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Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

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Snap out As Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone exit the domestic airport, we wonder why the bridal finery one whole year after the shaadi. Or is it not being able to get out of character after a historical? Pic/Anurag Ahire An unusual role You'd normally associate Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya with historical artifacts that give us a window into the past. You would also find exhibitions of paintings there. But what you wouldn't normally expect is for a play to be staged on the premises, though that's exactly what is going to happen this afternoon. The amphitheatre at the Children's Museum at CSMVS is going to host Jhoom Jhoom Jhumpa, a play that Sapan Saran has directed as part of Tamasha Theatre. The story is set in the magical world of Ul-Albela, where the protagonist, Jhumpa, a bright, young girl, has only one thing on her super-intelligent mind — to make the best tea in the world. "The play makes interesting use of ladders as set design, physical movement, live musi..
                 

NCP's Sharad Pawar wielding tactics continue

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NCP boss Sharad Pawar never ceases to surprise his allies and opponents alike when it comes to dealing with complicated political situations. When his party, the Congress and Shiv Sena have begun discussing the formation of the non-BJP government, he still seems uncertain over meeting the Sena's demand for the CM's post. Pawar's statement from Nagpur, where he reviewed the rain-affected farms and met distressed farmers on Friday to understand the damage, could be interpreted as the NCP's reservations over allowing the Sena a full-term CM. "If someone asks for the chief minister's post, we will think about it," the NCP chief said, as against NCP's chief spokesperson Nawab Malik's information that the Sena would get the CM's position. "The process to form a government has begun. It will run for full five years," said Pawar. When asked about the sharing of power, Pawar said he would think about the Sena's demand for the CM's office. However, he was confident of running the government for ..
                 

Where Mumbai's foodies converge

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It's hard to get Tara Deshpande to talk about herself. She has so much else to share — about a cookbook from the 1900s, an untraceable Bengali lady called Mrs Dey whose book is nothing short of a slice of culinary history and about how you should avoid the New Jersey airport if you're looking to smuggle kadi patta into the US. "It's filled with Indians, so they will have stalks of kadi patta at the customs desk, wave it at you and ask if you're carrying it. You heard about that man who got caught trying to get paan into America, no?" she asks, breaking into an unembarrassed giggle. Sitting across from her in her neither-sprawling, nor-ostentatious-space, which overlooks the pristine streets of Nariman Point, we are trying to get the actor-turned-chef to speak about the genesis behind her eponymous culinary studio, which has been in the works for more than a year ("You know how it gets with permissions," she says) and will open doors to the public today. But her mind wanders, to t..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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Kiss the hand Tamannaah Bhatia caught in a warm moment interacting with hearing and visually impaired kids on Children's Day in Goregaon. Pic/Satej Shinde A Mumbai canvas for Pikey Depending on how you look at it, art can be inaccessible or inclusive. Thankfully, for Dav Pikey, a noteworthy children's author often touted the modern-day Roald Dahl, it was the latter. Pikey grew up with dyslexia and ADHD and being misunderstood in school. Fast forward to years later and he has 60 books to his name, while also creating the famous and much-loved characters Captain Underpants and Dogman. Now, we hear that Pikey (also an illustrator) will be in the city next week to conduct a live drawing and interactive storytelling session at the Royal Opera House. Waxing eloquent about comics In circulation for five decades, Motu Patlu is a comic book that many children and even their parents love. It is thus heartening to see the latest edition of the series receive the adulation it deserves. On Childr..
                 

Save our seas: Citizens come together for the Clean Harbour Project

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Mumbai's Clean Harbour Project (CHP) that was started in January this year to reduce garbage and plastic disposal in the sea off Apollo Bunder, got a further push on Thursday afternoon, as citizen warriors decided to up the ante when it comes to saving our seas. A number of organisation representatives, from the non-profit Jyoticare Benevolent Foundation, which started CHP with the aim to clean the Apollo Bunder Harbour waters of all plastic waste that gets washed towards the jetties at Gateway of India and shores of Colaba, Royal Bombay Yacht Club (RBYC) representatives, Bombay Port Trust honchos and students from Little Flower of Jesus school, member school of the Children's Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA) came together at a programme on Thursday opposite the Gateway. Commodore Subhash G (retd) who was host for the meet, which saw a number of Colaba residents in attendance, started off saying people should be, "disturbed by the plastic and garbage in the sea and it should be a s..
                 

Radio City celebrated Children's Day with 'Chillar Party' In Mumbai

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Radio City, India's leading radio network, organised a fun-filled activity, 'Chillar Party' to celebrate children's day in Mumbai. Radio City's RJ Salil and RJ Archana along with ace choreographer Terence Lewis, kick-started the commemoration by conducting a dance class for the students at the Gilder lane Municipal School in Mumbai Central. Choreographer Terence Lewis celebrated children's day with Radio City's Chillar party activity along with the kids of Gilder lane Municipal School in Mumbai As a part of the activity, Radio City's RJ's Salil, Archana, Palak, Harshit, Pulkit, and Karan, danced and enjoyed with the kids and choreographer Terence Lewis, making Children's day a memorable experience for everyone. To ensure that Mumbai feels the Children's day vibe, Radio City broadcasted its popular breakfast show Kasa Kai Mumbai LIVE from the school between 7 am - 12 pm and encapsulated the activity on-air as well. The kids learned various dance moves from the dance guru Terence Lewis a..
                 

Mumbai: Now, Congress to field its candidate for mayor's post

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As the Shiv Sena awaits support from Congress and NCP for forming the state government, the Congress leader in BMC on Wednesday cleared that the party would field a candidate for the mayor's post soon. The mayor's election is scheduled for November 22. The BJP group leader hasn't cleared his stand on the post yet. The Mumbai mayor's election has become a point of discussion over the past couple of days owing to the political scenario in the state. A draw of lots to decide reservation for the mayor's post was declared on Wednesday, with the BMC getting an open category for the second time in a row. Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, the current mayor, was also from the same category. Shiv Sena with 94 corporators and BJP with 84 corporators are still together in the BMC but after the current tussle over the state government formation, BJP group leader and MP Manoj Kotak remained tight-lipped over the mayor candidacy. "Let's see what happens in the state. We will decide later," said Kotak. Ravi Raj..
                 

BMC: Keep those pothole complaints coming

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finally made good on its promise to reward the complainants of the pothole challenge whose grievances were not addressed within the stipulated time of 24 hours. Not only that, but it has also extended the challenge for an unlimited period. "It is a challenge and we think it is giving us the good result so we are extending it till the last pothole is filled in the city," said Vijay Singhal, additional commissioner of the BMC. Until Wednesday, the BMC has given the cash prize of R500 to 12 people who are from Kandivali, Malad and Andheri. Though the officials have refused to say how many complainants would be rewarded, the figure suggests over 150 people are eligible for the prize. During the challenge held from November 1-7, the BMC received over 2,000 complaints. "We filled almost 92 per cent potholes within 24 hours," said Singhal. This leaves over 150 pothole complaints unattended. Nisarg Mehta's social media post about received the re..
                 

Amit Shah rubbishes Uddhav Thackeray's claim, puts Shiv Sena in a tight spot

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Talks between Shiv Sena and the Democratic Front (DF) of Congress and NCP seem to have run into rough weather at a nascent stage. On Wednesday, the message from the two camps seemed to be at odds with each other, with Sena firm that it wants its CM for a full five years, and the NCP pitching for shared terms of 2.5 years each. The Congress, meanwhile, is still trying to find an acceptable explanation to justify an alliance with a hard-right party, especially keeping in mind its future national prospects. The state is under President's rule, imposed after the Sena – in its quest for the CM's Office – first turned against its pre-poll ally BJP, and later failed to present letters of support from the DF parties. NCP insiders said Ajit wanted a 30-month stint in the CM's chair, even if it was after the Sena. But the Sena has not responded to this proposal, indicating that it is still aiming for a full term on the sixth floor of the Mantralaya. Uddhav addresses the media at BKC ..
                 

In the Name of Bombay

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As the conversation around cli­mate change grows with each passing day, it is time to re­think our lifestyle choices. Even the smallest of actions such as using less paper or installing an LED bulb can make a huge difference. In 2018, Mu­mbai became the largest Indian city to ban single-use pl­­­astics. Thus, making cloth the natural alternative. But not all fabric is biodegradable; sy­­nthetics might take between 20 and 200 years to decompose fully. Pouch That’s why these Mumbai-themed bags by Eco Corner, a platform that sells eco-friendly items, are a good idea. Made from 100 per cent cotton, the bags are completely biodegradable. They are available in multiple styles and colours including a tote, sling and pouch. Plus, there’s quirky illustrations printed around life in the city as well — ranging from The Gateway of India and Rajabai Tower to one on the Mumbai local, where you can literally see people clinging on to the train. All pr..
                 

Natasha Poonawalla shimmers in gold with 'The Posers' in her latest Instagram post

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Mumbai socialite Natasha Poonawalla on Wednesday took to Instagram and shared a series of photos, where she was seen bonding with her best friends from the B-Town industry. Natasha Poonawalla, who is usually spotted partying and bonding with Bollywood A-listers like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja was seen at a party. A screengrab of Natasha Poonawalla's Instagram story Natasha Poonawalla took to Instagram and shared a series of photos as stories on her Instagram, where the socialite was seen bonding with Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra, director-producer Karan Johar, and actress Karisma Kapoor. In the photos, Natasha Poonawalla donned a golden metallic dress and paired it with an oversized bowtie which added loads of drama to her outfit. A screengrab of Natasha Poonawalla's Instagram story While sharing the first photo, Natasha captioned it saying, "The Posers"! In the second photo, Natasha was seen posing for a selfie to which Manish Malhotra..
                 

With rhyme and reason

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A few months ago, thespian Purva Naresh was travelling through Kashmir to research for a play. In her conversations with the locals there, she often asked them who the most enduring character from Kashmiri folklore is. The unanimous answer was, Habba Khatoon. She asked them who their favourite Kashmiri poet is. Again, the answer was Habba Khatoon. In fact, there were many people who, once they realised that Naresh was a playwright and director, urged her take up Khatoon as a subject. But at that point in time, the Mumbaikar thought, "How can I tell the tale of this 16th century poet who belongs entirely to Kashmir? What agency do I have to tackle her story?" So she kept the idea on the backburner, and returned to the other play she was researching for. But then, there was another question that Naresh grappled with around the time that Article 370 was abrogated — what is the role of an artiste in times of conflict? She tells us, "I realised that Habba Khatoon really strikes a chor..
                 

No distance is too long for this marathoner

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When he is not at work in a South Mumbai school, this security guard can be seen running at Marine Drive, training for his many conquests. Sagar Patil works at the Deutsche Schule Bombay (DSB) in Grant Road, where he serves in a 12-hour shift from 7 am to 7 pm. He may not be dressed in expensive running shorts or quick-dry t-shirts; he may not have fancy running shoes, but, "I have sprint," says the 29-year-old. Patil is gearing up for an ambitious walkathon, the Oxfam Trailwalker India, where as part of a team of four — called The Warriors, he will have to walk a distance of 100 km within 48 hours. The event is going to be held from December 13 to 15 in Karjat. Medal and mettle Sunrays dance on a bunch of medals at Patil's Dombivali (E) home. The metal discs were won at a slew of marathons and endurance events. Patil has competed in full (42 km) and half (21 km) marathons and finished in some jaw-dropping durations. He ran 21 kms in a breezy 1 hour and 33 minutes. His full Mumba..
                 

NCP wants share in chief minister's office, Congress ministries

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Sharing the Chief Minister's Post for equal time was why the Shiv Sena and BJP split. Now, the same issue seems to be delaying the formation of an alternative government. If the Democratic Front leaders are to be believed, besides deciding a common minimum program (CMP), the Congress and NCP want another CMP issue to be addressed too, that of the Chief Minister's Post. "Like the Sena, we too want the CM seat for equal tenure. After all, the NCP-Congress alliance has 100 MLAs as against 56 of the Sena," a senior NCP functionary said on condition of anonymity. Meanwhile after speaking to NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi deputed a delegation of party leaders to discuss the issue and take it ahead. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting scheduled on Tuesday was cancelled and party leaders were asked to march to Mumbai to meet Pawar and chalk out a strategy to resolve the political crisis in Maharashtra. Prithviraj Chavan, Ajit Pawar during a Cong-NCP press conferen..
                 

Katy Perry arrives with a roar for her first music festival in Mumbai

4 days ago  
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With three days to the OnePlus Music Festival, one of the festival's most awaited superstar, Katy Perry, arrived in Mumbai in her signature style, giving audiences a taste of what to expect at her first-ever performance in the city. At a press gathering for the Festival, the pop diva, accompanied by Vikas Agarwal, General Manager and Tilen Pigac, Head of Community, OnePlus India along with Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Group, India and South Asia discussed the conception of the Music Festival, Katy's latest summer releases with Universal and her thoughts on India and the music industry. In a fun rapid-fire session, Katy spilled the beans on her love for chicken nuggets, gratitude which is her secret to happiness, and who she believes is the next star to watch out for! The singer confessed that she is not one to stay put in her room and believes in immersing herself in the culture of the cities she visits. She is looking forward to exp..
                 

Two directors held in Rasiklal Jewellers fraud

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Two directors of Rasiklal Sakalchand Jewellers were arrested on Monday by the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) probing the alleged fraud in the company. The brothers were held after day-long inquiry and produced in court on Tuesday. So far, 52 people have registered their complaints with the EOW claiming a total of around R9 crore. However, the estimated investment with the jewellers is about Rs 300 crore. On the night of October 30, as investors in jewellery schemes thronged Rasiklal Jewellers on M G Road demanding their money. Hundreds of investors have deposited around Rs 300 crore in gold programmes of the jeweller. Most of them have made payments in cash used by the jeweller for the alleged fraud. A Rasiklal Sankalchand Jewellers outlet Director Jayesh Shah, who allegedly failed to return the invested amount, was given 24 hours to respond. But on November 2, Ghatkopar resident Nikunj Patel, who had invested Rs 60.98 lakh in various schemes of the jewellers, registered a complaint in Pa..
                 

Not a run-of-the-mill fest

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Something momentous happened around this time last year when it comes to the city's electronic music scene. The Great Eastern Mills, a historic property in Byculla, opened up its doors for a techno festival called Far Out Left, giving the audience respite from the hegemony of Famous Studios in Mahalaxmi. But back then, Bhishma Sagar, founder of Regenerate who organises Far Out Left, wasn't sure whether the mill's owners would be okay with him hosting the festival there again this year. Dr. Anurag Kanoria, whose company owns most of the property, had also told us that he was only testing the waters. But he's clearly been increasingly open to the idea of the compound hosting electronic gigs since around half a dozen such events have been held there in the intervening period. And this weekend, Far Out Left returns to its original home for its second edition, in a bigger and better avatar. Bhishma Sagar Last year, there was just one room next to a pond that the event was restricted to, wit..
                 

Tinkle and the little stars

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When Anant Pai started Tinkle, a children's anthology, in 1980 little did he imagine that he would be regarded as the Walt Disney of India. And somewhere in that decade, when she was about six years old, Rajani Thindiath, the current editor-in-chief of Tinkle, picked up her first comic. "So, I am definitely a reader first and then an editor," she remarks, recalling that the stories then were more folktale-heavy. Rajani Thindiath A lot has changed since 1980, like Suppandi and Shikari Shambu, two of its most iconic characters. "Suppandi is more than just a house help now; he can be a photographer or an archaeologist. Similarly, the hunter Shambu takes on the role of a conservationist. And since 2012, we've made a conscious effort towards adding more female characters like Mapui Kawlim aka WingStar or Aisha in SuperWeirdo,"Thindiath informs. Shikari Shambu Uncle Pai, as he was fondly called, hosted Tinkle's birthday events from the time of the magazine's inception. The magazine turns 39 ..
                 

Heres what Shahid Mira Abhishek Aishwarya SRK wore at the Ambani bash

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Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani hosted a grand pre-wedding bash for nephew Arjun Kothari. The venue Antilia was decked up for the event on Sunday night, November 10, 2019. Apart from prominent Mumbai personalities, many Bollywood celebrities graced the evening with their presence. Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Mira Kapoor, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Anupama Chopra were among the few who attended the celebration. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan/all pictures: Yogen Shah Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked ethereal in a red Anarkali dress, which she paired with Kundan earrings and golden wedges. Her minimal makeup made the actress stand out at the celebration. Abhishek Bachchan showed off his uber-cool side in a black suit he opted to attend the bash in. Shahid Kapoor with wife Mira Rajput Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput, the 'it' couple of Bollywood looked extremely fab. While Shahid Kapoor sported a white sherwani, Mira Rajput looked pretty in ..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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Being a sport Sara Ali Khan is keeping things cool by waving at the paps outside her pilates class before she leaves with her trainer Namrata Purohit. Pic/Atul Kamble Sashi sets up shop This diarist recalls Masterchef Australia Season 10 winner Sashi Cheliah speaking with measured excitement about his upcoming restaurant when the Singapore-born Australian chef was visiting Mumbai in August. At the time, he had said, "With that and a book in the pipeline, I have a lot on my plate." Now, two months later, his goals have come to fruition in the form of Gaja by Sashi (an extension of his pop-up venture), Cheliah's first restaurant with a brick-and-mortar space on Pirie Street in Adelaide, which launched over the weekend. The menu, with dishes like chicken pakora and pandang custard tart, sounds like a treat!  East meets west Bellasis Road boy and author Anosh Irani has been shuttling between India and Canada for years. It was only natural for him to pen down his thoughts on living b..
                 

Mumbai University's Ranade Bhavan is a disaster-in-waiting

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The Mumbai University (MU) has been witness to accidents due to falling of slabs and crumbling of dilapidated walls and ceilings, but it seems the administration is in no mood to address these issues. In a new complaint filed by a senate member, concerns have been raised over the safety of students and staff at the Ranade Bhavan on Kalina campus, where pillars and slabs might fall apart any time. Even though the authorities concerned have promised repair work, the only patchwork is what can be seen done all over. Ranade Bhavan houses several academic departments such as Economics, German Studies and other foreign languages among all. The building is generally busy with people throughout the day. The current situation of the structure, however, is a major factor of worry. One can see deep cracks on pillars where temporary patchwork has been done. Portions of the false ceiling have come off at different places. Looking at the bamboo structures built on one side of the building it seems ..
                 

Governor asks Shiv Sena to form government in Maharashtra

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The BJP on Sunday has wished Shiv Sena all the best to form a government with the Congress and NCP after it told the governor that it was unable to garner the required numbers. Later in the night, the governor invited the Sena, the second-largest party, to form the government. Late on Sunday, the governor asked the Sena to send a proposal by 7.30 pm on Monday. The Sena may at least need a verbal assurance from the NCP and Congress. But Sena will have to quit the NDA first. THE Sena has 56 MLAs, Congress 44, and NCP 54. If this combine fails, the governor may also invite the pre-poll alliance of Congress-NCP. If no party or alliance is able to form government, the state will go under President's rule and there could be another election soon. "Since the Shiv Sena has made up its mind to not join us despite people giving our pre-poll alliance a comfortable mandate, we have told the governor that we will not be making the government now," said BJP state president Chandrakant Patil at Raj B..
                 

Beak-a-boo

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The truth is that the Birdman of India chanced upon bird watching entirely by coincidence. Discovering the fast growing hobby through an initial interest in sport-shooting, Salim Moizuddin Abdul Ali went on to become one of India's best known ornithologist and naturalist and played a key role in popularising ornithology in the country and supporting related organisations. It is truly serendipitous then, that on his 123rd birth anniversary tomorrow, the conductor for the commemoratory Know Dr Salim Ali's Bird trail, too, stumbled upon bird-watching through a twist of fate. Amey Ketkar has been birding for a decade but he says that his foray into the form of wildlife observation began with a love for trekking that blossomed into an attraction for jungles with the years and in 2009 he found himself visiting tiger reserves across India. Salim Ali It was during this time and because it wasn't possible to spot tigers easily, that Ketkar discovered bird watching. "This was a time before Faceb..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier

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Jabra fan alert Actor Ananya Panday doesn't know what to make of a fan who didn't care if he came across as overbearing, as she exited a dubbing session in Juhu on Friday. Pic/Satej Shinde Viva forever, Pratichee! Pratichee Mohapatra, who we all remember fondly as part of Viva, the first girl band India ever had, is proving to be an inspiration for all women. The singer has been battling cancer for the second time, and was in Hyderabad undergoing radiation. While Pratichee has been keeping it low on social media, only posting bright, smiling pictures of herself with hashtags such as #healingbegins #radiationdone and #recoverymode, sister Sona Mohapatra put up a post about how strong her little sister was during the fight. When we reached out to Pratichee, who is now back in Mumbai after three months, she said, "Eight years ago, I had liposarcoma of the abdomen. It was removed surgically. I was following up on my check-ups regularly, and last year, found a lump in my breast. The doctor..
                 

Mandir issue promises to remain hot topic in Maharashtra

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THE Ram Mandir issue, which brought the Bharatiya Janata Party to power in New Delhi and various state capitals over the last 25 years, has reached its logical end. But, the BJP and its saffron ally Shiv Sena may juice the issue one last time in their quest for power in Maharashtra.  The Supreme Court has cleared the building of a temple in the disputed land in Ayodhya, asking for the demolished mosque to be rebuilt in a different part of the communally sensitive town. Barring a few dissenting voices, most stakeholders were unanimous in welcoming the decision. Road to power It was on the back of LK Advani's Rath Yatra and post-Babri Masjid demolition riots that the BJP propelled itself into national politics. Sena founder, the late Bal Thackeray, had no qualms in admitting that Shiv Sainiks were involved in the demolition. The period saw a shift in the Sena's narrative from the Marathi manoos cause. The Sena-BJP combine carried forward the Hindutva agenda with unprecedented aggres..
                 

The farm gets an upgrade

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In December 2017, when Minali Gaba saw Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna walk in for a meal at her four-month-old Farmers' Cafe, she couldn't believe it. In that moment, putting her career in fashion on the backburner felt like a smart call. "As a teen, I weighed over 80 kg. But after a point, I gave up fried food and started valuing my body. I loved food, so I began experimenting at home by making a pizza base with whole wheat, jowar or bajra," recalls Gaba. She reached her target weight by the time she began working as a designer. Then, Gaba launched her granola bar brand, The Nuttyway, after signing up for a one-day baking class at Whole Foods in Miami while on a business trip. Turmeric Chai Latte The brand's success (Gaba baked bars at night) encouraged her to open Farmers' Café, a tiny space that soon became a Bandra favourite, and one of the few to serve keto, paleo, vegan and gluten-free options. Now, the café has found a bigger home, with a dedicated space for priva..
                 

Devendra Fadnavis: Wrong of Shiv Sena to shun BJP and speak to Congress, NCP

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday tendered his resignation while blaming the ally Shiv Sena for the impasse over government formation after the Assembly elections. "The alternate arrangements could be anything, be it a new government or imposition of President’s rule," Fadnavis told the media after meeting the governor. "The governor has accepted my resignation. I thank the people of Maharashtra for giving me the chance to serve them for the last five years," Fadnavis said. Refuting the Shiv Sena’s claim, Fadnavis asserted that "in my presence", no decision had been taken by the two parties over sharing the chief minister’s post. The Sena had claimed that before the Lok Sabha polls, the two allies had decided to share the CM’s post in the next term for two-and-half-years each. He called Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray for breaking the impasse many times, but "Uddhav-ji did not take my calls,"Fadnavis claimed. The Shiv Sena’s "policy" of no..
                 

Uddhav Thackeray slams door on Devendra Fadnavis, appeals to Narendra Modi-Amit Shah, RSS

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Uddhav Thackeray on Friday took the rift between his Shiv Sena and ally BJP to the national level. Escalating his attack, Uddhav not only labelled a section of BJP leaders "liars" but even went to the extent of saying the BJP shouldn't take sole credit for the outcome of the Ayodhya verdict. However, playing the game intelligently, Thackeray kept the lines open for negotiation, but made it clear, it will have to be done by the central BJP leadership — PM Narendra Modi or party president Amit Shah — and the RSS channel. Putting an end to speculation on whether BJP-Sena will form government, Thackeray categorically stated that unless outgoing chief minister Devendra Fadnavis endorses the Sena's claims, there was no question of supporting the BJP. Reiterating that the BJP did promise equal share of power, Uddhav said, "Devendra is a good friend of mine. It is unfortunate that the CM is trying to project me as a liar. Now the ball is in the BJP's court. The BJP should come clea..
                 

Vivid vibe

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Jacket jugaad The safest way to go colourful is by wearing a rainbow half jacket — which is apt given that the city doesn't experience a real winter. Go for bold patterns instead of small stripes bunched together or it will look cramped. Pair this with a solid, quarter-sleeved or full-sleeved T-shirt. Avoid wearing this with formals. A hoodie will add to the look. Arms and the man Wear a multi-coloured full-sleeved T-shirt and add a solid jacket to the mix. Or sport a jacket with a multi-coloured pattern only on the arms. Go wild with prints with this, but avoid overtly large ones because you want it to look busy, as it's concentrated over a smaller surface. Go neutral for the rest of your outfit. Avoid loud sneakers. Glam it up With a sequinned T-shirt. Avoid fancy cuts, half-sleeved or sleeveless ones. It's better if there's a pattern to the chaos of colours. Get your hands on one with a symmetric design. Choose dark shades to complement the jacket. Avoid whites or shade..
                 

The provenance of a cocktail

8 days ago  
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Further down Guwahati, an idyllic city along the Brahmaputra River in the Northeast, the roads disappear into deep forests. Amble in these verdant swathes and you're likely to discover a treasure trove of ingredients. Like, thekera, a leaf with souring properties that is dehydrated to form a chewy mush. There's also something called kolakhar, or kol (ash water), which is derived from filtering water through banana tree ash. Suraj Gurung is thinking what it would be like to take a little bit of this black elixir, mix it with fermented soyabean and clarify the concoction before adding it to a cocktail. He's still figuring things out, having just landed in Mumbai after a three-day trip through Assam and Meghalaya. This is the Nepal-born and Hong-Kong-based mixologist's maiden trip to India. In April this year, Akriti Agarwal, CEO at Thirsty City 127 — a craft bar in Lower Parel that's completing their first anniversary tomorrow — was visiting the Asian country and had dropped ..
                 

Mumbai: Probe ordered after 250 per cent jump in cost of painting BMC pipes

8 days ago  
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After alleged financial irregularities in road contracts, the BMC may be staring at another scam, this time in the Hydraulic Engineering (HE) department. A tender issued by the civic body in September 2019 for painting water pipelines was pegged at around Rs 41 crore, a whopping 250 per cent rise from a tender issued in March 2018 for a similar job. The cost for last year's job — where the dimensions of the pipes were slightly different — was estimated at around Rs 11 crore. The fluctuation and a 250 per cent rise in cost, within a span of 18 months, has raised eyebrows of many in civic corridors. The civic staff and a city-based activist has raised red flags over the same. As such, activist Anil Galgali has written to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner, Praveen Pardeshi. In his letter, Galgali has urged the BMC chief to consider revaluation of the tender and conduct an inquiry into the sharp surge in rates. "It looks like the tender has been managed..
                 

Janhvi Kapoor's pictures from Amritsar's Golden Temple are pure bliss!

9 days ago  
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A few days ago, we saw Malaika Arora at the Golden Temple as the actress went to seek the blessings of the almighty. Now, another actor who's only a film old traveled there to seek blessings for her film with Karan Johar, which is a sequel to a very successful and popular comedy of 2008, based on the misunderstandings of homosexuality. Got it? Yes, we are talking about Janhvi Kapoor, who was with her director CollinDCunha as they both visited the Golden Temple to seek blessings for their film. Kapoor shared some pictures on her Instagram account and they were pure bliss. The Temple oozes tranquility and inner peace, and we could sense that in the pictures. It seems the actor was clearly having fun as well. But before we get to that part, have a look at her post right here:       View this post on Instagram 🙏🏼 A post shared by Janhvi Kapoor (@janhvikapoor) onNov 7, 2019 at 1:43am PST She also posted a pi..
                 

Mumbai: Trying to cross railway tracks? The God of death will you take you away

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Mumbai: Senior citizens taste victory as Western Railway kicks off work on escalators

9 days ago  
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A battle being waged by senior citizens from Jogeshwari to get escalators at the station for the past five years finally bore fruit on Sunday after the Western Railway (WR) carried out a ground inspection and promised to get the escalators installed at the earliest. WR's Mumbai divisional manager Sunil Kumar personally visited the site and also called senior citizens who had spearheaded the battle to assess the spot. Two foot-over bridges (FOB), one at the Virar-end and one at the middle will get escalators on the west side. Senior citizen and railway passenger activist Mansoor Umer Darvesh, who had been visiting Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Railway Manager's office consistently to keep tabs on the smallest developments and following up on the issue, was a happy man. "I am glad that things have finally worked out. It has been quite a battle, but the escalators were really required on the west side where there is much traffic. I also thank mid-day for having continuo..
                 

'Siding with NCP will affect Shiv Sena's image'

9 days ago  
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Shiv Sena's machinations to form a khichdi government got a mild jolt on Wednesday, but the party's soaring ambitions were not scuttled fully, with the NCP and Congress saying they are still in a wait-and-watch mode. The BJP is still prepared for — and expects — a positive response from the Sena. A senior functionary, on condition of anonymity, said, "Opinion is divided within the party. One camp feels we should not stretch the uncertainty any further and form the government with the BJP. The other group is of the opinion that we should be part of the government only if the BJP agrees for the 50:50 formula, including sharing of the chief ministerial post for equal tenures." Asked about the mood within the party, the leader said it was unable to gauge the sentiments of all party MLAs. "But, there is a strong sense that we should tie up with the BJP and form the government. The people's mandate was for the saffron alliance. Tagging with the NCP or any other party will not onl..
                 

Museum starts new chapter

9 days ago  
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It was in February last year that the last page turned for the iconic Strand Book Stall in SoBo, in the sense that it downed its shutters permanently. Then, last month, Bandra bookstore Crossword bit the dust too, its sales having dipped in the face of competition from e-books, a new-age phenomenon that's given birth to the question: are physical books staring at oblivion? No one really has a definitive answer yet. But one thing's for sure — children these days are more glued to their smart gadgets than to paperbacks, unlike how it was a couple of generations ago. It's to alter that equation that architect Nuru Karim came up with the concept of Book Worm, an installation he conceived in September last year, which will be set up on the lawns of Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) for two months starting tomorrow. The piece is a books pavilion of sorts. It's a 120 ft-by-40 ft structure spread over 4,800 sq ft that has cavities in which books in different languages will b..
                 

Magic tricks for kicks

10 days ago  
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Expect yourself to be spellbound by magic tricks and mind-reading that will be performed by a bunch of dedicated and passionate magicians in SoBo this weekend. An initiative by Magic Nomad Collective, the show is called Magical Evenings, where the prime focus will be to astonish and amaze the audience. Four performers have weaved together a highly interactive show that is full of magical fun with a modern twist, coupled with comedy. Do not miss the chance to watch Ian, a walking-talking magic encyclopaedia who is obsessed with all things wizardly and weird; Magic Manas, an internationally renowned magician; Sai, a prodigy who has now entered the Limca Book of Records for the longest continuous magic performance; and Kshitij, a promising new entrant in the magic scene. On November 9, 7 pm At SiBambai, Mumbai Samachar Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort. Log on to insider.inCost Rs 300 Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affairs, and also a complete guide on Mumbai from ..
                 

12th Gold Awards 2019: This is what made Vivek Dahiya blush on stage

2 days ago  
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Vivek Dahiya and Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya's cute love story as a married couple is no new news for the audience. While they have been married for 3 years now. The Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actress has stolen the hearts of the audience with her graceful performance on screen and deserves appreciation. This is how she was appreciated this year at a popular awards gala. The 12th Gold Awards 2019 was a glamourous evening with the who is who from the television fraternity attending the event, dressed in finery and bringing their great enthusiasm. It saw various TV celebs being appreciated under various categories. One such cute moment which happened on the stage was when the winners of 'TV personality of the year'  Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya and Hina Khan – were announced as the category winners by none other than Divyanka's proud husband Vivek Dahiya who turned red while taking his lady love's name. Vivek said, "This one goes to my princess who is dressed like a doll today." This is wh..
                 

Mumbai MRI death: Maru family to receive pay interim relief of Rs 10 lakh from BMC

2 days ago  
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The legal firm Hariani & Co. representing the Maru family is soon going to file a contempt petition in the death case of a Lalbaug resident, Rajesh Maru. Even after over a month post the Bombay High Court (HC) order directing BYL Nair Hospital and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to pay the Maru family Rs 10 lakh as compensation, it has not been paid. Rajesh was killed when he was sucked in by the magnetic waves of an MRI machine in January 2018. Rajesh was visiting an ailing relative at the civic-run hospital. He was allegedly told by a hospital attendant to carry an oxygen cylinder into the MRI room. As soon as he stepped into the room, the magnetic force pulled him in towards the MRI machine. The nozzle of the oxygen cylinder broke and the high amounts of oxygen entering his body as he breathed, killed him. The Marus got an HC order on September 17 this year, stating that the BYL Nair Hospital and the BMC respectively have to release interim compensation to the tune ..
                 

Mumbai: Murderous hunters won't tranquilise tigers anymore

2 days ago  
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The era of bloodthirsty shikaris (hunters) invited by forest departments of various states to shoot wild animals in conflict with humans is set to end, as the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has introduced new guidelines for this. As per the rules, a confirmed problem animal should be eliminated only by a government department sharp-shooter and not trigger-happy outsiders as in the case of tigress T1 who was killed last year. However, wildlife conservationists, experts and veterinarians say that as per section 11(1)(a) of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, the Chief Wildlife Warden (CWLW) has the authority to declare any wild animal as a threat to human life and hence fit to be killed - but can invite a private hunter. They say only the new NTCA guidelines should now be followed. T1's controversial killing Last year, tigress T1 also named Avni, was allegedly shot dead in cold blood at Yavatmal in Maharashtra by Asgar Ali Khan - son of controversial shooter Nawab Sha..
                 

Love Bytes

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Make your relationship workAttend a five-hour-long session hosted by Samaksh Healing, which aims to help you get over emotional as well as mental barriers. At the workshop, you will learn exercises that will help you identify your own limiting patterns and understand the role of emotions, especially hurt and resentment. The idea also is to reconcile with your past so that you are able to love yourself and those around you better. ON November 16, 11.30 am to 4.30 pm AT Samaksh Healing, Mahim West.LOG ON TO townscript.com COST Rs 3,500 Rekindle the romance Months of lying on your back, ordering food in and watching web-series taking a toll on your relationship? Turn the drudgery around and book a spot for you and the lover at the black-tie event. At the performance-space-cum-restaurant, enjoy gourmet food and a live performance by a band that will be covering songs by the legendary Queen. Put on your best clothes, grab your partner and make an evening of it. ON November 15, 8.30 pm AT T..
                 

Mumbai: Western Railway and Nickelodeon stage cartoon event at Churchgate for Children's Day

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On Wednesday, Western Railway in association with Nickelodeon, India's leading kids' entertainment franchise along with theatre group - Theatrewaalas came together and staged a Nukkad Natak for their campaign - Khulkebolo at Churchgate station on the occasion of Children's Day, which is celebrated across India on November 14, every year. The play, which was led by Nicktoons Shiva and Rudra focussed on embracing the unfiltered innocence of a child. According to Ravinder Bhakar, Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, "On the occasion of Children's Day, a unique and innovative campaign titled Khulkebolo was organised by Western Railway in association with Nickelodeon. The campaign aims to embrace the fact of how children are untouched by the layers of social awareness and self-consciousness that burden youths and parents. The activity saw Nicktoons Shiva and Rudra along with theatre artists of the group 'Theatrewaalas' perform a 12-minute act for the commuters at Churchgate ra..
                 

We kid you not

3 days ago  
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Eat Make it a meal The joy of childhood can be easily manifested in cute-sy meals. At a SoBo restaurant, have your kid feast on fare especially curAted for their tiny tummies, comprising pizza, French fries, a cupcake and chocolate milkshake. Time 8.30 am to 11.30 pm At Plate and Pint, ground floor, Dhunabad, Bhulabhai Desai Marg, Kemps Corner. Call 7045361991 Learn Froyo with the flow Here's an opportunity to experiment with abstraction. At a workshop, Krittika Raheja will have kids below 15 years of age get their hands dirty with fluid art and chill with a free cup of frozen yogurt, or froyo. All art materials will be provided. Time 5 pm (Bandra); 7.30 pm (Khar) At Myfroyoland, Shop 5, Libra Towers, Hill Road, Bandra West; Shop 1, Shyam Vihar, Linking Road, Khar West. Call 9930212740 Cost Rs 699 + taxes (per child) Play Fun and games Avail of exciting offers At an indoor play area that is split into sections with a ball pool, foam pit, trampoline, and rock-climbing wall. On this sp..
                 

Mumbai: Crocodile's uphill trek leaves forest officials baffled

3 days ago  
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The sighting of a baby crocodile at a partially constructed, abandoned bungalow inside Royal Palms in Aarey Milk Colony has surprised and perplexed the forest department. Even as they plan its rescue after having visited the spot, the mystery that forest officials are pondering is how the reptile ended up on a hill in the first place. The crocodile's discovery was set in motion a few days ago when a snake rescuer from Aarey Colony was told by his friends that they spotted a baby crocodile in a pool formed during the monsoon next to the abandoned property. Talking to mid-day, snake rescuer Yash said, "I immediately went to the spot and tried to locate the crocodile. Within three hours, I saw it resting on a stone inside the water." Yash then contacted a team of volunteers who have been engaged in setting up cameras to monitor the activity of leopards in Aarey. The team in turn reached out to the Forest Department's territorial wing located in Thane. On Tuesday, a team from the departmen..
                 

Mumbai: Deadlock ends, work on Vikhroli bridge resumes

3 days ago  
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Work on the Vikhroli road bridge, a crucial east-west link connecting the arterial LBS Road with the Eastern Express Highway has been sped up after deadlock over the bridge's proximity to the St Joseph's Church and School and the issue of encroachments was resolved on Monday. The resolution is a result of marathon meetings between local Member of Parliament (MP) Manoj Kotak, BMC officials and church representatives.' Kotak visited the site on Monday and after the meeting, has set a 15-day deadline to clear encroachments. mid-day has been continually reporting about the flyover's construction and the issues it has been facing. The road bridge is being built in place of a level crossing, which was shut in 2011. The level crossing used to witness heavy traffic and was a nightmare for smooth railway operations. It was also risky as a large number of commuters used to cross it en masse, ignoring speeding trains.Following several deaths, the Central Railway (CR) initially decided to build a ..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Bhandup rapist-killer tried to assault child in Wadala last week

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The man arrested for sexually assaulting and murdering a 10-year-old Bhandup girl last week had allegedly attempted to kidnap another girl a week before that, the police said on Tuesday. Police sources said Ajit Kumar had tried to kidnap a girl in Wadala on November 2 but failed when the girl began to cry. Also, after abducting and killing the Bhandup girl on November 5, he returned to the same area to search for a new target on November 8. Working as a waiter in a Ghatkopar bar, Kumar also lived on the premises. Having come to the city from his native place in north India 10 years ago, he did all sorts of odd jobs before securing a job at the bar. "He is a very secretive person, not willing to make conversation. He doesn't even have any friends at the bar," said an officer on condition of anonymity, adding, "His colleagues told us he rarely spoke to anyone and used to leave the bar every morning under the pretext of some work." Ajit Kumar seen hovering around some children playing in ..
                 

Shloka Mehta's grey printed t-shirt is ruling the internet, buy now

4 days ago  
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Akash Ambani's wife Shloka Mehta has garnered the attention of the media quite frequently whether it is for her throwback photos, romantic pictures with Akash Ambani or her fashion photographs. Recently, an old picture of Shloka Mehta taking part in a social drive with husband Akash Ambani took the internet by storm. In the pictures, which went viral on the internet, Shloka Mehta is seen sporting a printed t-shirt that read, 'Laughing is the best calorie burner' which she paired with black tracks pants. While Akash Ambani sported a striped black and white t-shirt which he paired with denim shorts in hues of blue. The throwback pictures which were shared by Shloka Mehta's fan page on Instagram are from a December 2017 drive, where the volunteers comprising of Shloka Mehta and Akash Ambani painted the shelter home of Salaam Baalak Trusts to celebrate two years of Shloka Mehta's organisation, ConnectFor.       View this post on Instagram Throwback Post(2)- In December 2..
                 

Had cops acted quickly, our child would have lived: Kin of Bhandup girl raped and killed

4 days ago  
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A 31-year-old man was arrested on Sunday for allegedly abducting and killing a 10-year-old girl from Bhandup last week. The locals in the area caught the suspect and handed him to the police. The suspect was identified through CCTV footage in which he was seen wandering the streets in Sonapur area for 30 minutes before picking up the child. The minor's relatives claimed that they examined the CCTV footage after the abduction and informed the cops about the suspect. However, the cops didn't act promptly, they said. "Had the investigation started on that very day, who knows, we would have found our child alive," said Zakee Ahmad, a relative of the deceased. The suspect identified as Ajit Kumar, a resident of Wadala, had abducted the girl on November 5 from Sonapur in Bhandup and took her towards Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, the police said. Her body was found near Vidyavihar railway station on November 9, a day after her relatives caught the suspect. The child's kin told mid-day that after s..
                 

A feast from the mountains

4 days ago  
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Himachal, for many Indians, has been the ideal state to escape to. But this hilly place has more to it than mountains, chef Sherry Malhotra says. Malhotra aka A Girl From The Hills hails from Shimla and has been running a catering service out of Pune called Kanak. But in a bid to spread more awareness about her cuisine, she often hosts pop-ups in Mumbai. Sherry Malhotra Taste of the Hills is a Himachali food pop-up curated by her and put together by Connesiour Hospitality. It will feature authentic dishes like gandhiyalee, a tikki made with akhrot, mooli ki chutney, chha meat, or slow-cooked mutton simmered in yoghurt, sarson aur cholai ka saag, and makki and arbi ki roti. Malhotra's love for her native cuisine can be traced back to her childhood, where she would amble around her grandmother and watch her refine heirloom recipes. "It made me fall in love with the kitchen. Apart from me, no one has access to her secret ingredients," she shares, adding, "The cuisine is exquisite yet simp..
                 

Laugh at the little things

4 days ago  
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A fortnightly entertainment event by Netflix India, The Brand New Show brings some of the country's most exciting comedic and acting talents together on a common platform. The structure of this show is unlike any other: For each episode, a brand new member of India's comedy circle takes the helm as the host and invites a bunch of big stars, who then engage in topical monologues, banter-filled conversations, hilarious skits, and playful games. This week, the host is going to be Kaneez Surka, an improv artist and stand-up comedian who has made her mark in the comedy industry with her inimitable sense of humour, quick wit and candidness. Dhruv Sehgal Having also been the creator of The General Fun Game Show, Surka has established her dominance as a fun person to have on board for a show of this nature. The celebrity guests for the event will be Mithila Palkar, whose claim to fame was a video of her playing the cup song on YouTube and is now an actress with Marathi, Hindi and Netflix films..
                 

Ambani bash: Isha Ambani dazzles in an ivory floral ensemble

5 days ago  
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Business tycoon Mukesh Ambani and wife Nita Ambani hosted a grand party to celebrate the pre-wedding bash for Arjun Kothari who is Mukesh Ambani's sister Nina Kothari 's son. The grand pre-wedding bash was attended by a host of prominent personalities and Bollywood celebs including Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor among others.       View this post on Instagram Isha Ambani Piramal in Anamika Khanna. #ishaambani #anamikakhanna A post shared by Anamika Khanna (@anamikakhanna.in) onNov 10, 2019 at 9:43am PST But it was Mukesh and Nita Ambani's daughter Isha Ambani who stole the show during the pre-wedding bash held at Antilia in South Mumbai. The Ambani heiress donned an Anamika Khanna creation for the special occasion. Isha Ambani, who is married to industrialist Anand Pirmal opted for an ivory-floral ensemble which she paired with strings of emeralds and complimented her attire with dazzling green jewellery.       ..
                 

ABVP secretary Ashish Chauhan: JNU 'protest' was arranged by some left-leaning students

5 days ago  
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A day after the Ayodhya verdict, a student-led movement at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi has created a stir. At least 50 students gathered at the campus over the weekend protesting the verdict. Reports claimed that a section of the students chanted 'Jai Shri Ram' during the meet, in retaliation to the protest. The ABVP's national secretary, Ashish Chauhan said, "The ABVP has no plans to celebrate. The JNU 'protest', if one could call it that, was arranged by some Left-leaning students or groups who like to create a ruckus over whatever the situation is."  Ashish Chauhan Chauhan added, "I understand that rallies and protests or even forums to express an opinion, however inconvenient they may be, are part and parcel of campus life. In fact, this is the lifeblood of a student. Yet, when you have posters on campus which shout: 'Justice Denied: Join protest meet against the Babri verdict, against Hindu Rashtra, against the appeasing of the brahmanical collective co..
                 

With the help of Muslim youth I headed towards the mob alone, says retired ACP Madhukar Zende

5 days ago  
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Amid the much-awaited Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya, a former Mumbai Police officer recalls the ripples, caused by Babri Masjid's demolition, he witnessed in Mumbai. Madhukar Zende, who gained fame after arresting the Vietnamese-born French national, Charles Shobhraj — wanted by seven countries — was the then Assistance Police Commissioner of Pydhonie division. Almost 27 years since the demolition, he remembers every minute of the riots that followed in Mumbai. Talking to mid-day, Zende — who is holidaying in Singapore — described an enraged mob armed with petrol bombs, hockey sticks, rods, firearms, thirsty for blood, which had gheraoed a bunch of Mumbai police officers and staff taking an injured constable to the hospital on December 7, 1992. "Civic officials had demolished illegal bookstalls on the footpaths at Mohammad Ali Road in December that year. Thankfully, no violence had erupted at that time. But after the demolition of Babri Masjid, a mob gathered..
                 

Mumbai: Is BKC connector only for the rich, asks Chembur resident

5 days ago  
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The long-delayed and much-awaited BKC Connector to Chunabhatti opened on Sunday but to the ire and outrage of bikers and auto drivers. Probably the two most prominent modes of transport in the city after local trains, two-wheelers and auto-rickshaws have been banned from using the public road. Also, while buses are allowed, trucks and trailers have been banned from the bridge. A sign at the bottom of the connector stated that trucks, trailers, two- and three-wheelers are not allowed on the connector. However, buses have been allowed. The BKC Connector, which starts from G-Block of Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), crosses the Mithi River, LBS Marg, Central Railway tracks and VN Mankikar Road leading to Chunabhatti railway station. It then extends and crosses the Harbour Railway tracks, passes through the Somaiya Trust Ground and joins the Eastern Express Highway. The estimated cost of the project was Rs 156 crore and was later escalated to over Rs 200 crore. Corporator Kaptan Malik seen with..
                 

Comfort canteens for city on-the-move

6 days ago  
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Back in the early 1900s, employees of the BEST Undertaking, while drafting a petition for a pay hike and reduction in work hours, had also demanded for an operational canteen at the Dadar depot. Marathi writer SN Pendse later made a mention of this in his 1972 book, The BEST Story, published by the General Manager’s office of the transport company. "Many of these demands were met by the management," he wrote. Little did anyone know then, that this modest demand, would lead to the creation of one of the most iconic eating destinations in the city. Synonymous with interesting and pocket-friendly meals, the BEST canteens are the go-to refreshment pit-stops for those on the move. The BEST Company Limited was founded in 1905. The demand for a canteen was made two years later by a group of striking employees. The appeals continued till before World War 1 in 1914, but with a shift in priorities, the demand was soon forgotten. It was only post 1918, when the war had ended, that the BEST ..
                 

A new dawn and a homecoming

6 days ago  
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Ayodhya: The announcement that the SC will pronounce its verdict in the Ayodhya case sent the country into a tizzy on Friday, more so in the communally sensitive town. Security was tightened, additional troops were deployed, and political leaders across the spectrum—irrespective of their political allegiances—urged citizens to respect the apex court's decision. Roads in and out of Ayodhya on Saturday morning were barricaded, with heavy checking of all vehicles taking place at every stop. "Everything has been calm since the morning, but we have been checking all the vehicles before allowing them to enter Ayodhya," says PSI Ashish Kumar Pandey, manning a checkpoint on the highway just before the town. An aura of tranquillity seemed to engulf the town—a known hotspot for communal tension since the 19th century. There were barely any people on the roads, but as news of the verdict spread and the day progressed, people began opening their shops and getting back to business..
                 

Governor invites Devendra Fadnavis to form government

6 days ago  
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Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has asked Devendra Fadnavis, the leader of the single largest party, to indicate the BJP's willingness and ability to form the government.  The governor has invited the BJP as opposed to the pre-poll alliance of BJP and Sena, due to the impasse between the ruling parties.  The invitation means that the BJP would have to prove a majority of 145 MLAs on the floor of the House, if it accepts the invite, in the time stipulated by the governor. The BJP can prove adequate strength only with the help of Shiv Sena. Insiders said efforts were being made to end the deadlock. The BJP and Sena were talking via senior members even as the latter is adamant on having the CM's post. Fadnavis may turn down the governor's invite if he cannot get the numbers. Devendra Fadnavis and Chandrakant Patil at a press conference at Churchgate on Saturday. Pic/Ashish Raje The BJP has 105 MLAs and the Sena 56. Both have independents supporting them. If the BJP do..
                 

Taking it personally

7 days ago  
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In the introduction to Jawaharlal Nehru's Discovery of India, academic Sunil Khilnani compares the time the politician spent in his Ahmednagar jail cell to a line from TS Eliot's Little Gidding — the kind of existence, at the "point of intersection of the timeless with time." An exhibition that opens next week at Gallery Chemould plays on the same intersection with stories from India's first citizens. Titled Life As They Knew It, the two-day showcase put together by The Citizen's Archive of India (CAI), an oral and material memory project, will take the viewer through the ordinary lives of citizens who have seen this country before and after Independence.' With a curatorial team of three people and over 350 hours of information via audio-video recordings from citizens across the subcontinent, the planning for the exhibition began three months ago. The show stems from two of CAI's undertakings — The 1947 Project and Dilli Ki Khirki (centred around the village in South Delhi)..
                 

Syed Mushtaq Ali T20: The Lad and Bista show

7 days ago  
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Riding on part-time off-spinner Siddhesh Lad (5-13) and opener Jay Bista's unbeaten 54 off 24 balls (5x4, 3x6), Mumbai inflicted a 10-wicket thrashing on Mizoram in their opening game of the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday. Put into bat, Mizoram were bundled out for 77 in 19.3 overs. Former India U-19 and Punjab batsman Taruwar Kohli (26 in 31 balls, 3x4) was the only batsman from the visiting team who middled the ball well. Kohli and Lalhmangaiha (16 off 30 balls) stitched a 38-run partnership for the opening wicket before Mumbai pacer Tushar Deshpande (2-8) had Kohli caught by wicketkeeper Aditya Tare with a beautiful inswinger in the ninth over. Lad versus Mizoram Later, it was Lad versus the Mizoram batsmen as the tweaker dismissed Lalhmangaiha and Lalhruaizela (0) in his first over and then Saidingliana Sailo (six) in his second over. The Borivli boy was unlucky in his third over as Tare failed to hold on to an edge from Parvez Ahmed (nine) off the fi..
                 

President's rule will mean Advantage BJP

7 days ago  
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Maharashtra braced for President's rule after an extraordinary day when the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena dubbed each other liars, over what transpired during power-sharing talks before polls. The BJP has 105 MLAs and ally Shiv Sena 56. People voted the alliance back to power, but with the term of the Assembly ending on Saturday, no government was formed due to the divide over who will be the CM. The ugly fracas was reignited on Friday with Devendra Fadnavis reiterating that the Sena wasn't promised a CM stint during the February negotiations. The CM blamed the delay in the formation of the government on the Sena, saying the latter had already made up its mind to explore options other than the BJP even on the day of results. He said the Sena must immediately correct its course and stop lashing out at PM Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah if the alliance was to continue further. It all seemed like the BJP wants the Sena to announce the break-up if its terms were unac..
                 

Get high on music

8 days ago  
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You wouldn't have thought it till even a few months ago, but things seem to be genuinely looking up in Mumbai when it comes to music venues. There was a massive slump in this regard when Antisocial shut down two years ago, followed by the early demise of The Quarter, even as the city still hadn't recovered from the loss of Blue Frog in 2016. Indie bands were thus largely restricted to pubs and bars with sketchy sound systems, which preferred programming DJs anyway. But then co-working spaces started doubling up as places for gigs. The recent launch of The Bluebop Café gave us another jazz outlet. Even Antisocial made a comeback in a different avatar, though it retained the same warehouse vibe. And now, Mumbaikars can look forward to another venue for music, an unusual one this, given that it's the rooftop of Marathon Futurex, a swanky commercial building. A new beginning The space in Lower Parel is meant to be a clubhouse, but it's not functional yet. It's an open-air area on to..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Senior citizen cancer survivor chases, nabs handbag thief

8 days ago  
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A fiesty 68-year-old cancer survivor not only caught the young thief who had snatched her handbag on the Kolhapur-Mahalaxmi Express, she also got him to tell her where he had hidden it. The thief was later identified as Ahmed Ilyas Sunsura, who had jumped parole in a murder case registered in Surat. The woman Mugdha Gole and her husband Avadhoot had boarded the train at CSMT on October 31 to go to Amba Bai temple, Kolhapur. "After we boarded at 7.30pm, I kept my handbag containing my phone, ticket, PAN card, Aadhaar card and some cash with my husband to check which side of our compartment the western toilet was located," said Gole, who is a Mulund resident. "When I came out, I saw a man carrying my handbag readying to get off the train. Alarmed, I grabbed my bag, but the man was young and managed to escape. I somehow balanced myself and came to my seat. My husband told me that two men had come to enquire about the seating arrangement and one of them lifted the bag and ran," she told mi..
                 

Kidding around with nature

8 days ago  
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Last week 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg turned down an environmental prize by the Nordic Council by saying, "The climate movement does not need any more prizes." What she proposed instead was for rulers and politicians to pay attention to the research. So, if the world needs any evidence to start listening to children instead of deflecting the climate change crisis that is right in front of their eyes, it might as well take Thunberg's prize. "We're only talking of the crisis in broad terms — that something is going to happen in the next 50 or 100 years. But it is very important for children to think about what's going to come in the next 10 years," says Bilwa Kulkarni, education officer at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS). And it is with this idea that the city museum is organising a storytelling festival for kids this weekend called Evergreen Tales — the theme being Environment and Water Conservation. Bilwa Kulkarni The two-day event will ta..
                 

Shloka Mehta's off-shoulder white top is ruling the internet, buy now

9 days ago  
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Akash Ambani and his wife Shloka Mehta never fail to grab attention with their public appearances or mushy moments. During cricketer Yuvraj Singh's retirement bash in June 2019, Mukesh and Nita Ambani's daughter-in-law Shloka Mehta won many hearts when she stunned in an off-shoulder white top which she paired with a blue pleated skirt.       View this post on Instagram #akashambani #shlokamehta at #yuvrajsingh retirement bash #viralbhayani @viralbhayani A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) onJun 29, 2019 at 8:34am PDT Shloka accessorised her look with an elegant wristwatch and diamond earrings. She completed her chic look with nude lipstick, smokey eyes, and classy pencil heel stilettoes while leaving her long tresses open. Shloka Mehta poses for the paparazzi with Yuvraj Singh, Shabnam Singh, Akash Ambani, and Nita Ambani. Picture/Yogen Shah So, whether its a retirement bash, a night out with friends or a dinner date, even you can get Shloka Mehta..
                 

mid-day Mumbai Guide: Make the most of Thursday to Sunday

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Thursday The one about Q&As Quiz: Think you're a Friends trivia pro? Then, it should be easy for you to ace four rounds of Q&A, complete with a buzzer, and a visual round at this event. They will also have themed merchandise on sale. Time 8.30 pm at Tote Talli, Tote on the Turf, Gate 5 and 6, Mahalaxmi Racecourse. Call 9136933275 Friday Shopping is good Flea: Browse through pop-up shops, watch live performances, pick from curated food stalls from across the city and sip on brews from across six microbreweries or go Sula wine tasting in SoBo. Time 11 am to 11 pm at The Lil Flea, Mahalaxmi Racecourse. Cost Rs 300 onwards Saturday Working the weekend out Run: This edition of the Get Fit Mumbai Navy Expo, organised by The Western Naval Command (WNC) of the Indian Navy since 2016, will also have seminars, fun activities, healthy food as well as fitness and sports gear. Plus, a half marathon. Time 10 am to 7 pm At Sagar — Indian Navy Sailors Institute Colaba. Drink up C..
                 

Mumbai: Rights to plot meant for labourers given to private builder, claim activists

9 days ago  
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The nearly 12-acre prime plot in an upscale area in Wadala, which has been reserved for houses meant for Mathadi workers, has run into trouble after allegations of financial fraud.' A Pune-based social activist, Santosh Chavan, has filed a complaint with the state's Co-operative Department alleging large-scale financial irregularities and violation of norms by the members of the association that claims to work for the welfare of labourers engaged in loading and unloading of goods. According to the complainant, rights of nearly 15 per cent of the total plot have been given to a private developer. "The plot has been allotted by the government for poor labourers' residences. But, those managing the Mathadi Worker Co-operative housing society have flouted norms and have given away rights to a private builder and that too without taking permission from the government," Chavan alleged. The activist in his complaint has even claimed that money from several workers has been collected for the h..
                 

Shiv Sena to meet for 'final call' today, BJP to meet governor

9 days ago  
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As the stalemate in government formation enters the final stages, pressure is mounting within a section of the Shiv Sena to stick with the pre-poll ally, BJP. Party insiders told mid-day some senior MLAs are of the opinion that Matoshree should work on forming the government with the BJP, instead of mulling other options like the NCP or Congress. However, it readied itself to meet the governor on Thursday to apprise him of the crisis. NCP President Sharad Pawar on Wednesday kept all stakeholders guessing when he said the BJP and Sena are capable of turning the situation around in the eleventh hour and that he was keenly observing developments. Defusing tensions The BJP and Sena camps seemed to have scaled down tensions, with cabinet members from both parties meeting under the leadership of CM Devendra Fadnavis to review the wet drought crisis. Later, a few Sena ministers discussed the party's demand with the CM. Negotiations through other channels also continued, with the Sena not will..
                 

Combat this

10 days ago  
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Combat boots transcend all boundaries since they form part of military uniforms worldwide, thanks to their sturdy build, strong grip and lasting characteristics. Usually made with leather, the laced variants have also made their way into fashionistas' wardrobes. "Most recently, they've found a place in people's airport looks — you can run in them. They look great — especially when paired with a jacket, an essential in flights," suggests city-based stylist Aastha Sharma. Take, for example, Katrina Kaif, who has paired it with short dresses and long ones with deep slits. It is definitely an essential that she prefers to reuse. Here's how to pull this look off. Spice it up Pick a pair with embellishments to give the look more edge. Spikes work best, but you can also choose one with other patterns as long as the design isn't too huge. Pick a dark pair and avoid more than two matching shades of embellishments. A layered look is cool — a leather jacket or a trench coat is ..
                 

Nacho ordinary chips

10 days ago  
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In an upside-down world' "We thought of giving this dish the shape of an upside-down bowl to make it look fun. The idea worked with our customers and is a hot seller," says chef Juliano Rodrigues about the nachos cap upside down that features guacamole, olive, jalapenos, refried beans, sour cream, pico de gallo and cheese cream. At Out of The Blue, Union Park, Khar West Time 12 pm to 12 am Call 9930530510Cost Rs 425 Have it with your drink Melted cheese, chilli peppers, jalapeños and assorted, colourful tortilla chips come together to give you the chile con queso, tortilla chips and Mexican spice dust, which is available at this youth-oriented bar in Lower Parel. Its creator, chef Momin Faqi tells us, "It is a great snack for a party and also the perfect hors d'oeuvre with your drink." At YOUnion, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel. Time 12 pm to 1.30 am Call 68493234 Cost Rs 190 Snacking the Asian way At this restobar, the nachos come with an Asian twist. The derby nachos are made w..
                 

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Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

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Apna time aa gaya Boman Irani seems to be a man in a hurry during a press meet at an Andheri venue on Wednesday. Pic/Satej Shinde Mumbai kids reach new heights Basketball is a sport that seems to be catching on in India, with the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the US showing major interest in the country. There was a match last month between the high-profile teams, Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers, held at a Mumbai venue to promote NBA in the city. Two Mumbai kids —  Dev Premi and Riccha Ravi — also travelled to Orlando recently to take part in the Junior NBA Global Championship 2019. Speaking about the experience, Premi said, "Meeting everybody from across the globe with different cultures was an enriching experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it," while Ravi added, "We met and learnt from current and former NBA players such as Danny Green, Dwyane Wade, Breanna Stewart and many more." Good going. ' Prized possession The Masala Library outpost in Dubai ha..
                 

Mumbai: Part of Tilak bridge falls but BMC still preparing repair contract

2 days ago  
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A small portion of Tilak bridge in Dadar fell onto the road below on Wednesday afternoon. Tilak bridge, which connects the east and west areas of Dadar, is under the major repairs category in a structural audit report. While no one was injured in the incident, which occurred on the east side of Dadar towards Hindu Colony, the area was barricaded and traffic halted for some time. Traffic movement over the bridge was unaffected. The bridge was constructed in 1923 and has been in a poor condition for many years. It has also been in the major repair category, so the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was preparing a contract for its repairs. On Wednesday at 2 pm, a small portion of a slab on the lower side of the bridge fell on the road. Officials from the G North ward office and from the Bridges Department rushed to the spot. However, they later realised that the part of the bridge that fell, comes under F North ward. "Around 1 square metre of a slab fell in the afternoon. Official..
                 

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Khar building collapse: Teen squashes trauma to win national squash title

2 days ago  
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What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger," is what life has taught 16-year-old Aishwarya Khubchandani, who has won the Junior Nationals of Squash just two months after her family lost their home in the Khar building collapse. The teen's feat has come as a ray of hope for her family as they settle into their new rented flat in the vicinity. Aishwarya was inside her house on the first floor of the five-storey Bhole Apartment along with her maid on September 24 when the building started to collapse. Both of them had managed to run out of the house in time but what makes her mother extremely sad even now is that they lost all of Aishwarya's certificates and trophies, based on which she was looking at taking admission for higher studies abroad. 'So proud of her' Speaking to mid-day, Roshni said, "Our side of the building hadn't collapsed but the authorities concerned were not allowing us to enter the structure fearing an untoward incident. But my daughter is already on her way to winni..
                 

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Amazon Bestseller: The Elements of Investing: Easy Lessons for Every Investor - Burton G. Malkiel

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Team guide recommends

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How to capture lightness I've followed photographer Rema Chaudhary's work ever since the gallery Method's launch in July, when I learnt that she would be exhibiting her works. Known for her play on fashion and the physical space, having shot for Gucci and Nike, her show is titled The Lightness of Being. Through vast landscapes, it seems to ponder on the Nietzschean idea that Milan Kundera explores in his novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, that I detest. But Chaudhary's works evoke an ethereal beauty and of course, lightness. ON November 16 to December 8 AT Method Art Space, 86 Nagindas Master Road, Kala Ghoda. RSVP themethod.in/ Raising the bar for chocolates When it comes to chocolates, we turn to the duty-free section at airports. But the mango caramel and Naga chilli dark milk chocolate at a city patisserie, chocolaterie and bakery café offers a superior treat. The chilli flakes aren't too hot but do leave a zingy aftertaste, neutered deliciously by the mango bits tha..
                 

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Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone head to Tirupati to celebrate their first wedding anniversary

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Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone tied the knot in a private yet grand wedding bash last year on November 14. And as the couple is all set to celebrate their first wedding anniversary tomorrow, they have left for Tirupati to seek blessings. They were spotted at the airport and accompanying them was Singh's father, Jagjit Singh Bhavnani. Singh was dressed in a casual black tee, a black cap, and black shades, whereas wife Padukone was dressed in a light-mustard high-neck sweater. And their attires may have been completely different, they both looked their stylish best. And why not, they are all set to celebrate their first wedding anniversary with their entire family. The couple and their families will be visiting the Balaji and Padmavati temple and then travel to Amritsar and visit the Golden Temple. They all will be flying back to Mumbai on November 15. For the uninitiated, Padukone and Singh began their romantic liaison on the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram..
                 

Spiritual funk in Bandra

3 days ago  
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For Mumbai guitarist Ishaan Mehta, Bandra holds a lot of memories from the times he spent walking and exploring the bylanes of Ranwar, Pali Hill, Chapel Road and the area around Mount Mary's Basilica. Musically, too, he's been influenced by the place, especially since he has spent a lot of time jamming with friends at trumpet player James Miranda's Bandra bungalow. So, when the experimental ensemble he formed last year with Akshay Dabhadkar and Bharat Chandore called Mukti Funk wanted to shoot the video for their second song, the rooftop of Miranda's home, which has a great view of St Anne's Church, seemed ideal to encapsulate the city's beauty. "The song, Arz, was shot in the monsoon. I've known James for a while and as we are a group that aims to collaborate with different musicians, we wanted to feature him in this song. His house was the ideal setting for the video, giving it a vintage and green vibe," Mehta tells us. The song also features Adil Kurwa on bass and a choir that inclu..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

3 days ago  
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Double thumbs up It's the mantra that fight-against-cancer poster girl Tahira Kashyap follows in life. She was spotted in Juhu on Tuesday. Pic/Datta Kumbhar Masterchef-ing at the Ambanis' It is not exactly a topic open to debate — the Ambanis do like the good life. Who else can summon Aussie celebrity chef Sarah Todd to cook a meal that is equal parts flavour and splendour? "It was an amazing experience and I loved the attention to detail. Each member of the family was involved in all the processes; it was nice to see such a close-knit unit," she told this diarist the day after whipping up dishes for Arjun Kothari's engagement, who is Anil and Mukesh Ambani's nephew. Todd, who met Anil, revealed the industrialist has a sweet tooth. "The desserts were nostalgic, ho­me-style and a tad boozy. We did an upside-down pineapple cake with a home-made spiced rum," she said. Zeenie's baby is on song Zeenat Aman is an actor who starred in memorable hits like Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Ya..
                 

Birthday Special: Why Juhi Chawla remains one of the best actors we have in the industry

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Aamir Khan wasn't the only name that became an overnight sensation with the blockbuster success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in 1988, Juhi Chawla too left the nation in a collective state of reverie. She was both guileless and gorgeous, and the combined vulnerability of the debut leads worked magically for the film's legacy. Not one, but two stars were both that day. Chawla was an unabashed performer, towering above her heroes and owning the film with her charm and spontaneity. And as she celebrates her birthday on November 13, there couldn't be a better occasion to revisit some of her most splendid and searing performances and films, which will never get rusted and redundant. These characters and portrayals vary drastically in range, displaying her versatility and effortlessness. Have a look at them: 1. Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993) In 2007, the nation saw Geet, an unapologetic motormouth. But way before Kareena Kapoor Khan made her idiosyncrasies look cool and charming, there was Vaijan..
                 

The 3 Cs on a menu

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Published in 2007, Um Estranho em Goa, or A Stranger in Goa, by author José Eduardo Agualusa combines travel literature with mystery through characters living in the coastal state with links to other countries, like Portugal and Brazil. Of them, one persona is based on José Vasco Silveira, who migrated to the beauteous state years ago from Angola. Silveira happens to be the chef-owner of the cherished Panjim-based diner called Horseshoe. "He is very particular," 53-year-old chef Andre Magalhaes tells us, gesticulating with an almost hypnotic grace. His lips move slightly, but they convey a lot. Magalhaes discovered Silveira 15 years ago while visiting Goa. "I was also born in Angola, so I knew Agualusa, and when I told him I was going to Goa, he suggested I read his book," he recalls. Last weekend, he managed to revisit his old friend, thanks to a collaborative project with BKC-based O Pedro that will culminate in a mouth-watering meal over the weekend. In essence, it is ..
                 

Disha Patani steps out in a casual floral skirt and camisole; shop here

4 days ago  
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Disha Patani was spotted at a popular salon, and the actress looked pretty in a white camisole top, which she paired with a blue floral skirt. Bharat fame was all smiles when snapped by the paparazzi in the city. Step out of the house in this casual attire, and make the heads turn with your sultry looks! Before you buy, check out Disha's outfit right away! Viscose A-Line Skirt: Upgrade your casual wear wardrobe with this A-line Skirt from Cotton Breeze. Style these with a solid tee and heels for a chic look. Get this look at the discounted price of Rs 265 only. Shop here. A-Line Maxi Skirt: This trendy skirt is a pure stunner and makes an everlasting statement whenever you wear it. This gives you flawless shape and flows with the body all day long. A pair of nice pumps and chandelier earrings will complete this gorgeous look! While the refined colour scheme makes it visually appealing. Get this at the discounted price of Rs 487 only on Amazon. Shop here. Lace high Low Skir..
                 

Two auditors held for PMC Bank irregularities

4 days ago  
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The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police has arrested two auditors in connection to the PMC bank fraud case, for deliberately overlooking the alleged irregularities involved in the bank’s functioning. The auditors have been identified as Jayesh Sanghani of Ashok and Jayesh Companies and Ketan Lakdawal of Lakadwala and Associates. According to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of EOW, the bank had appointed these audit firms, which were responsible for conducting routine audits as per the required procedure. Investigation and the provisional forensic audit report have revealed that these auditors allegedly overlooked the irregularities going on within the bank for the past few years. Confirming the arrests, DCP EOW Shrikant Paropkari said, "The auditors will be produced in court tomorrow to get their custody for further investigation." mid-day report on October 12 "The arrests have been made based on evidence in the form of documents that points at how the auditors ove..
                 

The taste of the shore

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Roger D'Souza started That Goan Guy in 2017 as a pre-order service for lunch and dinner on weekends. "ln 2018, I moved on to a kitchen in Bandra, which worked well until I had to move on because of my day job as a product manager," he says as he preps for the first home-dining experience that he's hosting this weekend in Ghatkopar. "This is a concept that's catching on and unlike a restaurant, it will allow me to interact with guests," he shares, adding that he's hoping to make these sit-down meals a weekly affair. Roger D'Souza  "I will be hosting lunch every Sunday at my home and slowly, hope to do this on other days, too. The menus will keep changing to ensure that each experience is unique," D'Souza shares. For Sunday's lunch, he is preparing some of Goa's much-loved dishes like chicken cafreal, where he uses the traditional green masala and marinates the meat overnight, before pan-frying and grilling it. There's also a prawn curry made with fresh coconut milk, whole spices an..
                 

Some sweetness in Bandra

5 days ago  
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YOU could be on a typing spree and suddenly feel a sugar rush. And soon before you know it, you cannot write until you dig into something awfully sweet. That's when cafes like Chantilly in Bandra's Pali Hill neighbourhood come to the rescue with an array of options ranging from waffles and cookies to lattés and milkshakes. A 40-minute delivery time from our workplace, we pick the keto truffle (R 129), no-egg Nutella Philly cheesecake (Rs 295), and a liege cinnamon bun waffle (R 300). For a savoury option, we also choose the cheese garlic with the harissa mayo waffle (Rs 260). Liege cinnamon bun waffle The order arrives within the expected duration. A classic option, we try the cheesecake first. It's creamy with good consistency of Nutella and certainly one of the best variants in the city. It also is a good option for those who do not have a sweet tooth, unlike the liege cinnamon bun waffle that is sure to fulfill the sugar rush instantly. Developed with pearl sugar, the waffle ..
                 

Hindi-Chini high five

5 days ago  
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Food: SatisfyingAmbience: ComfortableService: EarnestCost: ReasonableVerdict: 1/4 IC Colony's latest fine-dine addition, Sumeruu, believes in subtracting the faff from the food, which explains its near-zero presence in the virtual world that is tee­ming with both real and fake foodgasms. The resto opened on September 13 but only recently appeared on food aggregators, and have done zero promotions because owners Kapil Lala and Abhijit Shetty, both hotel management graduates, believe that if the food is good, you don't need to add too much of promotional spices. And like any good partnership, the two young opening batsmen have begun slowly and steadily with their Indo-Chinese offering — the name is derived from a mountain located between the India and China border — in this quiet Catholic-dominated region of Borivali West. Chicken oyester and shallots We begin with the Dr Rupas gingerale (Rs 220), and the sub-editor in me couldn't help but catch the missing apostroph..
                 

Needed: More spaces for bibliophiles

5 days ago  
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The city has a new library. It's temporary but we'll take it with both hands and much gratitude. It is in the shape of a trellis-like bookworm that winds its way on the lawns of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya. Last week, the Bookworm books pavilion was opened to kids from three to 18 years of age, but going from the feedback I have been getting so far, the adults are soaking in the fun as well. Where else will one get so much space and be surrounded by books in the same frame, right? So, when the idea about this platform was first featured in this newspaper earlier this year, we did a virtual jig because it came as a breath of fresh air. In a city where we hear news of libraries and bookstores shutting down all the time – the most recent being the once-popular Crossword outlet in Bandra – to the challenges that libraries and reading spaces face – it's not been easy reading (pun fully intended).Any new reading space in the city ought to be encouraged and su..