competitive eating, the episodes often featured Richman exploring giant portion sizes of food. And it's just one of those things that doesn't go out of style, like the little black dress and wine. So, we roped in chefs at restaurants, the owner of an iconic South Indian eatery and the second-generation proprietor of a 44-year-old sandwich joint in Borivali to give us the lowdown on the biggest treats available at their establishments. If gluttony could truly take you to hell, which one of these would you sin for? A table long dosaCan you imagine e..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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How time wheels by It's been a while since we have got used to not seeing Sachin Tendulkar in his cricketing whites, but we must say that he looks especially dapper at the launch of a luxury car in BKC on Thursday. Pic/Atul Kamble The road to safety Mumbai Police has a highly active Twitter handle with an admin who's often witty, coming up with clever puns to promote road safety. Hundreds of people write to the account on a daily basis with complaints and queries, and most of these are responded to in a timely manner. But recently a celebrity wrote to the account to air a grievance, and pose a pertinent question. Photographer and director Atul Kasbekar pointed out how incidents of people driving on the wrong side of the road has now reached pandemic proportions. And he asked that if a motorist has an accident with someone driving on the wrong side, will the former be held responsible? The post generated a flurry of responses, with Mumbaikars — including actor Eijaz Khan — ..
                 

Mumbai: Killer gets furlough, Keenan Santos-Reuben Fernandes' kin live in fear

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Soon after the Bombay High Court granted furlough to the main accused in the Keenan-Reuben murder case, Jitendra Rana, in April this year, Keenan's father, Valerian Santos, had sought police protection in view of the threats that his and Reuben's family had received from Rana. But, even though the police had assured protection and increased patrolling near their homes, Valerian alleged that nothing had been done in this regard. Instead, he said, the cops were asking him whether the accused was out on furlough yet. Speaking to mid-day, Keenan's father Valerian Santos said, "Earlier, the police had assured to provide us protection, but now they are calling me to know whether Rana is out on furlough or not. I am not in town but my family is there. I am worried about their security. Also, the girl who is a witness in the case lives in the same area. In the past, the convict and his family members have troubled us. Knowing their background I am worried that they might try to harm us. I..
                 

Number crunching for the stage

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Eight could just be the digit between seven and nine, or when you look closer, a symbol of infinity. Four, on the other hand, could be two plus two. But it could also stand for charavali i.e. the four aspects of the rising moon, from crescent to full moon. When kathak exponent Aditi Mangaldas worked on conceptualising a dance presentation titled 10X10 Bound by a Single Conceptual Thread, with her students at the Drishtikon Dance Foundation in Delhi, she steered them towards focusing on the latter. "The idea was to give young dancers an opportunity to explore their creativity and you will be amazed by the way they have done that," says Mangaldas, who was one of the principal dancers in Pandit Birju Maharaj's troupe for several years before founding her own institution. The performance — which stitches together 10 short pieces, each focusing on a numeral from one to 10 — premiered in Delhi last year and will make its Mumbai debut this evening as part of the NCPA's golden jub..
                 

Cannes 2019: Kangana Ranaut clicked at Mumbai airport, leaves for the film festival

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The 'Manikarnika' star has lost five kilograms in just ten days ahead of her much-awaited appearance at the event. Two pictures were shared on the official Instagram account of Kangana's team from the actor's workout session "Yaas. WHAT a transformation! Kangana Ranaut lost 5kgs in just 10 days, just in time to fit into couture," the post read. All pictures/Yogen Shah The picture showcases the actor indulging in a rigorous workout under the guidance of celebrity fitness coach Yogesh Bhateja to shed those extra kilos. A boomerang video was also posted on the account where Kangana can be seen doing a shoulder workout.       View this post on Instagram The grind is real. This is what it takes to get red carpet ready for cannes. 😅 . . . . #Cannes2019 #KanganaAtCannes A post shared by Kangana Ranaut (@team_kangana_ranaut) onMay 15, 2019 at 5:02am PDT "The grind is real. This is what it takes to get red carpet ready for Cannes," the team wrote alongside the video. ..
                 

Wandering through Worli

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Walk with fellow enthusiasts as you wander through the streets of Worli Koliwada, one of the original seven landmasses of the largely reclaimed city that Mumbai is today. Though the gaothan struggles to keep up with and adapt to urban Mumbai, Worli Koliwada is a hub of rich culture of the local Kolis, who are primarily fishermen. Experience the narrow alleys of the village as well as great views of the Arabian sea and the Bandra-Worli sea link on this walk, which also includes a 360-degree view of the city's skyline, visible from the ruins of the 17th-century Worli Fort. The walk will be led by Anita Yewale from Swadesee, a resident of the area during the 1980s. When she isn't running her own stationery brand, the graphic designer and history enthusiast conducts regular workshops for kids and families. "Many know about the fort and the village, but it is only when you walk through the streets and the bustling community of Worli Koliwada that you realise it is a whole different world w..
                 

Back with a bang

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The year was 2013. It was our first proper date with our partner and in the short time we had spent with him, it had become amply clear that he garnered a severe obsession (induced by manga and anime) for everything Japanese. We were at an expensive and first-of-its-kind Asian eatery in Kolkata that most acquaintances promised had the best Japanese grub in town. We remember trying the salmon sushi, lacklustre rice rolls served with flat wasabi and soy sauce that lacked brine. At the time, we were hardly equipped to have recognised these shortcomings, and we came away thinking that we just don't like sushi or the cuisine. It took all of five years and moving cities for the "wait till you try good sushi" suggestions to come true. And that change of heart materialised when we delved into a stirring culinary experience at Izumi when it opened near Carter Road in August last year. Not only did we realise that we loved sushi, but we also discovered a new-found love for food from the Land of ..
                 

The weekend digest

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ArtFantastic fourCheck out artworks by Raj Maji, Jagdish Mohanty, Koyel Das Maji and Paran Banti Deviin at this exhibition titled The Lustre of Life.Till May 20, 11 am to 7 pmAt Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli.Call 24964676 Food and drinksTwice as goodExperience dinner from the best of both worlds as chef Jordy Navarra from Philippines’ award-winning Toyo Eatery collaborates with city chef Prateek Sadhu.On May 16 and 17 AT Masque, Unit G3, Shree Laxmi Woollen Mills, Shakti Mills Lane, Mahalaxmi.Call 9819069222Cost Rs 4,250 HealthA cool way to unwindFeeling stressed out? Take part in a two-day ayurveda camp and pamper yourself with a cucumber facial among other treatments.On May 18 and 19At All Birla Ayurveda centres in the city.Call 9820435344 WorkshopKitchen recyclingLearn to use kitchen waste as ingredients for recipes like the carrot skin pesto at this restaurant's workshop.On May 18, 4 pm to 6 pmAt The Pantry, Kala Ghoda, Fort.Call 22678901Cost Rs 1,5..
                 

Mumbai: Fire breaks out at Gausiya compound in Kalwa, no casualties yet

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Mumbai recalls 'fine gentleman' Nazir Hoosein behind Liberty Cinema

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A young boy, very stylish, wearing sunglasses, a bow tie and shorts, picked up a pickaxe with great difficulty before hitting it on the ground, Simin Patel, founder of Bombaywalla Historical Works, describes Nazir Hoosein's look at the foundation laying ceremony of Liberty Cinema in 1947. Hoosein, who passed away on Sunday, was synonymous with the iconic cinema house in Marine Lines. Car racing was, however, his first love, says Atul Kumar, trustee at Art Deco Mumbai, as many others share their tales of Hoosein. Liberty Cinema, which Hoosein had inherited, was his second love, after car racing, Kumar explains. Constructed by his father Habib Hoosein, on the land belonging to Lotus Trust, on a 999-year lease, the cinema house was named in spirit of Independence. Hoosein "maintained the place immaculately — the curtain mechanisms still work, and the carpet and most of the seating is still original," says Kumar, adding, "He had tremendous attention to detail. I hope the cinema stays..
                 

Early dining in Lokhandwala

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Over the years, we've learnt something the hard way. And that is, an early dinner is the best solution to most lifestyle-related issues brought on by the conspicuous consumption of copious amounts of food that we've been eating as part of the job. Sadly, not many Mumbai restaurants have cottoned onto the early dinner concept, with merely a handful of kitchens firing off before 7.30 pm. Thankfully, the brand-new, dinner-only Um Doiss Tres — the name of which is the Portuguese equivalent of one, two, three — gets the drift and is happy to serve you dinner as early as 5 pm, if you so wish. However, for our weekday dinner, we chose a more reasonable 7 pm to check out what this 90-cover restaurant had to offer us.Housed in the same Lokhandwala, Andheri location where the erstwhile Italian eatery Su Casa once stood, the dining space is one of refined elegance, with modern décor and a soothing colour scheme. We were particularly charmed by the Spanish hacienda-style arches..
                 

Sion Hospital rape: He threatened to strangle me to death, says victim

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There seems to be some serious police bungling in the case of the rape of a woman on the premises of Sion hospital on Sunday. Questions are being raised over why the 31-year-old man, identified as Deepak Kunchikurve was granted judicial custody. A highly-placed police source has also asked why there was no medical test conducted on him and why did he not have an advocate representing him in court on Sunday. The source told mid-day, "There was no advocate on behalf of the accused at Bhoiwada court, and no medical test was conducted on him, yet he was sent to judicial custody. We don't know how. Cops have now applied before the magistrate for custody of him in order to get a medical test done on him and to interrogate him. When DCP (Zone 4) Dr Saurabh Tripathi was asked about this incident, he neither replied to messages nor answered repeated calls. 'Brute strength' Meanwhile, the frail woman who was raped at Sion hospital by the 31-year-old man, identified as Deepak Kunchikurve, told th..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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Dragging kids to a better future After years of persecution, things seem to be slowly looking up for the LGBT community in India, especially after the landmark Supreme Court ruling that decriminalised consensual sex between a homosexual couple. But we are still far from becoming a non-discriminatory society when it comes to the different genders. And the conversation around this subject needs to be sustained before we get there. That's why a new concept announced at a city five-star comes as encouraging news. It's called The Drag Queen Story Hour, and the first edition involves Rani-Ko-He-Nur — Sushant Divgikar's drag queen persona — narrating stories to a bunch of children that are meant to educate them about inclusivity and diversity. The event will also feature the launch of Elphie Books, a series that's based on Elphie, the hotel's gender-sensitive mascot. We hope that other establishments, too, take a leaf out of this book. Stories from Jharkhand at Cannes While the re..
                 

Slay the denim-on-denim look just like B-town mommies Kareena Kapoor and Mira Rajput

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Denim-on-denim is never going to be out of fashion, and Hollywood celebrities nailing the look time and again is proof enough. This summer, go light, and trendy. If you wish to stay updated with fashion and be all comfy without comprising on trends, you have bumped on the right place. It's time to beat the scorching heat and get the look right just like Kareena Kapoor Khan and Mira Rajput. These star wives have nailed the look like a pro. Take a look: Kareena Kapoor Khan with Taimur Ali Khan in Bandra/picture courtesy: Yogen Shah Women's Denim Dress with Shoulder Placket: Buy StyleStone Women's Denim Dress with Shoulder Placket at the discounted price of Rs 759. Get your denim dress right away. Shop here. Women's Denim shirt dress: Buy StyleStone Women's Ice Blue Denim Dress with Buttons at the discounted price of Rs 774. Get the look similar to Kareena Kapoor easily. Shop here.  Mira Kapoor spotted in Bandra/picture courtesy: Yogen Shah Denim Shirt: Montrez presents an exclusive ..
                 

Rising carrom star Janhavi More run over by speeding truck in Dombivli

6 days ago  
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State-level carrom player Janhavi More was killed in a road accident in Dombivli on Sunday, days ahead of her participation in the national-level championship. More was crossing the road at a busy junction near her house, Lodha Heaven, when she was hit by a speeding truck and was declared dead at a nearby hospital minutes later. Coached by her father since the age of five, the 20-year-old aimed to represent India in carrom. The champion's family has blamed congestion, poor traffic management, and dysfunctional traffic signals for her death. Also Read: Six dead as cars crash head-on trying to avoid biker on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway Janhavi More, with her success in several state-level events, was preparing for the national championship Janhavi More had been preparing for a state-level championship along with her friend Ashay Pimputkar, 30, who is also a state-level carrom player. A shocked Pimputkar told the police that he would travel from Neral, near Panvel, to Dombivli every Sun..
                 

Going coconuts over tuna

6 days ago  
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Though it’s located in the Indian Ocean close to our shores, there aren’t too many people here who are familiar with Maldivian cuisine. So, when Derrick Walles, head chef at Soneva Fushi, an award-winning resort at the island, visited Mumbai recently to host a dinner at a Byculla venue, we chatted with him about some of the unique features that make Maldivian food different from the culinary traditions prevalent elsewhere. Walles is originally from Sri Lanka, which is evident in his thick accent. But having spent eight years at the resort now, he has imbibed the local food culture to create a range of mainly fusion dishes. Here is Walles’s primer on Maldivian eating habits. Marrying different influences: Given the large number of Indians, Sri Lankans and people from the Far East who have migrated to the Maldives over the years, it follows that some of the culinary processes of each of these countries have seeped into the food of the island. “But since we don&rsq..
                 

Khasi rap

6 days ago  
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She is 25 and she has already made a mark on the global music scene. Her single Done Talking with Big-Ri of rap ensemble Khasi Bloodz won them the Best India Act at the Europe Music Awards in Spain in November. Now Mumbaikars can catch Meba Ofilia's award-winning tr­a­ck, and popu­lar numbers like Lady Bizz in her all-original set this Saturday. While the combination of her hauntingly melodic vocals and powerful lyrics laced with sarcasm made Ofilia stand out among fellow nominees Raja Kumari, Skyharbor and Divine last year, it wasn't the only big event in her life in 2018, she tell us over the phone from Shillong between rehearsals, braving patchy network. Changing tracksThe English literature graduate, who had been pursuing her law degree till November, chose to drop out and dedicate her life to music. A decision she didn't think she would ever make. "I loved listening to music but I didn't find the right people to express it with. It was only after I met the Khasi Bloodz..
                 

Why did he send another girl flowers?

6 days ago  
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My boyfriend and I have been having some issues lately. We fight a lot about minor issues, and have been arguing about things that usually sound trivial. What pushed me over the edge lately was the fact that he bought a colleague of his some flowers on her birthday. He didn't even mention this to me, and I only found out because she put up a photograph of the flowers on Instagram and tagged him while thanking him. When I confronted him about it, he said I was being ridiculous, but I find it strange that he is buying another woman flowers. Am I overreacting, or is he the one who needs to examine his actions?Buying someone flowers isn't necessarily an issue because they cheer people up and are nice to receive on one's birthday. It doesn't necessarily imply that he is giving them to her in order to hurt you. Is there any other reason why you think what he did was inappropriate? Has your boyfriend hinted at an interest in this person? Are you angry with him about this because your relation..
                 

The Arabian bites

7 days ago  
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Is kung pao chicken experimental? It could well be. In fact, even a decade ago, you'd be considered gutsy for ordering the dish and probably also be the odd one out among a batch of safe players who could have opted for anything between butter chicken and gobi manchurian. Things are different today. How else does one explain the opening of eight major standalone restaurants, all located in prime neighbourhoods, and all of them Mediterranean? But in 2004, Moshe's was the first of its kind, and it became a sort of icon in the city when it came to Middle Eastern food. Today, Moshe Shek, its owner, is thrilled to hear that there is in fact something called World Hummus Day. Moshe Shek "I had no idea that there's a day dedicated to hummus, but I think it's fabulous because it only means that hummus has taken over the world! It's a great dish and so simple to make. I often teach it in my studio and it's interesting, because there are so many myths around it. Hummus deserved this place," he s..
                 

Mumbai: SoBo's new at-track-tion at Priyadarshini Park gets athletes on their toes

7 days ago  
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It was smiles and speedy miles at the Priyadarshini Park (PDP), Napean Sea Road, on Sunday morning, as the community gathered to witness the inauguration of the new athletics track. The makeover of PDP's old track was long overdue, with the original 1988 old synthetic track showing signs of wear and tear. In December last year, a new track was gifted to PDP by Reliance Foundation. The new 400m, eight-lane track costing approximately R4 crore was opened to applause, short speeches and the release of ceremonial balloons, as SoBo's swish set soaked in the sun and sporty sentiment. MemoriesThe part where the track is placed is now called Priyadarshini Park-Rasikbhai Meswani Sports Complex (the late Rasikbhai was Dhirubhai Ambani's brother-in-law). B A Desai, president, Malabar Hill Citizens Forum (MHCF), which has developed and maintains the PDP, said, "My association with the Meswanis goes back a long way. Rasikbhai was full of life and liked white safari suits. At that time, the all perv..
                 

Corridor of Faith puts PM Narendra Modi in a spot

7 days ago  
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Varanasi: "Narendra Modi has changed the very DNA of Kashi (Varanasi). How could this happen to a living heritage like this holy city? The pradhan mantri is driving away aboriginals from Kashi, which their forefathers built centuries ago? Modi cannot alter Varanasi's fakkadpan (free spirit)," said an angry Mahant of influential Akhara Goswami Tulsidas, Vishwambhar Nath Mishra. Mishra, who works as a professor of electronics engineering in Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), and heads Sankat Mochan Foundation, minces no words while accusing the PM and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of demolishing ancient temples, heritage buildings and displacing thousands of residents to make way for Modi's dream project — the Kashi-Vishwanath Corridor. Ancient temples and heritage buildings have been demolished, and thousands displaced to make way for Modi's dream project, the Kashi-Vishwanath Corridor. Pics/Dharmendra Jore Some 50,000 square metres..
                 

Mumbai: 16-year-old girl dies in minor fire in Dadar

7 days ago  
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A 16-year-old girl, Shravani Ashok Chavan, died in a fire that broke out in a room on the third floor of a five-storey building inside the Dadar police station compound at around 1:30 pm on Sunday. While the police have registered a case of accidental death, they are looking into the possibility of her death being a suicide after witnesses at the spot mentioned that she may have self-immolated. Some fire officials too suspected it to be the case. "We have seen such cases before. Only one person died and there were no other injuries. There is a chance that she may have set herself on fire. But we can only know for sure once the police have conducted their investigation," said the official. Chavan resided on the third floor of the building located in the Dadar police colony Police officials said that the girl's father, Ashok Chavan, is an official at the Vakola police station. Sunil Sahdev Gavkar, Divisional Assistant Commissioner of Police, said, that at this moment it was premature to ..
                 

Stories we tell

8 days ago  
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Telling stories, and more so, concisely, is second nature to Satish deSa. Having spent 21 years in advertising, from 1995 to 2016, as a copywriter, "fitting stories into 30 and 60 seconds" for television, meant he could sell anything to anyone. All he needed was a brief from a client. A similar 'brief' came from his daughter, Zoe, when she was three years old. Disinterested in the Snow Whites, Cinderellas and Queen Elsas of her time, she asked her father to tell a story of the fan that was whirring above her head. "He did make up a very good story," Satish's wife Sheetal, a teacher with Tridha school, recalls. It was at that point that a window opened up for deSa. "I discovered a magical place, where everything was believable: fairies existed, animals could speak, a tree could walk, and rainbows could enter homes and play with you." When his son Zac was born, this world grew bigger and so did his imagination. "The look on their faces when I told them a story, was overwhelming. It would..
                 

Let's talk museums

8 days ago  
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Mumbai's museums are a representation of the city's cultural dynamism. With each passing year, the role of these museums has evolved significantly. Their primary goal of serving researchers is increasingly shifting to serving the general public and also supporting the development of communities. Thus, to mark the International Museums Day, a panel discussion will be held on Friday, May 17, at The National Gallery of Modern Art to examine some of the city's unique and unconventional museums. As part of this, coordinator of Dharavi Design Museum on Wheels, Kruti Saraiya, object theatre artist Choiti Ghosh and director of archaeology and museums for the government of Maharashtra, Dr Tejas Garge, will be in conversation with oral historian Avehi Menon. These experts will discuss how the role of museums has evolved in a changing world where there is sustained clamour for more openness, and collective involvement in dealing with issues that impact communities. Dr Tejas Garge Garge, who is wo..
                 

The maker of good coffee, and a nation's future

8 days ago  
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Israel's Consul General in Mumbai Yaakov Finkelstein was in kindergarten when the news of his country's fourth Prime Minister Golda Meir's death broke. Finkelstein, now 45, carries vivid memories of that day. "It was December 8, 1978. All the kids were taken to the next-door kindergarten that had a TV set only to show Mrs Meir's final journey. Pictures of the gigantic sea of umbrellas during her rain-drenched funeral have stayed with me," he recalls. It was years later that he learned the reasons why she was called Israeli politics' Iron Lady. "Her relentless contribution to the betterment of the people and her support for the Zionist Movement are unforgettable." Born in Kiev, Ukraine on May 3, 1898, Meir moved to the United States with her family when she was eight. In 1906, the family relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Meir helped out at the family grocery store. Eventually, she began working for a Jewish homeland in Palestine, joining the Labour Zionist Organisation. In 1921,..
                 

Mumbai: US-based organisation organises party in Kurla to test HIV

8 days ago  
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A night before the year's Pride March, Impulse Group, a US-based organisation, dedicated to promoting healthier sexual lifestyles among gay men, organised a party at a Kurla nightclub. The highlight was a fully enclosed, rapid, HIV-testing booth. Of the 300 people who turned up, over 50 got tested. "It was a significant number because people are anxious to sign up for HIV testing and that's why they delay it," says journalist Vinay N, a volunteer at Impulse. "The worry is if I'm tested positive, will I be able to cope with it? And, of course, what will people think?" According to him, what encouraged participants to even enter the booth was the security in numbers. The courage came from watching their friends sign up. The results — only for the participant to see — were promptly handed out in 10 minutes. Standard HIV testing, usually done by taking a blood sample and sending to a lab, can take up to two weeks. At the party, those who were positive were then guided on t..
                 

Mumbai: Identical stalls to make footpaths at Fort more pedestrian-friendly

8 days ago  
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The footpaths at Fort precinct have long been a tricky space for pedestrians and tourists to negotiate, mainly due to their uneven surface and stalls, which leave little room for walking. But, the BMC finally seems to have a solution. The heritage department has decided to regulate the vendors by giving an identical look to all the stalls in the area. As part of the '6cr pilot project, first initiated by Additional Municipal Commissioner Idzes Kundan, the BMC will refurbish an 850-metre section of MG Road, including two stretches from Flora Fountain to Regal Cinema and Kala Ghoda junction to the Standard Chartered Bank. Apart from creating footpaths made of concrete, the BMC is also planning standardised signage for shops, street furniture for people to sit on and lights that maintain the heritage look of the area. At present, there are a total of 83 vendors on MG Road, said an official from the heritage department. According to the official, due to haphazard construction of stalls, p..
                 

Byculla museum death: BMC orders probe, cops to wait for it before action

9 days ago  
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A day after Dr Arnawaz Havewala succumbed to her injuries sustained in an accident at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum last month, civic chief Ajoy Mehta ordered an inquiry into the incident on Friday. The Byculla police, too, have registered an FIR in the case and are awaiting the BMC's inquiry report, promising strict action against those found guilty. Corporators, along with Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, in separate letters to Mehta, had demanded inquiry and action against INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage), the agency that maintains the museum. The civic chief has instructed deputy municipal commissioner Sunil Dhamne to conduct an inquiry into the incident. "I have asked for a report on the incident in the museum and action will be taken accordingly," said Mehta. Civic officials said that the inquiry is expected to take about a week and will focus on fixing responsibility for the incident which led to the death of Dr Havewala. The Bhau Daji Lad Museum, at Byculla ..
                 

The change-maker on Peddar Road

9 days ago  
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You can't have only one valentine — if you love food over people. This we know, because on a Valentine's Day morning, when we dropped by Light of Persia (LoP), a glass of chai and bun maska is gently placed on our table. Its present owner, Safar Ali Karimi sits in front of us. What he says next isn't something we've heard before in this city where time is at a premium. "Before you say something, finish eating," he says. And we can't choose what to dig into first. We hold Light of Persia close to our heart, not because the food is mouth-watering or its interiors are Instagrammable, but because it is a restaurant that truly serves it's purpose — satisfying hunger pangs. And to do that in a neighbourhood that we dare say is elitist, and do it for 90 years, is out of the ordinary. Although the signboard says "established in 1928", the family doesn't have a date or month as to when Hasan Mohammed Karimi, Safar Ali's grandfather, started the restaurant. "So we celebrate it on my ..
                 

Mothers with a message

9 days ago  
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A 360-degree changeFor Mugdha Joshi, validation of her efforts to inculcate love and respect for nature in her son Kabir came when she wasn't around to nudge him towards making a sustainable choice. "He had a cold, and reliant as we are on tissues, his preschool teacher offered him one. With all the articulation of a three-year-old, he told her, 'No tissue. Trees cut'. For him, using cloth napkins is what's normal," says the Bandra-based lactation consultant. But to define this normal has been a long-drawn process, starting with Joshi, 33, changing her own lifestyle — from using bamboo toothbrushes, switching to shampoo bars, not ordering groceries and food online to always carrying cloth bags and steel dabbas for shopping. For her son, however, the trajectory was somewhat different. "Kabir is only three, but I have already changed three schools because the education he receives cannot be at loggerheads with the value system I want to raise him with. So, if I give him a steel dab..
                 

Will Govinda pen his autobiography?

10 days ago  
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Govinda launched sister Kamini Khanna's autobiography, Kamini Aisi Hi Hai, at a Juhu auditorium. The actor quipped that he would have to first improve his language skills to pen his life story. We hope the actor does it soon - it will be one helluva of a story from his Virar days, acing his dance moves to his fallout with old Bollywood aides. Till early 2000, Govinda was considered a bankable actor in the film industry but after that, his films started bombing at box-office. In an interview last year, the actor talking about his film choices in recent years said, "I don't have any regrets about my film choices. I always did films based on my gut feeling. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. I think when you feel pressured by failures then, it's a sign of weak human being. Experiencing ups and downs is a part of every individual's life." Govinda with his brother Kirti Kumar during a Kamini Khanna's book launch at Juhu Jagruti Hall, Ville Parle in Mumbai Govinda further added, "W..
                 

How engineers' strike will affect bridge repairs in Mumbai

10 days ago  
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Even before the monsoon can challenge the city's crumbling infrastructure, discontent among civic officials has already begun to hamper work. As many as 42 engineers of the BMC's Bridges department have decided to go on a mass leave as a sign of protest against the arrest of SO Kori, former Chief Engineer of the department. He was arrested on Tuesday over the Foot Over Bridge collapse that killed seven earlier this year. Last week, there was also news about the slow pace of road repair work in the city ahead of the monsoon. As on date, 40 bridge project works, 170 minor repairs on city's bridges and 47 major repair works are pending, which were to be taken care of before the monsoon. However, with the engineers going on leave till May 21, the work will not be supervised. Also Read: Mumbai: Central Railway shuts two major bridges at Kurla sending commuters into frenzy Bridge repair work at the Bycullta-Parel flyover has been affected owing to election duty postings of civic officia..
                 

Mumbai: Bhau Daji Lad Musuem, lift vendor blame each other after freak mishap kills dentist

10 days ago  
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Less than a fortnight since celebrated dentist Arnavaz Havewala, 63, and her daughter, Hera, 24, were involved in a horrific accident in the lift at the Bhau Daj Lad museum housed inside the Byculla zoo, Havewala passed away of a cardiac arrest at Masina Hospital in Byculla on Thursday morning. Museum staff said that the incident occurred on April 28 afternoon when Dr Havewala and her daughter were coming down from the library on the first floor to the documentation centre on the ground floor. "The lift is meant for the disabled or the elderly. After they entered the lift, the door was not closed properly and the lift got stuck. The staff members tried to get them out through the first floor but were unable to. They were talking to them to keep them calm while trying to figure out how to get them out, when the lift suddenly collapsed," said a staff member adding that the lift did not hit the bottom but fell to around 10 feet. The staff said that the distance between the two floors is a..
                 

Say watt?

10 days ago  
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Why does every artist need to be a great storyteller? Back in 1961, American author Robert Heinlein attempted to address this question in his novel Stranger in a Strange Land. Paying homage to French sculptor Auguste Rodin, he wrote, "Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become." But he went on to say, that to be a great artist like Rodin, one would have to "look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is...and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be..." Antariksha Sanchar held at Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi last year But we're living in a world where the definition of art goes beyond painters, sculptors or illustrators — where the choice of material is immaterial. Our case in point being 38-year-old media artist Avinash Kumar who plays with light and motion to create extraordinary installations. These can range from mythological motifs projected behind Bharatanatyam dan..
                 

Coincidence? Malaika Arora wears 'heartbroken' tee after Arjun Kapoor's wedding statement

11 days ago  
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It isn't that long when Malaika Arora was seen flaunting her 'love' in front of the paparazzi. Earlier this month, Malaika was spotted wearing a 'LOVE' slogan tee when papped by the shutterbugs near her gym at Bandra, Mumbai. Check it out! Malaika Arora/picture courtesy: Yogen Shah The actress is often seen working out, be it the gym or her dance class, and it is evident enough that Malaika Arora takes her fitness seriously. Also Read: Did Malaika Arora flaunt her 'love' for Arjun Kapoor in front of the paparazzi? The news of Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora has been doing the rounds for the longest time, and while neither Arjun nor Malaika hadn't been forthcoming about their plans, Arjun seems to have finally broken his silence on the matter now. In an interview with DNA, Arjun Kapoor has said that he's in no hurry to get married. The statement read: "No, I am not. I'm 33 and you have to take my word when I say, I'm in no hurry to get married." In an interaction with Bombay Times, ..
                 

Death by Garbage: Man dies under weight of waste in Kurla

11 days ago  
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The roof that shelters ended up taking the life of a 48-year-old man when it came crashing down on him owing to the pressure of mounds of garbage over it. Abdul Rashid Qureshi, a resident of Pathan Chawl in Kurla's Qureshi Nagar allegedly suffocated to death under the pile of garbage that caused the roof to collapse over him. His 65-year-old mother, however, survived with minor injuries. Residents from houses built on the hill throw garbage from their homes, onto the roofs of the ones located below them. Many structures here have developed cracks due to the weight of the garbage even as the BMC continues to be a silent spectator awaiting a disaster. Also Read: Mumbai: Under pressure from High Court, BMC dumps waste at Kanjurmarg Sadiya Bale, resident of Pathan Chawl, on Wednesday complained to the police regarding the garbage dumping issue. Pics/Sayyed Sameer Bedi Qureshi and his mother Rahemadi were having their breakfast when the roof of their one-room chawl fell on them. Accord..
                 

His new hairdo just puts me off

11 days ago  
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I have a weird problem with my boyfriend. We have been together for a little over six months and I was madly in love with him until a week ago when he changed his hairdo. He seems like a different person now. I know this makes me sound like an extremely shallow person, but I don't feel like being seen with him because I think he looks strange. I tried explaining this to him and he was offended. Should I ask him to just go back to the hairdo he had, or should I end this relationship?You're right about this making you sound like a shallow person. There are a few questions I suggest you ask yourself, starting with why you chose to get into a relationship with your boyfriend. Was it the way he looked? Was there nothing about his personality, or anything that went beyond his hairdo, that appealed to you? If your answer is yes, this is doomed because hairdos aren't known as traditional foundation stones for successful relationships. Also ask yourself what it is about the new look that puts y..
                 

Anurag Basu's Rabindranath Tagore film reaches more eyes

12 days ago  
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On Rabindranath Tagore's 158th birth anniversary yesterday, the series, Stories By Rabindranath Tagore, was made accessible to a larger audience by making it available in English and Tamil, apart from its original Hindi version. Directed by Anurag Basu, the series features Radhika Apte, Sumeet Vyas and Amrita Puri, and has music by Arijit Singh, Shaan and Shalmali Kholgade. Anurag Basu The 26-episode series streams as premium content on a channel. Vyas said in a statement: "Tagore is a national treasure, and getting an opportunity to be part of such a series makes me proud. Most of us have heard about Tagore, but how many of us actually know his work? I think this series will work wonders in bringing people closer to one of the greatest cultural and philosophical minds of our country. The series traverses the expansive frame of Tagore's writing; brings to life some of his most iconic characters". Akul Tripathi, content and programming head of the platform, said it is wonderful to be ab..
                 

Winner, winner, chicken dinner

12 days ago  
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In the first two weeks of moving into the neighbourhood, we would often notice a huddle around a table right outside Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour Church in Chembur East. Our curiosity piqued, we asked the autorickshaw driver one day to slow down enough for us to see what everyone seemed to be flocking to. Luckily for us, it turned out to be a chicken st­a­ll that serves a range of st­arters, served with naan or wrapped into a roll, making late working ni­ghts — when our brain has switched off and the thought of food only occurs as we are nearing home — easier. We go there at around 10 on a Thursday night to browse through the menu. Mohammad Ramzan, who is manning the stall, tells us it's a verbal affair. We order their seekh kebab (Rs 120 per plate of four full kebabs) and a plate of red queen special boneless tikka (Rs 280 per plate), a part of which we convert into a roll. Shahi lollipop While we wait for the marinated meat to be cooked in front of us, Ra..
                 

Mumbai: Your bus stop will be announced in 3 languages, but not by conductor

12 days ago  
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Bandra tation! Chala utra! Tation aala!" these helpful announcements by your BEST conductor will no longer exist. His personal touch will soon make way for declarations recorded crisply and flawlessly in three languages, courtesy GPS-tracked data. The announcements, tagged with LED signboards, are becoming a common feature in the city's buses as part of the Rs 112 crore Intelligent Transport Management System project (ITMS). BEST buses have a special place in Mumbai's social life, with generations recalling the nostalgia of punched paper tickets, the rope-pulled bells, the double decker buses, and the conductor calling out names of bus stops in his unique style. Also Read: Watch video: BEST bus catches fire at Goregaon in Mumbai A speaker for the announcements in a BEST bus. The conductor's announcements about bus stops in his unique accent and style will be missed Each conductor was unique "The precision, unique accent and style of each bus conductor while announcing stops will b..
                 

What's in this sub?

12 days ago  
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Who would have thought that a stretch underneath the ground could also be a Foley artist's dream? The sound of chugging trains and their sharp sirens have hardly faded when we find ourselves inside this underground world. The annoying ring of wind-up toys, the hurried rustle of time-strapped commuters, the clamour of chattering shopkeepers and customers, all create a grand cacophony... like a an apt background score to the imagery of the bustling CSMT Subway. It is hard to picture the space quiet and empty, but that very well could be its future. In March, the BMC issued a notice to the shopkeepers inside asking them to vacate the space as part of the civic body's move to clear up congestion on the stretch. The legal battle that ensued, and is on-going, has not only left owners in the lurch, but has also rendered the fate of their shops and that of 250 workers uncertain. But they say make hay when the sun shines for a reason, and we decided to do just that. Irrespective of what the fut..
                 

INS Ranjit sails into sunset culminating 36 years of Glorious Era

13 days ago  
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INS Ranjit, a Rajput class destroyer was decommissioned at a solemn yet grand ceremony at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam culminating a glorious era on 06 May 19. The Decommissioning Ceremony was attended by officers and sailors of the commissioning crew as well as others who have been part of Ranjit’s voyage over the last 36 years. The Chief Guest for the occasion was His Excellency Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi PVSM AVSM YSM NM VSM ADC (Retd) Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands who was also a part of the commissioning crew. The Decommissioning Ceremony was graced by 16 officers and 10 sailors from the commissioning crew and 23 erstwhile Commanding Officers. The ship commissioned on 15 September 1983 by Captain Vishnu Bhagwat in erstwhile USSR has rendered yeoman service to the nation for 36 years. The ship has been helmed by 27 commanding officers and the last commanding officer, Captain Vikram C Mehra has been in command since 06 Jun 17. The ship sin..
                 

Mumbai: Colaba resident finds cockroach inside Dahi Vada ordered from popular resident

13 days ago  
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What was supposed to be a light Sunday dinner turned out to be a buggy affair for Maharukh Irani, 76, and her family. They had ordered food from the popular eatery Kailash Parbat in Colaba. Halfway through the meal, Irani was horrified after spotting a cockroach inside the vada she had taken a bite of. Her family later sent a written complaint to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday demanding action against the restaurant. Big roach Irani's son-in-law, Pervez Cooper said their order had been delivered by the restaurant's staff. "My mother-in-law took a bite of the vada and felt something hard inside it. When she looked closer, she realised it was a big cockroach. We were shocked seeing something like this from a restaurant of such repute," said Cooper. When Cooper brought the matter to the restaurant's notice, they apologised and refunded the money. Also Read: Mumbai: Chembur family served chicken, rice with cockroach on the side Maharukh Irani. Pic/Bipin Kokate ..
                 

Take a sad song, make it better

13 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
We are waiting with another person for Joe Vessoakar outside his house in a tiny bylane off Bandra's Chapel Road when a lively, almost musical voice calls out saying, "Tanaz," our companion's name. Vessoakar is standing at the mouth of the narrow road wearing black trousers, a blue shirt, black waistcoat and a beaming smile that reveals his happiness at meeting her. There is a hat protecting his bald head from the sun and dark sunglasses covering his eyes. That's his uniform when he's at work, and the multi-instrumentalist - one of Mumbai's last remaining funeral musicians - has just returned from one that ended around noon, and we help him carry a large drum and a suitcase with a flugelhorn inside it while he leads us up a flight of steps to his cosy home. A still from the film, What Man, Joe! This home is known in the area as The Sound of Music. Four generations of musicians have been practising various types of instruments here over the years, their notes wafting into the houses of ..
                 

In sync for summer

13 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
Contrast is passe. And celebrities are bringing back the trend of wearing coordinated sets from the 50s, this summer. "Wearing the same pattern or colour in all the elements of your outfit was also big in 2009 due to the economic downturn, which had people shopping at thrift stores," says Mumbai stylist Isha Bhansali. The new avatar of this vintage look has women pairi­ng summer-savvy tops with corres­p­onding bottoms. Here are four ha­ndpicked styles you ought to try. Flared/balloon sleeves* While they work well for those with a pear-shaped body, they make apple-shaped bodies look broader.* Opt for big prints like polka dots, and larger dots if you are on the heavier side.* It's a versatile outfit. So, you can pair it with sneakers for a casual feel or heels for a serious one.* If you're looking for a formal vibe, don't over-accessorise.* Cold shoulders are another option that work well. Sonakshi Sinha Layered* Pick a light jacket or a shrug to complete your co-ord set..
                 

Once upon a time in Burma

13 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
In our country, sharing forms the backbone of most meals. And not far away, in neighbouring Myanmar, the ethos apparently is much the same. There, people sit together before a community tray bamboo set, which typically comprises piles of rice, different curries, as well as sweets. Each individual has a small plate, but everyone takes their food from the shared bamboo set. We learn of this tradition from Ankit Patil — owner of a seven-year-old vegetarian Burmese restaurant that is all set to launch their celebratory Thingyan menu next week that embodies this spirit of eating — who was travelling through the country in March. "This is how a community in Myanmar eats on a daily basis. They all sit on low stools and pass the food around," Patil tells us. Ankit Patil stirring khao suey in Mon state in 2019 "When we started off with our Mumbai outlet, my chef and I had travelled extensively within Yangon and Mandalay, so the menu predominantly featured dishes from those cities. B..
                 

My marriage to a stranger lacks spice

13 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
My parents insisted on an arranged marriage a few months ago. I didn't object because I was not interested in dating and knew I would stay single without their intervention. It has been three months since our marriage, but I have no feelings for him at all. We like each other's company and he is a pleasant, kind person, but there is no spark and we have little in common. I know this is something I should have thought about before, but how do I start loving him? I really want this to work.The argument about arranged marriages versus love marriages will probably rage on for the next century much as it has for the past one. It all boils down to what one's definition of love is. Is it a feeling of wanting to be with someone all the time? Caring about that person's needs? Respecting and trusting them? It is all of this and so much more. You have been with this man for three months now and describe him as kind and pleasant. Finding what you have in common is difficult when you haven't spent ..
                 

Kangana Ranaut derides Cong, says Indians were slaves of 'Italian govt'

20 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Mumbai: Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut has said Indians were, in the past, enslaved by an 'Italian government', in a veiled jibe at the Congress party. The 32-year-old, while speaking to reporters after casting her vote at a polling station in Khar area in Mumbai on Monday, said, "This (polling day) is a very important day for us, it comes only once in five years. I feel India is gaining independence today in real sense. Earlier, Indians were slaves of British, Mughal and Italian governments. Please exercise your Swaraj (independence) and vote." The 'Italian government' remark is an apparent reference to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who was born and raised in Italy. Gandhi was the president of the Congress party for nearly two decades before handing over responsibilities to her son Rahul Gandhi in December 2017. Kangana went on to say that the situation that prevailed in the country was the worst during Congress' government at the Centre. "The political leaders used to chill in Lond..
                 

Roll call time

20 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Thanks to our time spent in North India, we belong to that bunch of foodies who will settle for nothing short of the ideal version each time we decide to try out a new eatery. And so we set out to try a parantha and roll delivery kitchen that has recently opened in Chembur. We use an app to order classics like aloo and mooli parantha (R160 each), as well as a chicken tikka roll (R150), chicken shawarma (R110) and a double chicken omelette roll (R190). The service is abysmally slow: we wait for about an hour and 15 minutes for our order to arrive, contrary to their promise of 40 minutes. The reason, we learn is that since it's a home kitchen, all the ingredients aren't available. Chicken tikka roll. Pics/Datta Kumbhar The aloo parantha has a decent amount of filling, but lacks salt. And the biggest miss — especially if you've enjoyed countless, delicious North Indian versions — is that the parantha is served without any makkhan. We move on to the mooli parantha, only to r..
                 

Elections 2019: No guidance at booths, claim furious citizens

20 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
One of the major issues faced by the voters of the Mumbai North West constituency was that most of their names were missing from the voters' list, and they did not get much guidance at the polling booths. Those who did not find their names on the list, had to return without casting their votes, and they even complained that the officials posted at the polling stations could not address their queries. The fight in the constituency is between sitting MP and Shiv Sena – BJP candidate Gajanan Kirtikar and Congress NCP candidate Sanjay Nirupam. Due to the scorching summer heat, most people preferred to vote in the early morning and evening hours. Long queues were spotted outside polling stations at Jogeshwari East, Goreagaon, Dindoshi, Andheri East and Versova. The Pathak family whose names were missing from the list Missing names A family of three — senior citizen Parashar Pathak, his wife Anju Pathak and daughter Silky Pathak had landed at the Gyan Kendra School in Andheri..
                 

Meet the Marxes

20 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Those who take on the world with ideas that outlive them belong as much — perhaps more — to it as they do to their families. While their work and public lives are well-documented, the personal side often remains obscured; the hardships and sacrifices taking a backseat as glory, at times infamy, take centre stage. In Jenny von Westphalen, however, Karl Marx didn't just find a companion who provided him emotional strength and succour as the Marxes battled penury, persecution and the death of four of their children, but also an unrelenting collaborator as he analysed the flaws of capitalism and provided an alternative that continues to stir up impassioned debates. On the political theorist and revolutionary's 201st birth anniversary on May 5, Michaela Talwar and Satchit Puranik are bringing together their German and Indian backgrounds in the new play Mrs & Marx, to present what they call an impossible love story. Michaela Talwar Playing themselves, the city-based artist..
                 

Mumbai: Voters, poll officials confused over ban on mobile phones

20 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
The 'No Mobile Phones' diktat issued by the Election Commission for voters at polling centres had a rather ambiguous implementation. While some carried it along inside the polling booth, others were asked to keep it out. With directions about phones not being allowed in the 100 meters vicinity of polling stations, the Election Commission had not made any provisions for safekeeping of phones. Also Read: Election 2019: Mumbai scrapes through in voting report card The rule ended up confusing voters across the city. Many were unaware of the 'no phone' policy and were left waiting outside the polling centres. The EC had issued such orders after some voters were found clicking pictures while voting during the last elections. Salman Khan, SRK, Ranveer Singh, Kangana, Bachchans step out for voting While most polling stations had police officials preventing voters from carrying their phones inside, there was no security checking of the bags that some voters carried, "thus making it d..
                 

Elections 2019: Regular voters find their name missing at polling booth

20 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
In times when Mumbaikars are criticised for not turning up to vote, many people in the North constituency could not vote because their names were missing from the electoral list. All of them have been voting in many elections, even from the same polling booths. Gyanchand Somani, a 61-year-old Gorai resident, was frustrated after running around from one polling station to another, to find his and his wife's name in the voters' list. "This is not the first time I am voting. And my address has also not changed. How is it possible that my name is not in the list?" questioned Somani. Bharat Desai's name was also missing Bharat Desai, a 71-year-old resident of Eksar was also shocked to find that his name was not in the list. "I have been living on D N Mhatre Road for so many years and have always voted from St Rocks' school poll station," said Desai. Nityanand Nair, who was born and brought up in LIC Colony in Borivali west had the same story to tell. "My entire family is missing from th..
                 

I wish to get out of my bad marriage

20 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
I have been trapped in a bad marriage for years now. My husband doesn't respect me, we fight constantly, and nothing we have done to fix this has worked. I know we will never be happy together, because he won't change, and I am tired of trying to make him happy. I would like to end this nightmare, but I can't tell my family about this because they won't support me. They believe I should be with him no matter what and that I should try and make it work. My husband has given up on this a long time ago and probably has relationships with other women that I know nothing about. I don't care if he does either because we have been living separate lives for years now. My family will refuse to accept the fact that we have tried for years and failed. Without their support, it will be impossible for me to get a divorce and move on. What should I do?Families can be tricky when we are raised to believe that they will always stand by us, because they sometimes don't. We believe what we are condition..
                 

Elections 2019: Dog, best companion-turned into-campaigner in Mumbai

20 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A dog with pro-BJP stickers on its body was detained along with his master in north Maharashtra's Nandurbar town where polling for the Lok Sabha elections took place Monday. Eknath Motiram Chaudhary (65), a resident of Navnathnagar area, was spotted with his dog near Andhare hospital Monday afternoon. The dog's body was found covered with stickers bearing the BJP's symbol and the message "Modi Lao, Desh Bachao" (Vote for Modi and save the country), a local police official said. As the polling was underway, police had received a complaint about the dog and his master who were roaming around the town, he said. A case was registered against Choudhary under section 171 (A) of the IPC for violation of election rules which prohibit campaigning on polling day. The police have asked the municipal corporation to take custody of the dog, the official added. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to ge..
                 

'We will keep our chicks away so that you can cast your valuable vote'

21 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
More than 3.11 crore voters spread across 17 Lok Sabha constituencies will cast their vote today, in the final phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra. While voters across North Maharashtra, Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and parts of Western Maharashtra gears up to cast their valuable votes come April 29, a popular restaurant in Malad added its own twist in order to urge its patron and voters to cast their votes as responsible citizens. While the Mumbai votes today, innumerable initiatives have come up in the city with innovative ways to encourage people to exercise their franchise. However, a suburban restaurant in Malad came up with a cheeky poster to encourage voters to cast their valuable vote. The cheeky message by Uncle's Kitchen, Malad requests voters to cast their voters on April 29, 2019 Uncle's Kitchen in Malad is a popular eatery and it put up a rather quirky poster on the wall outside their restaurant. The poster on the wall of Uncle's Chicken read, "We will keep o..
                 

Elections 2019: This how Mumbai police helped senior voters at booths

21 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Polling for the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha polls began on Monday in 71 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across nine states. Over 12.79 crore voters will decide the fate of 945 candidates today. Mumbai Police on Twitter shared a heartwarming post of senior citizens at the polling booths.  Mumbai police on Twitter known for their quirky yet remarkable tweets, share an impactful message of senior citizens of Mumbai setting an example for the youth of the city with their active voting. Leading by example, they vote till this age so that democracy lives longer and healthier! They have fulfilled their responsibility of creating a legacy, it is our responsibility to keep it alive. MRA Marg policemen assisting senior citizens to vote comfortably #LetsVoteMumbai pic.twitter.com/lDUkJyJSVm — Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) April 29, 2019 The Mumbai police is also seen helping the elderly voters at the polling booths by holding their hand and offering them assistance as th..
                 

Colleges to soon require one MMC expert on panel probing negligence

21 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Soon, medical colleges might have to keep one expert from the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) to address cases of medical negligence. MMC wrote to the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) earlier this month, asking them to implement this across the state. "We have written to DMER, asking them to introduce one council member on the expert panel investigating medical negligence cases in medical colleges. This would help in bringing more transparency and better judgment of orders," said Shivkumar Utture, president of MMC. Dr TP Lahane, director, DMER confirmed receiving the request, "The proposal is extremely welcoming but before coming to a conclusion, we need to discuss it with the council members." So far, around 500 cases of medical negligence or issues regarding treatment are still pending with the council. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Teen slashed with knife, looted of Rs 7k, cell

21 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
A teenager lost his hard-earned money that he was taking home to Bihar, when four to five people looted it. The accused, one of whom attacked him with a knife are at large, and he feels it is God's grace that he is alive and with his family. Dharmesh Sharma, 19, a resident of Kalyan, works as a JCB operator. According to Sharma, on April 23, he wanted to go to Bihar by a train which starts from Kalyan railway station. At the inquiry window he was told it would arrive at 11 pm. A person standing nearby claimed he was also going to Bihar and took him to platform 6. Later the man told him the train would start from Kurla (LTT) and after convincing him, took him there on the pretext of better seats. But at Kurla the accused took him to an isolated spot, and threatening him with a knife, asked him for his valuables. "I pushed him and started running away. But he attacked me with the knife," alleged Sharma. Soon, the man was joined by four-five more men who stole Rs 7,000 from Sharma, an..
                 

Mumbai's married middle class loves getting groceries online

21 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Busy Mumbaikars who cannot stop at the local vegetable vendor have found increasing comfort in stocking up their groceries from online portals offering attractive discounts and home delivery, a recent study has found. The study, titled, Assessing the Impact of Online Grocery Shopping in Mumbai found that middle class citizens spent the highest amount of time shopping online due to time constraints. The study found that people between the age group of 35-45, primarily married couples, are regular user of online grocery shopping portals. Representation pic/Getty Images The survey, conducted among 117 respondents in Mumbai, found that people between the age group of 35-45 are regular user of online grocery shopping portals like Amazon Pantry, Grofers, Nature's Basket, Big Basket and others. Married couples are more regular on the sites as well, due to their nature of their jobs. It also observed that websites combining offers or discounts on products along with home delivery services ..
                 

Perks of responsibility

21 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Tipsy tablesPut an end to your dry day blues at a five-star hotel that is offering buy-one-get-one deals on select alcoholic beverages till midnight. Also enjoy a flat 50 per cent off for items on buffet and set menus.On April 29 (Open 24 hours)At Hotel Sahara Star, opposite Domestic Airport, Vile Parle East.Call 39895000 Chicken feastGet 17 per cent off on the entire menu including chicken bhangra cocktail, pok pok chicken wings, and a new fruit cocktail at this Italian and fast food joint. Don’t forget to try your hand at the toys and games while you wait for your food.On April 29, 11 am to 1 amAt D:OH all Day Dining, Viviana Mall, Thane West.Call 61701415 A shortcut to AsiaThis restaurant serving Chinese and Thai cuisine in Goregaon isn’t new to offering discounts during elections. After a good response for this idea in 2014, the eatery is now offering a 20 per cent discount on food for one person per table.On April 29, 12 pm to 12.45 amAt The Tatu’s Nook, ne..
                 

Batting on the front foot

21 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Cricket can seem like a tedious game. You don't just play it for days. You play it for seasons. Winter in India. Summer in England. "But it's also a multi-dimensional profession, like all other sports," sports and performance psychologist Shree Advani tells us, explaining that it takes a lot out of a person at a mental, physical, emotional and spiritual level. Many of the lessons that players pick up on the way, however, can also apply to individuals in other careers. Those insights are now in the public domain in the form of The Barefoot Coach (Westland), a book that Paddy Upton — mental conditioning coach of India's World Cup winning national team of 2011, and head coach of Rajasthan Royals — has written. We pick five of his key revelations from the title so that you, too, can gain from his experience, no matter what field of work you belong to. 1. Keep your ego in checkUpton comes clean about the biggest professional mistake in his life to illustrate how a person's ego ..
                 

Elections 2019: India's economic hub in high stakes election war

21 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai  
Stretching from the imposing skyrises of Colaba and Malabar Hill to the fishermen's colonies in Worli, the prestigious VVIP Mumbai South Lok Sabha constituency is the richest in the country making it a high-stakes affair for the two main contestants - Shiv Sena sitting MP Arvind G. Sawant and rival Milind M. Deora of the Congress. Despite being wealthy, the constituency is barely 'generous' in exercising its franchise - it was way back in 1967, when George Fernandes won on a single point agenda of providing sufficient water supply to all, that 67.42 per cent electorate voted. Again in 1991, the voting percentage plummeted to an abysmal 38.65, giving credence to the belief that people in high-rises remain indifferent to the political process. But in 2014 the percentage went up to a modest 52.48. The population of Mumbai South is approximately 20 lakh and the voter strength is 14,85,846 including 15 per cent of some of the country's richest, a large 70 per cent dollop of middle-class ..
                 

Mumbai: CST bridge collapse reminds infra agencies to conduct audits

one month ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Central Mumbai  
The bridge collapse at CSMT seems to have sent other public infrastructure developing agencies into a tizzy. While the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has decided to conduct the structural audits of its flyovers in Mumbai, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has asked its engineering department to visit the bridges/FOBs under their jurisdiction for an inspection. "We will begin the audit of the flyovers that are with MSRDC in Mumbai and a report will be prepared soon. Expert opinion will also be sought from the IIT engineers and if any repair work needs to be done, it will be taken up immediately," said an MSRDC official. He added that the crucial Sion Circle flyover will also be shut down for traffic in a few days "for repair work related to expansion joints and bearings." It will be shut for around two months. The Mumbai Entry Point Limited - the toll collection agency appointed by MSRDC at five entry points to Mumbai - carries out th..
                 

6 dead and 31 injured! How was this bridge declared safe?

2 months ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Central Mumbai  
A BMC-appointed structural consultant who had inspected the Foot Over Bridge on DN Road connecting CSMT station's north end seems to have failed to gauge its condition: the bridge collapsed on Thursday evening during evening peak hours killing six people and injuring 31. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a probe into the consultant's submitted report. The bridge was part of the audit ordered after the Elphinstone Road stampede in 2017. Fadnavis has announced compensation of R5 lakh to the kin of the dead and R50,000 compensation to the injured. Around two years back, the BMC's A ward office had started revamping the bridge in keeping with heritage look of the CSMT area. However, the iron rods that were visibly corroded as the locals pointed out crumbled and crushed passers-by last evening. The bridge was constructed in the 1980s and contractors were to be appointed for minor repairs to the bridge, said civic officials. A police officer inspects the site of the collapse. Pi..
                 

Karate kids

6 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
An unfortunate truth of the world we live in is that violence is on the rise and kids are just as vulnerable as us when it comes to people who will misuse their physical power to attack, rob, or bully. A self-defence workshop by Creative Catalyst for kids between the ages of four and 10 will teach them martial art techniques to protect themselves, along with exercises to develop assertiveness, tenacity and determination. Practising martial arts is also a good way for kids to grow stronger while building a healthy physique.ON: May 23, 4 pm to 5.30 pmAT: Creative Catalyst, 52, Manisha Building, NS Road number 12, Vithal Nagar, Juhu, Vile Parle West. CALL: 8879774499LOG ON TO: eventshigh.comCOST: Rs 1,000 Band aid Listen to a band mentored by a Bollywood singer Catch a band in action that redefines the word diversity. For, all seven members of AR Divine are proficient in seven different muscial genres. They have been mentored by playback singer Kailash Kher, and will explore elements of ..
                 

Exclusive: Saif Ali Khan's Naga Sadhu look in Laal Kaptaan: Intriguing details revealed

6 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
One half of two warring brothers, Saif Ali Khan's role of a Naga Sadhu in Navdeep Singh's upcoming revenge drama gained attention last year when photos of the actor in character, went viral. Rechristening their film - until now referred to as Hunter - to Laal Kaptaan, the makers unveil the first look of the actor today. Chronicling the toil put into looking the part, Khan, in a previous interview to mid-day, had said, "I had to invest two hours a day for the make-up. [Shooting for the film was] like going to war every day." Shot in the lesser known pockets of Rajasthan, Khan reveals that they filmed in "mud and heat" to add depth to its bitter premise. "I play a revengeful Naga Sadhu. He kills a British soldier, and wears a bandana to look cool." Saif Ali Khan in the film NH10 fame director Singh courted controversy last year when cinephiles pointed to the similarities between the look of Khan, and that of Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp in Pirates Of The Caribbean. Yet, the actor ..
                 

'People worry about the current climate'

6 hours ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
Unlike the relationship managers who, in the midst of this interview, urge us to refrain from posing "political questions", Clean Bandit isn't particularly perturbed about addressing the influence of the goings-on in society on their music. "Right now, everyone's terrified about what's happening, especially since Donald Trump became the most powerful man in the world," says Grace Chatto of the musician trio, reiterating her position as one who doesn't shy away from using her celebrity status to discuss pressing matters. Arguably their most successful track after the Grammy Award-winning Rather Be, the 2017 hit Rockabye, Chatto says, finds itself relevant again in the wake of the recently introduced anti-abortion legislation in Georgia. The song, "about a poor woman, left behind by the system" talks about the lengths she must go to, to raise a child as a single parent. "Women are forced to have babies, even if they can't survive," she says, the abhorrence attached to this fact requiring..
                 

What after #MeToo? mid-day gathers an update on harassment cases

yesterday  
News / Mid-Day/ Mumbai News  
After Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta's sexual harassment allegation against actor Nana Patekar, several survivors followed in her footsteps and shamed their molesters on social media. The four cases that remained the focus of the #MeToo campaign were those in which the survivors reached out to the police and registered an FIR: Datta's; filmmaker Vinta Nanda's rape case against actor Alok Nath; actor Kritika Sharma's case against casting director Vicky Sidana; and model Kate Sharma's case against director Subhash Ghai, which she withdrew in November 2018. The three cases seem to have reached a dead end, and the cops are helpless without any witnesses or circumstantial evidence to take the case further. Here's an update on everything that's happened so far: Tanushree Dutta v Nana Patekar The case: In September last year, Dutta alleged that Nana Patekar misbehaved with her on the set of Horn Ok Pleassss in 2008 while shooting for a special dance number. A case was registered against Pa..