Dial M for murder

It would not be wrong to say that urban India is reeling from the Sheena Bora murder revelations. From what was a sensational case of a high-profile media tycoon killing her own sister that broke on Tuesday night, to the unbelievably shocking follow-up revelations, that Sheena was actually Indrani Mukerjea's daughter, this is perhaps one of the most riveting murder mysteries of our age with a scandal a minute.

Peter and Indrani Mukerjea
Peter and Indrani Mukerjea

A case with all the high-profile glamour of the Sunanda Tharoor murder, along with the blood-curdling hint of urban educated parents harming their offspring as in the Aarushi murder case. Forget a closet full of skeletons — the Sheena Bora murder case has a residential complex full of them!

An ode to a sequinned cat suit
Watching Jawani Jaaneman, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla's exuberant 'Ode to Retro Chic,' on Tuesday night at the Palladium, the glamorous opening act for Lakme Fashion Week 2015, the ghosts of actresses past suspended in the air were often more electrifying than the actresses present.

Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla at Lakme Fashion Week 2015
Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla at Lakme Fashion Week 2015

The collection described as 'decidedly current, but (which) carries within its many layers, a heady nostalgia for the '70s and '80s which invoked Parveen Babi in her iconic gold sequined cat suit shimmying to the Asha Bhosle song in Namak Halal of the same name, could be described as the duo's most flamboyantly young and in-your-face avatar.

Khosla with Isha and Nita Ambani
Khosla with Isha and Nita Ambani

After all, when the stately aristocrats of the fashion game say, 'Think hippie gone outre chic. Think shiny disco balls. Kaftans gone couture and saris for the 21st century Diva. Think glamour and gyration, dance and abandon.'

'And there is an explosion of beetle wings, fairy ruffles, airy Kaftans studded with multi-colour stones, gowns embroidered in resham silk thread, lace, cutwork, mirror work sequins, and faux leather/rexine, appliques of Swarovski hearts, a tartan ode to Scotland, flower power gold motifs and the AJSK trump card, their big idea, Chamki Chikan (Chikan in a shiny new avatar embedded with Swarovski crystals and sequins) — what else can you do but salute the maestros at their playful best?'

And as if what passed on the ramp was not heady enough, to have an incandescent row of Jaya Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia, Twinkle Khanna, Nita and Isha Ambani, Isheta Salgaocar, Sussanne Khan, Sonali Bendre Behl, Anu Dewan, glowing in the dark in their Chamki Chikan. When the boys say 'Life's a ball. A shiny disco ball. Jawani Jaaneman spins it in style', it's hard to disagree.

Kitchen wars
The food game just got spicier! We spoke to Zorawar Kalra, restaurateur and son of Jiggs Kalra, who confirmed to us the imminent Mumbai launch of his Farzi Café, which according to many is one of the hottest eateries in Delhi.

Zorawar Kalra and Floyd Cardoz
Zorawar Kalra and Floyd Cardoz

Currently located in Gurgaon's Cyber Hub, Farzi will not only open later this year in Mumbai but be located right across the road from The Bombay Canteen in Lower Parel. Any one who knows the latter, is familiar with its irresistible rise up the restaurant chain, as diners can't seem to get enough of Chef Floyd Cardoz's young and clever spin on Indian-fusion cuisine.

Known today as the most difficult table booking in town, a title it recently took over from Kalra's other premium enterprise Masala Library in Bandra Kurla Complex, now with the entry of Farzi Cafe, Kalra's own young and clever spin on the trendy fusion-cuisine (with a little help from liquid nitrogen), Delhi's most difficult table booking will compete head on with Mumbai's most difficult!

As we said the ante has been considerably upped. And to add to that tasty dish — here's the tadka: in ten days we're informed Kalra's Asian offering 'Pa Pa Ya' will open its doors at another midtown location.

Pet lovers unite
That Mumbai has a heart and much of it resides in Juhu is not surprising. The erstwhile sleepy suburb, where we spent our childhood, has after all been traditionally inhabited by those in the artsy and bohemian circles, people more inclined to watch the grass grow.

Anju Mahendru
Anju Mahendru

So when actress Anju Mahendru requested us to support a protest against killing of stray animals in Kerala, we empathised with the rising ire against such heinous crimes.

“From Juhu Garden (behind Tulip Star Hotel) to the Juhu beach near the Shivaji Statue on August 29, Saturday at 4pm, there will be 2 mins silence n lighting of candles...looking forward to ur support ...do come n PLEASE share it,” said Mahendru, TV star, impassioned dog lover, and weekend grower of orchids, whose social media presence has well demonstrated her profound love for animals.

As for the geographical location, there was a time that our entire universe was contained between the brackets of Juhu Garden and Juhu beach.

Mumbai's own Wild Wild West
If you think Mumbai nightlife often resembles the Wild West or NYC during its mobster era you might not be wrong. The brawl that broke out recently between the son of a local politician, and the scion of an industrialist's family, was said to be over a lady said to be close to the former.

“The brawl took place because the politician's son did not like the way the industrialist was behaving with his friend (who he'd apparently been estranged from for a while) and punched him on his nose as a result. And of course it was a one sided fight as the politico's security detail made it impossible to retaliate,” said a source.

“And because of the names and reputations involved, no one wants to take this any further.” The Wild West or NYC in its mobster era we say.

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