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Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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Team mid-day In the right frame The papz get Krishna Shroff while she checks another pic of hers at an event in BKC on Monday. Pic/Bipin Kokate A 'wild' blast from the past Being on social media could either be an endless exercise in scrolling through photographs uploaded by the million a second, or if you follow the right accounts, one of happy discoveries. The latter was the case with a city-based film researcher who goes by the moniker, Wildcat of Bombay, on Instagram. Since the researcher couldn't find a poster of Kulin Kanta, he shared one for Kala Nag, another of the many films from the 1920s and 30s inspired by sensational scandals and crimes Popular among film enthusiasts for his informative posts on 1930s Bombay cinema — he is also writing a book on the same— he came across a post by the Indian Memory Project on Mumtaz Begum, the favourite courtesan of Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar III of Indore, and around whom the infamous Bawla Murder case revolves. Mumtaz Begum No ..
                 

Now that's iconic

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You can't ask common people to meditate in a vacuum or on an abstract idea," Sneha Nagarkar says, explaining why we need icons. In simple terms, iconography refers to the use of images and symbols to represent ideas but to the common person, it goes beyond theory and requires a leap of faith. At a workshop-cum-heritage walk on Sunday, Nagarkar an archaeologist and Indologist who helms Pancajanya Cultural Heritage Initiatives will offer participants an introduction to Indian iconography, while specifically delving into Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. "Nowadays, iconography has gone for a toss. You cannot have a Ganpati idol dressed as Buddha. I'm not against the freedom of expression but it just doesn't make sense," Nagarkar says. The event will also highlight cultural and temporal differences. Sneha Nagarkar "The image of Vishnu in the 1 CE will obviously differ from that made in the 5th century. Similarly, this image in Mathura will not be the same as the one found in Kanchipuram," sh..
                 

MTNL blaze: No fire alarm, staff only heard colleagues' scream

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Gross negligence was written all over the fire that broke out at Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited's (MTNL) west zone office at Bandra West at 3 pm on Monday. While fortunately no one was hurt, survivors spoke of how not a single fire alarm in the building was working and that they were alerted only by the screams of their colleagues, after which most took refuge on the terrace of the building. Chief Fire Officer PS Rahangdale confirmed that the fire-fighting system in the building was not in working condition. The Fire Brigade had rushed to help in the second serious fire incident in the city just a day after the blaze at Churchill Chambers that killed a person on Sunday. Its personnel were hailed by everyone at the spot, as they rescued 84 people from the ground plus nine-storey building. Staff members weep in relief after being rescued from the inferno at the MTNL building in Bandra West on Monday afternoon. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar The fire department gave the incident a level IV call. ..
                 

Crack the gender code

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The skewed male-female ratio in STEM fields is phenomenon scholars and policymakers have been grappling with since the Age of Enlightenment. But for women who do the study to become engineers, scientists and mathematicians, overcoming this gender gap is a segue to another set of challenges including wage difference and an even more skewed ratio in leadership roles. It was with this idea of wanting to change the industry experience for women engineers that a handful of technologists got together to form Women Who Code (WWC) in 2011. The community has since gone on to become a global non-profit, working towards supporting women to excel in technology careers across 20 countries. Its Mumbai chapter — the fifth in India after Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad — will launch this week with an event that will familiarise women in tech with the concept behind WWC, with an aim to build a community in the city. Aatika Khan are directors of the Mumbai chapter "The idea is to encour..
                 

Why can't I find men worth dating?

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I have been single since I finished college over three years ago. My friends have all been in a number of relationships since then, but I haven't even managed to go on a date. I am not unattractive or boring, so I don't know what the problem is. I would like to at least date a few people, if not actually have a real relationship. Now, because nothing has happened, this is starting to affect my self-confidence. I don't know how to get rid of this feeling. I am afraid to approach guys and just ask them out because I don't want to come across as desperate. Please help.It's fairly normal to feel inadequate and lack confidence while attempting to date or initiate a relationship. If you think everyone is confident about it, I have to say that a majority of human beings are probably just making it up as they go along. It can be hard to deal with, obviously, and approaching someone is never going to be easy. The only way around this is to plunge in and face your fear. I admit this is easier sa..
                 

Stage set for a festival

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There was a time when the Mumbai theatre circuit lacked the sort of vibrancy it has today. The venues were limited to a few spots like Prithvi in Juhu and NCPA in Nariman Point. The people in the thick of things were a mix of small groups and well-known theatrewallahs, but it was a tiny set that constituted the industry. That gradually started changing when a slew of indie spaces started popping up in the city, most notably in Versova's Aram Nagar and the vicinity of this neighbourhood. They provided a platform even for minor players to stage their work. The community thus grew in the process; things have now reached a point when there is a play being staged in the city almost every single day. A scene from the plays Guru Dakshina Evidence of that lies in the monsoon theatre festival that will be held at an Aram Nagar venue early next month. There are a total of 22 plays that will be staged, helmed by 17 different directors. Rahul Datta, who founded Colourblind Entertainment and i..
                 

Watch video: Fire at MTNL building in Bandra; several feared trapped

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A massive fire broke out at the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL building) which is located in KC Marg, near the Bandra fire station in Bandra West, Mumbai. The Mumbai Fire Department categorised the fire as a level-4 fire at the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) building in Bandra area on Monday afternoon, said a PTI report. Approximately 100 people are reported to be trapped on the terrace of the building, the report added. Smoke seen across Bandra's skyline after a massive fire broke out in the MTNL building. Pic: Nimesh Dave According to the latest report, over 60 persons who were stranded in the MTNL building fire have been rescued. Rescue operations, as well as fire fighting operations, still continue.A fire brigade official said that as it is a working day, most MTNL employees were present inside the building. Rescue operations at MTNL building. Pic/ Anurag Kamble Watch the video below. #Breaking | Fire confined on 3rd and 4th floor of MTNL building loc..
                 

A change for the better

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FOOD/ GOODAMBIANCE/ BRIGHTSERVICE/ GREATCOST/FAIRVERDICT/ 1/4 ONGC Colony at Bandra Reclamation is a food hub that's like a chameleon, because the place changes colour all the time. It's a straight road lined with restaurants and pubs on one side. But some of them shut and new ones open, leaving the place in a constant state of flux. Only Candies in one corner has survived the test of time like the Rock of Gibraltar. New York City Diner, right next door, bit the bullet earlier this year after a short but commendable stint. Before that, iBar closed operations, breaking the heart of the city's indie musicians. Even a mighty chain like Doolally threw its hands up. It can be an unforgiving location, but restaurateurs still hedge a bet and put their money on the place, just like the people behind And It Was Called Yellow did last month. Those who know the band Coldplay will recognise the name as the final line in the chorus from one of their hit songs. But there are two ..
                 

One dead in fire in almost century-old building at Colaba

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A fire broke out on the third floor of Churchill Chambers, a building behind the Taj Mahal Hotel in Colaba around 12.15 pm on Sunday, killing one person and injuring two. A resident, Shyam Aiyyar, 54, died while another, Yusuf Punawala, 43, who inhaled smoke, was admitted to the Bombay Hospital. A fireman, Bhurmal Santosh Patil from Mandvi Fire Station, who also inhaled smoke, was given First Aid. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Thick smoke filled the stairs of the building that is almost a century old, trapping residents in their third floor flats. Some were also trapped in the passage on the third floor from where they were rescued. In all 15 residents were rescued. Many residents who were trapped in the passage were rescued The fire was confined to electric wiring and installations, furniture, household articles in a residential flat where it started on third floor, and in an area of about approximately 5,000 square feet on the floor. It also spread to the staircase on..
                 

In memory of Mihir

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Weeks after Mihir Bijur, a well-established restaurateur who kept retro music alive in the city at his Bandra eatery, passed away suddenly at the age of 38, the team he left behind, led by the in-house DJ of three ye­ars, DJ Russel, are celebrating his legacy with a music tribute night for their late boss-man. DJ Russel A celebration of his life, the evening will feature multiple performances by artistes who have performed at the venue, including Siddharth Elvis Meghani, Elton Steve Vessoaker, Lindsay and Reena, Gaurav Jagwani, Senthil K. They will play some of Bijur’s favourite songs and a few originals, too. "There will be some MJ, Elvis, classic rock and originals written for him by two of the performers," says DJ Russel. "My artist manager, Ayesha Dominica, and I have grown up in an atmosphere that blends joviality and grieving. When someone leaves this world, our families have had their own rendition of an Irish Wake, where we celebrate the person’s life through gr..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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He's mine! New father Arjun Rampal takes his newborn son home with partner Gabrielle Demetriades, from a Khar hospital on Saturday. Pic/Bipin Kokate German glimpses German national Michaela Talwar has dabbled across the creative space in Mumbai, apart from helming Harkat Studio. And now on a trip to her homeland, Talwar will also post informational snippets from the country on the German Consulate Mumbai's Instagram handle. "I will mainly be sharing posts about Berlin, but also talk about other unseen places. And there's a big difference between visiting Germany in the summer and the winters which I plan on documenting in the next four weeks," she told this diarist. Talwar's first post is about open-air late-night cinemas in Berlin, and we can't wait to get more tips as hopeful tourists. Art, the public way When artist Dia Mehhta Bhupal made her solo debut at Pundole's in January, she showcased the life-size sets made from re-purposed paper and glue. After she cuts paper from magazin..
                 

Why it sucks to play sport and be a girl

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The October of last year brings back bitter memories for 17-year-old national-level athlete Apoorva Pawar. An FYBCom student at HR College, Pawar, who was participating at the West Zone Nationals, had attended the opening ceremony in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, where some of the athletes, including her, were to receive medals for the 100m races (in the under-14 and under-20 categories) that had taken place earlier. "But, while the ceremony was on, we were told that the chief guests, all of whom were key dignitaries in Raipur, would only give out medals to the boys," Watch the video here: recalls Pawar, who bagged a silver in the 100m. "We were shocked, and threw a fit. To assuage us, they called us backstage, and gave us the medals in our hands. But, we had earned it, just like anybody else. Was the podium only for the boys?" she asks, when we meet her, on a weekday evening, during a training session at the Mumbai University Ground in Marine Lines. "I have never faced this, but I can believ..
                 

Sydney-based author traces lesser-known chapels of Mumbai in her new book

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The Churches of India (Niyogi Books) by Sydney-based scholar Joanne Taylor is a deep exploration into the church architecture of India and the several colonial powers that influenced it. Also the author of Forgotten Palaces of Calcutta, Taylor has been visiting India since 1971. With a significant section dedicated to Mumbai's churches, including the cathedral from where Churchgate gets its name, and the Dadar church designed by architect Charles Correa with a skylight designed by artist MF Husain, Taylor takes us through her research, from the aisle to the nave. Joanne Taylor How was your interest in Indian architecture and history sparked? My visit to North Kolkata was a starting point. I was fascinated with the old zamindari houses and mansions, [which were] such a contrast to the small, poor dwellings alongside. I wondered who built them, why were they in such a sad state and what happened to the owners. That was the beginning of my first book, The Forgotten Palaces of Calcutta. Wh..
                 

Go on a monsoon trail

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Imagine yourself in the middle of a dense forest, soaked in the rain, finding routes, viewing valleys and crossing ghats. Sounds adventurous right? There could possibly be no better way to enjoy monsoons, away from the city’s hustle. We have compiled a list of exciting treks so you can have a memorable weekend. Visapur Fort Kasa Kai Mumbai (KKM) is initiating a trek to the iconic Visapur Fort so you can indulge in nature and history together. Perched upon a lush green plateau, the Visapur Fort is a very popular excursion destination for adventure mongers as well as nature lovers. It is located near Visapur village in Maharashtra, and is a part of the Lohagad-Visapur fortification. The one-day vacation includes only breakfast and water bottles. The fort is about 120 km away from Mumbai city. When: July 27, 5 amMeeting point: Bandra station (West)Entry: Rs 999Call: 9137552457 Garbett Trek The Grand Garbett Trek is one of the most scenic one-day treks in the Sahyadri Mountains. The ..
                 

Happy feet

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Ever booked a gig and been unaware of the location? Meet Milkman, an event management company, which brings in artistes from across the world, but doesn't disclose the location until the last moment. "I think the idea of keeping a location secret is exciting because it keeps everyone on their feet," says Jay Anand, founder of Milkman. "We are always looking for new spots every month and it's an exciting process for everyone involved. It's also interesting for our community because they don't learn about the location until the day of the event." In an upcoming event on July 27, Janeret, a DJ from Paris who plays minimal electronic music, will be performing live. The location, obviously, is still a secret. "It's the last party of the season from our Secret Location series, and we're very excited to have such an amazing line-up of local and international talent," adds Anand. Janeret Milkman will be completing two years in August this year. In this time, they have brought in various artist..
                 

A swan song

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Nineteen years is a long time in an individual's life. It's the time one takes to grow out of infancy and reach adulthood, or switch from the pinnacle of their career to retirement. For Delhi-based filmmaker-writer Saba Dewan, it marked the years she spent engaging with the community of tawaifs, "the courtesans and entertainers who had, until almost the mid-20th century, played a significant role in the cultural and social life of northern India". Starting with 2001, when Dewan began work on her documentary, The Other Song (2009), which dealt with the art and lifestyle of the tawaifs, to her new non-fiction, Tawaifnama (Context, Westland), the journey, says Dewan, has been enlightening. "There is this tendency to label tawaifs either as victims or simply as survivors, but these are easy categorisations. Because as far as human life is concerned, you cannot see things as black and white," she says, over a telephonic interview. "That is one of the biggest things I learnt [while researchi..
                 

The globe in a glass

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Cocktails are always special. Maybe it's the bright colours, unique glasses or even the mini umbrella they are served with that make them popular. Add to it a travel story that will transport you to elsewhere in the world. We found three restaurants in the city, whose owners have curated travel-inspired tipple. DawaFrom: KenyaServed at: Via Bombay, Chembur When owner Ashish Sajnani made a trip to Nairobi, East Africa, in March he stumbled upon Dawa—the traditional local drink made of lime, honey and vodka. "Dawa is claimed to originated in a funky restaurant in Kenya, served by a Dr Dawa. He moves from table to table with a 1920s-era cigarette girl-inspired tray strapped on, along with a flamboyant pink feathered hat similar to those worn by African witch doctors, carrying the libation's necessities," informs Sajnani. Sajnani was intrigued by the concept and thought of bringing it back to Mumbai. "The cocktail, literally meaning medicine in our local language, is a refreshingly..
                 

Palghar crime: Two held with Laudanum worth Rs 1.58 crore

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The Palghar local crime branch on Friday busted a racket used to supply Laudanum (Afeem) to the various Tea stalls, paan stalls and various people in Palghar. The Waliv police seized around 69 Kg Laudanum and stem braces of the plant which is worth around 1.58 crores. During the patrolling, the local crime branch officer PSI Hitendra Vichare and his staff intercepted a sports utility vehicle from which they seized 11240 grams opium and 69 kgs Laudanum worth Rs 1.58 crore in the illegal market. The official also recovered 4.5Lakh cash. Sonaram Bishnoi (33) and Bhajanlal Bishnoi (22) were arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. They both hail from Rajasthan and were dealt with gas cylinder business in Jodhpur but as their pick-up van was stolen, they resorted to smuggling drugs to compensate for their loss. Also Read: Two person, including woman held with ganja from Palghar district Pic/Hanif Patel The police said, "Initially they started supplying o..
                 

Where's the good news?

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Think of us as your smartest friend." The first line of Gem's description in the App Store really gets one thinking about several questions. You could contemplate on a scale of 'how many smart friends do I have?' to 'Am I not smart enough?' But leaving the self-examination aside, here's an app that is modeled after your own thinking — or so, it claims. Gem — true news, launched on iOS platforms last week, and is developed by Henry Boldizsar, who also worked for the meditation app Calm. So, who better to try this out that someone who is tested on the basis of keeping up with the news? We invite media student, 23-year-old Anuradha Nagar to give it a workout." First impressions Anuradha Nagar Unlike other news applications available, this one is designed to bring you reads that you find interesting rather than what people you follow on social media do. Nagar, currently studying at SCMSophia, has a couple of other such apps on a phone — one of a daily newspaper and an app..
                 

Lost four brothers, but still waiting for compensation, say Kamathipura building collapse survivor

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Four years after Sunarul Molla alias Salim lost his four brothers in the Kamthipura building collapse of 2016, he is still waiting for the compensation of R5lakh that the state government had promised to him. Gulmohar building, a ground-plus-three storey structure in the 14th lane, Kamathipura, collapsed around 2 pm on April 30, 2016, killing four people and injuring two others. In a letter dated May 13, 2015, the BMC had cautioned MHADA that the fateful building, among others, was dilapidated. It had also asked it to carry out an inspection and take necessary measures before the monsoon. The 90-year-old building (no 12A) was a cessed building and was being repaired by MHADA when it collapsed. Sunarul, along with his deceased brothers – Sarful, 33, Samirul, Mistar, 16, and Jabarul, 14 – worked as labourers at construction sites and lived together in Gulmohar. On the day of the incident though, Sunarul, now 33, was at his native place in Murshidabad, West Bengal. Rahul Mulli..
                 

Vashi's Hiranandani hospital becomes first to conduct Bronchial Thermoplasty

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The estimated prevalence of Asthma in the adult Indian population is two percent, and about 1-2 million Indian adults are estimated to suffer from severe asthma. To address the growing need for the treatment of asthma patients, Vashi's Hiranandani Hospital has procured the Alair System to conduct Bronchial Thermoplasty. The Alair System machine uses radiofrequency controlled energy to shrink the bronchial muscles in order to improve Asthma control. It became the first hospital in the western region to procure the system. Patients with severe Asthma can undergo comprehensive screening to identify and treat modifiable factors responsible for poor Asthma control. Subsequently, such patients can also undergo Bronchial Thermoplasty which uses radiofrequency controlled energy to shrink the bronchial muscles in order to improve Asthma control. This procedure is performed through a Bronchoscope which is inserted through the nose or the oral route, in three separate sessions, two to three week..
                 

'Want my name cleared in Zareen Khan, Anshuman Jha's fiasco'

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Four days after mid-day carried a report that a bizarre turn of events had hampered the shoot of Zareen Khan's Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele, the case has taken a different turn. Digital Imaging Technician Hardik Joshi has been accused of misplacing four-days' worth of shoot of the Anshuman Jha-backed project. But, Joshi, it had been suggested, had informed cinematographer Faroukh Mistry about the developments. Finding himself in the midst of the evolving controversy, Mistry tells mid-day that the case of the missing hard-drives is linked to the makers' desire to cover their productions delay and negligence. He tells mid-day that the unit had withheld a fair share of information that a cinematographer must have, in a bid to tarnish his image. "The material was lost by Hardik Joshi, a freelance technician who has worked with a number of filmmakers and producers, including Harish Vyas [director] and Anshuman Jha on their last film. Jha and line producer Navey Mittra thought it best to hand..
                 

Mumbai: Fire that broke out in flat believed to be Kapil Sharma's doused in 30 mins

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A empty apartment in the seven-storey Shantivan building at Oshiwara caught fire on Thursday afternoon. The apartment where the minor fire broke out is believed to be that of comedian Kapil Sharma. The residents of the building are now getting the entire structure vetted for any signs of a short circuit while continuing to reside in their houses. The fire that broke out around 3 pm, was doused within half an hour of the fire brigade team arriving at the spot. It was confined to the kitchen and bedroom of the 2BHK flat. The fire department had sent out two fire engines, one quick response vehicle and two jumbo tankers to the spot after they received a call." Also Read: Watch video: Fire in Kapil Sharma's apartment in Oshiwara Comedian Kapil Sharma's brother Ashok Sharma was spotted at Shantivan building. Pic/ Sneha Kharabe At the time of the incident, the apartment was empty, locals said, adding that it was used by some of Sharma's staff members to reside or work. No injuries or ca..
                 

A Naga feast

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For those who've been scrounging the city in search of authentic flavours from Nagaland, a 10-day festival at St Regis in Lower Parel should be a treat for you. For Karen Yepthomi, the chef and owner of Delhi's Dzukou Tribal Kitchen is bringing her entire menu and offering a buffet for Mumbaikars to come in and try traditional fare from the region. Karen Yepthomi Yepthomi, who grew up in Nagaland, before moving to Delhi and opening the eatery in 2011, opened her second outlet in Kathmandu in 2017, where she uses ingredients sourced from her homeland. Some of the signature preparations that will be served include anishi (fermented yam leaves), axone (fermented soya bean), fresh bamboo shoots, dried fish, akighi (raw beans) and Naga sticky rice. Explaining that these ingredients became a part of her diet back home due to their nutritional and health benefits, Yepthomi says, "The smoked pork with anishi (fermented yam leaves paste) is more nutritious than other pork preparations because y..
                 

Mumbai: Bandra corporator writes to BMC, demands additional facilities at Mount Mary fair

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Bandra's Mount Mary fair is an event that many look forward to every year. This year, Congress corporator Asif Zakaria has put forth his demands for additional facilities before the civic body. In a letter sent to the H West ward on July 10, 2019, Zakaria pointed out that the auction of the market stalls at the fair generates revenue for the BMC. Also Read: Bandraites recall the essence of the popular Mount Mary Fair "There are additional measures that need to be taken to ensure the smooth functioning of the annual fair this year. We have sent a list of these demands to the H West ward office," Zakaria said. Asif Zakaria with Rahul Gandhi. Pic/Twitter Asif Zakaria Some of the demands put forth by Zakaria pertain to special BEST bus services, temporary water kiosks at some locations, mobile toilets, daily water tankers and installation of CCTV cameras inside Mount Mary Church, the Mount Mary steps, and the surrounding areas. Also Read: Mumbai: Annual Bandra Fair hijacked by 'o..
                 

Aaditya Thackeray inaugurates new fire command centre in Borivli

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Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, one of the most socially active leader and a youth icon from Maharashtra shared a few pictures on the social media platform, Instagram from an even on 17th July in Borivli in Mumbai. Cehck out the post below!       View this post on Instagram I inaugurated the new fire command centre of the Mumbai Fire Brigade in Borivali West. This is our 6th command centre. Along with this centre, I had the privilege to inaugurate the fire robot vehicle that will help our firemen to save lives while also being safe themselves. The 6 command centres, fire dousing robot vehicle, a central command centre, modern fire vehicles & material and most importantly the Hazardous Material vehicle give our fire brigade jawans capabilities that are unmatched in the country. #Mumbai #BMC A post shared by Aaditya Thackeray (@adityathackeray) onJul 17, 2019 at 8:33am PDT Aaditya Thackeray attended an event in Borivli in Mumbai where he inaugrated the new f..
                 

The Bronx comes to Bandra

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It seems like there's no stopping the recent wave of hip-hop, a tsunami of sorts, that's washed over the Indian indie music scene. Young rappers are surfacing in places as far off as Amravati in easterm Maharashtra. Musicians are incorporating all kinds of regional dialects and languages into the genre. There's a wide-ranging demographic of participants, from DJs to live rappers to B-boys and graffiti artistes. And the one place that we have to thank for all this is The Bronx in New York City, where the global hip-hop movement was born in the 1970s. Vivek Dudani Now, a pub on Carter Road is paying homage to these musical roots with a brand new property that will kick off tomorrow. It's called Bandra Bronx and features a resident DJ, Cas, who'll spin tracks that are straight-out hip-hop, including those by artistes Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. Vivek Dudani, the programming head at the pub, tells us, "We realised that the entire stretch on Carter Road has nothing that entertains aud..
                 

Scarlett Keeling murder: Want to see D'souza's reaction when court sentences him, says Fiona

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Soon after the HC of Bombay at Goa convicted the main accused in the Scarlett Keeling murder case — Samson D'souza — on Wednesday, Fiona Mckeown said, "I want to look D'Souza in the eye and see his reaction when the court pronounces his sentence on Friday. I am trying to travel to India so that I can be in the courtroom with advocate Vikram Varma, who has worked really hard to bring us justice." However, the division bench acquitted the other accused Placido Carvalho. 'Extremely happy' Speaking to mid-day from Bradworthy, North Devon UK, Scarlett's mother Fiona said, "We are extremely happy with the verdict. Maybe now we can move on with our lives. I will celebrate the judgment with my children, who are visiting me." She further said, "I could not sleep last night thinking about the verdict. All these years have been traumatic for my children. They get worried every time I visit Goa. Whenever I see Scarlett's friends, I wonder what she would have been doing now. It will be ..
                 

Mumbai: Central Railway motorman jumps off halted train to pee on tracks

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Delays on the Central Railway (CR) are legendary, but the reason for this one on Wednesday has got to be a very unusual first. A video that has gone viral shows a motorman jumping off the train that he had halted so that he could take a leak on the tracks between Ambernath and Ulhasnagar. Though the date of the video has not been confirmed yet, railway officials have assured they will look into the matter. The video was shot by a local from the area who was standing on the flyover nearby. The video that zooms in on the motorman shows him standing in front of the train that has been halted between two stations and peeing right in front of the train. He is then seen climbing back into the motorman's cabin and the train starts moments later. Also read: Mumbai: Central Railway services resume after OHE problem leaves thousands stranded According to railway officials, before any motorman boards the train that is scheduled to travel a long distance, they get three hours to complete all ..
                 

A Sindhi treat

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It's a Sunday afternoon. You're contemplating a nice meal. What are your options? A homely ordered-in lunch with your partner while watching a cult film; a quiet luncheon at a neighbourhood café or a luxurious treat at a lauded fine-dine. That's all? Not really. The boom of experimental studios in the city have made it possible to delve into a plethora of culinary experiences — from exploratory meals to homely spreads, pop-ups — made possible by the availability of such spaces — have opened up something of a gastronomic Pandora's box. And at a newly opened studio in Juhu called Jars and Journeys, the founder Divisha Jadhwani and her cousin and chef Priya Bajaj have put-together a menu that will look beyond humdrum Sindhi offerings like dal pakwan. "When I turned vegan three-and-a-half years back, I attended a few plant-based food workshops in the city. They would be conducted at places like yoga studios, and I noticed that the organiser had to carry everything ..
                 

Mumbai: Central Railway services disrupted between Vithalwadi and Kalyan due to OHE problem

6 days ago  
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In another case of railway disruptions, people travelling to their office and colleges has to bear the brunt on Wednesday morning, had issues with reaching their respective destinations. The OHE (Over head equipment) of a certain local train between Vithalwadi and Kalyan was damaged on the upline due to which services were at a standstill. Commuters took to walking on railway tracks in order to reach the nearest railway station i.e. Kalyan. Central Railways took to social networking website Twitter to post an update on the same. Due to OHE problem in BL-10 local between Vithalwadi and Kalyan on Up line, services are held up. Technical team is working on it to restore ASAP. Kindly bear with us. Inconvenience is deeply regretted@RidlrMUM @m_indicator @mumbairailusers — Central Railway (@Central_Railway) July 17, 2019 They posted: Due to OHE problem in BL-10 local between Vithalwadi and Kalyan on Up line, services are held up. Technical team is working on it to restore ASAP. Kind..
                 

Dongri building collapse: Location and locals complicate rescue ops

6 days ago  
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The rescue operations at Tandel Street in Dongri, which started around noon on Tuesday after the Kesarbai Mansion collapsed, ran into several hurdles. Apart from more than 80 fire brigade officials, 35 members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were working together to rescue around 15 families who were said to be trapped under the debris. Fire brigade officials said that due to the location of the building, they were not able to bring any JCB diggers to the spot and the rescue operations were entirely being done manually. "The building was in a narrow lane and we had to manually remove all the debris. We were not able to use gas cutters initially for about two hours since there was a LPG leak in the area and the cutters could have led to an explosion. Thus, we had to use hydraulic equipment to cut through the metal parts to rescue people who were trapped," said a senior fire brigade official who was present at the spot. The locals also complicated matters. One of the ..
                 

Bold and the beautiful

6 days ago  
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The response to the inaugural session of Reel Talkies, which took place in June, was overwhelming. The venue was packed, but many didn't mind standing at the bar. They listened attentively as Ratna Pathak Shah and Shakun Batra spoke about the relationship that an actor and director share, and how they work together to bring alive characters on-screen. They even discussed the evolution of the film industry and touched upon the TV and the advertising industry as well. The similarities and differences between theatre and cinema, and the need to gap the bridge between the two, was also a part of the discussion. It is the lesser-known facts about the industry, such as these, that Reel Talkies, an initiative, seeks to focus on. Shikha Jain, founder and curator at The Red Sparrow that organises the event explains, "We talk to people from the industry who have been able to break the mould and make a name for themselves. It is a community where people come to learn, acquire, share and be a part..
                 

Scarlett Keeling murder: Hoping for justice at last for my daughter, says Fiona McKeown

6 days ago  
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After struggling for 11 years to get justice for her daughter — Scarlett Keeling — who was found murdered near a shack on Goa's Anjuna beach on February 18, 2008, 55-year-old Fiona McKeown will finally get to hear the verdict of High Court of Bombay at Goa in the case today. Speaking to mid-day from Devon, United Kingdom, where she works on three farms to earn a living, Fiona said, "My life has been hanging in the balance for the past 11 years. As the case has reached a high level in the judiciary system, I hope the judge acknowledges the evidence and takes the right decision." Fiona further said, "It's been really hard all these years. Sometimes it even felt that it was impossible to get justice. The police and the ministers at that time didn't care about the case. I'm sure there are good cops in Goa but the ones who were in-charge of the case were not. They never investigated it properly, so it's hard to have faith in them. Yet I hope for a positive outcome." Also read:&n..
                 

Mumbai: Cylinder blast in Vikhroli kills one; injures 2 others

7 days ago  
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A cylinder blast that took place in Vikhroli West on Tuesday morning has severely injured one person and while two others had minor burn injuries. The severely injured worker has been identified as Pannalal Yadav, who has been rushed to Rajawadi hospital for immediate medical attention, said police. He later succumbed to his injuries The impact of the blast was so severe that Yadav lost his left leg and his left hand. "The explosion was huge. Yadav bled profusely after the blast," said one of the eyewitnesses. Also Read: Jogeshwari Cylinder explosion: 50-year-old fights for life with 70 per cent burns The fire brigade team and the Parksite police have rushed to the spot. "The commercial gas cylinder exploded while unloading from a truck at 10 am. It is a commercial place naming Bombay Gas Suppliers Private Limited in Ambewadi area. One of its workers got severely injured and has been rushed to Rajawadi hospital," Vilas Jadhav, senior inspector of Parksite police station told mid-..
                 

Phir ek baar, Mangii

7 days ago  
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For the longest time, a 40-year-old mango tree that grew in a compound nestled in a by-lane in Juhu lay barren. Then, at the end of 2003, a first-time restaurateur at the time and a 31-year-old Worli boy, Prashant Chaudhri, took over the property to start a new diner there. Unlike former owners, who restrained the tree to the backyard, Chaudhri decided to make it central to his venture. It came to be called Mangii Ferra or "mango tree" in Latin, which was appropriate since the burly evergreen, adorning the entrance, became a bit of an icon on its own. And in the summer of 2004, a few months after the establishment had opened in February, the tree surprisingly bore fruit. Carbonara bacon pizza In the years that followed, the restaurant and the tree bloomed together. While one stood resplendent with low-hanging mangoes, the other was teeming with stars. From Sachin Tendulkar to Talat Aziz, all sang its praise, thanks to the flavourful Italian fare on offer. Meanwhile, Chaudhri, propelled..
                 

Mumbai: Vihar lake venue for booze parties at night, say tribals

7 days ago  
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Authorities seem to be waiting for a disaster in the Vihar lake area with the Sai Bangoda pada near Aarey Colony becoming a party spot. Youngsters have been frequenting the venue for parties, entering the lake and leaving behind empty liquor bottles, captured in a picture clicked by a nature lover. All this, without any monitoring by local authorities or the police. People usually reach the banks of the lake through a trail passing through the Bangoda village adjacent to Aarey Milk Colony. The portion of Vihar lake on the Bangoda end falls under the BMC's jurisdiction. On Sunday, a nature lover, who had visited the spot, was shocked to see around 100 people partying on the banks of the lake along with children who were enjoying a dip in the lake. Some people had also made temporary tents using plastic sheets. The Vihar lake surroundings are routinely used as a party spot, with temporary plastic-sheet tents built, especially during the monsoon A local tribal said that this was not just ..
                 

For better or verse

7 days ago  
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If you talk to the current crop of hip-hop artistes who have steadily taken over the Indian indie scene, you'll find that most of them looked to the West to gain an understanding about rap music. They will state stars like Nas, Biggie Smalls, Tupac and Eminem as their primary influences. But that wasn't the case with Nitin Mishra aka Spitfire. A new friend he'd made after switching schools in class 11 — Ayush Khare aka Wordsmith — had introduced the 21-year-old Indore resident to rap music. Khare hand-held Mishra and taught him the ropes of rhythm and poetry, and when the latter started listening to famous artistes to further his musical education, the person who left the biggest impact on him was Bohemia, a Pakistani-Punjabi rapper with a massive following. Mishra, who's now ready to launch his debut EP at a gig in Mumbai, tells us in Hindi, "I found it difficult to keep up with English lyrics when I first started listening to this music, but I felt a real connect with Boh..
                 

Go North

8 days ago  
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FOOD: MOUTHWATERINGAMBIENCE: STODGYSERVICE: WARMCOST: REASONABLEVERDICT: In a small lane behind Khar West railway station, a tiny eatery called The Bombay Curry opened six months ago. Its frontier comprises a few tables and blue chairs and a desk set-up before a semi see-th­r­ough kitchen. On the desk stand three anti­q­ue Persian-style jars, one tall, and two smaller. That, along with the overall make-do nature of the interiors reminds you of the neighbourhood silversmith's shop back in the day. The desk is manned by chef Kunal Nagpal's father Rajesh, a warm and amiable man. As a small family-run joint that focuses predominantly on delivery, the ambience, however shabby, is unimportant. Nagpal, who has worked with ITC, JW Marriott and a cruise line bet­ween 2012 and 2017, is as keen as an owner as he is a chef. And it's hard to miss the fact that this is someone's labour of love. Murgh Rogani Tangdi The menu offers a glimpse of the kind of fare that keeps North Ind..
                 

Mumbai: Bandra cops cause traffic jam to stop criminal in his tracks

8 days ago  
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Illustration/Ravi Jadhav 1. A scene straight out of a Bollywood masala flick unfolded at Bandra last week after a black SUV with three people in it jumps the red light under the Mahim Causeway Bridge 2. After being stopped by traffic cops, when the occupants roll down their tinted windows, a police informer at the spot shouts out, "These are hard-core criminals, arrest them." Bandra traffic division in-charge, Inspector Nitin Patil hears this and rushes out of his chamber 3. By then the man at the wheel, accused Asif Khan, steps on the accelerator. Patil directs his bike squad to chase the car. As the car reaches the highway, constables – Nilesh Kadam and Sharad Kulal – on their bikes catch up 4. Asif rolls down his window and threatens to run the cops over if they don't stop. He even tries to hit their motorcycles with his car. After a 3-km chase, the cops manage to create a traffic jam on the Centrum Bridge and stop the speeding car. More than 50 cars are stopped to cr..
                 

Mumbai: Washing machine explodes at Bandra residence; family escapes miraculously

8 days ago  
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A washing machine serviced just 20 days ago, exploded inside a sixth floor flat at Linking Road, Bandra West, on July 12, even as a 74-year-old woman and her teenaged granddaughter slept unaware. What prevented it from ending in disaster was the presence of mind of neighbours who called the fire brigade, entered the house using a duplicate key, took the occupants to safety and helped douse the fire. The washing machine was kept in the duct space behind the washroom and the door was locked from the inside. The family didn't hear the explosion or see smoke billowing out even after the power supply was disconnected. The machine Neha Chopra, who lives in the flat along with her 18-year-old daughter Shreya and 16-year-old son Karan, said, "Fifteen minutes before the incident, around 10.45 am, I left my residence for a yoga class. I didn't notice my phone vibrating but sometime later when I checked it, I saw 15 missed calls that had been made by my neighbours over the space of five minutes. ..
                 

Mumbai: Mayor on a lunch outing parks his car under a No-Parking board

8 days ago  
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The hullaballoo over the civic body's new parking fines seems to have completely missed its first citizen's attention. While the BMC began its crackdown against roadside parking by levying hefty fines on violators, Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar's vehicle was seen parked right under the BMC's no-parking signboard in Vile Parle. Mahadeshwar visited Koldongari in Vile Parle, East on Saturday when his official vehicle was parked outside a popular coastal fish food joint between Andheri and Vile Parle, where the roads are narrow and often congested. The clear no parking instructions didn't seem to deter the mayor, let alone the new rules regarding no parking in a 500-metre radius of a public parking lot. The BMC had also barricaded some roads in Lower Parel to prevent motorists from roadside parking. File pic The blatant violation of parking norms by the Mayor comes within a week of the BMC administration beginning its drive against roadside parking. The civic body has been imposing f..
                 

A race apart

9 days ago  
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It's less than a week since Sneha Sharma, India's top woman race car driver from Mumbai, recovered from dengue, but she is already up and about. So much so, that when we call her up for the interview, the 28-year-old is en route to a racing track in Chennai for the Formula 4 Southeast Asia Race. At the event, she'll compete with players from Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines. In a month, Sharma spends 15 days flying an aircraft—she's employed as a pilot with Indigo—and the rest is spent racing. "I have no luxury of free time," she says. Sharma is aware that she's being tough on herself, but it's this steely determination that has helped her break the glass ceiling in motorsport. "I have to constantly push myself. That's the only way I'll be able to stay at top of my game," she says. Founders Amaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel Come November, she will showcase her behind-the-wheel prowess at X1 Racing League, the country's first indigenous motorsport league founded by car racers..
                 

A musical ode to Da Vinci

9 days ago  
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Music, as his other pursuits, was a well-rounded passion for Leonardo da Vinci. He experimented with music, innovated and advanced it as a genre, as he has done with so many creative and scientific disciplines. He was a singer and instrumentalist, speculated on the meaning of music, invented musical instruments, designed sets for great court musical performances, studied musical acoustics and, not lastly, he himself composed very particular musical miniatures: his famous rebuses. Now, to celebrate 500 years of Da Vinci, the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, Mumbai, Royal Opera House and Avid Learning present Leonardo's Symphony, a performance of Italian renaissance music by the Sensus Ensemble. The Ensemble includes mezzosoprano Arianna Lanci, renaissance instrumentalist Adriano Sangineto, renaissance harpist Marianne Gubri and percussionist Marco Muzzati. Talking about the significance of renaissance music, Gubri, who has studied and graduated in Medieval Renaissance and Baroque harp i..
                 

Let there be light

9 days ago  
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Wading through the city's rainwater pools—a bit harrowed and somewhat drenched—I arrived at the lush green Alfred Creado Lane in Juhu. The quaint buildings and colourful grafitti complemented the wellness sanctuary, 1000 Petals, where I was headed for a transcendental meditative experience: Lucia No. 3. Inside, the drops of rain on the glass window framing the grey clouds, the crystal rocks and hibiscus tea on the table and the soft, soothing sounds of gongs emanating from one of the rooms made it surreal already. In one of the dimly lit rooms, I relaxed on a mat on the floor. The lights were turned off and they instructed me to shut my eyes at all times. Above my forehead was Lucia No. 3, a light machine that looked like an ordinary lamp. When the focus of the light hit my eyes, it created a series of hues and a beautiful bokeh of patterns. The train of thoughts begun. The sound therapist worked on the points, and the music that played kept transporting me to different doo..
                 

Achar for a rainy day

9 days ago  
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In the fish-loving Pathare Prabhu home where Kalpana Talpade grew up, monsoon was when the kitchen would drown in the smells of hot oil and fried garlic. With fish markets abandoned, and the only other options for seafood being nivtya—a black slithering macchi found in the swampy mangroves—or crabs, Kalpana's mum, Sulabha Krishnarao Talpade had found an ingenious way to tide through this lean period. "In those days, we didn't have a refrigerator and so, if my mum found fresh prawns or bombils [Bombay ducks] in the market, she'd buy them in bulk, and make pickles out of them." 1. To make the Pathare Prabhu prawn pickle (kolambi che lonche), wash prawns and pat them dry with a cloth; marinate it with haldi and salt The fish pickle that found a pride of place on their dining table, would last them at least four to five days, and was relished with everything from varan bhaath to rotis. A new batch would be made after another fresh lot of fish arrived at the market. Talpade's fa..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Child labour racket busted in Bhaucha Dhakka

9 days ago  
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The Yellow Gate Police have unearthed a major crime racket involving minors, after three teenage boys were detained for smuggling oil. While interrogating them, the police learned that boys as young as 16 from Bhaucha Dhakka in Mazagaon, were being lured with money to tug or ride boats with cans full of diesel, as adults were sceptical about doing the work. Further investigations revealed that several minors operated in small gangs at the fish market, stealing phones and even fish. Police officials are currently working at reforming teenagers in the area, who are allegedly involved in petty crimes. Who delivers the oil? In September last year, the Yellow Gate Police arrested the alleged kingpin of a diesel smuggling racket. According to the police, the arrested accused, Raju Pandit, has five cases registered against him. A police officer said, "On September 17, during Ganpati Visarjan, a team of cops patrolling the Arabian Sea, saw a suspicious vessel near Sewri jetty. When we entered ..
                 

The Union Budget is not a page-turner

10 days ago  
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Apart from carrying the budget papers in the traditional bahi khaata, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made a series of statements that caused a stir. Among those, was the imposition of a 5 per cent customs duty on imported books. The move was aimed at promoting the domestic publishing and printing industry. But does that necessarily mean it will? That's a conundrum large sections of India's literary landscape seems to be staring at. Neeraj Jain Costly knowledge The government has provided a complete exemption for printed books under public interest, even though there is a 10 per cent customs duty according to the Customs Tariff Act of 1975. But there's a 12 per cent reverse GST on royalties paid to authors and payments made to designers, artists, and copy editors. Rahul Srivastava Priya Kapoor, director of Roli Books, questions that if books per se are exempt from GST, then why are two of the biggest costs to publishers — printing and royalties — taxed. She adds, "Paper..
                 

Saw Crawford Market people selling coloured puppies, says Mumbai teen

10 days ago  
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A worli-based animal rights NGO has dashed off a letter to MP and animal activist Maneka Gandhi, after the fawn-coloured indie puppies they had handed over for adoption were returned to them a strange dark brown shade. The activists then found out that the 16-year-old boy who had taken the puppies had dyed their fur and passed them off as purebreds as they fetched a 'good price'. Swapna Gupta, who works with an NGO for the welfare of animal rights, had put an advertisement on social media for the adoption of two stray pups, three days ago. Speaking to mid-day, Vijay Mohanani of the NGO Bombay Animal Rights, said, "Gupta had put up the adoption post for two indie motherless pups on her social media account and a person who calls himself a rescuer [on various social media rescue groups] from Jogeshwari called her saying that he had two families who were interested in adopting the pups and he had done the house checks. Convinced by his claims as he was part of many social media groups, sh..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

10 days ago  
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Zipped Considering a journalist accused Kangana Ranaut of slandering him for prejudice even before he had finished his sentence, we think the signboard on the wall is worth a million bucks when you are in Queen's company. The actress posed for photographers in Bandra on Friday to promote her upcoming film. Pic/Ashish Raje A whiff of Awadh in Andheri If you've been craving for authentic Awadhi-inspired biryani, a new culinary idea might bring much-needed cheer. Chef Mujeeb Ur Rehman — who has his roots in the royal kitchens of Awadh — has been ro­­­ped in to whip up the good stuff courtesy the cloud kitchen concept. He is expected to whip up authentic fare including Lucknowi gosht, ch­icken biryani and prawn pan biryani. "The purana gharanas of Lucknow and Awadh have given us something to cherish and preserve for posterity. My aim is to take this legacy to more people and that is what the cloud kitchen format allows me to do," he tells us. Chalo, biryani ho ..
                 

Mumbai: Speeding Ola cab driver ends youngsters' after-party plans in Powai

11 days ago  
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An accident involving a WagonR and a BEST bus at Ghatkopar's Ramabai Colony early Saturday morning seriously injured four people travelling in the cab. Three of them and the driver were in critical condition. Two of them are now recovering. The accident occurred when Ola cab driver Chandan Mahanto, 24, tried to overtake a BEST bus (of the Shivaji Nagar depot) while the bus passengers were alighting at the Ramabai bus stop. Chandan was driving at a considerable speed to overtake the bus when it almost got crushed under it. Hardik Yagnik The four passengers — part of the Lost in Music (LIM) Events, an event management company based in Worli — were seriously injured. An auto rickshaw driver near the accident spot called the police control room. Hardik Yagnik (sitting next to the driver), Suraj Jeswani , Pratiksha Bhoir and Ragini Saraswat were rushed along with Mahanto to Rajawadi Hospital by the police. They were travelling from Sion to Powai, said inspector Prafulla Sable of..
                 

The humble bite

11 days ago  
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Somewhere in the middle It might be difficult to drag yourself out of the trance that the aroma wafting out of the bakery at Gaylord puts you in. But as a 64-year-old iconic eatery, they're just as popular for their food menu. The chicken sandwich, though made with soft breads, is slightly bland and lacks the punch of pepper. The addition of capsicum and carrot bits is a little bit of a faux pas. The portions are huge and while it's palatable on the whole, it's also not the best on this list. But if you savour it within the confines of the diner's charming ambience, it might be a little bit more enjoyable. 4/10 At Gaylord, Mayfair Building, Churchgate.Time 9.30 am to 3.30 pm; 7.30 pm to 11.30 pmCall 22044693 Rs 50 It's basic At Belgaum Ghee Depot, a local haunt in Nana Chowk that's a popular halt for snacks, the chicken sandwich reminds you of your school tiffin. In this version, the sandwich is a basic mix of mashed (instead of shredded) chicken whipped into butter with a pinch of sal..
                 

Mumbai: Is Mulund rail overbridge in danger of falling down?

11 days ago  
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Even as the railways and IIT are in the process of examining bridges as part of their safety audit and have listed out dangerous bridges, the road overbridge near Mulund station has suddenly developed a huge crack. A local NGO has shot off a letter to the authorities, saying that the tracks below are visible through the gap. Mulund resident Keshav Madhukar Joshi, who runs the NGO Pathikara Foundation, was aghast to see what first looked like a large pothole. "A closer look and you can see the tracks below. This is the Mulund east west bridge that runs over six railway lines," he told mid-day. "I have alerted the authorities giving details and photographs ," Joshi added. His letter (a copy of which is with mid-day) dated July 5, states that the gap is causing serious inconvenience to the general public and motorists and that it looked dangerous, requesting the authorities to personally visit the spot and get it examined. A CR spokesperson said the Central Railway team will examine the M..
                 

Attention, please!

11 days ago  
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It can sometimes be a troubled world we live in. People are glued to their phones. Attention spans are waning. Actual human interaction is taking a backseat to social media, which means that a genuine sense of community that existed earlier is declining. So the question then is, what sort of life are we building for our children? What sort of habits are we inculcating in them? Is it all about swiping left or right and scrolling up and down? And if it is, then are we ready to address the attendant mental health issues that such practices are likely to lead to? Those are some of the issues that Ackvarious Productions' new play, What Planet Are You On?, explores through its feel-good plot. The story traces the journey of Homi, a child who suffers from attention deficit disorder (ADD). But, at first, he doesn't realise that he has this condition. In that sense, it's a way of life for him. Gradually, however, he learns to identify the fact that he is different from his peers, though it's no..
                 

He lied about being in a relation

11 days ago  
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I recently met a guy who asked me out. I agreed and we had a very nice time. It’s been three months since that date, and we have gone out a few more times. We enjoy each other’s company and he says he has feelings for me. I like him too, but he has just told me that he has a girlfriend. I was shocked, but he says he is in the process of ending that relationship. I’m not sure how I feel about this because I think he should have been honest with me at the start itself. What should I do?Someone who can lie to his girlfriend for three months and date another woman can easily do the same thing to you, can’t he? He should have been honest because that’s what makes relationships work. You can choose to wait for him too, but that depends entirely upon how much you appreciate honesty. My boyfriend and I decided to end our relationship for a while because we hit a few rough patches. He has recently begun seeing another woman and this upsets me a lot because I was un..
                 

Mumbai covered in potholes, yet BMC can spot just 100!

12 days ago  
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Following mid-day's report about the delay in launching the pothole tracking system, BMC Commissioner Pravin Pardeshi on Wednesday instructed the roads department to ensure that the app is ready for public use at the earliest. Meanwhile, the civic body also claimed that there were just 100 potholes across the city that are yet to be filled. Citizens taking the roads daily may have a different story to tell though. According to complaints received through another app called the 24X7 mobile application - a forum for citizens to register general civic complaints, from June 10, 2019 to July 9, 2019, 1,070 road-related complaints were received. The roads department claimed to have disposed off more than 90 per cent - 964 - of these complaints, said chief engineer S Nadgowda. Will be ready in a week mid-day's report on July 9 Apart from the app for pothole tracking, complaints can be made on the BMC's official website and the 1916 helpline. For more detailed and targeted action on pothole-re..
                 

Cheap thrills

12 days ago  
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It is easy to generalise Bandra as a neighbourhood that's meant only for those with deep coffers. But if you look closely, this couldn't be farther from the truth — the winding alleys, the small and ages-old bakeries, and homegrown food and drink haunts, all are as much remnants of Bandra's invigorating past as they are a part of its colourful and all-encompassing present. Margarita and Daiquiri 2 So, while it is home to some of the finest contemporary diners, it's also a suburb that's teeming with all-time favourites. Of them, PJ's — a dive-bar-style watering hole cocooned inside a club with old-school service, no-nonsense food and dirt-cheap drinks — is one such old favourite. Saunter in on a weekday and you're likely to struggle for a seat among couples, families and friends, for whom this place is a go-to. Now, in a bid to stay relevant and perhaps inspired by the current tide of cool cocktails that have swept the restaurant industry, the space has launched a new ..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Intensity of showers to increase, says IMD

12 days ago  
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As the cyclonic circulation was formed over South Gujarat which is very close to Mumbai, an IMD official on Wednesday said that the city will continue to experience increased intensity of rains for the next 24 hours. "Intensity of rains is increased because of more moisture coming in from westerly winds. The situation is likely to remain the same in the next 24 hours," the official said. Suburban areas in Mumbai are likely to receive more precipitation, he added. Earlier in the day, weather agency Skymet had said that monsoon will likely take a break after July 15. Jatin Singh, Managing Director, Skymet said in a company blog post on Tuesday, "The country is now heading towards break-monsoon conditions…Monsoon goes weak over most parts of the country and heavy rains are only confined to the foothills of Himalayas, right from Uttarakhand to northeast India. This is exactly how conditions will be, July 15 onward." According to The Hindu, the break is triggered by a low-pressure ..
                 

A day after reduced fares, BEST faces bus shortage

13 days ago  
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With the BEST Undertaking reducing its minimum fare to Rs 5 beginning Tuesday morning, larger crowds were seen clamouring to hop onto one. The administration's fears, however, soon came true as it faced an acute shortage of buses to cater to the increased footfall. The BEST committee on Tuesday also cleared a proposal for new buses. About 200 medium-sized new AC buses are expected to arrive in the city after August in phases and a total of 400 will be in by November 2019. The total target is to take the fleet to 10,000. "The BEST is in a mess today because the tender to procure more buses has been delayed by 16 months and with the fare cut, the situation has turned worse," BEST committee member Sunil Ganacharya said. The transport body has a fleet of about 3,000 buses as of today of which about 2,900 are in service daily. "The tender issued for new buses has several exceptional clauses like they won't run with conductors, they won't run on Sundays and holidays and other such, maki..
                 

Sibling humour

13 days ago  
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Love them, or hate them, you simply can't do without them. Essentially, you are stuck with your sibling — be it while teaming up against your parents or fighting over who gets to pick what to watch. And so, this Sunday, make plans with your brother, sister or cousin and head to a special sibling edition stand-up comedy night conceptualised by Jeeya Sethi and hosted by Christopher Barreto. The evening will also see performances by Kruti Kattige, Niveditha Prakasam, Raunaq Rajani, Mohd Hussain and Adesh — all of whom have siblings. Jeeya Sethi with her brothers Sethi, who has two brothers, says the idea took off last year during Rakshabandhan, and was brought back due to the audience's response. "I have shared a lot of stuff over the years. I'm the second child and have always been told that my elder brother is older so I should respect him, and my younger brother is a baby, and therefore I should look after him. This would drive me up the wall because it meant no one was loo..
                 

When rain can be spoilsport

13 days ago  
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The cricket World Cup is in its final leg, and that's what everybody seems to be talking about these days. But apart from the sedentary practice of watching a sport sitting in front of a TV screen, many Mumbaikars also like to hit the ground running, quite literally. They congregate in groups after work or on weekends, having booked an artificial turf, where they play cricket, football, volleyball and other outdoor games. But what with the monsoon wreaking havoc at the moment, their matches often prove to be a damp squib. What does one do in that case? Simple. Book a slot in a field that is either indoors or has a cover that keeps the rainwater at bay. We sourced five such places, which are few and far between. Go ahead, take your pick. Sun and shade in the monsoon A shade net, which is a kind of thick net, covers The Arena, located within an industrial estate in Chakala. This serves the dual purpose of protecting the place from an oppressive sun during the height of summer, and from t..
                 

Fresh off the boat in SoBo

7 hours ago  
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It's the little things that matter. And if you can throw a bit of imagination into the mix, it can make all the difference. Lakshit Shetty along with brothers Jai and Sahil Wadhwa of Hoppumm have done well to identify the benefit of thinking this way, and have imbibed it in its entirety for the second outlet of their Sri Lankan eatery, where simple pol rotis are elevated with a dab of butter flavoured with curry leaves or pol sambol. Opening its doors today, Hoppumm's 2.0 version is located in the Cambata Building that also housed the now-shut Eros Cinema at Churchgate, and which earlier had a Continental eatery called Crave. With a bigger space and menu, this outlet has a little more to offer than their quick service Bandra outpost. The entrance, which leads to the kitchen and houses a reception desk, is bitty. And a lovely hand-painted mural and a flight of stairs lead you to the second floor, where the main seating area is. The decor, which is soothing and casual, draws inspiration..
                 

Visa issue prevents Harshika Vishvakarma from boarding Cardiff plane

yesterday  
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India's men and women Slum Soccer teams will leave for Cardiff (Wales) today to compete in the 17th edition of the Homeless World Cup (July 27 to August 3). However, Chhindwara-based women's team striker, Harshika Vishvakarma will not be part of the Cardiff-bound team after technical issues with her visa application surfaced. "I had applied for a visa when I came to Mumbai one month ago. Somehow there was no stamp on my visa papers. Our team will leave for Cardiff tomorrow, but I will not be able to go with them as I had to reapply for the visa. I am nervous, but I hope to get it quickly," Vishvakarma, 17, who scored 18 goals during six selection games, told mid-day yesterday. The players of the Indian men and women teams that will be participating in the Homeless World Cup in Cardiff, Wales with Amruta Fadnavis, patron of Slum Soccer during an event in the city yesterday. Pics/ Atul Kamble Amruta Fadnavis (wife of Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis), who is the patron of..
                 

Indians onboard detained Iranian vessel call arrest 'a nightmare'

yesterday  
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Rising US-Iran tensions have suspended the fate of 24 Indian crew members, including its captain, on the Iranian-owned vessel Grace 1 that was seized by Gibraltar police on July 4. Gibraltar Supreme Court this week announced a one-month extension in the detention of the vessel that has three Mumbai natives on board. The entire crew stuck on the ship has had a harrowing time for the past couple of weeks, its captain told mid-day. Along with the chief officer of the vessel, I was arrested on July 11 from the vessel. We were kept in an enclosed cell for around 36 hours. It was a horrible experience and I will not forget what happened here with me and my colleagues," the captain recalled. The vessel was detained on suspicion of carrying crude oil to Syria. "It was boarded by UK Navy and Gibraltar police and a full search was carried out. All crew was interviewed, personal and ship computers, hard drives and personal phones were seized too," the captain told mid-day. A ship approaches super..
                 

Citizens plant flowering plants at Thane station to beautify premises

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Thane residents have decided to take swachch to the next level by also beautifying their railway station. A group of citizens — Care For Nature foundation — last month began planting flowering plants across Thane station. They also visit the station every Sunday to ensure the maintenance of these plants. Thane is a city full of rich biodiversity, natural resources, history and culture. Its railway station certainly needs to reflect all this, the group believes and hence decided to take this step. "Thane station is the oldest railway station in India. Approximately 6.5 lakh commuters use it daily apart from outstation trains passing by. Thane station director Rajendrakumar Verma along with other officials inaugurating the new, green station premises The amount of pollution here is thus high. Plantation of green air-purifying plants and fragrant flowering plants will provide a breather," said Ulhas Karle, a member of Care for Nature foundation that is spearheading the initiat..
                 

The trinity of love

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You know a song is good when the comments section below its video is an outpouring of memories — even years after its release. That's the effect Leonard Cohen's Dance Me to the End of Love has. With a gorgeous video directed by Dominique Isserman, the song pretty much feels like waltzing with the idea of love. And deep-diving into that very theme, is a play co-written by Mahesh Dattani and Avantika Shankar that will be staged this Sunday at the National Centre of the Performing Arts (NCPA), in collaboration with Playpen Performing Arts Trust. And it's named after Cohen's song, too. The rehearsals began in early May last year with the first performance being held at someone's home. Shankar had been part of Dattani's workshop years ago. Sukhita Aiyar This is thus the fourth edition of the triptych featuring Shankar's The Date and The Dated and Dattani's The Reading. Shankar was part of a playwriting workshop the Sahitya Akademi awardee was conducting. Dattani recalls, "In my worksh..
                 

Breaking: Fire breaks out in Colaba building near Taj Mahal hotel, people feared trapped

2 days ago  
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A fire broke out on the third floor of the Church Chamber building behind the Taj Mahal Hotel in Colaba at 12:20 pm on Sunday. Fire officials had rushed to the spot to carry out rescue operations as few people are feared trapped inside the building. Now, according to the latest report, the situation is under control and the fire has been doused. According to fire officials, the fire was a level 2 blaze and confined within the four-storeyed structure. #Breaking| Fire breaks out in Colaba building.Fire officials have rushed to the spot and a few people are feared trapped inside#ColabaFire #ChurchChamberFire pic.twitter.com/0Bc4oqCFMd — mid-day (@mid_day) July 21, 2019 Chief Fire official P Rahangdale said that the fire is confined within the four-storeyed structure. "There is smoke inside and some persons are trapped. Around 6 -7 people were rescued using Fire Angus and turntable ladder," he said. Four fire engines and four water tankers have been sent to the spot. Fire fig..
                 

The golden ticket

2 days ago  
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While most people buy a ticket to travel, 54-year-old Pramod Navare travels just so that he can buy a ticket. Here, he admits being biased towards local buses. "Train tickets across the country are uniform in appearance. Bus tickets, on the other hand, radically change with every city and state," say Navare, who works with the Mumbai Port Trust. What reeled him in was that the tickets "had character". As a result of this fascination, he now has over 3,000 bus tickets not just from Mumbai, but also Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Bihar, and 18 other states. But if you browse through his collection, it's the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) bus tickets that form the largest piece of the pie. They rub shoulders with passes from Frankfurt, San Francisco and Paris and still, stand out. In the wake of the BEST reducing bus fares to boost ridership, loyalists, who have travelled extensively in these buses, continue to hold on to the tiny red, blue and green coloured tickets a..
                 

The last Panther

2 days ago  
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Since Raja Dhale's demise last Tuesday, JV Pawar has been ceaselessly writing tributes, marking their five-decade-long friendship and activism. "None of my articles, however, begins with Dhale or his work. They have a mention of social reformer Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar in the first few lines itself, and how he left a lasting impact on the two of us. And Dhale would definitely appreciate me doing this," explains Pawar, who believes he and Dhale have always been loyal followers of Ambedkar's Buddhist movement. "I follow this norm in every column I write for newspapers and magazines. The subject may be someone else, but Ambedkar's ideologies need to reach everyone through my writing. And thus, bringing his name up right in the beginning is significant," the 76-year-old writer and poet clarifies, as he begins to tell us about his and Dhale's relentless struggle to achieve equal rights for Dalits in Maharashtra. Pawar was born in Pilavali, a remote village in Ratnagiri's Chiplun district. His ..
                 

Sheila Dikshit was India's biggest urban leader, says Milind Deora

2 days ago  
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I first met Sheila Dikshit ji almost 25 years ago, when she had come to Mumbai. This was even before she was the Chief Minister of Delhi. As she was a good friend of my father, Murli Deora, she had come over to our home for a meal. I was a young student in the US, and had come down for holidays at the time. While we met only briefly, she came across as a kind and warm person. She was very unlike the typical politician; she was engaging in conversations with me, asking what I was studying and what I aspire to do. She was obviously extremely knowledgeable, well-read and well-spoken, which was quite refreshing. In 2004, when I got elected as the Member of Parliament (MP), her son Sandeep became a good friend. She was already the Chief Minister of Delhi at the time and we would meet often. She would host us at her home, and was always taking care of everyone. "Beta kuch khao, you have to eat more," she would go on like this, making me feel like I was with my grandmother, but in Delhi. Inte..
                 

Mumbai Crime: After serving 20 years for murdering his wife, former MLA now helps married couples

2 days ago  
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After spending over two decades in Delhi's Tihar Jail for the murder and brutal disposal of his wife Naina Sahni's body over her alleged extra-marital affair, former Congress youth leader and MLA Sushil Sharma has finally found his raison d'etre—helping other married couples, who are going through a rough patch. The crime of passion, which took place on July 2, 1995, was infamously known as the "Tandoor Murder Case," because the victim's body was burnt inside a tandoor. Since his release in December last year, Sharma has been slowly working at piecing his life together, trying to make amends for what he describes as an impulsive mistake. Sharma, who visited the city last week for a "mannat" he had made at Haji Ali Dargah and to meet a leading producer interested in making a film on his life, told mid-day that he has already counselled dozens of couples and is also planning to conduct classes for those who can't control their rage. He first began counselling five years ago, while ..
                 

Is it worth the Switch?

2 days ago  
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It has been a while since the Nintendo Switch was released globally, except India. That is not new though; Nintendo has not officially released a console here in decades. Let's focus on the challenge at hand, should you buy a Nintendo Switch: the answer is a firm "depends". However, don't fret we can help you make your decision with our pros and cons list. Pros Portable: The Switch is the ultimate portable console; it has a big screen with comfortable controls and many good games. The battery life is approximately six hours, but the fun twist is that you can attach the whole console to a dock that connects to your TV. Amazing games: Switch has a small, but robust roster of games with some good titles and many unique features. The most sought after games are Mario Maker 2, Mario Kart 8, Pokemon Let's Go, Breath of the Wild and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. And there are more coming. Built for multiplayer: There has never been a console so versatile that you can play the game both on your..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier

2 days ago  
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Chipko movement We are not quite sure what Rohit Shetty is doing, stuck in the wedge between door and seat, as he exits a book launch event in Juhu on Friday. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar When Kalki's Kiara stole the show If you've watched actor Kalki Koechlin in the latest ad for a readymade clothing brand, you're bound to have noticed the statuesque and obedient dog with her. Turns out, it is Koechlin's own pet, Kiara. While the Saluki breed is known to be reserved and shy, Kiara turned out to be just the opposite. "This is the first time I have shot professionally with Kiara. Gautam Kohli, the director of the film, was keen on shooting with her, and I said okay, as long as you can handle her," said Koechlin. She admits being surprised with the ease with which she conducted herself in front of the camera. "Kiara taught me to be natural as well." For the love of saree swag A viral trend saw women sharing their saree moments on Twitter last week. Politicians, diplomats and celebrities posted pi..
                 

'We had been warned about Mumbai's monsoon!'

3 days ago  
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You decided to extend your stay in India and tweeted, "Far too many stories to tell in one week." What has been your most interesting discovery on this trip? What happened is the very first time I came to India (in 2018), my experience was slightly sheltered. I was doing an IPL commercial on a film set with lots of people. Everything was perfect, a little too perfect I guess. I was looked after and carted around from place to place so I never got to experience the raw sides of India. Before coming I had the expectation that it was going to be different, smoother, how it runs, how it works — like public transport and eating food in market places, the things that make India uniquely India which I hadn’t experienced. So I had to experience it for myself, and needed time to do that naturally. Then, as I arrived we came smack bang into monsoon, which was frankly horrifying, it felt very exposed. It is very exposed. We spent a couple of days inside and then I went to a meet up, w..
                 

Notes on style

3 days ago  
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Style ka Badshah Taking a look at musician Badshah's videos, one might think that his style revolves around big cars, big brands and big Rollies. Surprisingly, he admits that he wasn't always brand conscious and when not on the red carpet, you are sure to find the Kar Gayi Chull singer in shorts! He defines his personal style as casual and comfortable and when we ask him who his style icons are, he cheekily replies, "Kanye West, Virgil Abloh and me?" An impulsive shopper, Badshah always keeps an eye out for exclusive, limited-edition pieces by big brands. "I really don't think music influences my fashion. I just wear what I feel. However, I do believe in making a change in the street fashion scene in India, hence I launched my brand Badfit. I try to keep my style quotient expressive in my music videos," he says. Some of his biggest and valuable purchases are his Balenciaga, Off-White, Louis Vuitton and Dsquared pieces and he says that there is no key to making a luxury purchase —..
                 

Dongri building collapse: BMC at fault, finds preliminary police report

3 days ago  
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Days after the Kesarbai building in Dongri collapsed leaving 13 dead and 10 others injured, the Dongri police have begun an investigation into the incident and have issued notices to the trustees of the society, the BMC and MHADA. Based on their preliminary findings, the police say that it is likely that BMC will be held responsible for the deaths since the structure that collapsed was possibly illegal. Senior inspector of Dongri police station Sandeep Bhagdikar said that while notices were sent to BMC and MHADA on July 17, summons were issued to the trustees of the Bai Hirbai Rahimbhai Aloo Paroo Trust on Thursday. "We have registered 13 accidental death reports after the collapse and are recording the statements of the parties concerned," said Bhagdikar. The NDRF teams had a tough time rescuing survivors from the debris of the building that collapsed on Tuesday. File pics Another police official from Dongri police station said that based on the documents submitted by the trust, the K..
                 

CSMT-Gorakhpur Antyodaya Express train derails over 100-foot-deep ravine

4 days ago  
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Passengers of the CSMT-Gorakhpur Antyodaya Express had a close shave as the train derailed in the middle of an over 100 feet high viaduct between Kasara and Igatpuri stations in the ghat and was stopped in time by the alert train drivers. The prompt action by train drivers Om Prakash and Ghat train driver Dhaman Kumar, who was in the banker locomotive immediately brought the train to a dead halt and the Divisional Rail Manager SK Jain said that the drivers will be rewarded suitably for their action. It is an over 100 feet deep ravine and if the coaches full of passengers had slipped down, it would have led to an unprecedented tragedy. CR officials said one wheel bogie of the second coach train derailed between Kasara and Igatpuri stations about 3:50 am when it was between Kasara and Igatpuri ghat areas. There were no injuries in the incident and rail traffic on the route was not affected as Middle and Up (CSMT-bound) lines were available for train passages, the railways said. Working o..
                 

What's slurp?

4 days ago  
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Spice it up  Tucked nondescriptly in a bylane behind Our Lady of Egypt Church in Kalina, is one of Mumbai’s best haunts for North Eastern fare — from spicy chicken gravies to pork and escargot, the tiny space has much to offer. Here, the chicken thukpa (Rs 180) has a tangy and hot broth, featuring tender meat and lots of coriander and chillies. At: Thotrin Cafe, Kalina, Santacruz East. Time: 12 pm to 11 pm Call: 9619067860 Hit refresh  For a city that experiences a fleeting winter, monsoon is the best time to enjoy piping hot foods. At this eatery, the chicken thukpa (R170) has a clear broth brimming with veggies, like carrots, broccoli, lettuce and corn. It’s refreshing and the perfect remedy to a monsoon-induced flu. At: Dumpling Khang (Bandra and Santacruz East). Time: 11.30 am to 4 amCall: 9004889289 (Santacruz East) Soothe soup  At this Khar eatery, the chicken thukpa (Rs 170) is light and soothing and gets a pleasant earthiness from lettuce, br..
                 

Mumbai: Tree cut by BMC breaks biker's leg in Sion

4 days ago  
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Does the BMC only care about its mistake if someone dies?" asked Zabi Mohammed Nabi Sheikh, 53, from his hospital bed, where he is tending to a severely injured leg a week after a coconut tree fell on him while it was being cut irresponsibly by a civic contractor. The Sion police had registered an offence and arrested the BMC-appointed contractor's manager who was cutting the tree, but he got out on bail. However, the BMC has yet to reach out to Sheikh to provide him with compensation for the incident. Madhav Kunj bungalow  The incident occurred on July 11, when Zabi, a resident of Damodar Park, Ghatkopar west, was on his way to work at his air conditioner repairing store located in Sewree. Zabi was travelling on his two-wheeler. When he crossed the Sion Hospital junction on Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, the trunk of a coconut tree crashed on his vehicle. "I couldn't even understand what happened. All I knew was that something had fallen on the handle [of the vehicle] and I fe..
                 

Turning a new leaf in Andheri

4 days ago  
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There's a sense of calm when you step inside a library that's hard to beat. Cars are honking ceaselessly on the roads. The rare monsoon sun is beating down. The tumult of human population is growing louder by the minute. But you leave all that behind as soon as you enter the cool, serene confines of a library. The silent books stacked up neatly in organised sections look therapeutic. The sombre librarian seems like a far cry from all the people outside melting in the heat. And as you choose a title and start leafing through the pages, you gently drift off into a different world where the reality of daily existence is negated. That's the sort of experience you get at the JustBooks outlet in Andheri, the newest branch of one of India's biggest community libraries to have opened in the city. It's located at the corner of a peaceful bylane in Lokhandwala, at the far end of a line of shops. Large glass doors reveal the promise of a literary escape from the chaos outside even before you ente..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Autorickshaw drivers caught burglars in Vasai

4 days ago  
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In many cases, when crime strikes any place, people choose to stay clear of anything controversial and do not attempt to stop the crime. In such cases, the criminals go scot free. However, in this case, four autorickshaw drivers from Vasai decided to set an example. Not only did they stop a crime from happening but also chased down the culprit for over a kilometre. The accused was a history-sheeter who had many cases filed under his name including robberies, murders in Palghar, Mumbai, Kalyan and Thane. According to police sources, auto driver Ganesh Pandey spotted 3 accused while he was on his way home after his shift. They were trying to break open the shutter of a fashion designing store located in Anand Nagar in the wee hours on Wednesday morning. He tried to signal people around and started yelling at the accused, who by the time fled from the scene. Ganesh also notified other auto drivers. Speaking to Mid-day, Ganesh said, "I called out to my friends, who were at the autoricksha..
                 

Join the khaki drill

5 days ago  
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Pictures of police officers in their uniforms have flooded Twitter since the Mumbai Police tweeted earlier this week about bringing 'the khaki swag back'. The shade has now found its place in the layperson's wardrobe, acting as yet another neutral shade. "Mumbai's police endures a lot and the uniform is their recognition. It's a great initiative by the Mumbai Police and echoes of the conscious evolution in fashion," shares designer Rina Dhaka. Here's how you can join the khaki bandwagon. For women Designer Rina Dhaka suggests that the outfit needs to be comfortable and smart. "The fabric has to be such that it isn't too tight and offers easy mobility. At the moment, the shade is working well in baggy pants that have pockets and shirt dresses for women. The colour has a strong story so a butto­ned-down design will look good in this shade," she adds. Dhaka has designed a long A-line layered khaki skirt and teamed it up with a shimmery white blouse, complete with ru­ffled sl­..
                 

Mumbai diary: Thursday Dossier

5 days ago  
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GAANA REWIND KAREIN? Veteran troika of playback singers Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan catch up in a rare moment at a reality show in Goregaon on Wednesday. Pic /Satej Shinde Mandy is a happy author Unless you've been living under a rock, you would know that TV host and actor Mandira Bedi swears by a healthy lifestyle. Her social media posts are packed with inspirational photos of her fit and fabulous frame and DIY goals that she cracks with ease. She has now put pen to paper, and will release a memoir Happy for No Reason (Penguin Random House) in 2020. The tell-all book will offer insight into how the actor worked around her health to maintain work-life balance "I have had 25 years in the entertainment industry with many crests and troughs. I am as grateful for the downs as I am for the ups because they have brought me here today," she told this diarist. Bedi admitted that she too is a work in progress and is excited to share all that served her well and all that didn't! "T..
                 

Residents whose building is older than Dongri structure live in fear

5 days ago  
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A month ago, Danik Khan, 35, who lives on the fourth floor of the crumbling Haidery Manzil — located in the same lane as Kesarbai Mansion that collapsed on Tuesday — became a father. But every day since, he has been living in fear of losing his loved ones to the crumbling building. Khan's family is among 21 that are praying for their lives. MHADA had served an eviction notice to the residents in 2007, but lack of alternative accommodation has left residents with no choice but to stay in the ramshackle structure. "Every day, I stand at the crossroads to see if the building is still standing and if I would be able to see the face of my son when I'm home. All of us are living in fear, but due to the lack of money, we cannot shift to another place," said Khan, while holding his baby, with his mother and wife next to him. Danik Khan with his mother, wife and son Not only has the building, which is over 50 years old, tilted, but it has also developed cracks and its roof is starti..
                 

Finding the sweet spot

5 days ago  
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FOOD/delishAMBIENCE/relaxedSERVICE/heedfulCOST/ReasonableVerdict/ There's a special kind of service that eateries situated within shopping hubs extend. Imagine leaving your home with the idea to splurge. You visualise yourself making a grand entry back home from Hill Road carrying a clutch of bags like you were some desi version of Rebecca Bloomwood, but the spree ends abysmally having found nothing that suits your taste. Such a terrible anti-climax can only be healed by a good meal, and preferably at a diner nearby. To that end, both Bandra and Colaba are perfect, with an intriguing mix of shopping and eating offerings. Now, adding to the chain of restaurants on Hill Road, is a new Asian supper and lunch space called Shibuii. A short flight of stairs and a lively wallpaper with a split-palm-leaves print lead you to the first floor, where the dining space is. The ambience is classy, with grey, teal and ochre lounge chairs, a wooden ceiling interspersed with black glass and fake plants,..
                 

Mumbai: Siddharth Pillai's modular artificial reef to revitalize aquatic life

5 days ago  
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While the marine ecosystem is posing threat from various things at many places, a Mumbai based Siddharth Pillai a student of Mumbai’s BD Somani school is the first Indian to create a modular artificial reef in Pondicherry. Due to climate change, pollution and disruptive fishing practices, the marine ecosystem which is home to several important aquatic species which are important for maintaining a balance in the Environment are posing threat due to several factors. Mumbai based student Siddharth Pillai has made an attempt to address the issue and what is interesting is the fact that he has created an artificial reef model that is to become home to many aquatic species off the Pondicherry coast. It's being claimed that Siddharth is the first Indian to create a modular artificial reef in Pondicherry. Siddharth has been actively diving since five years on the coasts of Andamans, Bali, and Malaysia and has a Masters certificate in Scuba Diving. “When I was sixteen, while scuba d..