Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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

Farewell Nemo
No, we aren’t bidding farewell to the cute fish but Café Nemo that quietly shut doors on Saturday, less than two years after it opened.

Cafe Nemo
Cafe Nemo

Co-owned by Sahil Timbadia, Nevil Timbadia and Anup Gandhi, the all-day restaurant and gig venue offered scrumptious Asian-influenced fare, we tried their melt-in-the-mouth Soft Shell Tacos.

Chicken Seoul Bowl
Chicken Seoul Bowl

However, finding the space, located deep within Worli village, was an ordeal for most guests, this diarist included.

It hurt the business. The owners plan to relocate at “an apt location, which is still being sought.” While the menu will go through a revamp, you can expect to spot some of their signatures in version 2.0.

Zero gravity music
Zero reunited for a gig at a Lower Parel mall last weekend and the grounds loved the sound of this popular band from the 1990s and 2000s.

Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

Seen in the pic are (left-right) Girish (Bobby) Talwar, Rajeev Talwar, Warren Mendonsa (on mic) and Sidd Couto (on drums).

Washington calling for Mumbai artist
Later this month, Mumbai-based book artist Priya Pereira will show her work at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. This prestigious exhibition adds another laurel to the talented artist’s journey, who started creating artists’ books 22 years ago without knowing that it was a genre with a name.

Priya Pereira
Priya Pereira

“Major buyers of my work are museums abroad. I had mailed National Museum of Women in the Arts. They wrote back to me saying they wanted to buy 10 books and also show them at an exhibition, Pereira shared with this diarist. Among her works to be displayed is The Book of F, she explains, as “dotted with ditties that popularise the ‘F’ word without once mentioning the most used and abused word,” and The Wise Man and His Long Beard that returns to a folktale told via a beard made out of lamp wicks.

No feet of clay here
Icons always make heads turn. The gentleman in the photo would know a thing or two about this. With clay court season underway, we found this frame of Roger Federer before a match at the Mutua Madrid Open.

Pic courtesy/Mutua Madrid Open Instagram Account

The big one, French Open begins on May 16. Check its schedule to live another season of red clay-hued Roland Garros moments.

Dal Pakwan rocks our Sindhi Snack Poll
On April 29, this newspaper had featured a few popular eateries in Chembur that served authentic Sindhi snacks. In an online poll, we invited readers to pick their favourite Sindhi street food item, like Chole Pattice and cold Pani Puri and Sindhi sweet Singhar Jhi Mithai (Sev Barfi made from unsweetened sev which are deep fried crunchy strands of gram flour, mava, milk, sugar and nuts). The results, however, threw up a clear winner.

Pic courtesy/Mutua Madrid Open Instagram Account

The Dal Pakwan (a popular breakfast in Sindhi homes, which includes chana dal perked up with green chillies, cumin seeds and spice powders, and served with a deep-fried puri like snack made with plain flour dough.) topped the list with a 30.54%. Sample this winner at Vig refreshments when you’re in the neighbourhood next time, and tell us what you thought.

Today, May 2, 2016, will be the 90th birth anniversary of the great cartoonist who both Mumbai and Goa can lay claim to, Mario de Miranda. Society reporter Marcellus Baptista has a stockful of Mario memories and he hit rewind mode when this diarist spoke to him yesterday.

A self portrait
A self portrait

Marcy would watch Mario closely at work, as he sketched his inimitable characters at a desk in Colaba’s Oyster Apartment. Today, “I miss his familiar figure, either in a long-sleeved jet black shirt or short-sleeved shirt that he would roll up still more as he shifted lock, stock and rum (or was it feni) barrel to his 325-year-old mansion in Loutolim village, Goa.”

He reveals that many might not be aware that Mario had two dogs, a barking and non-biting Mexican Chihuahua called Momo and a Boxer named Peevee. He also had two turtles, Oscar I and Oscar II who were transported from his Mumbai home to the sleepy village of Loutolim. When he relocated, they would invariably get lost in the grass, perhaps on an afternoon siesta… just like Mario who would enjoy his nap after chilled beer in the afternoon and get up for his cashew feni, but not in the neighbourhood tavern though which he felt was not like old times.”

For Mario fans in Goa, there’s a free gig scheduled today at 7.30 pm at the amphitheatre of the Museum Houses of Goa, Torda Porvorim. The poison of choice at the gig? Despite being in Goa, we’re tempted to guess nimbu paani, to pay the ultimate tribute to his creation, Miss Nimbupani. Mario de Miranda lives on.

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