Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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

Booked by Mumbai's humans
For over two years, the popular Facebook page and website, Humans of Bombay has been chronicling lives in the city. And now, with over 500 thousand people following the page, the team has come out with a book.

The page, that borrows its name from Humans of New York (HNY), is out with a fresh story about a life in Mumbai every day and quite different from HNY in approach. Karishma Mehta (in pic), the founder of the page, tells us that the primary difference is that her initiative provides fuller, longer stories.

“With every story, we aim to offer a slice of Mumbai. It could be Vada Pav in one and the Asiatic Society in another,” she says. The book, available on the website, has a hundred fresh stories that don’t feature on the Facebook page.

Indian wines on the global stage
Next month, Shanghai will host SIAL China, touted as Asia’s largest food and beverage show, set to welcome 2,900 exhibitors and 66,000 professional visitors. The lone Indian to be invited to the global forum is Nikhil Agarwal.

Nikhil Agarwal
Nikhil Agarwal

The sommelier will shed light on the recently launched Wines Of India programme that features some of our leading wineries. Guests can sample varieties at a tasting session to help them understand India’s wine-making styles.

Sanghi’s got a story to tell


Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

It was good to see a bookstore serve its original purpose. At this meet-up inside a Kemps Corner bookstore over the weekend, author Ashwin Sanghi interacted with readers as he chatted about his new title, Sialkot Saga and other writing projects. More power to such initiatives, we say.

Dome of splendour
As corners of the globe observe International Day for Monuments and Sites today, usually referred to as World Heritage Day, we bring you a frame from our photo archives that celebrates the grandeur and detail of the central dome of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Pic/Dhara Vora

The landmark, designed by British Gothic architect FW Stevens, was built over 10 years. If you’re keen to get a taste of Mumbai’s history and heritage, hop over to Byculla’s Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum for free museum tours in English and Marathi today.

Bookaroo in the Pink City
Jaipur is already on the world map for the literature festival it hosts. Now, we hear that that Bookaroo, the colourful fest that celebrates children’s literature, has also made its way there. After Delhi, Pune, Goa, Ahmedabad and Kuching, the Pink City is the newest addition on the map. The first edition, set to take place on April 30 and May 1, promises to see the hustle-bustle of authors, illustrators, storytellers, readings and workshops. This diarist notes (albeit, with a tinge of sadness) that the festival is yet to reach aamchi Mumbai. When will our kids get to join the fun?

Make up call for Mrs Beckham
This news is bound to thrill fashionistas. Recently, a leading global make-up brand announced a partnership with Victoria Beckham to create a limited-edition make-up collection. It will launch in September 2016 at select retailers, Victoria Beckham stores, the style diva’s official website and the brand’s portal.

Victoria Beckham. Pic courtesy/Solve Sundsbo
Victoria Beckham. Pic courtesy/Solve Sundsbo

In a press statement, Beckham, who has millions of supporters around the globe, said, “The whole process has been both inspiring and eye opening — from going back and revisiting archives to working on the product, this feels like the perfect make-up partnership for me and my brand.”

Rajdeep Sardesai’s new innings
“Maybe I should try and write a book on cricket one day!” tweeted journalist Rajdeep Sardesai last September. Well, this diarist is in a position to inform you that Sardesai is indeed doing so and the book will be out not too far down the track.

Rajdeep Sardesai (right) attempts a shot during a cricket match with friends on the eve of his 50th birthday at Bombay Gymkhana in May 2015. Pic/Shadab Khan
Rajdeep Sardesai (right) attempts a shot during a cricket match with friends on the eve of his 50th birthday at Bombay Gymkhana in May 2015. Pic/Shadab Khan

A little birdie tells us that the book will feature players from smaller places — for example — his former Test batsman father Dilip, who was the first Test cricketer to emerge from Goa.

Rajdeep was a decent cricketer himself, having represented Mumbai in junior cricket before playing first-class cricket for Oxford University on the 1987 English county circuit. Watch this space for more.

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