Mumbai Diary: Monday musings

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

Cellular comparisons
When we hear the familiar cry of “My battery is down!” we sometimes wistfully remember the days of “un-smart” cellphones, which didn’t do much in terms of apps and whatnot, but which could run for days without needing a charge, picked up a signal practically anywhere, and best of all, withstood falls from the third floor or even into a ditch full of water.

Going around on the internet is a comparison of cellphones versus smartphones, which highlight things such as battery life (3-4 days vs 3-4 hours), software updates (unnecessary vs approximately once a week), typing speed (9 characters per second vs “Damn you autocorrect!”), and so on. Also, remember how in “those days” not everyone had a cellphone? Well, when it comes to smartphones nowadays even your plumber is on WhatsApp!

When the boss is away
Ad-watchers were talking about a recent commercial showing a woman boss, in which, it turns out, her husband is her subordinate. (Still, she goes home and cooks the dinner. We thought high-powered honchos had home help to do all that. But let that pass.)

Well, the male model from that ad is now featuring in a currently-running commercial for a smartphone, where he plays the role of a dad to a young girl, juggling work and child care with the help of the phone.

Of course, this did not go unnoticed by yonder Twitterati. One of them chuckled: “Remember the mobile network ad with boss wife Priya and her husband Rahul? Rahul is in a smartphone ad now, caring for their daughter. He killed Priya.” Wonder if the story will take another turn in yet another ad.

Trophy facts
There is more than meets the eye about the Barclays Premier League Cup/ English Premier League trophy. Some unknown facts that not many know are that the trophy weighs 56 pounds (26 kg). The base of the Cup is made out of a semi precious stone - malachite. The green resembles the field of play. It is largely made of silver and silver gilt.

The two lions on the trophy are made into three when the winning captain of the champions lifts the trophy and becomes the third lion this is representative of the three lions of English football. The trophy is made by Asprey and Garrard the jewellers to the Queen. What’s worth a read is the fact that it takes 6000 pounds to get the cup polished once from makers Asprey. The cup is sent to the makers thrice every year.

Go on a mangrove discovery trail
You on’t have to go far to spot beautiful bird species in their natural habitat. Just head on down to the Godrej Mangrove Centre, often called the city’s second lung after the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

The Little Green Bee-eater is one of the species you could spot in the mangroves
The Little Green Bee-eater is one of the species you could spot in the mangroves

The Bombay Natural History Society is holding its BNHS Godrej Mangrove Walk on Sunday (December 14), and you can enjoy the walk through this ecosystem, which is a magnet for many water birds, reptiles and invertebrates.

Explore how mangroves act as a barrier and reduce wave action on land to a minimum, and spot species like the White-cheeked Bulbul, Long-tailed Shrike, White-browed Fantail, Little Green Bee-eater, Baya Weaver, and Scaly-breasted Munia. The creek area is also excellent for waders like the Black-tailed Godwit, Black-winged Stilt, Common Sandpiper, and Common Redshank.

Charges: Rs 150 for members and Rs 200 for non-members. Registration: Call at Hornbill House, 22871202/22821811, Mon-Fri 9.30am to 5.30pm, or e-mail

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