Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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

Thoroughbred theatre
As the Mumbai racing season gallops towards the finish line, the curtain simultaneously falls on another, much shorter, season at the Mahalaxmi Race Course — the week-long Theatre at the Turf at the Royal Western India Turf Club.

Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah share a moment backstage during rehearsals for Beastly Tales, which will be staged at Prithvi@Turf, the all-week stage gala event at Mahalaxmi Race Course. Pic/Satej Shinde
Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah share a moment backstage during rehearsals for Beastly Tales, which will be staged at Prithvi@Turf, the all-week stage gala event at Mahalaxmi Race Course. Pic/Satej Shinde 

In association with the iconic Prithvi Theatre, RWITC set up a temporary amphitheatre at the members’ lawns specially for the performances. From an adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear to Motley’s Beastly Tales starring Naseeruddin and Ratna Pathak Shah, the novel effort was much applauded by the members.

In case you missed them, your last chance is today, after the evening races. The grand finalé will be Kabir Cafe, a neo-folk musical inspired by Kabir’s poetry. We’ll be there.

Colourful winter is coming
Going by rising sales of self-help book, we wonder how the world survived before adult colouring books arrived.

A still from Game of Thrones

Sold as an alternative mode to finding mental peace, adult colouring books are huge bestsellers online. An addition to this list is The Official Game of Thrones Colouring Book.

A still from Game of Thrones
A still from Game of Thrones

Based on the popular book series (by George RR Martin) and the even more popular television series, the book is available at the Landmark store at Inorbit Mall in Vashi and at e-stores. Are you game?

Being a company founder makes you sexier
If you are single and keen to start a company, now might be a good time. Not just to make the most of the goodies that the government is rolling out but also because being one makes you look sexier on Tinder. This data included male or female matches.

According to the online dating website, founders/owners, managing directors/directors, and architects are among the most right-swiped men on Tinder while general managers, founders/owners and executive assistants are among the most right-swiped women.

India is one of the top countries where its users requested job and education details of prospective matches. The list also included photographers, lawyers, physicians, students and software developers for men, and journalists, nurses, flight attendants, lawyers, graphic designers for women matches.

Jazz notes from NYC
Mumbai’s Jazz aficionados can look forward to immerse themselves in notes from NYC at a Sunday gig to be held at a scenic luxe lounge in Lower Parel. Heading all the way from the Big Apple will be Ferenc Nemeth, a versatile musician known for his eclectic Jazz drumming and compositions.

Ferenc Nemeth
Ferenc Nemeth

The Hungarian, one of the most sought after drummers in his home country and the United States, has collaborated with greats, Lionel Loueke Trio and GilFeMa, and, performed extensively as a bandleader, co-leader, sideman and educator.

He has moved seamlessly across genres from contemporary Jazz and Pop to Rock, Electro-Pop, Hip-Hop and increasingly into ethnic and culturally diverse disciplines. He’s excited about his first gig in Mumbai, “I am happy to be holding my debut performance here, and to be jamming with some of India’s finest talents like Ryan Sadri, Rachel Varghese and Karan Joseph.

Under the open skies along with flutes of Chandon, it promises to be an evening where unadulterated style meets refreshing musical tastes.” Jazz will be the flavour, clearly.

Peru, via Mumbai
The city will soon groove to lively sounds from Peru, performed by Stringing Beats in association with Artist Aloud. The two-piece band formed by Amilo D’Cruz and Amrut C (left, in pic), strings together vocal and guitar in the Blues and Rock & Roll style fused with crisp Peruvian percussion.

“I have been playing with different bands since 2005. In 2006, I teamed up with Amrut who has a percussion background,” says guitarist and vocalist Amilo D’Cruz, adding that Amrut plays the Djembe and Doumbek in the African style, Cajon in the Peruvian style along with the tabla.

In their performance, he brings to the table an interesting blend of music from different cultures. At their gig tonight, the band will cover international bands like Coldplay, Guns N’ Roses, The Doors as well as desi tunes by Jal, Silk Route and Strings, all in their unique Peruvian-inspired style.

No more Chinese whispers
You are in Beijing and want to order some tea; signing and miming it is your best bet, given that the Mandarin can be very challenging to crack, let alone master. Now, a Mumbai online education provider EdX has just launched an online Mandarin course, in collaboration with Beijing’s Tsinghua University.

The Mandarin script
The Mandarin script

Not focused much on the writing part, the course makes learning the language of the Orient easier, by using ‘pinyin’ — the standard system of Romanised spelling. From dialogues, listening to comprehension exercises and Mandarin songs, it is one more effort to strengthen Sino-India ties. Enter the dragon, we say.

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