Mumbai Diary: Friday frolics

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

Everybody likes a re-cycle
Last week, when this diarist came across a travel group offering a midnight cycling trip in the city, we thought it was an oddity. The first thing we wondered about was how many people they get.

During the midnight cycle race. Pic/Bipin Kokate
During the midnight cycle race. Pic/Bipin Kokate

We were surprised to know from the nearly 40 participants that they were racing against time from the time it was put up as the slots get filled up within hours. To add to that nearly a third of the participants were women.

We really came to know how much interest this healthier mode of transport now generates, when people in cars halted just to ask how they could take part in an event like this.

Almost at every turn, there were curious and interested onlookers who noted down details to try it the next time. Despite a couple of not-so-lucky attempts in the past to ignite his passion, we would love to see if public demand would ever lead to lanes for cyclists in Mumbai.

Humans of Fashion Week
Style files from the fashionistas beyond the ramp: Parikshaat Wadhwani, fashion publicist and brand consultant is always dressed to the nines thanks to his job.

Pic/Shadab Khan

“I love that my job has made me learn how to manage time, and I love everything else about it too. But I hate the unwanted egos that I have to deal with,” he sighs.

Bandra buzz
So, our Bandra khabari has just informed us that The Irish House will now open in place of Basilico; this in the already-packed and ever-changing food-scape of Pali Naka neighbourhood. Do we hear a round of cheer from the tipplers? Aye to Irish vibe, we say!

Goodies gone with the wind
In an age of trimming the fat, no excess means success, streamlining, making it linear or whatever, the mantra seems to have caught up with the running feet of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon to be run on January 17, 2016.

Participants in the 2015 edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi
Participants in the 2015 edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

The mega event, which has captured the hearts and soles (pun intended) of Mumbaikars, may be in cost cutting mode. All competitors in the half (21 km) and full (42 km) will not be given the mandatory goodie bag this time. The marathon enrollment form has a note in militant red which says so.

The goodie bag came with the marathon package, on the collect-your-bib (which is the running number) day. It had an assortment of lotions, creams, energy drink packets and some other products like spray to tackle running pain.

It came in a small plastic haversack. This time, though looks like runners will have to do with their running bibs and of course, adrenaline. Run on, Mumbai.

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