Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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

Soon, you can take a cellphone tour of SGNP
If all goes according to plan, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivli will soon be offering cellphone tours by next month. A cellphone tour is an audio tour that features pre-recorded or streams audio interpretation, via an app on a cellphone. Now in its development stage, the app is the brainchild of environment consultant Shubhalaxmi Vaylure.

Enthusiasts explore Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Pics/Pradeep Dhivar
Enthusiasts explore Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Pics/Pradeep Dhivar

It will allow anyone with a cellphone to take a self-guided audio tour around the park. The concept, despite being popular internationally, has been restricted to a few museums and heritage sites in India. This tour is expected to be a one-of-a-kind effort to explore the concept of creating awareness about the unique biodiversity of reserved forest areas like SGNP.

Vaylure told the diarist that the nitty-gritties of the app are still being worked out. “We hope to launch it on March 21, which is World Forest Day,” she shared.

Would it be Saif to say chocolate?

Pic/Bipin Kokate

Kareena Kapoor is overwhelmed by a bite of ice-cream at a promotional event held in a five-star in central Mumbai last evening.

Cometh the hour, cometh Sir Archer
For Sir Jeffrey Archer’s fans, the wait is truly over.

The penultimate book, Cometh the Hour (Pan Mac Millan) in the Clifton Chronicles, seems well set to be devoured by followers of the master fiction writer.

And from what we hear, the final book, to be titled, This Was A Man, can be expected by November 2016. he is the original bestseller churner.

Eesha’s in the spotlight

Is actress Esha Gupta uncomfortable in metres of fabric during a show for Karishma and Monica, considering we’re used to seeing her in barely there numbers?

Black will rule the night
The Road to Converse Rubber Tracks is back in its second season, and once again, they are in search of India’s best unsigned artist/band. The regional rounds take place in five Indian cities — Bangalore, Delhi, Pune, Mumbai and Guwahati.

Warren Mendonsa (white tee) of Blackstratblues
Warren Mendonsa (white tee) of Blackstratblues

The five most voted bands from each city will perform in the regional rounds for selection into the final to be held in Mumbai. We’ve heard that Blackstratblues is to headline the regional round in the city scheduled for next week.

Blackstratblues is the solo project of guitarist Warren Mendonsa, one-time member of influential Indian rock act, Zero, and he is looking forward to the tour. He says, “Even in these times, where recording technology is cheaply available, the chance for a young band to spend time in a professional recording studio is invaluable.

We are happy to be a part of this, and playing to a Mumbai audience is always something we look forward to.” Better amp it up, guys.

Samdanis in SoBo


Pic/Onkar Devlekar

Dhaka’s most prominent art aficionado couple, Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani, dropped by for the opening of Akara Art Gallery in Colaba.

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