19 things to do around Mumbai from November 1 to November 7
Unwind with BBQs
1 PM onwards: The Bandra nightery opens early on Sundays for a sundowner with barbeques, a salad station, floating cocktails and great music. Order from BBQ options like Thai-spiced chicken, corn on the cob and peri peri fish strips. As for cocktails, we suggest mimosas, sangrias and margaritas.
Where: Radio Bar, ground floor, Hotel New Castle, Linking Road, Bandra (W)
Price: Rs 2,200 (plus taxes)
11 AM – 8 PM: Get ready for artisanal cheese, home chefs, boutique food manufacturers and an array of farmed produce at the Farmer’s Market. Look out for Green Tokri from Pune for fruits and veggies, Bon Homia for coffee capsules and Pride of Cows. Did we mention a foodie treasure hunt?
Where: The Woods, Westin Garden City, Goregaon (E)
Rewind with oldies
7 PM: Be transported to the 90s with original playback singers and musicians from the decade. Jolly Mukherjee (who sang the Sridevi hit, Chandni), Nayan Rathod and Vaishali Mhade (from Sa Re Ga Ma Pa; in pic) are some of the names who will get you reminiscing. Do we hear you humming a tune already?
Where: Rangsharda, Bandra Reclamation
Entry: Rs 200 – Rs 2,000
Add some greenery
10 AM – 8 PM: Stock up on nursery supplies and add some new members to your balcony garden by paying a visit to this flower and plants show. The show guarantees a peek into landscaping, waterfalls, green houses and water management systems. It’s the last day of the show, so don’t miss it.
Where: Service Road, outside Islam Gymkhana, Marine Drive
Make use of bottles
10.30 AM-12.30 PM: If you want to celebrate an eco-friendly festival, join this workshop on making lamps from bottles, and turning old glasses into tea light lamps. You’ll also paint and design your own decorations. All you need to take along is a glass bottle, two glasses, one fairy light, two tea lights and a bag to carry home your masterpiece.
Where: Hindtej, Dada-saheb Phalke Road, Dadar (E) Entry: R1,499 per person
Enjoy a musical
2 PM: Vishaal Asrani has turned Roald Dahl’s Jack and the Beanstalk into a Broadway-style musical for kids. The story follows Jack’s tryst with characters like the scarecrow, a whacky troll, a talking clock and a the chatty golden harp to his journey to the Giant's castle in the clouds.
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 750
Listen to a folktale
11 AM: It’s time to revisit the much-loved folktale of Vikram and Betal. Author Natasha Sharma will present the story with a modern twist as she reads out hilarious passages from her new book, Vikram and the Vampire. Enjoy the tale of a dim-witted king and a vampire who outsmarts him.
Where: Kitab Khana, Somaiya Bhavan, Fort
Order of the day
Know your city better
NovV 2-7, 9 AM: A deeper knowledge of the city you live in will come in handy. Attend a course titled, Right To City, that talks about displacement, privatisation and commodification of urban space and explores the history of urban social movements. The programme will include city walks, seminars, presentations and conversations —and is open to students, researchers, activists, and anyone interested.
Where: Studio X, 192, 4th Floor, Kitab Mahal, Dadabhai Naoroji Road, Fort
Entry: Rs 7,000
DIY Diwali gifts
11 AM – 8 PM: This Diwali, spare 20 minutes and make a handmade gift for your loved one at HAB Mumbai’s design workshop. Make gift boxes, bags, clutches, brooches, patches, diya holders and torans and decorate them with colourful sequins, beads, threads, laces and borders.
Where: The Hab by USHA, G-1, 444 Corporate Lounge, Road No 7, Khar West
When: On till Nov 11
Entry: Rs 350 – Rs 1,500
Try a Gujarati thali
Ongoing, 11.30 aM – 3.30 PM: Vegetarians, head to Golden Star this week. The restaurant has rolled out a Diwali Rasoi Utsav that offer a tall glass of smoked masala chaas, sweets, farsan and tongue-tingling pickles. Their vegetable specials include dum aloo Rajasthani, tindola sambharia and Jodhpuri gutta. Don’t miss out on the malai ras malai and angoor rabdi.
Where: Golden Star Restaurant, opposite Charni Road Station
Cost: Rs 430
Know all about Sabavala
6 pm: Prasanna Mangrulkar, assistant curator (paintings), will conduct a walk-through in Marathi at an exhibition titled, Unpacking the Studio: Celebrating the Jehangir Sabavala Bequest at Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, CSMVS.The exhibition locates Sabavala’s journey within the evolving history of the studio and his work.
Where: 59-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Take a dance class
To dance like no one is watching, you need a lot of practice. So head to the Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts studio, where Melanie Testa, a gymnast and ballet dancer from Italy, will conduct a month-long session for kids and adults, starting this week. Sign up for a fitter body and those perfect moves.
Where: SNDA Studios, Tulsi Pipe Road, Dadar West
COST: Rs 2,000 for four sessions
Have a dim sum lunch
12 PM – 3 PM: Chef de Cuisine Lee Kook has created a three-course dim sum lunch menu for lunch-goers on a tight schedule. Try steamed edamame and truffle dumplings, steamed mixed fungus dumplings and shrimp dumplings. For dessert, there’s braised pear with red date and white fungus.
Where: By the Mekong, Level 37, The St. Regis Mumbai, Lower Parel
Cost: Rs 1,500 – Rs 1,800
Hear ‘O sanam’ live
9 PM: The oh-so-lovely hoarse voice of Lucky Ali singing that now-iconic love song, O Sanam, found a fan following in the pop era of the 90s. Till date, his magical voice creates a soulful atmosphere. Recall his retro hits this week.
Where: blueFROG, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
Tickets: Rs 1,500
Know a poet’s life
7.30 PM: Rangshila Theatre Group will perform Unhen Kuch Kehna Hai, a Hindi play directed by Avneesh Mishra. The plot will take the audience through a journey of experiencing the lives of great Hindustani poets. Learn about their poems, and what inspired them to write.
Where: Prtihvi Theatre, 20, Juhu Church Road, Janki Kutir
Fix a date with backbenchers
10.30 PM: Stand-up artistes Sahil Bulla, Sapan Verma and Azeem Banatwalla take you down memory lane with their take on college and campus life. Get their take on education, ragging, hostel life, exams, cheating and hot professors. Look out for sketches, songs, improv games and videos!
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium Mall, Lower Parel
Tickets: Rs 750
Buy it with a pinch of salt
Ongoing: Apart from the obvious use of salt in our cooking, it has many more benefits. Salt Escape offers salt therapy based on its age-old anti-bacterial properties. You could try their rock salt cooking plates that help retain the flavour and temperature of the food, salt diyas (in pic) and lamps that emit negative ions into the surroundings, known to purify the air.
Where: Hanuman Building, ground floor, 300, Perin Nariman Street, behind Reserve Bank of India
Enjoy a ‘scientific’ workshop
Nov 2, 10 AM: Learning science can be fun, is what Science Utsav hopes to drive home. Targeted at kids aged 7-12 years, the campaign encourages children to gain knowledge of science, through fun filled experiments, outdoor camps and expeditions which will help them to arrive at logical conclusions and scientific solutions. So if your kid complains about science, you know where to go.
Where: The Classroom G1 - Garden Crest, behind Benetton Showroom, Santacruz
Entry: Rs 2,750
Log on to: www.scienceutsav.com
Trip on horses by Hermes
10.30 AM – 7.30 PM: Here is one more reason to visit this store, and it’s not just scarves. Founded as a harness-maker, the signature label’s first client was naturally, the horse. To pay their respects to their first customer, The Hermès Horse showcases the noble animal in this exhibition curated by Philipp Dumas.
The exhibition was first shown at Shanghai in honour of the Year of the Horse, and this is just its second stop in its global trot. Unique pieces from the private Émile Hermès Collection and objects created in special orders are showcased alongside chosen treasures of Indian origin and modern-day curiosities. Go, have a look at this equestrian ode.
Where: Hermès, 15A Horniman Circle, Fort