Mumbai Diary: Here's what is happening in the city on Monday

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

Harry Potter-ed in Mumbai
Last week, Dr Shonali Rathi of Dadar-based Fun Science Club cast an Expelliarmus spell on 16 city kids, disarming them of their muggle trappings as they stepped into the magical world through the six-day Harry Potter’s Summer Club.

Snapshots from the Harry Potter workshop
Snapshots from the Harry Potter workshop

From a sorting hat ceremony to potion-making, role plays, book readings, movie screenings and even a game of Quidditch, she conducted a range of activities based on the first book, Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone from JK Rowling’s seven-part series.

What’s more, the kids (second to sixth graders) also tucked into sandwiches shaped like Hedwig Owl and Harry Potter-themed cupcakes. Want your kid to be part of the magical world too? Sign up for the next batch that starts on May 26.

Look up! It’s Mercury
A rare celestial spectacle, the transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun will take place today 4.30 pm onwards.

A digital image of Mercury
A digital image of Mercury

During this transit, Mercury will be seen via a telescope as a tiny black dot moving slowly in an East-to-West direction across the Sun's disk. The transit will end post midnight at 12.32 am the following day. The rare event can be caught in Mumbai from 4.30-6.59 pm. Mercury will be completely in the line of sight by 16hrs 43min 52sec.

This sighting will be a unique opportunity for Mumbaikars to spot the planet via telescopes. Nehru Science Centre, in collaboration with Nehru Planetarium, the Mumbai Police and amateur astronomy club, Mumbai, Starcruisers, will organise an observation from 4.30 pm, till 6.59 pm (i.e. Sunset in Mumbai) at Worli Sea Face area, in the area enclosed in Google Map, for the public. Mercury rising!

When the stars descended on the museum


Pic/Suresh Karkera

Mumbai’s swish set, from Zarine Khan and cine legend husband, Sanjay Khan to writer-columnist Shobhaa De, were in a cheery mood at the opening of a new exhibition in collaboration with CIMA Kolkata, at Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum last weekend. The show was inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Mobiles on charge
We have our eyes on delectable kinetic sculptures by Alexander Calder which will go under the hammer tomorrow in New York as part of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Christies. What has piqued our curiosity is that many of the mobiles were made during his stay with the influential Sarabhai family in Ahmedabad during the 1950s.

Sumac 17. (Insert) Alexander Calder
Sumac 17. (Insert) Alexander Calder

The Sarabhai siblings — Gira and Gautam — were patrons of the arts who founded the National Institute of Design, for instance. Spending three weeks in the Sarabhai family compound in 1955, Calder was inspired by the natural wonders around him. Sumac 17, Moon and Franji Pani are contemporary odes to familiar tropes of tropical India.It’s amazing how artists never run out of muses.

A blooming cause


Pic courtesy/ Orlando Bloom’s Instagram Account

Instead of grabbing headlines as Katy Perry’s boyfriend, Orlando Bloom made news when he met school kids in Ukraine in his capacity as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

A truck load of East Indian goodies
Last weekend, supporters and foodies thronged the East Indian Awards and Cultural Food Fest at Bandra’s St Stanislaus School Grounds organised by the Mobai Gaothan Panchayat (MGP). As aromas of all kinds wafted, a food truck owned by Kevin Fernandes from Vakola and Royston Misquitta from Kalina caught the appetite and attention of visitors. Their Bombay Food Truck Company was one of the 25 stalls at the event.

The Bombay Food Truck Company travels around Chimbai every evening
The Bombay Food Truck Company travels around Chimbai every evening 

“We serve Goan and Mangalorean cuisines too but just for today, to celebrate being East Indian, we will be serving our home cuisine exclusively. We started this venture eight months ago. We cook in the food truck itself. Our training on a cruise liner has come handy while running the truck, which also houses a kitchen,” said Fernandes.

We spotted East Indians tuck into fugias, vindaloo, sorpotel and other authentic delicacies. Primrose Da Cunha, a Kurla resident said, “I had read about the food truck serving only East Indian food starting soon. It was nice to savour a sample today. I think the idea will be a super-hit. Our cuisine is unique which is what makes it good to sell.”

Lunginio Pereira, who came all the way from Vasai, enjoyed the pork chops but had a few suggestions: “I offered them a few tips to make the food tastier. It’s sad that they don’t sell East Indian food exclusively. There is a demand in the market for our authentic food. The true local food of Mumbai isn’t bhel puri and vada pav but East Indian fare.” High time Mumbai gets an East Indian restaurant, no?

From one ace to another

Avinash GowarikerAvinash Gowariker

While this diarist is looking forward to reading Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza’s bio, Ace Against Odds, we learnt that none other than Avinash Gowariker (in pic), was the ace (pun intended entirely) behind her kadak look for the cover of her book. We like.

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