Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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

CAB talk in PMO
The battle over recognition for the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) has reached the PMO. It has received five letters in the last few months by Aditya Varma, the lone ranger whose legal battle against N Srinivasan drowned the cricket czar.

Shashank Manohar
Shashank Manohar

Varma, tired of asking everyone, including Shashank Manohar, has now appealed to Modi to intervene so that CAB gets the much-awaited recognition. Varma’s panic is understandable. The new power group in Bihar, in which former CM Laloo Prasad Yadav has a major say, is ranged against him.

Aditya Varma
Aditya Varma

The name is Bond
Recently, Publishers Penguin India announced the speaker for the Penguin Annual Lecture 2015 scheduled for mid December. Octogenarian author Ruskin Bond will grace the stage this time around.

Word's worth: Ruskin Bond
Word's worth: Ruskin Bond

The author of some of India’s best loved children’s books will descend on New Delhi for the annual, well-attended event in the literary calendar of the national capital. Years ago, this diarist was among the audience at a session during the Jaipur Literature Festival, where Bond enthralled audiences with his humour, anecdotes and above all, humility. Mumbai’s loss.

A view from behind the wicket
Cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers (left) and former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer reminisce over a 1961 photograph of Sobers and West Indies teammates Wesley Hall, Rohan Kanhai and Seymour Nurse with India’s spin great Subhash Gupte and a few Indian journalists including Mumbai’s GK Menon (extreme right of the 1961 photo).

Cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers (left) and former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer

Sobers is in town to promote the upcoming film, ‘The Man who Knew Infinity’. Devika Bhise, who acts in the film, interviewed Sobers on stage at the Taj yesterday. Read all about what Sobers said in tomorrow’s mid-day. Pic/Bipin Kokate

A walk for the wealthy?
Whoever said charity is for the rich, has been proven right. A popular international NGO recently organised a trailwalking event in Lonavla to raise funds for those in need. The walk, we were told, was designed to help people break away from sedentary city life, and raise funds to battle social inequality.

The walking challenge, which concluded yesterday, had many teams of four, covering a pre-determined trail of 100 kms in Lonavla in 48 hours. That’s not all. Each team was required to pay a R20,000 registration fee and raise a minimum donation of R80,000. If they failed, they would forfeit the registration amount as charity. We are not against charity, but  restrictions at a public event, aren’t exactly motivating.

Mame Khan will woo Mumbai
The fifth edition of Awestrung, scheduled to take place on November 27, at High Street Phoenix in Lower Parel, has a special artiste from the sandy dunes of Jaisalmer. A member of the Manganiyar tribe, Mame Khan has a long, illustrious lineage of singers, all entrenched in the Manganiyari singing tradition.

Mame Khan
Musical high: Mame Khan at a performance

He also happens to be the first Manganiyar singer to have successfully launched a crowd-funded album, named Desert Sessions.  Khan is expected to perform some of his most popular songs including Chaudhary, Nimbura, Mast Qalandar, Chhap Tilak, Baware, Jugni, Bulla, Lolee, Jhir Mir as well as a few hits from Desert Sessions. Expect a heady musical rendezvous that will see the merging of Rajasthani Folk, Sufi and Krishna Bhajan in an open-air setting.

Power trio in the capital
(Left-right) Tina Brown, founder-CEO of Tina Brown Live Media; Nita Ambani, founder-chairperson, Reliance Foundation and Cate Blanchett, Academy Award-winning actress and humanitarian make for a powerful frame at the first Women In The World Summit held in New Delhi over the weekend.

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