Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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

Sonali’s back in the spotlight
Looks as if every Bollywood face, past or present, is in the mood to write a book. Interestingly, self-help seems to be the most favoured topic when it comes to putting pen to paper. The latest to jump on the book bandwagon is Sonali Bendre Behl.

Sonali Bendre Behl at a fashion show
Sonali Bendre Behl at a fashion show

Titled, The Modern Gurukul, it will share her three principles of parenting to help readers find a balance between tradition and modernity, along with tips on how to raise your kid in the digital age. Cool or preachy, we’d like to see how this attempt turns out.

When children take over the canvas
Mumbai-based NGO Rouble Nagi Art Foundation, founded by mural artist Rouble Nagi, helps lesser privileged children from about 62 slums, realise and achieve their goals via the medium of art.

Smita Thackeray (centre) seems to have found something to laugh over along with mural artist Rouble Nagi at an exhibition of works by children. The exhibition was a culmination of an art camp to encourage talented, lesser privileged children to pursue art. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi
Smita Thackeray (centre) seems to have found something to laugh over along with mural artist Rouble Nagi at an exhibition of works by children. The exhibition was a culmination of an art camp to encourage talented, lesser privileged children to pursue art. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

“We usually train children from the age of five. Recently, we exhibited the works of some of our older students, aged eight to 18 years. Post this, their works will be available on sale at our studio.

The art camps help them achieve a sense of respect and an identity when they work as a team for an art project. It’s immensely satisfying that their works are being exhibited and appreciated,” admits Nagi.

“Many of these children are school dropouts. Art helps them communicate and express themselves unlike any other platform. I keep trying to push them to complete their education,” she adds. The works are a mix of acrylic on canvas, crayon works and watercolours on paper.

Nariyal Paani, Alibaug style
First Diu and now Alibaug, Goa’s title as the sole beach party destination is now in troubled waters. The second edition of Nariyal Paani, to be held on January 23 and 24, 2016, will offer a heady mix of music, ranging from Indie, Electro-Pop and Alternative Rock to mellow Folk.

The two-day affair will be held at a secluded location by the sea in the sleepy coastal escape — a short boat ride away from Mumbai. Earlier this month, it was announced that Diu would play host to Asia’s longest running beach festival of 75 days in December. What next?

Screen time with Sooni
Last weekend saw filmmaker, scriptwriter and photographer, Sooni Taraporevala share her transformative journey from photographer to screenwriter to director at an interactive evening at Kitab Khana in Fort. She spoke of the risks she had taken, and how her film, Little Zizou, evolved in the process. Inspiring.

For a Nobel cause
Chefs Mark Phoenix and Fredrik Forsell at a culinary demo to make the traditional Kanelbullar. These light and delicately spiced sweet breads are best eaten with coffee or tea, and common across Sweden’s cafes.


Pic/Sharad Vegda

Hosted by the Consulate General of Sweden, the duo who supervise the annual Nobel Dinner Banquet in Stockholm, were in the city over the weekend.

What’s Zeba Kohli’s secret?
Chocolatier Zeba Kohli will be back with the third edition of her annual pop-up,Project 7, on October 28 and 29 in Worli. “The idea was to give young entrepreneurs a chance to retail their products alongside stalwarts. We have young designers from NIFT and also those who presented their work at recent fashion weeks in the city,” shares Kohli.

Zeba Kohli
Zeba Kohli

Look out for designs by Aartivijay Gupta, Sabina Singh, Reshma Merchant, Kavita Durazi and Nishka Lulla. Kohli has also started a bakery alongside her signature brand, Fantasie chocolates that specialises in chocolate cakes, exotic macaroons and gluten-free products.

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