20 things to do around Mumbai from November 15 - November 21

Sunday driver

Bake your own bread
11.30 AM: Some say baking is therapeutic. Give it a try as pastry chef Anees Khan of StarAnise, a boutique patisserie in Bandra, will teach you the basics of French bread making and jamming techniques. The two-hour food master-class will take you through all the steps of baking French breads and bottling delicious fresh fruit jams. He’ll also teach you to knead the perfect dough and craft three classic French breads: a leaf shaped fougasse, the very rich muffin-like brioche, and the typiCally long and thin baguette.

Where: The Hive, 50-A, Huma Mansion, Chuim Village, Khar (W)
Entry: R1000
Call: 9619962969

Watch Hema Malini live in performance

6.30 PM: Bollywood’s eternal dream girl, Hema Malini, is holding a dance festival, Jaya Smriti, which is a tribute to her mother Jaya Chakravarthi, who encouraged her to take up Bharatanatyam.
Get ready to watch some beautiful dancers from Odisha, including Preetisha Mohapatra, Kelucharan Mohapatra’s granddaughter, who is a dancer from the Abruti organisation, which adopts children and trains them to dance.
Where: Manik Sabhagharya, MD Lotlikar Vidyasankul, Waroda Road, Bandra Reclamation
Call: 61378485

Eat a king-size breakfast
9.30 AM- 1 PM: Desi Deli has introduced a new breakfast menu for weekends. Try the New Orleans-style breakfast of sausages and gravy served with buttermilk biscuits or the Venezuelan arepa for the vegetarians.
Where: Desi Deli, 86, Chapel Road, Reclamation, Bandra (W)
Call: 26408333 PRICES: R160 onwards

Catch a feminist Gujarati play
3.30 PM: The Waiting Rooms is a Gujarati play that is seen as a feminist piece, Where women are seen outside of the traditional roles. It is a story of people who are at the crossroads of their lives — waiting for that one twist of fate, which can pull them away from the rut.
Where: Nehru Centre, Annie Besant Road, Worli
Entry: R200 — R500
Call: 24920482

Get some comic relief
12 PM: Attend the screening of India’s Son Joke Singh Discovers a United States of America, a film by Delhi-based comedian Nishant Joke Singh. Inspired by the movie Borat, Singh narrates the story of an Indian, who visits the foreign land for the first time.
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium Mall, Lower Parel
Call: 9004603115

Let your kids groove to Iron Maiden
12 PM — 4 PM: If you think you need to be an adult to enjoy rock music, think again. Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai is organising Baby Loves Rock for little rockstars, Where classic rock tunes will be spun by a DJ. There are some kiddy activities like face-painting, and making fake tattoos as well.
Where: Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli
Entry: R890 (adults, above 11 years); R557 (children 2—11 years)
Call: 66511209

Get cacklin’ with the comics
7.30 PM: Laugh along with Anirban Dasgupta, an engineer-turned-corporate salesman, and also Sapan Verma, comedian and writer and one of the founding members of East India Comedy. While Dasgupta likes to talk about his inter-community marriage, corporate life, politics (being Bengali), social media, among others, Verma is known for his jokes on the city.
Where: Tap, China Gate Restaurants Private Limited, New Link Road, next to City Mall, Shastri Nagar, Andheri (W)
Entry: R500
Call: 33716069

Plan head

Explore Mumbai’s fishing village

Sign up for a phtotowalk inside the picturesque Worli fishing village with Caribou Drift co-founder Mayank Soni and journalist and photographer Virat Singh. As you stroll along its long winding lanes dotted with colourful houses, learn about the culture and traditions of the Koli fishing community, widely regarded to be original inhabitants of Mumbai. Be ready for a leisurely class on street photography; get your hats and comfy walking shoes.
Where: Meeting Point is Vashi super market, at the entrance of Worli Koliwada
When: Nov 22, 9.30 AM
Entry: R600
Call: 9892170395

Order of the day

16 Monday

Take care of your eyes
9 AM – 6 PM: If you are a diabetic, take your blood-sugar level reports and walk in for the Diabetic Retinopathy screening programme and get your eyesight checked. This campaign will provide free comprehensive dilated retinal examination and complimentary consultation.

Where: 401,Vision Sankara Eye Hospital, near Nutan school, Marve Road, Malad
When: On till Nov 25, till 1 pm
Call: 7710077180

17 Tuesday

Dance the night away
10.30 PM – 1 AM: Diwali may be over, but you can still dance! Let your hair down at Bar Nights with DJ Leon Russell whose console will dole out beats from retro to rock, hip-hop to house.

Where: blueFROG, D/2 Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel
Call: 61586158

18 Wednesday

Munch on Asian grills
For the next month, starting today, Shiro will offer Oriental fare like sriracha corn on the cob, grilled miso aubergine, Korean-style tilapia and lemongrass infused pork belly with avocado salsa. Pair them with cocktails like Mandarin sunset and roast almond Mai Tai.

Where: Shiro, Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli
When: On till Dec 18
Call: 66511207

19 Thursday

Laugh out loud
8 PM: A good laugh can make you forget that nagging boss, or lover. Make your way to Sante for a laugh riot as comedians Kunal Kamra, Mikhail Almeida, Gaurav Kapoor and Kamal Trilok Singh make fun of the audience. You also stand a chance to heckle at the funny guy.

Where: Sante, C’est La Vie, ground floor, 164, Hill Road, Bandra (West)
Entry: R250
Call: 61322222

20 Friday

Sindhi drama, anyone?
7.30 PM: Attend the 23rd Sindhi Drama Festival and watch three Sindhi plays over three days. On Friday, catch Changu Mangu 420 about two famous artists; on Saturday, Shah Ain Maat, a comedy woven around a happy family; and Naatak Ta Theendo Ie, based on an love story that blossoms on the Net, on Sunday.

Where: National College Auditorium, Bandra (West)
When: Till Nov 22
Entry: R100
Call: 9272235981

21 Saturday

Cheat on your diet
4 PM – 10 PM: How many desserts can you have at 60 handpicked stalls? Find your answer at the Dessert Garden, a sweet pop-up which will have a spread of cupcakes, macaroons, brownies, crispy churros to cute little pie pops, doughnuts, pancakes, cheesecakes, gourmet ice-cream sandwiches and fancy French patisseries.

Where: Courtyard, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
When: On till Nov 22

Get hold of an original Pashmina
Nov 19- 21, 11 AM- 7 PM: If you’ve gawked at machine-made pashminas, attend an exhibition by Kashmir Loom that will exhibit authentic Lena Cashmere scarves, throws and shawls. A brainchild of textile historian, Jenny Housego and her Kashmiri partner Asaf Ali, Kashmir Loom works to preserve the ancient techniques of spinning yarn with local artisans. The exhibition will be followed by a film screening of Pashmina Road by Errol Rainey and Isaac Wall.
Where: ARTISANS’, 52-56 Dr V B Gandhi Marg, Rhythm House Lane, Kala Ghoda
Call: 9820145397

Visit an organic farm
Nov 21, 7 AM – 6 PM: If you’ve been looking for a getaway from the city, sign up for a trip to an organic farm in Bhalivali, one-and-a-half hours from Mumbai. Heart and Soil has organised this activity for parents and kids. There are plenty of things to do like take a nature trail of the farm, ride a tractor and feed farm animals.

Where: Bhalivali, Next to Jivdaya Dham, Post-Khanivade
Entry: R4,500 (1 adult plus 1 child-all inclusive)
Call: 9820857710

Watch a dance performance
Nov 18, 5 PM:12 PM:  Despite the judgment passed in April 2014, that recognises transgender as the Third Gender, there’s a long way to go. Godrej India Culture Lab will host a performance by Dancing Queens, a transgender-led dance contingent, curated by Fulbright scholar Jeff Roy. The dance reveals what it means to identify as a transgender in India.

Where: Godrej ONE, First floor auditiorium, Vikhroli (East)

Capture a butterfly on the go

Nov 21, 7 AM: Butterflies make for exciting subjects with their vivid colours, wing patterns and surroundings. Go on a nature trail, and along the way learn some photography skills like shooting close-ups, camera control, taking a photograph with a blurred-out background and of course, about butterflies. Every participant also gets to take home a cheat sheet on how to better your photography.

Where: Maharashtra Nature Park, Bandra Sion Link Road, Near Dharavi Depot
Entry: R600
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Participate in a bikers’ jamboree
Nov 20-23:12 PM:  If you can handle the bass thump of thousands of Royal Enfield motorcycles, sign up for the Royal Enfield Rider Mania. This year, the bikers will ride to the serene town of Vagator in Goa. There’s a new racing track organised for the new Enfield enthusiasts. There will be five simultaneous sessions Where enthusiasts will learn skills to negotiate tough terrains. And to add rhythm to the event, buzz is that Indian Ocean, Karsh Kale, Raghu Dixit project, Dualist Inquiry, F16 and DJ Nucleya are set to perform at the venue.
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Bring your appetite along
Nov 23-30: Foodies, here’s a chance to treat your tastebuds to some wide-ranging delicacies. The Chef’s Table Week will give Mumbaikars a chance to experience a six-course customised chef’s tasting menu. You can also interact with the head chefs of some of the country’s finest restaurants like The Sahib Room and Kipling Bar (The St. Regis Mumbai), Indigo (Colaba), Hakkasan (Bandra West), among others.

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