Getting Lucky in Mumbai

Indian singer, songwriter and '90s sensation Lucky Ali will be in town next week and will be performing twice at two different venues on the same day. Not much has been heard about Ali for a while, but given the turn-out at his last gig at Sula Fest earlier this year, his name sure attracts a crowd.

The reclusive artist son of yesteryear legend Mehmood who rose to fame more than a decade ago with timeless pop and folk hits like O Sanam and Naa Tum Jaano Na Hum will first perform at a closed-door event in the day for the marketing board of Israel where he will take the stage with fitness guru Mickey Mehta.

Lucky Ali will be performing in town
Lucky Ali will be performing in town

Later that night the action will shift to Lower Parel, where Ali will perform at the Blue Frog. And because he performs live so rarely you can be sure this is one gig that is already creating a buzz!

Written On the Skin
So guess how an admirer showed her love for singer and actress Monica Dogra recently? It appears that the actress who made her debut in Dhobi Ghat and is one half of the Mumbai-based electro rock duo Shaa'ir and Func, inspired one of her fans to have herself tattooed with a line from one of the musician's songs.

Monica Dogra and her fan’s tattoo of lines from her song
Monica Dogra and her fan's tattoo of lines from her song

Tattooed on to her fan's right rib, Dogra's bon mots, “And we hold the whole world in the freedom of our minds” will remain a testimony to what fandom can make us do. “Monica will treasure this form of love and appreciation forever,” says her spokesperson. Indeed.

A date with Mickey
They have long been known as the king of dates, which is why the announcement that Medjoul dates prized for their large size, their sweet taste, and their juicy flesh from date palm trees in the Middle East is officially launching in India next week, will come as welcome news for connoisseurs.

Mickey Mehta
Mickey Mehta

What's more, the event to be held at the Taj Land's End in the company of an official delegation from Israel will have India's leading health and fitness guru Mickey Mehta expounding on the benefits of this 'fruit of the Gods'.

Mehta, a long-term believer in natural, healthy and satvic, whose daily WhatsApp messages of wisdom and pep talk show him to be quite a wordsmith, says, “A date with Mickey Mehta can improve your health. Dates will enrich you, energize you and Mickey will mickeymize you.” As can be imagined, this is one save the date message that's being taken quite literally...

Colour me pretty
Mumbai's women have a distinctive taste in hair colour. From bottle blondes to granny grays to women going prematurely orange there's no dearth of choices for city divas.

Adhuna Akhtar Javed Habib
Adhuna Akhtar (left) and Javed Habib, two of the top hair stylists, attended Josh Wood's hair show

And so it is to be expected that a formidable presence of top city hair stylists had gathered on Wednesday night to listen to international hair color and styling guru Josh Wood announce the launch of a new hair colour at an event hosted by Vogue Magazine and Wella Professional's.

The evening saw the unveiling of a new formulation of colour along with a hair show created and presented by Wood. Spotted listening attentively were top names in the styling game like Adhuna Akhtar, Kanta Motwani and Javed Habib, who between themselves look after the heads of some of the city's most famous names. Does she or doesn't she? As the legend goes: only her hairdressers know for sure...

To Sir With Love
He's been a legend for many a Campionite and so yesterday on hearing that Edgar Noronha, the former English and Math teacher at SoBo's Campion School, passed away at 74, quite a pall fell amongst its alumni.

Edgar Noronha in his heydays (far left) and later (right) 
Edgar Noronha in his heydays (far left) and later  (right)

Noronha was remembered by many an old boy as a warm caring mentor, one who had an infectious smile and was always willing to help. After his resignation from Campion in '97 where he had spent thirty years, he had gone on to become the vice principal of the Marble Arch School at Oshiwara. Many stories were recounted of his endearing ways on his passing.

“He taught me as a schoolboy in Campion. One of my favourite teachers. I am forever indebted to him...God bless him. We have lost a wonderful teacher and a lovely human being,” said one old boy while another recalled “Mr Noronha will be remembered as a kind and compassionate prefect of discipline, who still won our respect.

He was a great teacher too and recall how he took us on a memorable school tour to Kashmir.” The funeral was held at Good Shepherd Church in Four Bungalows at Oshiwara Cemetery.

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