Mumbai Diary: Friday frolics

Keep cool in the Kharghar Hills
To mark the International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22), the Bombay Natural History Society is organising a free Biodiversity Walk at Kharghar Hills, this coming Sunday. The walk through undulating, gentle terrain of forested hills will be followed by a discussion on sustainable lifestyles with BNHS experts. Kharghar Hills offer good opportunity to observe forest birds, particularly in the summer season.
When: May 17, 8.30am to 10.30am;
Cost: Free (Prior Registration Compulsory)
Contact: Ms Isha Pradhan-Sawant at cecbnhs@gmail.com or 9594929107, 228211811 (during office hours)

THE EARTH TO SAVE: While you explore Kharghar Hills, find out how you can make your world a better place, too
THE EARTH TO SAVE: While you explore Kharghar Hills, find out how you can make your world a better place, too

Tribute to king of melancholy
Those who enjoy Hindi film music of the golden years, as they are known (not the 1980s, children — we are referring to the 1960s and thereabouts), are sure to enjoy a programme which will be held on Saturday in the city. It is an audio-visual presentation and release of a book, Talat Mahmood, The Velvet Voice, by Manek Premchand, published by Manipal University Press. The book will be released by former deputy prime minister LK Advani, and the function is to be attended by luminaries from the world of music as well as others. The event is open to all, but go early to get a seat!
Where: KC College auditorium, Churchgate
When: Saturday, May 16, 5.30pm onwards

What are they waiting for?
One of the mystifying things about our city (not to mention country) is that sometimes a new structure or facility will be constructed, but not “thrown open” for use. Something like that has happened at Kalwa east, though it is not a garden or a new road — merely a new booking office for the railway station. It has been constructed and is ready for use, but commuters still have to buy tickets at the old booking office, which can only accommodate a few people at a time. The rest of the queue stretches out into the open air, which can get excruciating in summer and extremely damp in the monsoon, to put it mildly.


EMPTY: The new booking office premises (top) stands empty while commuters queue at the old ticket windows. Pics/SHRIKANT KHUPERKAR

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