Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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

The ultimate underdog
It was an anniversary that much of the global media missed yesterday. And perhaps, because the millennials were born too late to have anything to do with it, the Twitterati missed it, too. It’s been 60 years since the proverbial David took on Goliath in the world of chess, but it is still called the game of the century.

American grandmaster Bobby Fischer was only 13 when he played a match against the then US national champion, Donald Bryne. Given Fischer’s talent, it was expected that he would put up a brief fight, but that he would employ moves skilful enough to beat Bryne was something no one had imagined. Fischer went on to become the then youngest ever grandmaster at 15. The rest, as they say, is history.

Sign of a true collector
Over the years, Thane-based cricket enthusiast and autograph hunter Anil Karkhanis has been accustomed to getting autographs in the mail. His latest acquisition is a signature of former England wicketkeeper Bob Taylor — all the way from Derbyshire in the UK.

Karkhanis with his treasure. Pic/Sameer Markande
Karkhanis with his treasure. Pic/Sameer Markande

Karkhanis read mid-day’s tribute to Taylor when the ex-stumper turned 75 in July. That’s when he decided to write to Taylor requesting him to sign on the photograph used in the article. Taylor responded by doing just that and also enclosed a warm letter (on a Cornhill Insurance letterhead, where Taylor worked in the 1980s).

“To be asked gives me great pleasure knowing that ‘you’ve not forgotten’ after all these years in retirement,” he wrote. Going by the amount of signatures Karkhanis possesses — on paper, autograph sheets, books, balls and bats — Taylor’s signature is a drop in the ocean, but he values it as much as Sir Donald Bradman’s signature which he procured years ago.

I’ve got some moves, too!

Pic/Sneha Kharabe

Yoga guru Ramdev demonstrates an asana before Shilpa Shetty-Kundra and Geeta Kapoor on the sets of a dance show they judge. The professional that she is, Shilpa was back at work last evening, just days after her father’s demise.

Idea in the pipeline
The change of weather hits man and animals alike. But this pigeon found a unique way of quenching its thirst in the searing October heat.

The smart bird. Pic/Ashwin Ferro
The smart bird. Pic/Ashwin Ferro

It smartly parked itself under this window air-conditioner in a housing society at Sion throughout Sunday afternoon waiting for its owners to turn on their air cooler and consequently have water drop off the pipe.

The Lord has left the building
Kersi Lord, son of percussionist Cawas, who gave Bollywood some of its most memorable pieces of music, passed away at the age of 81 on Sunday morning. An instrumentalist par excellence, Lord could play the bongo, piano, drums, and the accordion.

He introduced Bollywood to the unique percussion instrument, the glockenspiel, in music director Jaidev’s 1961 masterpiece of Hum Dono, Main Zindagi ka Saath, and is said to have been the first in India to import the synthesizer. A close associate of RD Burman, he was famous for playing the accordion on SD Burman’s Roop Tera Mastana in Aradhana.

He also composed music for theatre personality Alyque Padamsee’s play Tughlaq. Lord received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2010 for his contribution to Hindi cinema. He came from a family of musicians — his younger sister Hilla played the piano and brother Buji was also a top-notch percussionist. Kersi is survived by his daughters Jasmin, Perizad and Zarine.

Kalam and kids
This Saturday, on the occasion of Dr APJ Kalam’s 85th birth anniversary, mid-day carried the story, “He Still Ignites Young Minds,” about how the young generation is accessing the late president’s legacy through a clutch of innovative books. It seems Maharashtra’s Education Minister, Vinod Tawde, heard us.

The children’s president
The children’s president

At an event organised to commemorate the birth anniversary, Tawde declared October 15 as Maharashtra Reading Day, underlining the fact that in a world full of gadgets, children are forgetting to read and need to be encouraged to pick up a book. We couldn’t agree more.

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