Mumbai Diary: Monday musings

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

No hooves, but housie
When the hooves fall silent, there is… housie. The Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) that eye-pleasing land, especially this season, hosts a Housie session today, Monday, July 6 at 5.45 pm.

Monday seems a strange day really to host Housie given that it is a working day, but given the P G Wode-housian air of the RWITC clubhouse, this is for the gentlemen and the ladies who take their leisure and pleasure as seriously as their work. The Housie session is open to RWITC members on production of identity proof.

Guests too are welcome, they have to pay Rs 100 (cash) to enter. So, those who care not about the racing jargon like ‘quinella’ or ‘tanala’ but are familiar with the bingo lingo of ‘first line, jaldi five or full house’ Monday evening.

Make your move towards Mahalaxmi. As for what’s common between Housie and hooves? you know you need a little lady luck to win at both. Shake it up, Mumbai.

SOS message in 3D
This is the season when the Nehru Science Centre at Mahalaxmi is a green and pleasant land to be in. The salubrious environs of the centre, are particularly welcoming in the monsoon, and though the rains have played truant for a while now, we think it’s only a matter of time before the Science Centre’s surroundings gleam like emeralds, raindrops cling fervently to blades of grass and there is the smell of earth after rain... but enough of the poetry.

This is about science, after all. More specifically, that the Centre has a new 3D film titled ‘SOS Planet’. The film couches a message that the Earth is in danger thanks to us, humans, who have wreaked havoc with our accent on ‘development’ all this in 3D.

The Centre organisers say that the film is a “compelling call to action for one world, one future”. Moved by that rather sterling call? Make your way to the Centre that conducts five shows of the 3D film every day. There are special shows for organised groups. If this interests you, call: 24920482/24932667 or log on to

Two of a kind
Recently, we were invited to preview the menus of two brand new restaurants that opened for business in buzzing Bandra. Both colleagues of this diarist returned with rave reviews of the eateries they had dropped by.

It wasn’t until colleague 1 read colleague 2’s preview when we realised that the chef for both new restaurants was the same. Big deal. But what got us curious was the mention of a certain dish, which both colleagues had relished.

This winner included watermelon and feta cheese as its main ingredients. It was presented in both restaurants with a few minor tweaks and different plating. The (different) agencies handling the eateries claimed ignorance of this duplication. Laziness or lack of innovation?

Remembering the dashing and debonair ML Jaisimha
It’s 16 years tomorrow, but it ain’t sweet at all. On July 7, 1999 cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar and countless cricket fans lost their hero ML Jaisimha.

He is one cricketer who one always wants to read more about, beyond those good looks, collar-up appearance and his international cricket career, which kicked off at Lord’s in 1959 and peaked when he scored a 100 against Australia at Brisbane on the 1967-68 tour.

Wisden of 1969 doesn’t have a mention of Jaisimha’s 74 and 101 in that 1968 Test in Australian writer Tom Goodman’s lengthy tour summary, reproduced in Wisden on India An Anthology. Well, there is a way to know more about this dashing cricketer.

It is through Hyderabad-based journalist A Joseph Antony and Jayanthi Jaisimha’s biography on the batting stylist called My Way (Rs 100). It’s been a few years since this book was published but it’s still relevant.

For details, contact: A Joseph Antony: or 09440054997.

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