Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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

Seat of the matter
Tradition has always played a big role in Mumbai cricket, but you’d screw your face in disgust after seeing a photograph that the Mumbai Cricket Association sent to the media to announce their under-23 team’s CK Nayudu Trophy victory over Madhya Pradesh at Indore.

Mumbai under-23 cricket team which won the CK Nayudu Trophy in Indore yesterdayMumbai under-23 cricket team which won the CK Nayudu Trophy in Indore yesterday

In the photograph, support staff and officials are seated in the front row while the Mumbai under-23 players, who were the ones chiefly responsible for the triumph, are in the behind row. Also, don’t miss some of the players’ dark glasses, which could have been put away for a team photograph.

The 1972 Irani Cup-winning Mumbai team
The 1972 Irani Cup-winning Mumbai team

Compare this to a photograph (left) of Ajit Wadekar’s Irani Cup-winning Mumbai team of 1972. Notice how all the senior players are seated while the juniors are behind them. There is only one official in the picture – seated on the left. Times have changed, but it does not mean the stakeholders of cricket should cease to do things well.

Models and macarons
It was a match made in heaven — scones, mini quiches and tarts, carrot cake, banana caramel cake and beautiful clothes.

Fashion designer Arpita Mehta waits for a model. Pic/Atul Kamble
Fashion designer Arpita Mehta waits for a model. Pic/Atul Kamble

Fashion designer Arpita Mehta launched her Spring Summer collection at macaron queen Pooja Dhingra’s new Colaba cafe. Pernia Qureshi, Kunal Rawal, Karishma Tanna and Anshula Kapoor mingled over breezy summer silhouettes and some yummy treats whipped up by Dhingra.

Take me to the Moon

Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

Visitors explore the exhibits at Nehru Planetarium. The Worli landmark, which has long piqued the scientific minds of young and old alike, celebrated its 39th anniversary yesterday. While no special events were in the line, Mumbaikars continued to explore the sights and sounds on offer.

Astrobiology with literature! Really?
A scholarship from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study astrobiology with English literature. What more can an 18-year-old want?

One of NASA’s space efforts. Pic/AFPOne of NASA’s space efforts. Pic/AFP

Well, this dream, which came true for the girl from Madhyamgram in West Bengal and catapulted her to news, has come to a shattering end. NASA has denied offering her the Goddard Internship Programme.

The reason being that the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies has no facilities in London and all of the institute’s internships are awarded to students who live within 50 miles of its location in New York City.

Young school students are often misled and tricked but the fact that the discerning adult world landed her in this embarrassing situation is unfortunate.

Shawl we tell the CM?

Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

Goldie Behl adjusts a shawl gifted to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis as his wife, actress Sonali Bendre Behl poses for the shutterbugs with Mrs CM Amruta Fadnavis at a success party for the actress’ book last evening.

Superwoman’s back
For those who missed the antics of YouTube star, stand-up comedienne Lilly Singh aka IISuperwomanII, she will be back in the city on March 18.

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

Singh and other popular Internet stars like Connor Franta, SANAM, Kanan Gill and Biswa Kalyan Rath, East India Comedy, Bryden-Parth Music, Abish Mathew, Kaushal, Kenneth Sebastian, Kurt Hugo Schneider and more will perform as part of YouTube FanFest at The Dome at NSCI.

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