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Kareena Kapoor takes her airport look a notch higher with this maxi dress

3 days ago  
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Kareena Kapoor Khan is often appreciated for her fashion sense, and once again, the actress took her airport look a notch higher with her cool blue outfit. Kareena was seen wearing a blue maxi dress, which she paired with a denim jacket and golden-black kolhapuri sandals. Take a look. Kareena Kapoor Khan/picture courtesy: Yogen Shah Now, you can ace your next casual look just like the Good Newwz actress, that too in an affordable way. Check out some great deals available on Amazon. Georgette A-Line Flared Maxi Dress: Made out of comfortable fabric, this dress is a good pick for your casual wear needs. This attractive dress will surely give you compliments for your sense of style. Get this one at the discounted price of Rs 699 only. Shop here. Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress: This red solid gathered cold shoulder maxi dress has a round neck and half sleeves. Pair this one with chunky accessories and get party-ready in a few easy steps. Get this one at the discounted price of Rs 399 only on A..
                 

Mumbai: Malabar Hill gets all-natural 'oxygen hub'

3 days ago  
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An old, dilapidated bawdi (well), tucked away in a corner of the Hanging Gardens at Malabar Hill, has undergone a facelift to give Mumbaikars an oxygen hub. The green zone, with free entry, houses a number of plants, including aloe vera, peace lily and pothos, which give off oxygen even at night. So, how does that happen? Plants need sunlight for photosynthesis that in turn helps them produce oxygen, but at night, certain plants undergo Crassulacean Acid Metabolism or CAM photosynthesis to produce oxygen. "At night, only respiration occurs in plants, i.e. inhaling oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. However, some studies have shown that photosynthesis in some plants occurs at night as well. This process is called Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM), which primarily occurs in desert plants that live off other plants. The plants that undergo CAM have been used in the oxygen hub at the Hanging Gardens [also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens]," said Sagar Doiphode, horticulture assistant,..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

3 days ago  
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The beauty and the happy beast Rohit Shetty and Karishma Tanna pose with an ominious but cheery gorilla to promote a reality show, at a five-star on Monday. Pic/ Anurag Ahire Freewheeling Sunday night at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CST) was no ordinary one as the odd passerby was greeted by a motorcycle stunt by freestyle stunt riding champion Aaron Colton. The American athlete is in the country for a show of his stunts later this week at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar but couldn't pass up on the stunning photo op. This diarist learnt that while on his pit-stop, he tried a wheelie and then some surfing at the landmark. Colton first learned to ride at the age of two only to become the youngest XDL National Stunt Riding Champion at 15. In the name of Saadat Hasan Manto Saadat Hasan Manto, one of the greatest Urdu writers of all time, lived only to the age of 42. But in that time, he left behind a prolific body of work that constitutes the highly acclaimed Ch..
                 

Mumbai: Aarey car shed at Royal Palms?

3 days ago  
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In all probability, the controversial car shed of the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro III will be shifted from Aarey Colony to a neighbouring residential complex, Royal Palms. Government sources said political bosses, especially Shiv Sena leaders, were of the opinion that the Palms's site was better in terms of technical and financial feasibility. The proposed car shed at Aarey has seen a series of intense agitations, legal fights and political activity during the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule. The Sena, which was in the government then, had also opposed the Aarey site, saying that the tree felling and construction disturbed the bio-diversity of the area, which actually was a forest. The Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government had appointed in December 2019 a high-level five-member committee under the additional chief secretary (finance) to identify alternative sites. The panel was given an extension last month to submit its recommendations. Other than Royal Palms, the panel is learn..
                 

Mumbai: Transgender constable Lalit Salve hitched after gender reassignment

3 days ago  
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Lalit Salve, 32, born Lalita, who shot to the limelight in 2018, after going public with his struggle to transform into a man, got married in his hometown, Beed, on Sunday. Lalit's wife, Seema, a third year Arts student, had been keenly following Lalit's transition from Lalita. Lalit's transition from Lalita, a woman constable from Beed, had started in April 2018. A month later, he sought the government's permission for the surgery, and to continue as a male constable afterwards. After going through a series of medical procedures, Salve stepped into a new phase of his life last year and he rejoined the service. And since then, his family has been looking for a suitable bride for him. "My parents were thinking I was getting too old for marriage, so they were looking for a girl," said Salve, chuckling. "Finally, a relative told them about Seema. I was sceptical about any woman accepting me after my transformation. I could understand how difficult it would be for anyone to digest the fact..
                 

Phishing scam: After Thane police keep mum, Solapur cops edge closer to cracking case

3 days ago  
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After mid-day's in-depth, weeklong investigation into the working of a Thane-based fake call centre Stage Door Communication Private Limited (SDCPL), lending company Bajaj Finance Ltd submitted a complaint to the Wagle Estate police on Monday. While the Thane police appear to be taking their time, the Solapur police have been probing SDCPL for duping a trio of R11.13 lakh and say they are close to making arrests. During the investigation, mid-day reporter Shirish Vaktania joined SDCPL as a sales employee where he was one of 200 callers who dupe hundreds of people of lakhs every day. The callers offer gullible people, especially farmers, loans at zero per cent interest and take their money in the form of an advance EMI. They made the scam look genuine by offering the loans in the name of Bajaj Finance. General Counsel of Bajaj Finance Ltd - Bajaj Finserv, Babu Rao said, "My team submitted a complaint letter to the Wagle Estate police and I met Thane's Commissioner of Police (CP) Vivek P..
                 

Mumbai: NGO volunteer rescues softshell turtles from kids in Powai

4 days ago  
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An alert volunteer of NGO Plant and Animals Welfare Society — Mumbai (PAWS-Mumbai) and Amma Care Foundation (ACF) managed to save two Indian softshell turtles in Powai from two kids on Sunday. The turtles were rescued by chance when Savita Karalkar happened to see the kids while travelling. Karalkar was on a BEST bus near Powai lake when she saw them carrying the turtles. She immediately got off the bus and confronted them. Karalkar said, "I informed PAWS-Mumbai and the turtles were rescued." Safety pin in oral cavity One of the turtles had a safety pin embedded in its oral cavity, so both were taken to a veterinarian. "We recovered a plastic thread from the boys who claimed to have used it to catch fish. They said they accidentally caught the turtles. They told us they were going to keep them as pets," said Nisha Kunju who led the rescue operation. "The safety pin was removed from the turtle's mouth. The wound was cleaned with betadine lotion. No deep wound was observed inside ..
                 

mid-day investigation: How online fraudsters trap their prey - A week inside a phishing centre

4 days ago  
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Mumbai and Thane police busted six such call centres in Thane, Mira Road and Bhayandar in 2019 but the action clearly seems inadequate as they continue to flourish. The modus operandi involves offering needy citizens loans against an insurance policy at attractive terms. As part of a week-long investigation, mid-day penetrated the system to bust a phishing company. Reporter Shirish Vaktania managed to get a job at a Thane-based company 'Stage Door Communication Private Limited' (SDCPL) that employs at least 300 people, including 200 callers and has a monthly turnover of Rs 1.5 crore. The company's callers target citizens across states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, etc. Each day, hundreds of people fall prey to the network. Many don't approach the police due to the tedious procedures, and those who do are either turned away or made to run from pillar to post. Going undercover Vaktania's efforts to get inside the system began with him posing as an..
                 

Don't Miss today

5 days ago  
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Write Haibun poems Attend a Haibun poetry writing workshop conducted by Rochelle Potkar. The format combines prose with haiku, a popular short-form Japanese poetry style written in three lines. The workshop is inspired by Nalini Malani's ongoing exhibition, The Witness. Her artworks reflect her preoccupations with the notions of oppression, dominance, justice and feminism. When: February 16, 10.30 AM – 2.30 PMWhere: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, BycullaPrice: R10 (museum entry charge)Call: 23731234 Listen to Bohra, Sidhu talk about parenthood Head to Godrej L'Affaire, an experiential lifestyle platform curated by the Godrej group in association with mid-day. Celebrity speakers Bhumi Pednekar, Shantanu Moitra, Karanavir Bohra and Teejay Sidhu will headline the fourth season. Apart from master-classes, there will be engaging sessions on food, music, travel and health. Pednekar will don the chef's hat for a live cook-off with chef Varun Inamdar. Celebrity couple Bohra and Sidhu will ta..
                 

A taal for peace

5 days ago  
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Music can cut through barriers of language, religion and nationality. In a testament to its uniting force, the Symphony Orchestra of India's spring season this year will feature Ustad Zakir Hussain's piece, Ameen, Amen, Shanti on February 25. The tabla maestro will share the stage with famed vocalists Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan and mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor, all led by SOI conductor Zane Dalal. "I have had a relationship of over 30 years with Shankar bhai and Hariharan bhai. They are loving and special. Also, hats off to Kelley o' Connor; she comes from a Western classical background, but was spot on during the rehearsals. She understood what everyone was doing and her role in the piece. It has been my great fortune to work with these artistes who understand the musical world so well," said Hussain, in an email interview. Shankar Mahadevan; (right) Hariharan. Pics/Narendra Dangiya Hussain hopes his work will bring about a synergy between the vast musical landscape of an orchestra..
                 

Life of pie

5 days ago  
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When Scottish journalist Pamela Timms came to India in 2005 with her husband and three children, it was meant to be a short stint. But, they would soon settle down in the capital, a far cry from the cool environs of Scotland. While she fell in love with the syrupy jalebis and airy aloo tikkis, what she missed was baking cakes. "My need to bake was huge, but I had to contend myself with things I could make on the stove, like Welsh cakes and scones," she says. The recipes from her early years and the ones she later mastered in India have made their way to her new book, Uparwali Chai: The Indian Art Of High Tea (Penguin India). From mulberry meringues and cape gooseberry jam tarts to carrot halwa muffins and besan laddoo cookies, the recipes are an ode to "the hug-in-a-bowl fare of mothers,grandmothers and aunts". Edited excerpts from the interview. What inspired you to write Uparwali Chai?I've loved baking and making afternoon tea. It's such a treat. When I came to live in India, I had a..
                 

A wheel and a way

6 days ago  
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It's post noon. Morning peak hours are supposed to be over. But the traffic on the way to Wadala says otherwise. It's like an urban portrait of still life. The incessant honking is anything but music to the ears, and the fumes emanating from the cars smell like the opposite of roses. There's a palpable impatience in the area's polluted air when the driver of the auto I am in says that this is how far he can go. Only taxis are allowed hereafter. Tough luck. So I get off and change my mode of CNG transport to reach my destination, a shop called The Cycle Worx, which has launched an in-house store for an e-bike called Bergamont. That's what I am out to test-ride.But on reaching, Debjyoti Mandhata — my guide for the afternoon who is part of the product team at the firm that owns the brand — suggests that I begin by trying out one of their basic bicycles. "Yes, let's tire him out first," Sameer Meisheri, the store's owner, jokes. So be it. Mandhata gets on an e-bike, and I start..
                 

A trip to India is an exception

6 days ago  
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In 1999 during a lunchtime concert in Amsterdam, Riccardo Chailly started conducting the first bar of Mozart's piano concerto no 20 in D minor. It's when Maria João Pires started panicking or what Chailly described as an "electric shock." She had learnt the wrong concerto; it's worse than not knowing an answer to a question in the final examination — you can't just make stuff up and you certainly don't get marks for getting a step right. In a minute, she recuperated and started to play, without skipping a single note. Two decades later, the episode is still subject to gasps at Pires' genius. Her extraordinary talent blossomed early on. Born in Lisbon, she played her first recital when she was five. That's why it pained many to hear her announce her retirement in 2018, citing the piano as the main cause; she said that she never had a good relationship with it. Surprisingly, in a year, she came out of retirement and will perform twice at the National Centre for the Performin..
                 

The hissing plate

7 days ago  
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Smoky touch The holy smoke one at this eatery is a spicy cottage cheese steak with roasted garlic fried rice, buttered vegetables, Fre­nch fries and hummus, which comes enveloped in a cloud of smoke. "We wanted to give complete meals with proteins, veggies, and starch married together with a savoury sauce. We serve them on a crackling hot spade, which helps stimulate all senses simultaneously," says chef Jyotika Malik. At Olive Bistro and Bar, Oberoi Mall, Goregaon East.Time 11 am to 12.30 amCall 9820703331Cost Rs 690 Festival of global flavours Speaking about their most popular American BBQ chicken sizzler, a variant of which has been served at this Malad eatery for over 20 years, Jasjit Singh Keer, executive chef and partner, says, "It is a grilled boneless chicken, marinated with seasoning, prepared in home-made BBQ sauce. The Mexican chimichanga is another favourite that uses the sizzler format." At Alfredos, 1, Pleasant Park, New Link Road, Malad West.Time 11 am to 12 amCall ..
                 

A nightingale flies back

7 days ago  
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"What does a singer do when her mentor — the person who hand-held her and made her a star, who had such a hold over her that he forced her into a contract that barred her from singing with anyone else for 20 whole years — suddenly abandons her, packs his bags, and flies off to Dubai? Feel a sense of betrayal that's tinged with helpless anger, you'd suppose. "But I didn't feel any of that," says Lorna Cordeiro, the 'Nightingale of Goa', when we ask her about the time Chris Perry, her musical benefactor, left abruptly for the Middle East in the 1970s, leaving her hands tied with the repressive contract he had made her sign. "I mean, even if I did feel anger, I definitely wasn't going to show it," Cordeiro confesses after a second's thought. Cordeiro on the cover of an EP she had recorded with Mohammad Rafi in 1970 So for close to two decades after that, she led a largely anonymous life in Mumbai doing nine-to-five jobs to sustain herself, such as that of a dentist's compounde..
                 

Kareena Kapoor's denim bomber jacket looks trendy; buy here!

8 days ago  
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Kareena Kapoor Khan is one fashionista, and her every outing is proof enough! On Thursday, the actress was seen wearing a trendy denim bomber jacket, and we can't take our eyes off her. Now, you can buy this fab look on Amazon, that too at affordable prices. Take a look! Kareena Kapoor Khan/picture courtesy: Yogen Shah Women's Cotton Jacket: Wearing this women's jacket will keep you warm in the cool season. This jacket is made of cotton, its fabric spells pure comfort and warmth. Fetch a casual and cool look for yourself by teaming it with a pair of jeans and sneakers. Get this one at the discounted price of Rs 1,349 only on Amazon. Shop here. Women's Jacket: Get this women's solid bomber jacket which comes with a zip closure that makes it easy to wear. Moreover, the jacket uses a premium quality material in the making ensures hassle-free maintenance. Amazon deals in impressive taste in a fashion which enhances your clothing collection. Buy this at the discounted price of Rs 1,1..
                 

Team Guide recommends

8 days ago  
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Iranian tunes meet desi beats I've always been curious about musical instruments, and this Persian classical music act featuring an Iranian setar with the tabla is one gig that's bringing just that as Iranian setar player Saleh Mirsaeedi and tabla player Akshay Jadhav come together. The duo will perform a classical piece and improvise on originals. On February 14, 9.30 pmAt The Bandra Base, Baitush Saraf Building, Bandra West.Call 30916003Cost Rs 400 A hit film on hit men In Bruges is a film about two Irish shooters that hits the bull's eye when it comes to unexpected endings. The final few scenes caught me unawares as a white Christmas would in Mumbai. Watch it when it's screened at an iconic theatre this weekend. A thrill is guaranteed. On February 16, 1 pmAt Matterden CFC, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel.Call 24923399Cost Rs 199 Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affairs, and also a complete guide on Mumbai from food to things to do and events across the city ..
                 

#Streetswag: Skirting around

8 days ago  
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Hot find 1Where to find Linking RoadPair it with solid tops Comfy cotton skirts are not easy to spot, especially styles with pockets. But these options in Bandra West check all the boxes when it comes to versatile pieces that can be worn during the day as well as in the evening. The ankle-length bottle green and blue one with a subtle pattern in white can pass off as casual, office wear, but can be jazzed up with a shimmery or patterned stole, too. These also come in bright colours. The knee-length skirts have a subtle flair, and can be paired with sneakers. Cost Rs 200 onwards Hot find 2Where to find Hill RoadPair it with blingy or solid tops Love to wear trails but aren’t sure if you will look out of place? These layered skirts, which come with a faux satin lining and net on top are ideal for parties. There’s a wide range of options to be picked across Bandra’s fashion gullies — a blingy black and grey one and a dual-toned pink skirt which fades into dark blu..
                 

Inside Photos: Kamya Shalabh Dang and Shalabh Dang's reception was a star-studded bash

9 days ago  
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The celebrations for Kamya Shalabh Dang and Shalabh Dang aren't over yet. After the Haldi and Mehendi ceremonies, and the grand wedding, it was time for the couple to host a reception and it was indeed a star-studded bash. One of the first few people to arrive at the reception was actor Vindu Dara Singh, who's also the winner of Bigg Boss Season 3. The way he posed for the flashbulbs, he truly seemed elated at this union and jubilant for the couple. See it yourself: Picture Courtesy: Yogen Shah Another contestant of Bigg Boss 3, the well-known fashion designer, Rohit Verma, also graced the reception and wore quite a unique outfit: Picture Courtesy: Yogen Shah Bollywood and Television actor Aman Verma arrived in style with wife Vandana Lalwani. Their respective attires were simple yet stylish: Picture Courtesy: Yogen Shah Coming back to the couple, Kamya and Shalabh were dancing their hearts out at the big night and the actress' fan-club posted their video on its Instagram account. Take..
                 

Will landlord pay Rs 50 crore to restore Esplanade?

9 days ago  
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Lengthy discussions at Bombay High Court on the fate of Esplanade Mansion on Tuesday ended up hitting the roadblock of cost of restoration. While MHADA and the state government said they don't have funds, the division bench asked the landlord, Sadik Ali, to reply if he would be able to contribute Rs 50 crore for the Grade II heritage structure's restoration. The court had appointed a three-member panel to determine the viability and cost of restoring the 150-year-old structure. While all three were unanimous about saving Esplanade Mansion, there was a discrepancy in the cost. Conservation architects Abha Lambah and Pankaj Joshi had quoted a figure of R98 crore, while structural architect Chetan Raikar pegged the amount at Rs 23 crore. Lambah defended the higher cost saying her report sought to restore the structure to its former glory. She emphasised on its historical significance, adding that the State had assured UNESCO of restoration before the inscription of 'Victorian Gothic and A..
                 

Cops collect addresses and IDs at Mumbai Bagh

9 days ago  
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Police have set up a desk at Mumbai Bagh to record details of all women attending the protest so that they may be booked for unlawful assembly later. Police sources told mid-day that it has become tough to identify the women as all of them come dressed in burkhas. The Mumbai Bagh protest at Nagpada's Morland Road entered the 18th day on Wednesday. Women Police Constables (WPC) along with male police officers have been stationed at the entrance of the barricaded stretch to take women protesters' details. Zonal Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhinash Kumar said, "We have already registered a case against the protesting women. Whoever joins them to agitate will be held equally responsible for violating the law." "Since the protesters are hijab-clad women, their identity cannot be established. It is why we are taking the contact number, name and address of all women entering the protest at Nagpada. It will help us trace the accused and add their details to the charge sheet," Kumar added. "I..
                 

Mumbai's first skywalk set to be demolished

10 days ago  
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The first skywalk in the city is set to be demolished just 12 years after it was built. BMC's Bridges Department has recommended bringing down the Bandra skywalk as engineers think demolition or major repairs of just the staircases won't make the skywalk fit for public use again. The BMC will build another skywalk in its place. The skywalk was built in 2008 by the MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority) and was closed in June last year after the Himalaya bridge collapse incident of March 2019. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had asked the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) to do a structural audit of the skywalk after its closure. The institute submitted its recommendation last month suggesting major repairs. VJTI's recommendations included removal of all concrete slabs to decrease pressure on the structure and the demolition of all seven dilapidated staircases. It also recommended more pillars for support, with the distance between any two be..
                 

Mumbai all set to get plastic roads

10 days ago  
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Six years after the concept's approval by the Indian Road Congress (IRC), the city is set to get plastic roads. The civic body has issued orders to all asphalt plants to provide road material that has a mixture of waste plastic from February 15. Contractors must use only plastic-mixed bitumen for roads, henceforth. However, at the moment they have only one vendor providing road material made of plastic waste. The method has been adopted for road-building in 11 states. The experiment began in Chennai, when Rajagopalan Vasudevan, a professor from Madurai's Thiagarajar College of Engineering, created the method of building roads by recycling plastic waste. After the Centre's 2015 order made use of plastic waste in road construction mandatory, many metro cities including Chennai, Pune, Indore, Jamshedpur, adopted the method. The method was tried in Dadar in 2014 but the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) did not adopt it. In 2018, it made the D'monte Park road extension in Bandra wes..
                 

Classical tunes from the East

11 days ago  
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For time immemorial, Kolkata and Mumbai have been prominent centres for Hindustani music, each with distinctive lineage.However, though there has been a practice of listening to those from the either city, exchange in the classical space has often been minimal. City-based First Edition Arts that works in the classical music space, will address what it believes, is a deep disparity, through classical music shows in both cities. Omkar Dadarkar The first such, Eastbound bring a selection of classical performances from Kolkata-based artistes to Mumbai. Later this year, Mumbai artistes will perform in Kolkata. "The theme remains broad and it is the tradition and past of Kolkata that binds the performers together," says Devina Dutt, co-founder, First Edition Arts who often questions the role of a curator in a classical show altogether. Prattyush Bannerjee Eastbound will feature four performances, spanning a range of forms and traditions. From a tabla solo to vocals and instrumental. Spread a..
                 

How to make money doing what you love

11 days ago  
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According to a 2017 survey, three out of every five Indian employees hate their jobs. And while their reasons for chronic clock-watching at the workplace can vary from unpleasant colleagues to long working hours, a significant proportion of these dissatisfied workers claim that they simply don't love what they do. Ask them to follow their hearts into a career they find personally fulfilling and you'll also have to content with the unpleasant, but very pertinent, question of the pay-check. In other words, how do you reconcile the need to make a living with the irreplaceable joy that comes from pursuing your passion? According to Chandan Deshmukh, author of the recently published book, 7 Dream Jobs And How To Find Them, the two aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. As the title of his tome suggests, every individual has seven potential dream jobs that are both financially and emotionally rewarding. The key, he says, is to understand what these jobs are and map out a specific game plan t..
                 

Under the Tuscan sun

12 days ago  
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There's nothing like a sumptuous home-cooked meal to draw everyone to the table. Chef Rajshri Gupta has been hosting intimate dinner experiences for friends at her Greek-themed kitchen for over a decade. But it wasn't until recently that a guest suggested she invite foodies outside her social circle to enjoy the experience. "While it's about food, it's also to do with the decor, company, the aesthetics and the rituals surrounding the meal. I wanted to offer an experience," says Gupta about Beyond Dining. Gaza lentils with chard Her words hit home when we swing by for a Mediterranean meal (R3,000). The experience begins at the door of her three-storied Tuscan-inspired villa in Andheri west. The outdoor kitchen is reached through a garden dotted with orange and lemon trees. Meticulously designed and stocked with grains, pickles, cheese, clementines, and spices, Gupta will have you forget that you live in a metropolis. The ceramic cutlery is etched with Mediterranean motifs, and mellow Mo..
                 

Moving around Mumbai

12 days ago  
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Everyone knows that using public transport in Mumbai can be a pain. You stand in long queues for tickets, wait a long time for a crowded bus or face refusal from auto and taxi drivers. However, using public transport is not only quick in some cases, it is also environmentally friendly. To make this easier, let technology solve some common problems. Last-mileYulu: Yulu is an excellent bicycle and electric cycle rental service that is economical for last-mile connections. For example, going from the station to your office complex. They aren't available everywhere yet, but when they do make it to your neighbourhood you will wonder what you did without them. You will need to know how to cycle to use the vehicles. Public servicesThe city has many options that let you hire a cab online. The most popular are Ola and Uber. I usually compare the prices and use the one with the best deal, especially when surge pricing kicks in. If you plan your day well, you can mostly avoid these. Always look f..
                 

One part love. Two parts work.

12 days ago  
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The most ordinary stories about love sometimes appear extraordinary in the hands of a good creator. Bengaluru-based illustrator Alicia Souza's debut book, Dearest George (Penguin Random House) is a quirky illustrated love letter to her architect husband George Seemon. It's the little moments in the book—like when Souza forces her husband to sit on a mat with her, saying, 'Listen! Come with me...I have to tell you something! I have to show!' and begins to sing, Aladdin's I can show you the world, much to his amusement—that make you chuckle. Souza, who has quite a fan following on social media for her illustrations, where Seemon and their pets, doggie Charlie-Brown and guinea pig Henry-Oats, are recurring subjects, first thought of the book three years ago, when George and she had a court marriage. "A few months had passed, and many people, including friends and family, still didn't know we were married. I wanted to make an announcement, through a bunch of illustrations,..
                 

All eyes on you

12 days ago  
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From the moment you walk into a restaurant to meet your partner till the time you leave, stewards, bartenders and captains are silently observing you. Thanks to years behind the counter, they are a robust repository of dating stories. And they are willing to tell. 'Sometimes, partners change; the cafe doesn't' Nilesh ManimaranCaptain, Birdsong Cafe, BandraEmployed since: 2017 My favourite love story is of this lesbian couple who met for the first time at the cafe. One of them was sitting alone at the community table and the other was part of a big girl gang. By happenstance, the two started talking and sparks flew. Like what they say about love at first sight. It's heartwarming to see them frequent the cafe, holding hands. There is a special seat at the cafe [for partners] and when a couple asks for it, it's evident that they are on a date. Also, there are times when a couple that frequented the cafe, break up and the next time, they arrive with new partners. The initial hesitance is e..
                 

Open the gates to Bombay's history

13 days ago  
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Apollo Gate. Church Gate. Bazaar Gate. These were the names given to the three gates that opened into the walled township of Fort. The citadel formed the nucleus around which a mercantile town became a commercial city. The walled area housed a marine force that was created due to Bombay port's significance and to safeguard the city from seafaring powers like the Portuguese, Marathas and the Siddis. St Thomas Cathedral was built as the main Anglican house of worship for troops stationed on the island city. By the 1860s, the British had established their hold over the Indian Subcontinent, the walls became non-functional, and proved to be an impediment to decongest the rise in population within the confines of the Fort. Governor Bartle Frere's vision led to the breaking down of the walls in 1862. Yet, the names of many parts of the area remain to this day — be it Fort, Churchgate or Bazaargate. In 1881, a police station emerged near the spot where Bazaar Gate once stood. The area w..
                 

Sketching the BEST solution

13 days ago  
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On February 1, the Union Budget allocated R22,000 crore to the power and renewable energy sector. But understanding and tracking how this amount will materialise into real action is a different ball game. That's where the power of citizen-backed initiatives lies — they not only make information accessible to the public but also spur citizen stakeholders. In October 2019, social impact agency Purpose joined hands with city-based not-for-profit Waatavaran, a climate, environment and sustainability foundation to tackle the issue of cleaner transport in the city. Along with other citizen groups, they initiated the #SolarWalaBEST campaign to increase the acceptance of renewable-powered electric buses. And since the aim was to support the initiatives of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) through public engagement and creative solutions, Purpose commissioned five Mumbaikar artists to envision how a city powered by clean energy would look in 2020 via digital artworks that ..
                 

That's all folk

13 days ago  
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Fun fact. Jhumka gira re, the wildly popular Bollywood classic, isn’t originally the coquettish song as Asha Bhonsle sings it to be in the 1966 movie, Mera Saaya. On the contrary, it’s an age-old Bhojpuri tune about a woman who gets mercilessly beaten up by her mother-in-law, sister-in-law and husband for losing a piece of jewellery at a market in Bareilly. Maybe you didn’t know that. But that’s not your fault. It’s just that in the urban confines of Mumbai, we tend to be disconnected from the wealth of folk music that emanates from every corner of this vast country. “People in small towns, even the youngsters, take more pride in it. I mean, I once met a doctor in Indore who taught me a bhajan,” says Pranita NP, who will perform at a concert called Sounds of India along with Banat Kaur Bagga and Yugm, where they will present traditional Marwari, Bhojpuri and Punjabi tunes, apart from Urdu ghazals. But the interesting thing is that while they ke..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Trio who robbed temples, 'stole from God' arrested

4 days ago  
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"Jo sab se leta hai, hum us se lete hai,” (We take from him, who takes from everyone) was the reason given by one of the three accused who were recently arrested by the Kasturba Marg police for stealing donation boxes from temples, mosques and dargahs in Mumbai. According to the police, the accused have been identified as Murtuza Husain Shaikh, his son Aqueeb Murtuza Shaikh, 21, and Yaseen Khan, 21. Police said Murtuza also prayed at the temples and mosques, asking for forgiveness, before committing the crime. Police constantly monitored CCTV footage in Borivli (East) to investigate the burglary at Sai Baba Temple, and also CCTV footage from Dahisar toll naka.  The accused stole autorickshaws to commit the crime. Auto drivers and thievesAccording to the police, the accused would rob donation boxes only on Monday or Tuesday, as there would be more money since a lot of people visit temples on weekends. For every burglary, they stole an autorickshaw, and after stealing the dona..
                 

Mumbai: 140 trees between Marine Drive and Worli to be cleared for Coastal Road

4 days ago  
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The Coastal Road project has once again left the citizens fuming as the civic body has initiated the process to get rid of 140 odd trees, and plans to axe 500 more between Marine Drive and Worli. Residents of south Mumbai on Sunday woke up to find notices pasted on trees inside Tata Garden and along the Bhulabhai Desai Road. The residents and activists said the notices did not mention anything about sending their suggestions or objections. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said they will soon release a detailed notice that will also mention the number of trees to be removed from the area. The BMC's Tree Department put out the notices to expedite the process of securing permissions. Of the 140 trees, BMC will chop down 61 and transplant 79 others to build the footpath as part of the widening of Bhulabhai Desai Road and construction of car parking under the Coastal Road project. Dr Nilesh Baxi, a resident of the Bhulabhai Desai Road, said, "On Sunday morning, when I visited Ta..
                 

Mumbai: 19th Century skylights lying in ruins at CSMT

4 days ago  
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A 19th-century relic that once lit up the original design of the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site of Mumbai CSMT, created by the legendary architect Frederick William Stevens, now lies in ruins in a corner on its premises. The 1878-made Hayward Brothers' Patent Semi-Prism Lights, from Borough, London, were dislodged during the recent renovation of the Grade 1 building in the name of conservation. The light frames with about 44 prisms seem to be structurally intact, despite some damage. Three similar frames were spotted on the west side of the building, abandoned. They were once above the sunlit passenger corridor of the suburban train area. Experts said that the semi-prism lights were a unique feature for illumination in the 19th century. The firm Hayward's Brothers that manufactured them belonged to William and Edward Hayward, part of a notable family of glaziers and glass-cutters. A 19th-century illumination journal describes how the semi-prism lights were deep-reaching and improved..
                 

When global shops local

5 days ago  
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The guy next door; Cuffe ParadeRecommended by: Anna Karolina Braniecka, Vice Consul and Head of Finance at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Lallu Bhajiwalla hails from Uttar Pradesh, but his makeshift shop on wheels parked on GD Somani Road has been a favourite with Cuffe Parade’s expat residents for over 20 years. Anna Karolina Braniecka, Vice Consul of Poland, heads here to pick up fruits and vegetables on her way back home from work. “My diet here is based mostly on fruit and veggies and I like to prepare soups since that’s quite a common dish back home. I buy locally instead of at supermarkets to support sellers and ensure what I get is fresh.” Where: Lallu Bhajiwala, Shop No. 1, near Sea Lord building Daily Foods; KurlaRecommended by: Margarita Khan, agronomist and ecologist This place is every ice cream lover’s paradise. From rare flavours of Haagen Dasz and London Dairy ice cream to Lindt bars and fine Belgian chocolates, they s..
                 

An online (up)grade

5 days ago  
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This might very well be the golden age of learning. If you ever wanted to pick up a new skill, learn a new vocation or just pursue a hobby, it is all out there. Most of these sites use videos to teach, contain some basic courseware and a few exercises to test what you've learnt. It isn't expensive either, and in some cases it might even be free. So, which one should you pick? Here's a list to help you break through the clutter. Udacity is hyper focused on tech topics, ranging from learning to be a Data Analyst to something as simple as drafting the perfect cover letter. While the simpler courses are free on the site, anything offering a micro degree or with some potential to get you a job will cost you. Unlike the courses on EdX and Coursera, most courses on the site are either sponsored by a corporate or feature teachers hired by Udacity itself. Like Udemy, WikiHow is a people driven education platform. But instead of focusing only on academics, they specialise in telling you how..
                 

Delhi, are you ready for KelC?

5 days ago  
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When I heard Chef Kelvin Cheung had moved to the capital last October, I was eager to exchange notes. And the opportunity arrived when he said that his latest project in Vasant Kunj opens in a month. "The produce is so good, right?" Cheung, chef and partner on the business with Aman Kumar and Arjun Jain, the duo behind food festival The Grub Fest, says. "This [the move to Delhi] has come as a blessing. If only the pollution would go away," he quips, wearing an apron and a pencil tucked behind a ear. We walk through Kikoba, the restaurant named after a Japanese mythological character, who is a shape shifter from heaven travelling across the country spreading good fortune. An open robata-style grill is where Cheung will take centre stage. Chinese lamb dumpling Below, on the ground level, Dadel—an adult cocktail named after Greek inventor Daedalus—will be served. The bar down below is starkly different from the simple insides of the restaurant. It’s English dandy, with a..
                 

Radio City celebrates the Power of Love with Love Shorts by Love Guru

6 days ago  
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Radio City, India’s leading radio network, celebrates the month of love, with a special segment, Love Shorts on its most popular show Love Guru across Radio City's Hindi speaking markets. The 15-minute segment, witnesses Love Guru narrating 15 short love stories, shared by listeners, starting from 7th February till 22nd February. The Love Shorts segment by Love Guru will be amplified across Radio City’s digital platforms. Love Guru has been Radio City's most loved and popular show since inception To enhance the essence of love in the city of dreams, Love Guru partners with RJ Palak for the famous mid-morning show 'Naughty Palak Ka Show', between Monday to Saturday between 12 pm to 3 pm. Love Guru and RJ Palak connect with women of Mumbai, through the exclusive segment and give special love advice to resolve their relationship issues. Ladies can share their queries with Palak by messaging 'LOVE GURU' (space) their problem and send it to the WhatsApp number +919119114943. Lis..
                 

Have you seen this throwback picture of Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta's engagement cake

6 days ago  
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Business tycoon Mukesh and Tina Ambani's son Akash got engaged to diamantaire Russell Mehta's daughter Shloka Mehta in March 2018. Since then, the couple has been making waves, whether it is for their cupid pictures, adorable love story, the viral kiss video at their wedding or being snapped in public on various occasions.       View this post on Instagram Akash Ambani And Shloka Ambani Cutting Cake. . #mukeshambani #nitaambani #akashambani #anantambani #ishaambani #shlokamehta #anandpiramal #radhikamerchant #bigfatindianwedding #dabooratnani #shlokaambani #ishaanandwedding #desibride #weddingoftheyear #ambani #akashambaniwedding #newlyweds #ambaniwedding #ambanifamily #ranbirkapoor #reliance #dhirubhaiambani #aliabhatt #jio #neetaambani #antilia #kokilabenambani #reliancejio #india #shahrukhkhan A post shared by Ambani Family (@ambanifamily) onJul 30, 2019 at 4:07am PDT After their not-so-secret engagement, Mukesh and Nita Ambani threw a lavish post-engagement b..
                 

Staging sedition

7 days ago  
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Halahal is the mythical poison Shiva drank to save the world, one that earned him the name Neelkanthak. Writer-director Priyanka Charan found resonance with the story with respect to the country's draconian sedition law, "just like the words that choke us when they can't find a voice." And so, her play that was first staged at the Vibha Mishra theatre festival in Bhopal last year and premieres in the city on Saturday is called Halla-hal. The solo performance tells the story of a mother (played by Sonali Bhardwaj) whose son asks too many questions. While she questions her parenting at first, she realises that there is in fact nothing wrong in the act of questioning. The son is later booked under the sedition law. The mother's lament is on a largely bare stage, save for a torn bloodied kurta that fills in for the son's absence. The story is set in an unnamed place, the language is Hindustani and the costume can't be traced back to a singular culture. "You can't tell whether the woman is ..
                 

More than just a home

7 days ago  
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Due to limited seating at the Little Theatre, NCPA, and an overwhelming response on Thursday, there's a second screening of Kekee Manzil — The House of Art, that's being organised at Chemould Prescott Road this Saturday. Directed by Behroze Gandhy and Dilesh Korya, with music composed by Talvin Singh, the anchor of the film is Kekee Manzil, the ancestral home of Behroze, daughter of the late great gallerist Kekoo Gandhy. A still from the film For Behroze, filming her parents had been something she had been doing for a 20-year project with a handycam, capturing moments one after another. Home to them — 93 years of her father's life and 70 of her mother's — this film caputures its essence beautifully a labour of love that took three years to make. On February 14, 5 pm to 7.30 pmAt The Gallery, Chemould Prescott Road, 3rd floor, Queens Mansion, G. Talwatkar Marg, Fort.Call 22000211Log on to https://forms.gle/94YkjwBgZtwTFgcz5 (to register)Free Catch up on all the latest..
                 

Lit with languages

7 days ago  
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The Gateway Litfest that returns to the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) this weekend in its sixth edition, is literally a gateway to promoting, discovering and understanding India's regional literature. The theme this year — Indian Literature 2025 — reflects a futuristic perspective and will thus have 50 writers representing 17 languages including Kashmiri, Konkani, Urdu and Assamese. The event features Jnanpith, Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi awardees with sessions divided according to regions i.e. east, west, north and south. AT February 14 and 15AT NCPA, Nariman Point.Log on to gatewaylitfest.com A lifetime of words Urmila Pawar The Gateway Litfest Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Marathi writer and activist Urmila Pawar. A pioneer of dalit feminism, Pawar was brought up in Ratnagiri district's Adgaon village. Her memoir, Aydan, won the Laxmibai Tilak Award bestowed by the Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad. ON February 14, 2 pm Trends and tales J..
                 

Mid-Day Mumbai Guide: Make The Most Of Thursday To Sunday

8 days ago  
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Thursday Warm your soulPoetry: Experience an interactive poetry session from Alif, a group that started in Kashmir.Time 9 pmAt G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Mumbai, Laxmi Mills Estate, Mahalaxmi.Call 8879208475Log on to insider.inCost Rs 500 Friday For the singlesFood: If you are single this Valentine's Day, don't lose heart. Here's a feast-for-one that is sure to lift your spirits. There's berry creme brulee, a meringue heart and some outdoor climbing too if you are feeling adventurous.At 11, Madh-Marve Road, Aksa Beach, Malad West.Call 9503095053 Love grows oldEvent: Show some love to your grandparents this Valentine's Day. Shake a leg and walk the ramp with them at a mall where you can also get framed at a photo booth and listen to a band belt out tunes.Time 5 pm to 8 pmAt Viviana Mall, Eastern Express Highway, Thane West.Free In troubled timesTheatre: A timeless tale of love set in the riots of 1992-93, Javeda- A Forbidden Love Story by Navaldeep Singh explores themes..
                 

Ctrl + Alt + Relax: Smart ways to unwind end of week

8 days ago  
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Experience: Nada yoga, sound therapy At this seminar, get an introduction to the techniques of nada yoga and sound therapy that promote holistic healing. They are known to bring about relaxation and stability through practice.oN February 16, 6 pm to 8 pmAt Still & Moving Studio, Sea View Building, 1st, Juhu Tara Road, above Shiva’s, Mangelwadi, Juhu Koliwada.call 9022660471 for registrationsFree Learn: Managing relationships Mental health practitioner Tanya Percy Vasunia will help you manage your relationships and introduce you to therapy methods at a workshop.On February 16, 11 am to 1 pmAt Khar Social, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, Ram Krishna Nagar, Khar West.Log on to insider.inFree Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affairs, and also a complete guide on Mumbai from food to things to do and events across the city here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Love that lasts

8 days ago  
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Observed annually on February 14, Valentine's Day is synonymous with flowers, as is romance. That is why it isn't surprising to see that the global flower production industry is worth an estimated 64.5 billion Euros. This figure, however, doesn't account for carbon emissions and the plastic in bouquets and wrapping papers. Yet, brands will tell you to go that extra mile when you could well do without it. So, we invited city-based artist Shreya Naik Kapoor, owner of Label Masala — a venture that deals with stationery, garment upcycling, slime and DIY workshops — to say how you can make the perfect V-Day gift in a sustainable manner." Soap special Step 1: Melt-and-pour soap comprises a high glycerine content and thus has good moisturising properties. It is essentially a pre-made soap base that can be melted into a microwave, and can be ordered online.Step 2: After microwaving it for 20 seconds, add any ingredient you'd like in the mixture — dried flowers or a coffee es..
                 

Isha Ambani stuns in an orange jumpsuit as she enjoys brunch with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami

9 days ago  
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Mukesh and Nita Ambani's daughter Isha Ambani has garnered the attention of the media quite frequently, whether it is for her throwback photos, romantic photos with husband Anand Piramal or while being snapped with her family in public for social gatherings.       View this post on Instagram Artist Takashi Murakami (@takashipom )visits India for the first time and enjoys a fun Sunday brunch hosted by the Indian art world’s most recent patron #IshaAmbani. A post shared by VOGUE India (@vogueindia) onFeb 10, 2020 at 5:22am PST Isha, who is a collector and patron of all things art, recently hosted Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, who visited India for the first time over a Sunday brunch. Isha met Takashi over the weekend as she hosted the world-renowned artist over a delicious spread of Sunday brunch. For the Sunday brunch, Isha Ambai opted for an orange jumpsuit with a front tie-up. With subtle makeup and minimal accessories, she left her beautiful long tres..
                 

Now, dirt bikers scare wildlife in Tungareshwar

9 days ago  
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Almost five months after an ashram inside Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary (TWS) was demolished following a Supreme Court order, the protected area is once again facing a threat — this time from illegal dirt biking. While on a walk inside the sanctuary on February 9, a wildlife lover spotted a couple of bikers racing on the mud track. With the video of the act that he recorded going viral on social media, the authorities concerned have now started looking for the bikers. City-based NGO Empower Foundation informed the Forest Department demanding action against those involved in dirt biking inside the sanctuary. Founder of Empower Foundation, Jalpesh Mehta, told mid-day, "It is the joint responsibility of citizens and state government to protect the forests. Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is a hidden gem and the Forest Department has been playing a very important role in conserving it. Citizens should also play their roles to protect wildlife and the environment." The sanctuary, lo..
                 

Speyside tipples

9 days ago  
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From April 29 to May 4, Speyside in Scotland, where the River Spey carves its way from the Cairngorm Mountain National Park down to the golden sandy beaches on the Moray Firth coast in Scotland, 3,000 whiskey enthusiasts will converge to witness the Spirit of Speyside Whiskey Festival. It is the biggest whiskey festival of the world, which spans over six days with 700 events in 50 distilleries. "Over the past few years, we have seen a growing number of people coming from India to visit Scotland and the distilleries," says James Campbell, founder of the festival. This year, 11,000 enthusiasts will witness a taste of the festival in their own countries through pre-events. The Dram Club, a whiskey and spirits appreciation community which launched last year, will host the first event in India at The Park in Juhu on February 15. James Campbell (left, facing) at a session The founders of The Dram Club, Swati Sharma and Vinayak Singh, decided to host the event in Mumbai after they visited the..
                 

Mumbai: Two pythons rescued in Borivli East

10 days ago  
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In two separate incidents, two huge Indian Rock Pythons were rescued from Borivli East late Sunday night. While one was rescued from under the bonnet of a car, the other was rescued from the kitchen of a house at Kajupada. Both locations are adjacent to Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Speaking to mid-day, Honorary Wildlife Warden of Mumbai City and President of NGO Plant & Animals Welfare Society (PAWS) Mumbai and Amma Care Foundation (ACF) Sunish Subramanian, said, "Our volunteers, Sandip Mhapralkar and Abhijeet Sawant recieved a call from a housing society in the Rushivan area in Borivli East about a snake under a car bonnet. Our volunteers rushed to the spot and safely rescued the 5-foot-long python." The python inside the car bonnet Experts say pythons usually prefer warm areas to rest in and may have found the car engine warm. As soon as the volunteers were done with this rescue, the NGO recieved another distress call about a snake inside a chawl at Kajupada. "One Vaishali Gopal ..
                 

Uddhav Thackeray vows 'harsh punishment' for man who killed professor

10 days ago  
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Following the death of a 25-year-old woman who was burnt alive seven days ago in Hinganghat near Wardha, CM Uddhav Thackeray has urged people to be patient. He said the case will be fast-tracked and the accused will be given a harsh sentence for the murder. The woman, a teacher, Ankita Pissude, was set ablaze by Vikesh Nagrale, 27, last Monday when she was on the way to her college. She was shifted to Nagpur where doctors treated her for severe burns but she breathed her last after her heart failed twice. The burns had affected her lungs and heart. The news of her death evoked strong reactions from her village and other places in the vicinity. Angry protesters blocked the old Hyderabad-Nagpur highway and demanded instant justice. They lined up along the 120-km stretch to bid the victim a last farewell. Public demands justice The woman's father wanted Nagrale to be burnt alive. He is currently in judicial custody and has been charged under multiple IPC sections, with the murder charge n..
                 

Grin and beer it

11 days ago  
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Food: AverageAmbience: LoudService: ExcellentCost: ReasonableVerdict: 1/4 Let's start with a confession. Take us to the classiest fine-dine that serves exotic cocktails with all sorts of essences and infusions, and chances are that we'll still opt for a domestic brand of beer. Go ahead. Call us unrefined. Give us a catty look while you sip on your elderflower gimlet. But you'll still hear us telling the server, "A pint of the mild brew, please." There's something so comforting about this drink that it puts us at ease with every sip. Others might prefer more new-fangled beers. But our love affair with the old favourite is only growing stronger with each gulp. The philosophy is simple enough — if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Rum-infused barbecue lamb cubes So imagine our happiness when we open the menu at Bora Bora Duty Free, a revamped Bandra bar, and find that our favourite pint is priced at '100. That's a mere '10 above MRP! Head out to any other similar establishment and you'd..
                 

Mumbai: Raj Thackeray's MNS takes out rally across the city in favour of NRC

11 days ago  
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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers on Sunday organised a rally at Azad Maidan here demanding the ouster of illegal Bangladeshi and Pakistani immigrants from the State. Members of the media wait patiently on Marine drive Flyover Bridge to cover the MNS party's rally at Azad Maidan  In the afternoon, scores of workers of Raj Thackeray's party were seen raising slogans in favour of NRC. Some of them also played musical instruments to send out their message. According to a press note issued by the Maharashtra police yesterday, an additional 600 police personnel have been deployed for the rally apart from the routine deployment of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Riot Control Police. MNS chief Raj Thackeray walks towards Azad Maidan amidst scores of MNS workers Drones and CCTV cameras will also be deployed by the police to keep a watch on the gathering. The MNS chief had earlier said that the party will take out a huge rally on February 9 in Mumbai seeking to drive "infiltrators..
                 

Growing up with Theos

12 days ago  
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As the rickshaw stops outside building No. 33 in Deonar village, we know we have arrived, for the building is painted in the exact shade of pista-green as the takeaway box of Theobroma that we flipped open so many times for a millionaire brownie. On the agenda is a meeting with founder-owner and chef Kainaz Messman, whose book Baking a Dream (Harper Collins) co-authored with sister Tina Messman Wykes, is set to release on March 13. Dressed in a sunshine yellow top and pants, her poker straight hair is pulled behind her ears, like always. We glance at the collection of cookbooks when she offers to make us a short espresso. As the coffee machine wheezes, we flip through the book and meet the Messmans—Farokh, wife Kamal and their daughters Tina and Kainaz. We are now privy to casual family banter about starting a business in 2004. It seems like a day-by-day account of Theobroma patiseerie opening on Colaba Causeway on a rainy day. There is the first-timer angst, but gradually they f..
                 

Time and again

12 days ago  
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This started as a hobby," says Abhishek Basak, founder of Absynthe Design, who repurposes watches and radios to create women's jewellery, men's accessories and sculptural pieces. A fashion designer by degree, he started to miss the art of working with his own hands. "I was interested in watches and their minute gears…I felt the history and innovation of watches brought together the best of human abilities in science and art. It used to pain me to see timepieces with intricate movements scrapped away because we had technologically advanced," he says. By reinventing the old and repurposing the broken, Basak looks at creating keepsakes that the next generation can enjoy, value and pass on as inheritance. "The first piece I worked on was my mum's watch, which was gifted to her by my grandfather. It had stopped working a long time ago, but since her father was no more, she treasured it. Like all sentimental pieces, it was being preserved in the corner of a drawer. I asked her if I co..
                 

The home with fresh air

12 days ago  
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The veranda at author and cultural chronicler Shanta Gokhale's home, Lalit Estate, boasts a little bend, which from the outside, looks like an exaggerated curve, giving the 80-year-old Art Deco-inspired structure on Shivaji Park, an edge over the rest. It was just a year old, and Gokhale all of two, when her parents moved into this developing middle-class neighbourhood. Shivaji Park, at the time, was still an experiment—an attempt to decongest the native town, where chawls were in abundance and privacy, scarce. The shift to a block, where "you were not supposed to know what was cooking in your neighbour's kitchen," did meet with some resistance. But gradually, the new way of life prevailed. Gokhale's new book, Shivaji Park, Dadar 28: History, Places, People (Speaking Tiger), is a 150-page sketch on the neighbourhood she calls home. The spatial biography is not meant to make you nostalgic about old and vanishing urban pockets in the city. Instead, Gokhale trains her journalistic l..
                 

Build a case for imagination

12 days ago  
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Alexa, switch on LEGO light and LEGO strip," he commanded the virtual assistant. Within milliseconds, a corner in Breach Candy resident Siddharth Toprani's bedroom lit up a whole miniature universe—a city that has buildings, lanes, parked vehicles, trees, a separate arctic corner, and individual Harry Potter, Marvel and DC universe—all made with LEGO. The view of the Arabian Sea from the window in the room, provided the perfect contrast. Interestingly, Toprani's grandfather got him his first LEGO set when he was three. And for 33 years, he has been fascinated. "I have vivid memories of my first family trip to LEGO Land in Billund in 1990. I was in awe of the buildings and figurines there. They fired my passion to create sets. Over time, as I understood what themes were, I started collecting more sets and action figures and making diorama set-ups. In fact, the penchant for set-ups began early when I used to make GI Joe battlefield scenes in the building garden, with tanks, j..
                 

A roly-poli affair

13 days ago  
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Food: GoodAmbience: SmallService: OkayCost: CheapVerdict: 2/4 The very mention of puran poli conjures up the delicious, but predictable, mental image of a wheat flour-based flatbread stuffed with a cardamom-flavoured jaggery-lentil stuffing. Imagine, then, our surprise when we learned of Holige House, a New Panvel-based eatery that specialises in puran polis and dishes out as many as five variants. Our curiosity piqued, we braved the hour-long drive and arrived at the tiny, no-frills destination, which would have been quite easy to miss if we didn’t know exactly where to look. Coconut poli The eatery was empty when we walked in, early in the afternoon. We’d invited mid-day reader Reetu Uday Kugaji to test how the polis fared in terms of authenticity and flavour. The entire set-up is quite simple — one section of the establishment comprises an open kitchen where you can watch your puran polis being rolled out, and the other has a multi-purpose chaat counter for vada pa..
                 

Don't want girlfriend to meet her ex...

13 days ago  
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This seems like a petty thing to be worried about, but my girlfriend's ex recently sent her a message on Facebook asking if they could meet. She wants to go, because she is intrigued about why he wants to chat. I don't want her to, because I don't know if he wants her to consider getting back with him. I know I am probably being paranoid, because she has no interest in him at all. At the same time, he can be persuasive. What should I do?You have told her how you feel, and she has declared her lack of interest in him. Strong relationships are built on trust and allowing her to do what she wants to is a great way of showing how much you trust her. If you believe your relationship is weak enough to be demolished by a persuasive ex-boyfriend, maybe you should work on strengthening the bonds between you two instead of worrying about anything else. My girlfriend recently moved to another city because she was transferred at work. It was a great opportunity and she didn't want to give it up be..
                 

Borrow from BAFTA

13 days ago  
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1. Daringly dapper (Charlize Theron): If you want to show off your upper body, go for a floor-length loose number that is artistically cut to tastefully show some skin. A deep, not-so-bright shade works best. You can also go for a textured material, as long as you ensure it's not too frail and flimsy. The top half should be sturdy. Wearing a thin belt around your waist will highlight the flow of the skirt of the dress. sturdy. Avoid the look if you are top-heavy. Accessorise minimally, and stick to something non-blingy. Wear heels will only make your posture better. 2. Daintily draped (Daisy Ridley): A unique way to wear a drape would be to pair it up with a long skirt and saree blouse-like top, though more shapely, and pin it in such a way that it covers one shoulder. The drape should be transparent/translucent or it will look shabby.  Don't play around with shades - stick to one colour, something deep and dark or just plain white.  Tie your hair up in a neat bun or high..
                 

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Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

4 days ago  
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Theatre ka Babbar Actor Prateik Babbar, known more for his theatre work, brought some of it to the ramp at the ongoing fashion week in BKC last weekend. Pic/Satej Shinde Mumbai's own art residency  Illesha Khandelwal at the residency Method, one of the city's independent creative art spaces in Kala Ghoda, recently concluded its first art residency and is showcasing the resultant collection. The gallery had a month-long residency for seven artists, who have put together Spatial, a show that challenges the constraints city life puts on artistic creation due to a lack of space. Parts of Aftermath by Arshi Sayed The list of artists include Loveleen Bajaj, Darshika Singh, Aditya Damle, Nandan Joshi, Surabhi Chowdhary, Illesha Khandelwal and Arshi Sayed. Speaking about his work, Sayed told this diarist, "Aftermath is a mixed media exploration of the inevitability of human suffering, regardless of privilege, race, gender or location." Mumbai to Canada After schooling at St Pius X High S..
                 

No rights and a lot of wrongs

4 days ago  
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The Bombay Catholic Sabha (BCS) along with the St Theresa Sabha unit held a meet on Saturday night at the St Theresa's hall in Bandra West. The meet was titled, 'Understanding Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC)'. The first speaker Fr Frazer Mascarenhas told his audience, "I will not speak about CAA but Christian spirituality." Fr. Mascarenhas went on, "Prayer is powerful but it must be backed by action. Today, Catholics have become content with being quiet and simply praying about things. We must take action for justice and motivated by compassion and love. Democracy has to be worked at. You must allow us to dissent. Our religious duty is to make the country and the world a more just place." No documents Senior advocate Mihir Desai part of the speakers' panel, gave a background of the different acts and said that, "there are large sections of people who do not have any documents or proof. These are many women, a..
                 

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Wendell Rodricks, in his own words: Dressing up Malaika Arora for her wedding, Aishwarya Rai's early days

4 days ago  
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Mummy and Daddy attended my graduation ceremony, then flew to Bombay. And I, portfolio in hand, went over to Yves Saint Laurent. The lady elegantly flipped through the sketches. 'Ca, j'aime bien.' Outside, a bee was crashing repeatedly against the glass of the window. The silence was excruciating. After looking at the sketches for a second time, she looked up, hot pink YSL-colour stained lips parted into a smile. 'You have talent, Monsieur Rodricks. It is obvious that you will be a good designer. But I have a question. Why can't I see your fabulous country in your clothes? Monsieur Saint Laurent can design these dresses, jackets and gowns, n'est ce pas? Why will he need you? Unless you bring the Indian exotica into your work?' I realised that I was being shown the door. I sat later on a parapet, over the bridge under which Princess Diana would die so tragically a few years later, looking at the Eiffel Tower with tear-blurred eyes. Madame Saint Laurent was right—I had to put India..
                 

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Call of the wild

5 days ago  
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Imagine being in the woods, taking a walk by the riverside, listening to a creative mind speak while you warm up to a bonfire. Think of an exploratory space beaming with art installations, mind bending classrooms, binaural beats, yoga and meditation; peppered with group laughter, debates and 3 am coffee sessions. At the second edition of F of X, India's first four-day residential forest festival, there's ample scope for creators to learn and amplify their mental sharpness. Designed with a sustainability first mindset, the second edition of the fest, says founder Jaytirth Ahya, aims to "manifest a stimulus as intangible as creativity into an interactive residential creative carnival cum forest festival." You can look forward to a community table of 300 creators—breaking bread as they discuss the future of creativity is a first. Also, this year, the festival is child-friendly with kids above two years allowed to attend with their mothers. On day one, 300 people will collaborate to ..
                 

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India's got talent

5 days ago  
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As Rahul Mishra took a post-show bow at the prestigious Paris Haute Couture Week on January 23, becoming the first Indian designer to be welcomed as guest member on the Haute Couture calendar, he felt first-timer nerves that he had once experienced in 2006. He was 23 when he put up his first show as part of the Gen Next category at Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW). "I remember feeling identical emotions when I had made my debut. It was a feeling of, 'is this good enough?'" he says. Life came a full circle for Mishra when he was invited to be part of the retrospective show on February 11 to raise a toast to LFW as it celebrated 20 years. Each of the featured 30 designers, including Aneeth Arora, Masaba Gupta, Rimzim Dadu, Ujjawal Dubey, Anand Bhushan, Kunal Rawal, Nachiket Barve, Sohaya Misra, and International Woolmark Prize winners Mishra and Ruchika Sachdeva of Bodice, was asked to recreate one look from their debut collection, albeit updated uniquely. Mishra's first collection was a ..
                 

Street cred

6 days ago  
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Those who've moved cities to pursue work or academics would agree that the best comfort comes in the form of familiar flavours from home. So, if you're having a bad day, it's likely that a helping of gol gappa made just the way you remember it from your kitchen at home, would help more than the best vada pav in town. However, finding authentic flavours can get a tad tricky, especially if you've moved countries. But, if you're a chef, like Seefah Ketchaiyo, then you'll do what you can to introduce people to food from back home exactly how you remember it. Khao suey It's her love for street food she grew up eating in the old city part of Thailand like like Charansanitwong, where the flavours remain true to the traditional, that's driven the Mumbai-based chef to explore before replicating the dishes in Bandra at an upcoming three-day carnival of street food, shopping, and cultural arts. The Thailand Street Festival is being organised in celebration of The Tourism Authority of Thailand's (..
                 

Don't want anything to do with my ex...

6 days ago  
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I broke up with my girlfriend after months of constant fighting and blocked her on all social media platforms. We ran into each other at a mall over the weekend, and she said I was being too harsh. I don't think I have been harsh, because I genuinely don't want any interaction with her, but my friends say I should still consider being friends with her online. Should I?I'm not sure what the problem is. If you don't want to stay in touch, or engage with her in any way, it is your prerogative because these are your social media accounts. If your friends want to chat with her, they can use their own accounts. If she says you are being harsh, she is entitled to feel that way, but you are still the only one who can decide if you want her in your life or not. As an adult, you don't have to do anything you are not comfortable with. My boyfriend and I have been together for almost a year, and not a week has gone by without him complaining about something. This used to be something I could manag..
                 

It's the time to R(age)

7 days ago  
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Food: AverageAmbience: Trippyervice: GoodCost: ReasonableVerdict: 2/4 We bump into friends outside KOKO. "Come on in!" Pete's ginger blue We're going to Younion, we tell them, receiving a blank stare with the retort: "That's for kids." We're feeling rather young. Outside Younion, we are the oddballs (read: older folk) among the dressed-up, trippy college goers. We spot high boots, high waist-pants, crop tops and layers of make-up. The crowd is clearly here to party. We walk past the entry, where beefy bouncers are checking IDs, in a breeze. Gone are the days when we could giggle and celebrate the victory. Purple rainbow Inside, the music is thumping loud and we ignore the echo thuds in our chest. The crowd seems to care two hoots about it as they dance to Swedish House Mafia's, Don't you worry child. We manage to squeeze ourselves at the bar, and start with shaky Pete's ginger blue on tap (R395) which comes in a bath tub, and mango margarita (R495) which arrives in a cactus. We sip, cr..
                 

I am gutted that my girlfriend moved on

7 days ago  
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I ended a relationship after 4 years and haven't been able to forget about my girlfriend even though it has been three months since we broke up. I found out last week that she has already found someone else and can't get that out of my mind. I know our relationship would never work, but I can't imagine how she managed to move on so quickly given how long we were together. How do I deal with this sense of rejection?Why is it rejection if she has decided to move on before you have? The two of you made a decision together, to end something that wasn't working out for you both. If the relationship belongs to your past, so should your feelings about her. It's normal to feel grief, and a sense of loss, both of which will take time to go away. It's unreasonable to expect her to not do what she needs to in order to move on. You will find someone and move on too, eventually, so why resent her for it, or confuse this with an act of rejection? My boyfriend controls every aspect of my life but doe..
                 

Mumbai: Two bunk school, go for picnic in Vasai, drown while clicking selfie

8 days ago  
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Two minor girls drowned at a quarry in Vasai while trying to take a selfie by standing on the edge. The local police are looking for the bodies with the help of Vasai Virar City Municipal Corporation (VVMC). A police officer said, "The girls are Class 7 students and live in Khar Danda. Dipti Singh and Khushboo Shaikh had visited the quarry with their two school friends, Sunny Jaiswal and Ankit Dhobi, after bunking their school. They were clicking a selfie at the spot, when the two fell in the quarry and drowned." Search operation is on, police said.  The officer said that Jaiswal and Dhobi tried to save the two, but when efforts failed, they asked locals for help, who then rushed to the spot and also informed the fire brigade. The search operation is ongoing. During investigation, it was revealed that the four came to the spot after bunking classes. They took a train from Bandra station and reached the quarry around 12 noon. Vijay Chogle, senior inspector from Waliv police station..
                 

Jewellery from around the country

8 days ago  
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If jewellery is on your mind, whether it is to accessorise your work wear or for an upcoming wedding, you don't have to rely on last season's trends, but can get a head-start on upcoming ones — which colours will make it big, what gems will feature at the top and other such questions — at the annual India International Jewellery (IIJS) Signature. The show is an opportunity to scout for all kinds of trinkets under one roof. "Even though you can't buy [the products] directly, you can place orders and get clued into what's on offer, " says Sweta Saraf, a jewellery professional who will be exhibiting a new collection of artisanal jewellery, Nihara, from her bespoke brand Sweta S Fine Jewellery, at a special women entrepreneurs pavilion that has been instituted this year." Exhibitors displaying their collections to the visitors at the show last year "The exhibition is at the forefront of the design scene and has exhibitors from across the country displaying their pieces. All the..
                 

Sweet rush of caffeine

8 days ago  
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If you can't start your day without a cup of coffee or are forever experimenting with different types of brews, there's a bit of heady news that will drive your mid-week blues away. Delhi's iconic wine and coffee bar, Perch, is bringing a new range of affogatos, crafted using single-origin and house blends, egg-less homemade ice creams, and a whole bar of garnishing options, over this weekend. "No one orders coffee after 4 pm but affogato is a great way to flout that and order it in a dessert avatar. We will have five variants of a scoop of in-house ice cream and house-blend coffee combination, and toppings like honeycomb, granola, truffle oil, olive oil and sea salt for people to pick from. And since the affogatos seemed to fit right into the vibe and cuisine served at Allis at Soho House, it was the ideal space for the pop-up. The DIY garnish bar makes it more interactive," explains Vaibhav Singh, partner, when we meet him the afternoon before they go live. The espresso and honeycomb..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Hookah parlour owner in Vasai poisons man after suspecting he tipped off police

9 days ago  
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After the Palghar police recently raided a hookah parlour, its owner was arrested on Monday for allegedly conspiring to poison an employee of a pizza shop next to it in Vasai (West). According to the police, the accused, Aftab Ashfaq Parikh, 36, believed that the victim, Jitendra, had given a tip-off to the police, which had led to the raid. Eight days ago, the police had carried out the raid and booked Parikh under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COPTA). Jitendra's elder brother Dipesh, told mid-day that his brother called him and narrated the story after he was attacked. Dipesh said his brother works as a chef at a pizza store in Dattani shopping mall. After work, Jitendra was about to catch an autorickshaw when a driver, with two passengers inside, approached him and asked him if he wanted to board the vehicle. "The two passengers inside got down and asked my brother to sit in the middle. After a while, the two passengers caught his hands and legs and forcefully poured..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

9 days ago  
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Abhi na nazar milao Adnan Sami and his daughter are in no mood for the paparazzi at the launch of a single in Andheri West on Wednesday. Pic /Sayyed Sameer Abedi Kunal Kapur and the power of 15 Celebrity chef Kunal Kapur is the latest to join his ilk in publishing pursuits. Kunal Kapur in the Kitchen (Om Books International) features 15 complete meals. "Food has been a strength since the time I was little. My granddad loved to cook, and made sure I watched him. Spending hours in kitchen had its own rewards — eating first and as much as I wanted. Little did I know that being an apprentice would make me a chef. This cookbook is about that kid who learnt to practice and improvise his familial recipes," Kapur told this diarist. The prodigal returns Tonight, this year's edition of the Lakme Fashion Week will witness the return of contemporary Paris-based designer Manish Arora, who will be showcasing the best of his lines from over the years. The concept, which is similar to his SS"2..
                 

Photojournalist assault: One cop suspended

9 days ago  
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Home minister Anil Deshmukh on Tuesday ordered the suspension of Assistant Police Inspector Ghanashyam Borase and an extension of the probation period of Police Sub-Inspector Azim Sheikh over the manhandling of senior mid-day photojournalist Ashish Raje last week. The Mumbai police had initiated an inquiry in the matter following the incident and both officers were found guilty. Deshmukh has also said that if more officers are found responsible, they will be punished, too. Raje was attacked by cops at Mumbai Bagh, Nagpada on Thursday afternoon while he was there to take pictures of the ongoing protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Registry of Citizens (NRC). When Raje was trying to enter the venue, officials asked him for an ID card. While the photojournalist was reaching his ID card, he continued to walk past the barricades as some women waited behind him to enter. That's when the cops began manhandling Raje, slapping and beating him with thei..
                 

Disha Patani's neon sweatshirt is proof that winter and fashion go hand in hand!

10 days ago  
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Disha Patani, who is considered as one of the fashionistas, and is often snapped giving out major fashion goals to all the women out there, was snapped at her casual best. The actress' grabbed eyeballs in a neon green sweatshirt, which she paired with white denim shorts and a pair of sports shoes. This winter, you can get fashionable too, at affordable prices. Where do you ask? Well, Amazon is just your one-stop destination for all the fashion outfits at a discounted amount. Check it out! Disha Patani/picture courtesy: Yogen Shah Women's Sling Bag (Red): A dream to create an avant-garde range of handbags and accessories that manifest this free-spirited culture. To be adorned by today's urban woman who reflects the tomorrows. With a confident aesthetic sense, sleek cuts and an indulgent voice to suit any occasion. Get this one at the discounted price of Rs 914 only on Amazon. Shop here. PS: The price may vary as per the daily deals Air Cushion Athletic Sports Shoes: This pair of sneak..
                 

Gujarat ATS nabs one of India's most wanted terrorists

10 days ago  
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The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Gujarat police on Monday arrested one of India's most wanted terrorists, Moosa Halari Munaf Abdul Majeed, 53, alias Munaf, accused in the deadly Mumbai serial bomb blasts in 1993, from the Mumbai international airport. He was flying to Dubai from Mumbai on a Pakistani passport, in which he is called Anwar Mohammed. According to the Gujarat ATS, ACP K K Patel received information about Halari, who is also wanted in a case where 35 kg heroin valued at around R180 crore was seized on the high seas last year. The ATS had arrested five Pakistani nationals and Halari was shown as wanted in the case. "We got information that the accused took a connecting flight from Nairobi to Dubai via Mumbai on a Pakistani passport. When he landed in Mumbai our teams detained him," said Himanshu Shukla, deputy inspector general of police, Gujarat ATS. His Pakistani passport in which he is called Anwar Mohammed Halari is a very close associate of Tiger Memon, one of the ..
                 

Inside Pictures: Fans unleash their madness as the Malang cast catches the film's reaction at a theatre

10 days ago  
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Malang seems to have taken the audiences by a storm and they are showering love in abundance. Disha Patani's hot avatar is making all the waves and it is her performance which is also winning all across! Recently, the actress, along with Aditya Roy Kapur and Kunal Kemmu, visited the Gaiety Galaxy theatre and interacted with the fans there. And, the frenzy for the team was real! Testimony of the same was the recent theatre visit where the Malang actress was spotted greeting her fans who were cheering and hooting as soon as she stepped in. Indeed a live-wire, actress Disha Patani seemed ecstatic by the response seen like never before. Take a look at her picture where she was arriving in full style: The city theatre saw immense fan frenzy where Disha was surrounded by the sea of fans who were blown away by her character and the X-factor she brought to the film. The fans could not keep calm and were all excited to see the actress who was truly setting the screen on fire in front of them, ..
                 

The revolutions you didn't know

11 days ago  
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History is broadly defined as the study of past events. Among this pool of incidents, only a few fish make it to your textbook. And so, many are forgotten. Starting this week, theatre stalwart Mahesh Dattani's play, Snapshots Of A Fervid Sunrise, gets you to take a deep dive into history and pay heed to the lives of Khudiram Bose and Thillayaadi Valliamai — names that are perhaps alien to history books in school. The two died young, but it is their love for the nation that lives on in the soul of the movements fighting for democracy today. A staunch opponent of British rule in India and their policy of the partition of Bengal in 1905, Bose along with Bengali revolutionary Prafulla Chaki attempted to assassinate the magistrate Douglas Kingsford, who was infamous for hating freedom fighters, by throwing a bomb on his carriage. But accidentally, he blew up the wrong carriage and was hanged to death when he was 18 years old. On the other hand, Valliamai, chose the path of non-violenc..
                 

Yoga on the go

12 days ago  
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Boho Beautiful Entrepreneur Devita Saraf who tunes in to Yoga Wanderlust on YouTube, says the instructor performs yoga at some of the most scenic places, in the world and her instructions make the toughest asanas seem like a breeze. Fee: Rs 6,379 onwardsAvailable at: @bohobeautifullife Asana Rebel A more holistic app that helps you plan and design your day to keep it healthy. A lot of recommended exercises on this platform are yoga-hybrids. The quick ones are perfect for those on-the-go. You'll find warm ups, burpees, and post workout stretches as well. Fee: Most videos are free. Plans start at R280 per monthAvailable at: Asana Rebel App Yoga on Healthify This home-grown app is quite holistic in its approach towards health, and offers personal transformation programmes for students of yoga, professional certification courses for teachers and therapists and continuing education opportunities for yoga teachers, therapists and professionals in the field of health and wellness. You can ch..
                 

Marine festival makes waves

12 days ago  
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Shores are magical places. They play host to a variety of marine life. They are shared and bio-diverse spaces, where the submergence and emergence of land facilitates the sustenance of life forms such as crabs, fish and eels. Coastwise 2020, the second edition of Maharashtra's flagship intertidal festival, organised by WWF India, the Mangrove Foundation of Maharashtra, and Marine Life of Mumbai aims to make the invisible spaces on our shores visible. Brought to the city in association with mid-day, the festival will host a screening of the Chasing Coral film, photography and cartooning workshops, informative shore walks, as well as talks by biologist, diver, educator Tasneem Khan and cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty. "The primary idea behind Coastwise is to generate awareness about the biodiversity our coasts hold and how intrinsically they are linked to human livelihoods and well-being. In Mumbai, despite the beaches being an important part of the city's identity, we are oblivious of the ..
                 

Wedding Viral Fever

12 days ago  
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The grand Indian shaadi is of course, about Sabyasachi Mukherjee lehengas and destination receptions at Borgo Finocchieto. Parth and Minal Tolia pose at Borivli National Park for their pre-wedding shoot with Darshan Ambre. Pic/Satej Shinde But it's as much about the middle class wedding, the one that aspires to be custom-tailored, exclusive, but viral. Hiring a public relations professional to handle publicity and social media is just as acceptable as approaching a composer to think up original wedding tracks. And this is how it's done. Nelson Patel tutors soon-to-wed Nehal Kumar and Marian Feuz at Bandstand in Bandra West during their pre-wedding photo session. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar Global Backdrop in Bhiwandi A couple shoots at Bhiwandi's Sets in the City In an age when pre-wedding shoots are the norm, pushing the envelope is a good idea. While shooting at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Vasai Fort and Bandra Fort is now common, some couples are going to Santorini. Without leaving the coun..
                 

If time were a place

12 days ago  
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Sitting in the living room of her Peddar Road home Marlboro House, Pushpa Palat says the only time they gave the tiles of their apartment, one of seven in the 1938-built building, a deep clean was when they purchased it in 1998. Since then, they have only washed them with water. No floor cleaners. "If there's a stain, you scrub it and over time, it will go. But, I had been warned early on not to apply any chemicals to the flooring," says Palat, author and journalist. You'd think that the tiles then would reflect the wear and tear. The house after all, as Palat insists, is child- and dog-friendly. Yet, the only thing that the tiles reflect is the abundant sunlight from the large windows. That Palat and her husband Raghu, a banker, are proud of the heritage of the house would be an understatement. They reel off its history as they take us on a tour. Built by British architect Claude Batley—whose other works in the city include Bombay Gymkhana, Lincoln House and Bombay Central Stat..