Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

The city - sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

Pernia's got a studio for you
Fashionable entrepreneur and stylist, Pernia Qureshi is back in the news. This diarist has learnt that she now has a chic new property in her kitty to boast of -Pernia's Pop-Up Studio.

An extension to her web-shopping portal, this studio has up-to-date equipment and a hip ambiance for those looking for a cool place to rent for photo and video shoots.

Located on SV Road in Khar, the studio took form from need to have a space to shoot with top stars and designers, whom Qureshi regularly works with. Now, that's what we call taking fashion and enterprise to a new level.

Pic/Bipin Kokate
Pic/Bipin Kokate

For your lens only
Among all the paparazzi waiting to photograph actress Kareena Kapoor Khan in Khar yesterday, she chose to lock eyes with our photographer.

Are you a shero?
One of the more dynamic platforms to empower career women, Sheroes have been breaking new ground since they set up. Now, the forum is in Mumbai to spread their voice and message at a summit today.

The daylong session will witness inspiring talks, thought-provoking panels, and performances by artistes like poets Aranya Johar, actor Shruti Seth (in pic), founder of MakeloveNotPorn Cindy Gallop, folk art singer Geetu Hinduja (inset) among others.

Expect discussions on relevant themes like best workplace practices and designing the future. But it's not going to be all work and no play, as the summit will also hold fun and relaxing activities like yoga, drumming, slam poetry and music. Sound like a fun way to be future-ready?

Love in space-crunched Mumbai
To someone new to the city, watching couples get intimate in crowded places can be a puzzling phenomenon. The obvious question being why one would one engage in something so private in public view. Affair, a new short film by National Award winner Hardik Mehta, answers this question in a gripping storyline of six minutes.

Set on the bustling Marine Drive promenade, it captures the sights and sounds of the city. It's the end, however, which presents a unique take on Mumbai's demands for spatial adjustments and in turn, offers an empathetic view of these couples, that caught this diarist's attention.

"Mumbai's space crunch has strange ramifications. And then we have Anti-Romeo squads everywhere," said Mehta about the idea behind the film. We hope the next time the city's moral brigade spots a couple steal a kiss in a garden, they smile and let them be.

And now, a GoT tribute video
"Everyone is dying, and dragons are flying..." A song that starts off like this can only be about Game of Thrones. The new season will be out soon but the buzz has already taken over social media. What caught our attention recently was Swati Verma, a fan of the TV show and singer/ songwriter who created a tribute video called How We See It.

The video has Verma and her friends, enacting characters from the show, swilling wine, and playing with paper dragons. "We are insane. Our minds are blown," she sings. "This game of lies and fire, the game of life and death, the game of thrones." We wonder if anyone's about to release a single, Winter is coming...

A week of Indira Gandhi in Mumbai
In her birth centenary year, there seems to be a renewed interest in Indira Gandhi, among writers and publishers. While the BNHS hosted the launch of the former Prime Minister's biography by MP Jairam Ramesh earlier this week, the city witnessed another book launch on Gandhi yesterday.

Sagarika Ghose with husband and fellow journalist Rajeep Sardesai at the launch. Pic/Bipin Kokate
Sagarika Ghose with husband and fellow journalist Rajeep Sardesai at the launch. Pic/Bipin Kokate

Indira: India's Most Powerful Prime Minister by Sagarika Ghose was released by fellow senior journalists and columnists Kumar Ketkar, Anil Dharker and Sidharth Bhatia. The event, which was a full house, was also attended by General KS Brar, the last surviving general of Operation Blue Star, and former MP Milind Deora. Trust Mumbaikars with their love for books even on a Thursday evening!

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