Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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

16 tunes for Rajabai
The Rajabai Tower remains one of the most prominent structures in SoBo’s landscape. Our resident almanac reminds us that it was back in February 1880 when the tower’s four-sided clock began working, although the rest of the structure was completed three years earlier.

Rajabai Tower. Pic/Suresh KK
Rajabai Tower. Pic/Suresh KK

Bombayphile Christopher London writes in Bombay Gothic that the opal glass dials of the clock, which display the time, measure 12ft x 6in in diameter. Lund & Blockley designed the works and carilons that were programmed to play 16 tunes. Interestingly, the corner balconies below the dials were meant to be viewing points!

Do I have her smile?

Pic/Bipin Kokate

Son Viaan looks adoringly at mum Shilpa Shetty as she smiles for the shutterbugs when the two dropped in to cheer dad Raj Kundra at a celebrity T20 game over the weekend at Police Gymkhana.

This is for the Rashtra
After offering us loads of graphic detail about the goings-on in the the universe of Halahala, graphic novelist and illustrator Appupen is back.


This time, he wants us to meet a desi superhero, called, hold your breath, Rashtraman. Desi leanings notwithstanding, the artist is working overtime to create a set of comic strips on his adventures. Where will it lead him? Can he save the country in turbulent times? Watch this space for more.

Six years of memories
The folks at Indian Memory Project completed six years last weekend, as an engaging initiative based in the India’s subcontinent to chronicle family history of all kinds. The brains behind this unique idea are not done yet.

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They believe there are more stories to be told, and more memories to be archived. So, if you have a family heirloom story that you are itching to share with the rest of the world or a detail about how your surname emerged, mail across your stories and photographs to

Shobhaa De woos HK

Courtesy/Shobhaa De’s Twitter account

Socialite-writer Shobhaa De with Sanjoy Roy seen at a literary session organised by the Asia Society in Hong Kong recently. It was part of a festival of India’s performing arts and culture.

Filmi heavyweights

Pic/Nimesh Dave

David Dhawan (left) and Rahul Rawail at an event to promote locations for Bollywood films.

Sonic stories with Karsh Kale
Musician, producer and composer Karsh Kale believes in sharing his knowledge with aspiring talent.

Karsh Kale
Karsh Kale

Next week, the music guru, whose new album Up, promises to be special, will be in the city for a session at the True School of Music. Kale is excited at the prospect, “The Masterclass will be an evening of tales, candid conversation and a discussion through life’s learnings.”

He adds that the session will be followed by an open chat about his organic approach to music, and some stories that have inspired him along the way. From the sound of it, there will be a lot of storytelling. Of the sonic kind, that is.

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