Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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

Sachin says...
Another facet of Sachin Tendulkar’s career was revealed by the man himself yesterday when he spoke about how he prepared to take body blows from fiery pace bowlers.

The master at the nets. Pic/Nimesh Dave
The master at the nets. Pic/Nimesh Dave

Tendulkar, who was unveiled as the face of a life insurance company-backed half marathon yesterday, turned back the clock three decades: “As a kid, I would train differently. I used to throw the season ball up in the air and take it on my chest to familiarise my body to pain.

So, when I go hit, it didn’t come as a shock. It’s like being a boxer — you want to box, but you don’t want to be punched. If you play cricket with a season ball, you are going to break bones.” He recalled how he went for a check-up for an injury during his career and discovered he had also broken his ribs. It came as a little surprise because though the broken ribs pained him as he slept on his stomach, it didn’t prevent him from playing.

“Sportsmen endure physical and mental pain. It makes us tougher human beings,” he remarked, to applause. He was sitting besides former Mumbai Ranji Trophy bowler Vighnesh Shahane on stage, a player who Tendulkar played with and against.

With one eye on Shahane, Tendulkar said with a little grin, “don’t show the opposition your weakness even if you feel the pain; never make fast bowlers believe that they have the upper hand.” Considering the amount of pain he bore through his 24-year international career, he could well have been tougher than the rest.

Where’s my lunch box?
Yesterday, the heat was on at Dadar’s Ambedkar Bhavan (behind Chitra cinema), the cynosure of a media melee as late student Rohith Vemula’s mother Radhika, and brother Raja converted to Buddhism.

Babasaheb Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary assumed a different dimension as Rohith’s family took dheeksha at a programme late morning at the Ambedkar Bhavan hall. Like the rest of the media, this newspaper’s reporter was also present at the venue.

Her lunch box sheathed in a jute bag was placed on a chair, near the dais, where the family, priest and leaders were giving a press conference. Post the conference, she looked for her bag but it was gone.

Dabba gul! A volunteer admitted that they had mistakenly assumed that the box belonged to the Vemula family and had packed it off in a car with their other belongings as the family moved to other places in the city where the leader’s 125th birth anniversary was being observed.

Perhaps, the family can nourish themselves with a mixed veggie salad and fruits that was a part of the dabba. As for the reporter, she found nourishment elsewhere. A different occupational hazard, this.

Frame within frames

Pic/Bipin Kokate

A visitor looks at countless frames as part of a photo exhibition that opened yesterday at Jehangir Art Gallery to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar.

What’s cooking in Shazia’s kitchen?

Pic/Bipin Kokate

Bollywood actress Patralekha (right) showed up for the launch of MasterChef India runner-up Shazia Khan’s (left) cookbook, What’s On The Menu? Chefs Michael Swamy and Ajay Chopra unveiled her debut cook book at a city cafe yesterday.

Bibhu’s sparkle
For a while now, fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra has made Odisha and India proud with his simple yet path-breaking cuts that have been graced by the likes of Michelle Obama and Kendall Jenner.

Bibhu Mohapatra
Bibhu Mohapatra

Now, we hear that the NYC-based designer will be in town on April 18 to launch his first ever jewellery line, Artemis at a fashion show at a Worli five-star. If only Mohapatra could next spin a high street collaboration for us mortals.

Tokyo drift
We know the macaroon lady had a blast on her recent trip to Tokyo, with chef buddies Gresham Fernandes, Kelvin Cheung and Pablo Agular. Pooja Dhingra (in pic) of Le 15 brings us back goodies, presented in her own style.

The six macaroons will be available at city outlets from April 22 to April 30
The six macaroons will be available at city outlets from April 22 to April 30

“Travel is my biggest inspiration and my recent trip to Tokyo led to a whole new range of macaroons. I’ve worked with six flavours — matcha, wasabi, cherry blossom, yuzu, miso and black sesame, which will be available at all the outlets from April 22 till 30,” she tells us. Dhingra tried a lot of matcha and cherry blossom desserts on this trip, and decided to add her own spin.

“I tried a matcha mousse with cream cheese soup at a three-Michelin star restaurant and I adapted it as matcha and cream cheese macaroon,” she said adding that another interesting tie-up is underway. “Starting this Sunday, we tie up with A Crane A Day, so customers can drop by for an origami session anytime.” Crane and cake. Sounds like a plan.

The Dutch Jazzman drops in
Dutch guitarist, Marnix Busstra is back in Mumbai for another gig. The Jazzman told this diarist that the language of freedom inspired him and that he was keen to bring the free spirit to this second performance at the Sunday Club.

Marnix Busstra (third, right) and his band
Marnix Busstra (third, right) and his band

He went on to speak at length about his fondness for Indian music, how studying ragas improved his sense of melody and that he regretted not being able to bring his electric sitar.

In between the chat, he told us that his wife Karin Bloemen, a famous Dutch singer, sang along with Kumar Sanu at a concert a few months ago and how much fun it would be if they could come back together to Mumbai to team up with a couple of our musicians and singers. We like your music Marnix, but you left us hoping for a lot more.

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