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The Weekend Digest

9 hours ago  
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Quiz Geek play Participate in this pop culture quiz show by Geek Fruit and Kunal Rao, where you can win with your know­ledge about movies, music, comics, TV shows and sports. On September 21, 9 pm AT The Habitat, 1st and 4th floor, Road number 3, Khar West. Log on to insider.in Cost Rs 350 Theatre Find yourself Catch QTP’s Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace, directed by Quasar Thakore Padamsee, this weekend. Actor Jayati Bhatia will play the protagonist in this story of a woman who feels trapped in a life that’s not her own. On September 19, 6 and 9 pm AT Prithvi Theatre, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu.Call 26149546 Cost Rs 300 Getaway Frame fix If you want to try out macro or landscape photography, then join this group that’s heading to the Kaas Plateau in the Sahyadris, where you also get to camp out. On September 20 to 21 pick up points Dadar East, Chembur, Vashi, Kharghar Circle and Vadgaon. Call 8652097600  Cost Rs 3,000 Art Love for Lion King A L..
                 

Two talks for mid-week food-for-thought

10 hours ago  
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All about the founder of Indian studio pottery OUR quest of moving towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle today is being fuelled by boutique labels fashioning terracotta bottles and ceramic dinnerware. But the project of giving pottery a modern avatar began in pre-Independent India, when Gurcharan Singh — fresh out of college after earning his bachelor’s degree with honours in geology — took up a summer job at a family friend’s Delhi Pottery Works in 1918. New Delhi was still being built, and the friend, Ram Singh Kabli, was a prominent contractor supplying bricks to the architects of colonial India’s new national capital. It was at such a momentous time that Kabali sent his protégé to study commercial ceramics in Tokyo. Singh returned in 1922, and through the crests and troughs of business against a turbulent background, he set up Delhi Blue Art Pottery, becoming a key founder of studio pottery in India. Delhi-based designer and art historian..
                 

Drumrolls! The winners of the 20th edition IIFA Awards 2019 are...

10 hours ago  
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The 20th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, which took place in Mumbai for the very first time, was attended by who's who of Bollywood. The awards ceremony, hosted on September 18, saw a night full of stars under one roof. While Ranveer Singh walked away with the best actor trophy for Padmaavat, Alia Bhatt won the best actress for her role in Raazi. National Award winner Vicky Kaushal took the trophy home for the Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Male) category, Sanju. Apart from these, this year the IIFA had a special awards ceremony. Deepika Padukone for Chennai Express, Ranbir Kapoor for Barfi, Rajkumar Hirani for 3 Idiots, Pritam for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil while the film Kaho Na Pyaar Hai also won the special award in Best Film in last 20-year category. Deepika Padukone's fan club also shared a picture from the ceremony. Take a look!       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Deepika Padukone Fanpage (@deepika.padukone.fanpag..
                 

Breaking through

10 hours ago  
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This isn't going to be a surprising story, but here's what happened. In 2018, the government of Maharashtra had organised a state-level B-boying competition in Nashik. This was after it was announced that breaking, as break dancing is officially called, would be included as a sport in the 2024 Olympics in Paris. The state told the judges and the designated DJ that they'd be paid a certain sum of money for their participation. Word spread, and enthusiasts started preparing their moves. But then one day before the event — and this is the part that is not surprising — one of the judges, B-boy Bunny, got a message from a government official that was on the lines of, "Sorry boss, but we are taking back the offer of paying you for your services." What happened next should give you an indication of the integrity with which the local B-boying community approaches their craft. All the people who had been looking forward to participate in the competition got wind of that message and ..
                 

Mumbai: Three arrested for transporting juvenile crocodiles from Andhra Pradesh

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

Mumbai Crime: Adulterated furnace oil racket busted, three arrested

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

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

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

BCom graduate-turned serial conman arrested in Kalyan

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

Acts of faith

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

Heading in Europe's direction

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

It looks like Greek

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

Celebrating a decade of making space

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

A celebration of Bengal

4 days ago  
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Srila Chatterjee is hosting designer Pranay Baidya's show at her store, Baro, in Lower Parel on September 21 and 22. Pranay will launch his collection titled 'Calcutta 1964': inspired by the time and the magic of Satyajit Ray cinema. Calcutta 1964 is a collection of limited edition sarees, blouses and men's kurtas that is also a nod to the costumes of Satyajit Ray's cinema, especially during the 60s and early 70s. When asked about his this collection, he said, "I have replayed hand-woven Chanderi, Maheshwari, Bengal Cotton, Muslin and Zari Tissue which we get purpose woven from clusters in Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. Pranay Baidya Costumes from epic sagas like Charulata, Mahanagar and Jalshaghar left a lasting impression on me, and I remember my grandmother style some of her looks accordingly too. We have woven pure zari stripes in silver and gold interplaying with retro floral prints in a joyous palette of mint green, lemon yellow, powder blue, nude, lilac, coral and ivory to create an..
                 

Cook like Mary

4 days ago  
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Last year, Adi Narielwala handed his godchild, Nicole Mody, a tattered red book. Inside was a collection of over 100 recipes, which includes magazine cut-outs, typed chits and scribbles. These belonged to his mother, Mary, who took her kitchen very seriously. In the 1960s, the Narielwalas, a Mumbai-based Parsi family, hosted a lot of dinners; the recipes were sourced from Jeroo Mehta's iconic 101 Parsi Recipes and Time and Talents Cookbook, magazines and family. From menus prepared during "Adi's End of Term Lunch (the lunch they hosted after Adi's end term in school), Lunch with Shirin Gooloo and Shapoor, and Buffet Dinner for Building Party", Mary has meticulously made notes, to ensure that dishes were never repeated when the same guests visited, unless they requested to have something they had enjoyed. Last August, Narielwala launched From The Table of Mary S Narielwala: A Perspective on Parsi Cooking ( Spenta Multimedia), which Mody has compiled and edited. The book is not just a co..
                 

Making a difference, one post a time

4 days ago  
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Shrushti Mane was 17 when she started @lgbtmumbai on Instagram in 2016. As a queer person battling homophobia and binary notions of sexuality, it was her way of drawing attention to people such as her. The Instagram handle puts the spotlight on personal stories of queer Indians and issues related to LGBTQ discrimination. Three years on, @lgbtmumbai has grown beyond Mane's expectations. So much so, that she doesn't have to go looking for people to share their stories. They find her. From 10 followers in the first year, it has now grown to over 16,000. Edited excerpts from the interview. When and why did you create the @lgbtmumbai page? As a teen, I faced difficulties understanding my own sexuality and 'fitting in' with my peers. When I started going to a university, I met a girl who identified as gay. She introduced me to burning LGBTQi issues. At the time, there was barely any active queer social media page in Mumbai, that I could approach and feel normal about my existence. So I creat..
                 

Gorging in Girgaum and other tales

4 days ago  
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We serve as long as you can eat," says a printed promise scrupulously kept by Golden Star Thali—and every eatery dotting Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road. At the start of this lane facing Charni Road Station, the restaurant leads into the pulsing heart of Girgaum, or Girgaon, derived from the Sanskrit "giri", or hill, and "gaon", at the foot of Malabar Hill. If Hindus considered corner plots inauspicious, industrious Iranis spotted twice the business at a junction. Gazing towards Mount Damavand in the land of their birth, they fervently whispered "Numo Khodu (Touch Wood in Dari dialect)" and moved in to brew the cup that cheers. "Golden Star was a basic bun-maska and kheema-pao joint before turning thali specialist," says Zia Eshraghi. His father Aziz came to town as a 13-year-old from Yazd in 1934. Waiting tables at this cafe, he worked his way up to own it in his fifties. The success story repeated at the end of the road. Sunil Shetty's father started as a cleaner-cum-waiter at a modest..
                 

A stitch in time

5 days ago  
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Can you imagine the result of the best craftsmen from Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maheshwar, Kutch, Kolkata and other parts of the country working their magic on a piece of embroidery? Deepa Mehta, founder of an online contemporary Indian textile label called Queen of Hearts, has been facilitating this creative fusion for five years. Her company offers embroidered sarees, blouses, accessories and other bits and bobs made out of fabric, like tote bags and quilts, through its website. Meanwhile, she also believes in having one-on-one interactions with customers, so as to get them to touch, feel and try out the material before making a purchase. So, she organises pop-up exhibitions that display her creations in the form of embroidery, weaves and other experiments with cloth that tell the story of how a saree or a quilt came to be. The upcoming one is a three-day pop-up to be held next weekend, which will feature two new sarees. People can also carry their hand-me-down sarees that have a..
                 

MSSA: Siya Singh and Aalisha Naik all set to battle

5 days ago  
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Last year's champion Siya Singh and runner-up Aalisha Naik, who are also the top two seeds, look to be heading for another final showdown. The top seed Siya of Fatima High School (Vidyavihar) and second seed Aalisha of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya (Malad) easily won their respective girls' under-14 singles round of 64 matches of the CCI-MSSA inter-school badminton tournament at the CCI courts yesterday. The tall and lanky Siya dominated her match against Ananya Shah of Dhirubhai Ambani International (BKC) and raced to a 15-7 victory, while Aalisha also faced little opposition from Ritu Shah of St Peter's School (Mazagaon) and cruised to a fluent 15-4 win as both advanced to the Round of 32. Siya and Aalisha, confidently stated that they would both go the distance. "I don't see any one who is capable of stopping us from reaching the final. Last year, I fought back to emerge champion and expect another keen contest. I had lost the first game and was trailing 11-16 in the second,..
                 

Mumbai: Mahul residents stage protest outside MHADA office in Bandra

5 days ago  
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In order to take up their complaints with the authorities, around 100 residents of Mahul staged a protest outside the Mumbai Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) office in Kalanagar, Bandra East on Friday. The residents demanded that they should be given allotments in the flats built by MHADA in Borivali. Residents of Mahul staging a protest outside MHADA office in Bandra East Bilal Khan, convenor of Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan (GBGB) pointed out that many people who are suffering from serious illnesses should at least be considered for the houses. "Due to the pollution in the air and water at Mahul, nearly everyone living there suffers from hair fall or weak eyesight. But many others are suffering from diseases such as tuberculosis, asthma, paralysis who should get the flat allotments in Borivali," he said. During the protest, MHADA president Uday Samant addressed the crowd and informed them that the 300 flats have already been constructed and handed over to the Brihanmum..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Loan fraud busted, gang arrested for duping man of Rs 1 lakh in Malad

7 days ago  
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The Kurar police busted a gang that allegedly duped people posing as banks officers from different multinational banks offering loans. The police have arrested four accused while one is still at large. The accused have been identified as Gurmitha Singh Balwant Singh Gujaral (33), Biren Kaushik Purohit (44), Paresh Shantilal Hingu (29) and Jiger Dhirajlal Kareliya (35). The arrest was made based on a complaint filed by Rakesh Kumar Chobey on August 28, a resident of Malad alleging that Rs 1 lakh was withdrawn from his bank account by using his cheques. The complainant revealed that Viren and Paresh approached him on August 21 as bank officers from HDFC bank and offered him an educational loan which he was seeking for his daughter's higher education. Once the deal was finalised, they took four cancelled cheques and other relevant documents from him. In a few hours after the accused left his house, he received four money withdrawal messages from his bank. He immediately approached th..
                 

The weekend digest

7 days ago  
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Exhibition Art takes wingsAn exhibition, Wings and Plume, will showcase works of art themed on different ways of painting birds.Till October 2, 11 am to 7 pmAt Gallery Art and Soul, Shivsagar Estate, Worli.Call 24965798 Food A dose of dosaA BKC eatery has recently started a brunch with a curated menu of experimental dishes with a live counter of quesa dosa with unique fillings.On September 15, 12 pmAt Butterfly High, Jet Airways Godrej Building, BKC.Call 61736029Cost Rs 1,800 Comedy Hitting a sixA line-up of six comedians will take the stage with new jokes. Catch Urooj Ashfaque, Saurav Mehta (in pic), Niveditha Prakasam, Vaibhav Sethia, Sahil Shah and Rueben Kaduskar perform.On September 13 and 14, 8 pmAt Adagio, Rukhsana Manor, Bandra West.Log on to insider.inCost Rs 150 Outdoors The peak of happinessHead out into the lap of nature near Matheran and take part in a trail up to the scenic Peb Fort.On September 14, 7 am Meeting point Panvel railway station. log on to lifeawayfromlife...
                 

Deliciously desi

7 days ago  
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Food: TastyAmbiance: VibrantService: EfficientCost: ModerateVerdict: 1/4 Michael Jackson in Mughal-e-Azam-esque garb of Shahzada Salim is staring down at us. Overhead, a ring of brass bells threatens to start pealing every time a gust of wind surges in as the main door opens. The wall behind us is encrusted with huge pearls and other assorted coloured glass stones. Khow suey samosa Then, suddenly, the singer seated at the small stage beside our table breaks into a fusion version of Raag Malhar that seems appropriate, as the rain is pouring buckets outside. And no, in case you were wondering, we aren't alluding to some sort of substance-induced trip we recently went on. In fact, we weren't drinking anything more potent than water at that point. Tarbooz without booze We were simply there for a lunch to check out the brand new Tanatan restaurant that recently replaced the popular China Bistro in the Shivaji Park neighbourhood of Dadar. Desi-baroque. That's the best way to describe this ra..
                 

I am 24 and never had a boyfriend!

7 days ago  
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I am a 24-year old woman and have been single my whole life. I am average looking and am not particularly overweight or ugly. I have never been approached by any guy though, either in school or college. I don't know if this is because I come across as unapproachable, because I have always been easy-going and don't think I am difficult to chat with. This didn't bother me much at first but is beginning to play on my mind because all my friends and classmates have been in relationships and I don't know if I will have one. Is there anything I can do to change this?There is nothing abnormal about your situation, because meeting someone has more to do with just being approachable. You may simply not have exposed yourself to situations that encourage communication with guys. If you think you aren't being approached because they misunderstand who you are or what you are like, you can always reach out to them and initiate a conversation. You can ask friends to introduce you to new people, use a..
                 

Handing back the keys

8 days ago  
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There is an old video available on the Internet that contains slices of Bombay life from the mid-20th century. There are frames that show trams plying languidly around Churchgate, sharing space with tongawallahs being overtaken by vintage automobiles that are precursors to the sleek cars clogging streets in present-day Mumbai. All the office-going men seem uniformly dressed in white shirts and trousers, while the women cover their heads with sarees. But there is one sequence that's of particular relevance. It shows seven coolies clothed in dhotis and vests ferrying a humongous grand piano from one location to another. That's the only way in which this integral instrument that fuelled the city's jazz age could be transported back then. Compact digital keyboards were still a product of the distant future. And so musicians had no other option apart from such coolies to ensure that their pianos reached the right venue. Lydian Nadhaswaram How things have changed. The acoustic piano has now ..
                 

Navi Mumbai villagers threaten to block work on airport

8 days ago  
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Navi Mumbai villagers, affected by heavy flooding this monsoon, on Tuesday threatened to block work on the new Navi Mumbai airport if their issues weren't addressed. After mid-day reported on some villages in Navi Mumbai being denied help by CIDCO officials during the flooding last week, CIDCO Joint MD Prashant Nanavre visited the area on Tuesday morning with more than 300 villagers in attendance. Villages surrounding the new airport land suffered flooding for the third time in the last two months owing to the Ulwe river diversion and landfilling currently underway. Dungi being the last village on CIDCO's list of villages to be evacuated for the airport was given help during the floods while the adjacent six to seven villages were conveniently ignored by all authorities including the tahsildar and CIDCO, villagers alleged. The flooding last week had left villagers stranded and helpless. File pic Also Read: Mumbai: Tired of shoddy work, shop owner turns pothole fixer in Santacruz C..
                 

Katrina Kaif's denim dress is ruling the internet; buy here!

9 days ago  
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Katrina Kaif was last seen opposite Salman Khan in Ali Abbas Zafar's Bharat. The film also starred Disha Patani and Sunil Grover among others. Earlier this month, Katrina was snapped at a press conference along with Salman Khan. The actress looked pretty in a denim outfit that she opted for the promotional event. As IIFA completes 20 years, the award ceremony this time around will take place in Mumbai. The 20th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards will be hosted for the first time in India on September 16-17. Here's what Katrina opted to wear for the conference.       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Katrina Kaif (@katrinakaif) onSep 5, 2019 at 6:48am PDT Denim Shift Dress: These images from Amazon are for representational purpose only Blue cotton solid buttoned knee-long ruffled denim dress with a round neck and full sleeves suits every body type and will surely accentuate your looks. Buy this at the discounted price of ..
                 

Mumbai: Auto-rickshaws all over the place at Borivli and Bandra station

9 days ago  
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While auto-rickshaw drivers at Borivli station mostly stick to the RTO-prescribed rate chart, the traffic congestion their chaotic parking causes is a nightmare outside the station. Narrow roads and heavy footfall during peak hours make the congestion worse. The auto-rikshaws line up in parallel rows outside the station with long queues of passengers waiting to board them for three destinations. Plying more than three passengers is another norm here, too. Also Read: Mumbai: Rude auto drivers in Kandivli, Jogeshwari fear no one The share auto-rickshaw stand outside Borivli station (west) is located opposite the Dahisar-end exit gate of the railway station. The corner which is also a major traffic signal junction the station road is lined with queues of passengers wanting to take auto rides to Gorai, Yogi Nagar and Eksar. The shared auto fare for Yogi Nagar and Eksar are R10 per head, it is R12 for Gorai, to where four passengers are crammed into one rickshaw. The auto-rickshaw driv..
                 

Flower power

9 days ago  
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The story of flowers uniting two lovers is not uncommon — especially one that features the gulab. For Jhelum Biswas Bose, her love for the gulab was inspired by Nur Jahan or Mehrunnisa. The Mughal queen is said to have discovered the rose essential oil accidentally while bathing. But if you look at the Indian flower today, there is not much to be said about its role beyond decoration. And the utility of flowers, for most people, is only limited to bouquets. That's what prompted Bose to start writing Phool Proof (Penguin Random House India) in January this year — a book that Lisa Ray in the foreword calls, a "paean to flowers and healing". While mogra and milk can be blended for a face pack, marigold and haldi can be used for a brightening mask Set for a release in a Lower Parel restaurant today, the title serves as a detailed five-part guidebook that not only educates readers about flower-related lore and legends, but also about their use in essential oils, adornments and f..
                 

Ram Jethmalani tribute: He could carry the day with him, says family friend

10 days ago  
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Gitanjali Gurbaxani, a friend of the Jethmalani family, has one enduring memory of the late legal eagle, Ram Jethmalani. "It is of 'uncle Ram' savouring ice cream," the Cuffe Parade resident said with a laugh. "If there was one thing he loved, it was a scoop of ice cream after a meal. He also loved ghar ka (home made) Sindhi food like sai bhaaji," said Gurbaxani, adding, "he would eat the ice cream in little, baby spoons, savouring it. Gurbaxani added that Jethmalani's skill as orator, was "evident in court, but also at family gatherings." "His work was his passion and he was a voracious reader. For him, books were to be venerated. First of course were law books, but he thought there is something to learn from every book. I wanted to launch my cancer cookbook 'Fight Cancer with Flavour' in Delhi, and he said, "I will play host at the launch" and so it was launched on Ram Jethmalani's home lawns in 2016," she said. Gurbaxani was close to Ram Jethmalani's son Janak, who passed away three..
                 

Of hopelessness and humour

10 days ago  
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Only someone pursuing a vocation in the arts can truly understand the journey of a fellow artiste; the trials and tribulations of not choosing a "conventional" career, the ordeal of trudging along and not being able to make it despite the talent. This empathy became the foundation for the friendship between Harry, a novelist, and Jake, a photographer, in Ira Lewis’s Chinese Coffee. And the glimmer of hope towards the end of the play, "which epitomises the hope of every artiste who is trying to do a good job", is what drew Danish Husain to the production, which premiered on Broadway in 1992 with Al Pacino and Ben Gazzara playing the lead characters. But between the opening scenes featuring the two friends and the ray of hope before the curtain call, runs a gamut of human emotions from camaraderie to jealousy, hatred and despair that Chinese Coffee is all about. Harry has been fired from his job, and he remembers that he had loaned a sum to Jake. It apparently seems that he has com..
                 

Versova's bodyguard

11 days ago  
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Fitness expert Warda Nadiadwala's six-pack abs are hard-earned. "My husband had said that he would marry me on the condition that I become super fit," she jokes. The diktat was taken seriously. After practising taekwondo and mixed martial arts, Warda, who is married producer Sajid Nadiadwala, launched Self Defence, a YouTube show, last year. Here, she offered basic techniques to defend oneself in any situation. After the completion of season one, she went off the radar for eight months. "People in my circle were wondering why I had chosen to take a break," she says. "The truth is, I wasn't really on a break. I was working offline." Last month, she released season 2 of Self Defence on YouTube, which has already garnered shoutouts from Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani. Nadiadwala has also gone beyond her digital presence by tying up with a local NGO, Mesco, to take self-defence to underprivileged girls in Mumbai. Warda Nadiadwala "I hail from a family, where all members are into fitness, in..
                 

What makes idyllic Saraswati Baug, home to NKGSBs in Jogeshwari so special

11 days ago  
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Ninad Wadekar, 48, leads us into a circuitous pathway that opens into Saraswati Baug. Hugged by two-storey stone houses roofed over with Mangalore tiles, this idyllic township is located in Jogeshwari East and easy to miss. This is where the veteran Marathi writer and humourist PL Deshpande (or Pu La to his fans) spent his early years and one of the stories Balpanicha Kaal Sukhacha (Happy Childhood Days), in his memoir, Purchundi, is said to have been inspired by this society. Had he been alive, Deshpande would've been as old as the residential society that turned 100 on July 15 this year. The centenary makes Saraswati Baug, home to the North Kanara Goud Saraswat Brahmins (NKGSB), among the oldest cooperative housing societies in the city, after the Saraswat cooperative housing societies of Gamdevi and Santa Cruz. Who are the NKGSBs? The Goud Saraswats get their name from the mythical Saraswati river, that is said to have flowed parallel to the Indus, says Bharat Gothoskar, heritage en..
                 

Because Bollywood costumes are forever

11 days ago  
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In a decade-and-then-some career invested in writing on fashion, Bollywood film costumes have been a rich and constant reference point for this writer. Not everyone cares for fashion, but filmi wardrobes affect everyone. Manish Malhotra would agree. If the now celebrated costume and fashion designer hadn't believed that Priyanka Chopra should wear a saree in Dostana, not a dress or a gown as producer Karan Johar and director Tarun Manshukhani had wanted, the Desi Girl wouldn't have become an iconic trend. It's insider tidbits such as this that make 100 Iconic Bollywood Costumes by Roli Books, enjoyable. Stitched together in text by Sujata Assomull, and supported by Aparna Ram's illustrations, it is a dedicated directory of Bollywood's greatest wardrobe hits. Leena Daru: Hema Malini in Seeta Aur Geeta (1972) The range spans from the 1950s when Nadira turned into an image of empowerment in high-waist Jodhpur trousers and cravat scarves in Aan (1952) to the urbanite fashion ladies of Veer..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

12 days ago  
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De taali! Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Bosco Martis crack up over something that transpired on the set of a reality show on Friday as Kareena Kapoor Khan looks on. Pic /Satej Shinde Look who's back on the map "I am not quitting cooking. It will be rebirth after death," celebrated chef Gaggan Anand had said in an interview to the mid-day two years ago, when news of his plans to close down his Bangkok-based restaurant Gaggan, which has consistently made it to Asia's Best Restaurant List, came out. The restaurant served its last meal on August 24, and true to his words, Anand has already announced details of his new venture, Gaggan Anand. The new, more intimate space will be located in his beloved Bangkok and is likely to open in October. It will host 40 diners per evening in four slots, the price (8,000 baht or Rs 18,700) remaining the same. "We will do half the business, double the experience," the maverick chef wrote in a post. From Mumbai to Amsterdam City-based young artist Sarah Naqvi, ..
                 

Mumbai: What happens when a court does not have a judge

12 days ago  
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Litigants at Borivli Metropolitan Magistrate Court No. 67 are living through the adage justice delayed is justice denied. The absence of a magistrate for two months has created a backlog of 8,500 cases, with several people languishing in jail because there is no one to grant them bail. In judicial custody cases, the accused has to remain in jail for lack of bail," said advocate Subodh Pathak. "When guilt is not yet proven, keeping people in jail for such procedural lapses is nothing but pre-trial punishment. If the court is vacant, custody cases and those where urgent relief is required and should be heard on short intervals are the ones that suffer most." Overloaded with cases Court No. 68 has been given charge of the said court but it is already overloaded with cases from Aarey, Kasturba, MHB and Bangur Nagar police stations. But the additional burden has delayed the other court's matters too. Senior Advocate Kishore Joshi said there are several others who are without employment as t..
                 

Battle for Aarey: 24,000 objections won't count!

12 days ago  
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Emails that concerned citizens have so far sent to object to the construction of Metro Bhavan at Aarey Colony, whose groundbreaking ceremony Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend today, will not be accepted. Deputy Director, Town Planning, Uttareshwar Londhe told mid-day on Friday that objections need to be sent to his office in hard copy. At a time when both central and state governments are touting Digital India and when Modi will be in the city, critics feel these are stalling tactics by officials. The only silver lining is that the citizens still have one more month to put forth their suggestions and objections on the notification for Aarey Colony's land-use change. mid-day had reported on Wednesday about the MMRDA's plan to construct the Metro Rail Bhavan to manage all upcoming Metro lines in Aarey Colony by changing the land use from No Development Zone to Residential Zone. According to the notice that was published on August 6, the suggestions and objections were to be given ..
                 

A memoir to remember

13 days ago  
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Memories of a misfit

13 days ago  
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Balraj Sahni — at the peak of his acting career in the late '50s — entered a high-society party in Delhi looking like, what his son Parikshat recalls, a fish out of water. While the men were suited up, he made an entrance in a lungi-kurta and chappals. One woman burst into a tirade about how Indian films are trash. He agreed and asked her if she had seen Do Bigha Zamin. She hadn't. Instead, she replied saying she only watched English and European movies. And the woman also never missed a single French film. Sahni then asked her if she had seen Academy Award-winning Hiroshima Mon Amour. She hadn't. What happened next defines the title of Parikshat Sahni's memoir of his late father that launches in the city tomorrow — The Non-Conformist (Penguin Random House India). The veteran actor gently broke down the opening sequence of the French movie; vividly describing a naked man and woman that was taboo to the ears of the guests present. Parikshat and his father in Pavitra Pa..
                 

'He was writing his autobiography. I hope we will see that one day'

13 days ago  
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Kiran Nagarkar was visiting a friend when he collapsed. Something in his brain whispered, 'Enough' and a massive haemorrhage ensued. He lay in a coma for two days. About an hour ago, I got a message from my friend Naresh Fernandes, 'Kiran passed on'. I first met Kiran Nagarkar in Raavan and Eddie, a book that immediately resonated with me. I loved it because it was about the chawls of Bombay, it was about Afghan Snow which I had seen on the dressing tables of so many of my aunties, it was affectionate about Roman Catholics and I had had it up to there with the way Hindi cinema had turned my community into drunkards and sluts. I loved Manjula Padmanabhan's magnificent cover and I loved the sheer unexpected Rabelaisianness of it.I met him later and we became friends. How could he not like me? I was in love with his book. I told him it was the book I had planned to write and he signed my hardback with a reassuring invitation to the book-writing game; that he was waiting for my book, that ..
                 

Mumbai: Row over Aarey Colony puts focus back on Kanjurmarg

13 days ago  
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Lost in Wednesday's din over flooding were Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi's comments in front of the BMC standing committee that shifting the controversial Metro car shed to Kanjurmarg would have cost the state a whopping Rs 5,000 crore. This is by far the highest figure that has come out as the likely cost of shifting the car shed from the greenlands of Aarey Colony, and activists are now raising several questions over it. Also Read: Reply about Tree Authority decision in 5 days, HC tells BMC On Thursday, BMC Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi expanded on his statement in the standing committee. "Technically, Aarey was the best site for Metro operations, but due to opposition, a technical committee, which was appointed to explore alternatives, said if Aarey is not possible, the car-drop could be shifted to Kanjurmarg," he told mid-day. "But as there the plot was under litigation, the government went to the High Court, saying it will acquire the land and the SC told the govern..
                 

Vicky Kaushal: When the KJo party video was shared, I had no clue that I became the charsi

13 days ago  
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Here's the one question we will not ask you: How's the Josh? How's the Josh… Aren't you frickin' tired of hearing it [my ears hurt]? [Laughs] I don't think I'll ever be tired of this question. This line has given to me and my family something very special. Although, have to say, I had reached a point, where I could just get up in the middle of my sleep, hear it, and go, "High Sir!" [laughs] In box-office terms, Uri really made you a superstar. And it was your first action film. This is not ironic. Because your father, after all, is an action director. And that would've shaped your relationship with films too, in the first place; no? To be honest, I was craving an action film. Which, as an audience, I really enjoy watching. And not in the sense over-the-top action. I wanted to do something realistic. For me, a good action film is what Aamir Khan did with Ghulam [1998]. Or, say, Black Friday [2007]. My favourite piece of my dad's work is his first film [as action director] Prahaar..
                 

He does not like my friends at all

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

Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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

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

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

When sci-fi fans make music

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

Magic meets mirth

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

Life after hysterectomy

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

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

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

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

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

A sangria for every mood

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

Fanning the flames of a conversation

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

Turning over a new tea leaf

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

Mumbai: Common people protest against Metro carshed in Aarey Colony

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

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

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

Ganesh Visarjan 2019: Traffic and immersion guide for Mumbai

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

Concrete as canvas

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

Not killed, trees dying naturally in Andheri, says BMC

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

Turning sour (dough)

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

Like mother, like daughter

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

I can't wait for his divorce forever

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

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

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

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

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

Laughter is the best medicine

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

Giving life back to music

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

Beat the burn

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

Go island hopping with original inhabitants of Mumbai

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

The party is back at Tote bar

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

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

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

Milind Deora steps down as Congress city chief

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

Mumbai Central becomes 1st station where 'Polluter Pays'

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

Mumbai: Rogue drivers thrive on chaos at Ghatkopar station

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

Indulge, it's all good

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

Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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

First 300 kmph Intercity Electric bus arrives in Mumbai

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

Mumbai: Traffic cops are of no help at Bandra?

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

Listening better to combat despair

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

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

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

Mumbai hockey stars to felicitate Dronacharyas Clarence Lobo, Marzban Patel

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

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

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

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Mumbai: Metro to pitch in to ease congestion at Ghatkopar

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

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Same same, but different

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

One bourbon shrimp, please?

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

Inclusive ink.

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