Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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

Ek Goila Butter Chicken, please?
Most of our celebrity chefs have turned entrepreneurs, so we weren’t surprised to hear that Saransh Goila has jumped on the bandwagon too.

Chef Saransh Goila
Chef Saransh Goila

However, instead of taking the eatery route, the young chef, who became a household name with TV shows, will launch a food delivery service, in February. With a central kitchen in Andheri (where he lives), the service will initially deliver between Malad and Santacruz.

The menu will feature healthy recipes that he has rustled up on set and of course, his signature Butter Chicken. Now, we know who to call for lunch on a manic Monday.

Yellow fever
Jet-setting city socialite Ramona Narang is ready to throw yet another party today. This time though, the venue and the reason to celebrate is her own bar, Yellow - Bar All Day.

Hostess with the mostest
Hostess with the mostest

Ramona Narang
Ramona Narang

Expected guests at the do include close pals, Ness Wadia, sisters Simone, Suzzane and Farah Khan, Rukhsana Eisa and others. The Khar eatery will specialise in Mediterranean cuisine. The all day bar is set to open on December 18.

Remembering Mario on his death anniversary
Four years to the date, ace painter and cartoonist Mario Miranda left for Elysian Fields.

Mumbai resident Chandrakant Ramani and his portrait. Pic/Datta KumbharMumbai resident Chandrakant Ramani and his portrait. Pic/Datta Kumbhar

Not only did he leave an indelible mark on the artistic fraternity and admirers of his work, but also on the people he interacted with occasionally like 77-year-old Khar resident Chandrakant G Ramani, a former Air India employee.

Mario Miranda
Mario Miranda

Towards the end of 1986, Miranda went over to the Air India building at Nariman Point to have a Bombay-Paris-Bombay ticket booked for an art exhibition in the French capital.

At the booking office, the artist found it hard to get a confirmed ticket. Someone then advised him to see Ramani, the airlines’ Executive Assistant to the Commercial Director. Soon, Mario was on the intercom line with Ramani, who invited him to his 17th floor office.

Ticket fixed, Miranda requested Ramani to order two cups of tea. They started chatting about the fascinating places in the world they both had visited. Cricket entered the conversation and Ramani assisted the Rajasthan Sports Club team, which had visited Kenya when he was stationed there in 1973, the tour on which former India captain MAK Pataudi became Ramani’s friend.

Meanwhile, Miranda pulled out his drawing instruments to sketch Ramani. In 20 minutes, the sketch was ready and presented to Ramani. The ticket arrived as well and Miranda left for Paris.

Even before Ramani decided that the sketch had to be framed to display in his home, Miranda was back with a gift for the man who made his Paris trip possible — a signed copy of a book on Goa that had his drawings.
Mario Miranda lives on. In books, living rooms and hearts.

Your state, your opinion
If you have always complained about the state of Maharashtra tourism, now is your chance to be heard.

Taj Hotel and Gateway of India. Pic/Rane Ashish
Taj Hotel and Gateway of India. Pic/Rane Ashish

Ahead of the new Tourism Policy of Maharashtra, likely to be announced in 2016, the Government of Maharashtra has published a Consultation Paper on the proposed Tourism Policy, seeking suggestions and opinions from both, members of the industry and public at large.

The paper has been uploaded on www.maharashtratourism.gov.in. Suggestions can be sent on sec.tourism@maharashtra.gov.in and tourism_cultural @maharashtra.gov.in. The last date to submit your thoughts is December 30. Go for it.

Be kind, rewind
With the year coming to an end, end-of-the-year lists have begun to crop up too. With the list of the top tweets coming in earlier this week, YouTube was quick to follow it up with its annual YouTube Rewind video.

Lilly Singh aka Superwoman. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi
Lilly Singh aka Superwoman. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

This annual shindig combines the most popular videos on the site and this year, it mainly features popular video bloggers, grooving to viral songs like Lean On and Now Watch Me.

What we were proud of (other than Lean On being shot in Mumbai) was seeing comedienne Lilly Singh aka Superwoman begin the video. The video also features the guys behind The Viral Fever.

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