Mumbai Diary: Monday musings

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

A cut above the rest
IF THE do-gooder in you is feeling itchy and you want to make a difference to someone, try giving a kid a new haircut. You don’t have to take up the scissors yourself, or accompany the child to a salon. In fact, you don’t even have to move from your seat. The causes platform IContribute is organising a Happy New Hair initiative on the occasion of Mother’s Day, in association with the interactive group Jamm Mothers. Through the initiative, IContribute will give underprivileged children under 15 a free new haircut. Those wishing to contribute can visit the website, search for causes, click on the ‘Give a child his dream hair style’ cause, and contribute. The last date for contributing is May 5, and the event will be held on May 9 at the Chembur Children’s Home at Mankhurd.

Taking root in history
THIS house, situated in Padgha village near Kalyan, is old and uninhabited and at first sight it resembles a “bhoot bangla” or haunted house.

Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar

But look past the dirt and debris, and you will see that this peepal tree, which has entwined itself around the structure, makes beautiful patterns with its roots in the walls of the house. Cleaned up and maintained, one can even imagine it as a great tourist attraction.

When snacking is good for your wallet
BEING perpetually in search of something interesting to munch, or so it seems to us, we at mid-day have our own collection of favourite snack-wallahs in the vicinity of our office. And in many cases, certain vendors know which snack is the favourite of which colleague.

Maybe they identify us by the dish…? Miss Pani Puri or Mr Vada Pav, perhaps? Well, for one of us, being on good terms with the nearby pani-puri wallah turned out to be lucky. A bunch of us had gone out for a break, and Miss Pani Puri (as we shall call her) had left her wallet on the vendor’s cart. She didn’t realise it until the vendor himself called up (well, he is on our speed dial, you know) and told her.
That was really nice of him, and one more reason for us to continue patronising his stall. Public relations consultants can certainly get a lesson from him — for the price of a pani puri plate, perhaps.

Get into the grove at SGNP
YES, you read right — it’s not groove but grove. A bamboo grove trail is what we are talking about, being organised on May 10 by the Bombay Natural History Society at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). The Shilonda Trail will take you through fine mixed forest dominated by bamboo, and is not accessible without permission — so don’t miss this opportunity to see a secret side of the SGNP.


Reporting: Members to meet inside SGNP, beyond the Ticket Counter under the large map of SGNP at 7.30am.
Charges: Rs 200 for members, Rs 300 for others (includes Forest Department permission fees and BNHS expertise only).
Registration: On the spot.
Contact: Hornbill House at 22871202/22821811 Mon-Fri 9.30am to 5.30pm, or

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