Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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

Ball point for Yuvi


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Cricketer Yuvraj Singh was spotted at an event in Khar last evening.

Brunch with the boss
There was a time when Sunday brunches were the haloed property of city five-stars until Indigo introduced the concept in the restaurant space, back in 1999.

Chef Jaydeep Mukherjee
Chef Jaydeep Mukherjee

The lazy, boozy New York-style brunches featured live performances. Executive chef Jaydeep Mukherjee aka JD, recalls, “We were the city’s first chain to introduce the concept of Sunday brunches at a standalone restaurant when only hotels had the concept.

Our patrons are well-travelled and have been exposed to the New York-style brunches. To live up to the expectation, we introduced the same here, a leisurely brunch with the perfect European ambience.”

Now, guess what? For Indigo’s 17th anniversary celebrations on April 24, the restaurant is recreating the ambience with a lavish brunch spread featuring everything from antipasti to spiked popsicles. Wouldn’t want to miss out on this one, eh?

Sh*t happens
Recently, while working on a travel feature centred on Maharashtra tourism, the subject line of an email that reached this diarist’s inbox from the state’s tourism board, read, ‘Fwd: Tariff Shit Of Ganpatipule Resort’.

Initially, we were appalled at the apathy of babus, imagining that they might have forgotten to edit the subject line for an internal mail meant for colleagues. After a few moments, we realised that the referred to ‘sheet’. Need a sub-editor, MTDC?

In public domain


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Director-producer Kiran Rao listens to public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam at the closing ceremony of an exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery on Thursday evening. The event commemorated the 125th birth anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.

When Che Guevara got mugged!
Guess whose face will stare back at you from a mug? Capital Social that opens in BKC tomorrow will feature a cocktail called Che’s Cafe Cubano (Rs 295), a mix of Bacardi Black, espresso and vanilla.

“Che Guevara won so many battles drinking rum and coke, but it didn’t work too well for him; he got executed,” owner Riyaaz Amlani joked with this diarist. Also, look out for Goti sodas in nostalgic flavours like Spicy Vodka Lemonade, Rose Sherbet Rum and Old Monk Jaljeera at the chain’s newest outpost.

Keep the change
Numismatists — newbies and the big daddies — have much to look forward to at the 25th Annual Shukla Day Coins and Philately Fair that begins today at the World Trade Center, Nariman Point.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Hoan
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Hoan

Collectors will be familiar with this annual exhibition, but this edition, organisers say, will be extra-special because it marks 25 years of its journey. Since it is a landmark date, there are a number of firsts. Over the three-day show, the Bharat Ratna India’s highest civilian award will be on display.

The Bharat Ratna
The Bharat Ratna

Oft heard and read about, it is time the Mumbaikar actually ‘sees’ this award. History buffs will also be able to see Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s gold and silver Hoan (coin) on display. The highlight is the launch of a virtual museum for collectors of coins, banknotes and stamps.

The portal (www.mintageworld.com) launched last Saturday, aims to bring the younger fold into the world of coin collecting.

Cheers! Have a seat now


Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

Visual artist and designer Sameer Kulavoor celebrates the opening of his first solo, Please Have A Seat, which features black-and-white minimalist drawings picked from his sketchbooks, at a Kala Ghoda gallery last evening.

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