20 things to do in Mumbai from August 16 - August 22

Sunday driver

Sift fact from fiction
4.45 pm: Ever wondered if the pushpaka vimana was actually an ancient flying saucer? Get answers at Katha Project’s talk, Mythical Imaginations by Dr Ranjit Nair, a PhD in artificial intelligence and a sci-fi buff. Delving into the power of human imagination, he will attempt to separate fact from fiction when it comes to concepts like cloning, nuclear tech and flying vessels as described in mythology.

Where: MCubed Library, Princess Building, D’Monte Park Road, Bandra West
Call: 26411497 

Attend a kitty party
11 am – 11 pm: Cat lovers, rejoice. Drop by at an open house by Cat Café Studio, a group of animal lovers looking to encourage more people to adopt cats. You can adopt one of their 20 rescued feline friends (litter-trained and for free!), sign up as a volunteer, donate towards cat food and medicines, learn about cat care or simply spend some quality ‘purring’ time.

Where: Bungalow No. 68, First Floor, Aram Nagar Part 1, Harminder Singh Road, Versova
Call: 9167012606

Solve Pluto’s mystery
11 am – 1 pm: When it comes to mysteries, Pluto competes with Mona Lisa’s smile. With the latest glimpse of Pluto offered by New Horizons, our views on the planet have changed, yet again. Chai and Why? discusses the flip-flop attitude to this distant heavenly body, with professor Mayank Vahia, a scientist from TIFR working in the field of astronomy.

Where: Ruparel College, Senapati Bapat Marg, Mahim West
Call: 9757157795

Bite into reality
8.30 am – 10 pm: Masterchef India finalist Karishma Sakhrani launches her new clean-eating veg menu, called Reality Bites. Tuck into a coconut milk and green chili cooler and a bun-less deconstructed veggie burger, generous in both ingredients and creativity.

Where: The Pantry, Yashwant Chambers, Kala Ghoda
Call: 22700082

Catch The God of Carnage
4 pm and 7.30 pm: This hilarious production, The God of Carnage exposes pretensions of the upper middle class. Directed by Nadir Khan. Starring Anu Menon, Shernaz Patel, Sohrab Ardeshir and Zafar Karachiwala.

Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Tickets: R300 – R1,000
Call: 66223737

Read with the kids
11 am: Writer-storyteller Rakhee Iyer comes to Kitab Khana to spend the morning with the li’l ones. Book-readings include Catch the Crocodile by Anushka Ravishankar and Storm in the Garden by Sandhya Rao.

Where: Kitab Khana, Somaiya Bhavan, Fort
Call: 61702276/77

Order of the day

View art through glass
Ongoing, 10 am to 7.30 pm (except Sundays): Attend Tauseef Khan’s exhibition to see Mumbai from a fresh perspective. Using a screen of glassware that abstracts images of prominent monuments, he turns it into a kaleidoscope of colours and shapes.

Where: Madhuli, Shivsagar Estate, Worli
When: Till Sept 5
Call: 24965798

Dig into berry pulao
Aug 18, 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm: Head to Umame, where chef Farrokh Khambata’s kitchen will prepare an array of Parsi specialties including saria and rotli, patra ni kolmi, jardaloo salli chicken, mutton berry pulao and masala dal. Don’t leave without trying his signature filo mille feuille of assorted berries.

Where: Cambata Building, M Karve Road
Price: R1,450 per head
Call: 61110303

Groove to a boy band
Aug 20, 8.30 pm: Catch Spud in the Box (in pic) and Red Seems Right, two alternative rock bands from Mumbai who will will present a set of their best alternative and pop rock singles at Hard Rock Café.

Where: Sharyans Audeus, Fun Cinema Lane, Andheri West
Entry: R500
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Go trekking in the wild
Aug 22, 12.30 pm: Explore the Mahuli stretch of Tansa forests, 85 km from Mumbai. Set off on a trek through the forest accompanied by a guide, go kayaking and more. Group meets at Food Hub on Thane-Belapur Rd and NH3.

Where: Mahuli Village, Thane
Price: R3,990 per head
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Meet Parsi theatre’s first family
Aug 21, 5.30 pm:
Listen to Shernaz Patel and her theatre veteran father, Burjor Patel (both in pic) talk about stage and how it has held the family together.

Where: Kitab Khana, Next to Dawar’s College, Fort

Tune in to RAF
Aug 19, 9.30 pm: Listen to RAF (Rakesh and Friends), noted for their fusion of western music with Indian classical notes. The band comprises Rakesh Chaurasia, Gino Banks, Satyajit Talwalkar, Sheldon D’Silva, Sanjoy Das and Sangeet Haldipur.

Where: blueFROG, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel
Entry: R350
Call: 61586158

Learn while you cook
5pm: You can literally eat your words at a workshop by the Mumbai Korean Culture Club. Newcomers spend the first hour learning the basics of Korean, right from the alphabets to greetings and practical phases. Once you have grasped the basics, try your hand at molding various types of South Korean mandu ( dumplind, for the uninitiated).

Where: B808, Adityavardhan Apt, Saki Vihar road, Andheri East
Entry: Rs 300
Call: 7715814705

17 Monday

Get a taste of Vienna
And by this, we mean, a sugar rush. The sweetness of Vienna wafts in the city with a Vienna Dessert Festival at the Grand Hyatt. Chef Vivek Kadam has put together a menu at inhouse confectionary, Gourmet Store. Dig into palatschinken, crepes with apricot jam and raisin ice cream; kaiserschmarrn, an Austrian pancake with plum compote; and apfelstrudel, a traditional Viennese strudel with vanilla ice-cream. There’s also sacher torte invented by Austrian Franz Sacher in 1832.

18 Tuesday

Celebrate Navroze
6.30 pm: Chef Kiran Salaskar has created two special desserts for Parsi New Year. The first one is White chocolate and hazelnut ni boi. Traditionally, it is made mawa and khoya in the shape of a fish. COO’s boi is a caramalised white chocolate and hazelnut cake with varq. The second, is Ravo, a semolina-based authentic sweet with rava, rose water, raisins, almond slivers, saffron and ghee.

19 Wednesday

Be someone else
8 pm: Watch The Owl And The Pussycat in which Dimpy and Tanmay, played by Preeti Gupta and Deepal Doshi, delude themselves into believing they are something else — she, a much sought-after actress/model instead of a prostitute, and he, a self-styled intellectual rather than clerk at a bookstore. When the two meet, they fall in love. The plot unmasks their identities towards a hilarious, heartwarming end.

20 thursday

Go filmy
7 pm: Soak in the melodies of old and filmy classical songs at Bollywood Classic with ghazal singer Talat Aziz, where an orchestra of 20 Bollywood musicians will accompanythe singer.

Where: St Andrews Auditorium, St Dominic Road, Bandra West
Entry: R500 onward
Call: 9820297079

21 friday

Sing along with dual artistes
8 pm: Take It Easy will host Soul Nights with live performances by TV actor and host Rithvik Dhanjani, who moonlights as guitarist; Darshan Raval, a reality singing show contestant and Suyash Rai, actor turned singer-composer. The night promises to woo music lovers with heart wrenching numbers along with eats and alcohol.

Where: Take It Easy, Link Road, Andheri West
Call: 65178222

22 saturday

Bag a ticket to study abroad
Calling parents and students. International Shiksha is an education fair where you can bombard experts with questions on career opportunities and study abroad. The three-day event will host a 10-country delegation including Monash University (Australia); University of Victoria (Canada); Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands); Essec (France) and London School of Economics (UK). 

Where: Don Bosco College, Kurla on August 20 (10 am – 4 pm); Hiranandani School, Powai on August 21 (10 am – 1 pm) and SM Shetty International School, Powai (2 pm – 5 pm) and Rustomjee Cambridge International School, Dahisar on August 22 (10 am to 3 pm). (register online)
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