23 things to do in Mumbai from June 26 to July 2
Lessons from the field
June 30, 9 am: They say, there's always something to learn out of every experience. Cricketer Rahul Dravid will put this to practice at an upcoming two-day workshop titled Emotional Intelligence Alive, organised by Square Circles, a firm that provides coaching solutions. Here, he will cull out lessons from his life that have helped hone his people-management skills.
"I think we judge talent incorrectly. We normally go by someone's ability to strike a cricket ball, the sweetness and the timing. I think I have made the same mistake. Qualities like determination, courage, discipline, temperament also count as talent," says Dravid.
The 43-year-old will talk about instances from transitioning from Test cricket to T-20, coaching the under-19 team, mentoring India's future Olympians and Paralympians, managing himself on and off the field, and more.
The first day of the workshop, however, will be helmed by international trainer and author Satish Mandora. Mandora will cover topics like self awareness, self management, channelising emotional energies, change and management, among others.
Where: Hotel Sofitel, C-57, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East)
Entry: Rs 23,000
Play with Koogu
7.30 PM: Theatre artiste Anish Victor presents his solo performance, Koogu, developed in collaboration with French dancer Michel Casanovas. Koogu, a Kannada word for shout, cry or call, uses text, dance, sound and song to interact with the audience. Victor has previously performed the piece on terraces and forests across the country. Here's your chance to see what the hue and cry is all about.
Where: Brewbot, Morya Landmark, New Link Road, Andheri (W)
Entry: Rs 300
Gear up for a gig
12 pm: Once you are done with sleeping in late, it's time to wear your Sunday best and enjoy the monsoon. Head to Tap to listen to vocalist Bianca Love and singer-songwriter Thomas Albert. Along with enjoying that glass of beer, tuck into some bar bites. Don't forget to take those selfies.
Where: Tap, New Link Road, next to Infinity Mall, Andheri (W)
5 PM TO 9 PM: Originating in Japan in the 12th century, Suminagashi is the process of marbling plain paper with water and ink. Learn how you can use the ebb and flow of water to create fascinating prints at this workshop.
Where: The Hive, near Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village, Khar (W)
Cost: Rs 3,000
Head to a Qawwali homage
8.15 PM: Singer Dhruv Sangari pays a tribute to his late mentor, the famed maestro Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Sangari and his troupe, Rooh, will perform some of Khan's most memorable works, all of which contain the Sufi message of love
Where: blueFrog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 350
Rise and stretch
Skip that late riser syndrome on Sunday and try out hatha yoga under the guidance of Anirudh Gupta, who will teach therapeutic principles of healing. Once your yoga routine is sorted and mat rolled up, relax with the restaurant's selection of breakfast options
which include healthy greens and green tea.
Where: MeSoHappi, Pinnacle Corporate Park, BKC
When: July 3, 9.30 AM – 10.30 AM
Entry: Rs 750
Watch a film classic
5.30 PM: Akira Kurosawa fans, this one is going to make your heart beat faster. Chuck those tiny screens, and opt for the theatre experience with Seven Samurai, presented by 1018mb. The memorable plot follows a veteran samurai, who gathers six more to protect a village from 40 cruel bandits.
Where: NFDC, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Entry: Rs 200
Dip into fondues
12 PM – 11 PM: Cozying up with your pals over a pot of fondue and catching up on the week gone by is exactly what this monsoon calls for. With Silver Beach Café's fondue spread, you get to choose from 10 options. There's cheese fondue, spiked with peri peri, sun-dried tomato pesto or Tabasco. Or end your meal on a sweet note, with dessert options like White Wonderland or Nutty Dark Chocolate.
Where: Silver Beach Café, near Sterling Cinema, Fort
Art for a cause
All day: This is what you call creating art against all odds. The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Association (MFPA) is hosting an art exhibition featuring works of artists who paint by holding their brush in their mouths and feet to create stunning work. A film on the association will also be screened, and the artists will speak about their artistic journey. The aim of this event is to provide disabled painters a platform to express their talent. These artworks will be reproduced as greeting cards and calendars. Proceeds from sale go to the artists.
Where: Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla
Fall for a card trick
9.30 PM: Known for his close-up magic and card tricks, mentalist Vivek Desai unravels a signature act that he has formerly presented in Amsterdam, Seoul and Las Vegas. Catch him make his card flourishes and sleight of hand, which are sure to leave you guessing.
Where: 14 Sauce Story, JP Road, Aaram Nagar, Versova
Entry: Rs 400
Check out a different romance
7.30 PM: Directed by Bollywood actor Sharman Joshi, the play Main Aur Tum is about an annual brief encounter between Siddharth and Malvika, now married to other partners. Their first chance meeting ends with an unusual note, which leads them to mark their calendars once a year for a date. But as time passes, things change between them. Starring Joshi and Tejashri Pradhan, here's a fantasy set in reality.
Where: Rang Sharda, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (W)
Entry: Rs 300 – Rs 2,000
Learn Shivaji's management skills
June 27, 11 AM - 7 PM: Raja Shivchhatrapati: Life, Vision, Legacy is a labour of love of two artists, Shrikant Chougule and his son Gautam Chougule, who have been effortlessly working on the show for the last 14 years. Curated by artist Deepak Gore, the exhibition comprises 120 3D Oil paintings on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The paintings also extensively cover the Raigad fort and Shivaji's rajyabhishek or coronation. The exhibition also provides an insight into Shivaji's vision on infrastructure development —construction of forts, ports and ship building yards.
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda
Donate your old books
It's time to get your old, musty books out of the closet. Book Share India, along with ML Dahanukar College of Commerce, has launched a book donation drive where you can give away books on any subject, even blank notebooks. These folks will ensure they reach deserving hands.
Where: Download the Book Share India on playstore or
Log on to www.bookshareindia.com
Laugh at bizarre commercials
JULY 3, 6 PM: How many times have you watched a certain ad and wondered at the absurdity of it? If you want to have a good laugh at bizarre commercials, attend Badvertising, a one hour stand-up and sketch special on everything that is wrong with advertising in India. The show will feature media and marketing professionals, Anand Reghu, Sriraam Padmanaban and Punit Pania.
Where: Barking Deer, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel
Take a trip to space
JULY 8, 7 pM – 8 pM: Imagine this. All the astronauts in the world mysteriously disappear. President Obama is now forced to send two strippers with degrees in aerospace engineering to space to negotiate with an alien life form. Will they be able to keep their clothes on? Attend this sock puppetry show to find out.
Where: The Hive, 0-A, Huma Mansion, next to Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village Road, Khar (West)
Watch an intense documentary
7 PM: Catch the screening of Among the Believers, a documentary by Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi. The film examines the political and religious turmoil in Pakistan with emphasis on the Lal Masjid and its network of madrasas.
WHERE: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road
Make your maid a masterchef
1 PM – 4 PM: Here's a workshop that will help your househelps sharpen their culinary skills. The session will teach them dairy-free, oil-free and processed ingredient-free cooking. They will learn to replace unhealthy ingredients for healthier ones.
Where: B 305, Achal Building, Kalyan Complex, Yari Road, Andheri West
Engage in innovative art
ONGONG, 10.30 AM – 7 PM: A new exhibition by artist Pradeep Nerurkar will offer a glimpse into innovative ways of using art materials. Titled Seeing is Muting, it will showcase his genius in using sterilised cotton wool to make hand-made paper.
Where: Gallery 7, Ground Floor, Kala Ghoda
2.30 – 6 PM: Attend a two-day workshop where you'll learn the basic construction of a Zentangle and how to draw them. Zentangle is a meditative art form, which is easy-to-learn, relaxing and a fun way to create structured patterns called tangles.
Where: ARTISANS' 52-56, Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda
Enjoy tacos on a rainy day
ONGONG, 12.30 PM – 1 AM Light House Café has rolled out a new menu to welcome the monsoons. For mains, you can try the fish taco bites marinated in cilantro sauce. If you want a drink that can keep you warm, go for the spiked tea with white rum.
Where: Light House Café, Love Grove Flyover, Siddharth Nagar, Worli
Celebrate evergreen songs
5.30 PM: Artist Bipin Pandit's group Khumaar, which renders evergreen songs sung by stalwarts like Rafi, Kishore and Mukesh is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This year, they will identify a young artiste and offer the khumaar platform to him.
Where: Manik Sabhagraha, Indian Education Society, Bandra (East)
Dance like nobody's watching
JULY 2, 4.30 PM: How does the idea of doing hip-hop, salsa and folk on the same day sound to you? Ensemble Dance Studio has organised a marathon session where you can spend your day learning the various dance styles and differences between them. Students will also get to interact with industry professionals, giving new dancers an insight into the professional dance industry.
Where: Ensemble Dance Studio, 5th floor, Bhaktivedanta School, KL Walawalkar Marg, Shastri Nagar, Andheri (West)
Try a jagarita
ONGOING, 9 AM ONWARD: Jam Jar, the home-styled diner in Versova has introduced an all-new plum and peach menu for the season. The menu includes refreshing coolers like the Vitamin C boost, herbal plum iced tea and fresh peach iced tea. If you're looking for a good buzz over the weekend, try the fresh peach jagarita (their take on the margarita served in a jar) and plum and peach white wine sangria.
Where: Jamjar Diner, Plot No. 7A & B, Aram Nagar ll, Jai Prakash Road, Versova, Andheri (West)