Mumbai Diary: Monday musings

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

The new 'elfie' in town
From usies to belfies; honestly, we’ve lost count of the different types of selfies surfacing on social media. And to top it all, now there’s a velfie or a video selfie.

Similar to Dubsmash, there’s even Velfie smartphone app that helps you create video selfies with a pre-recorded audio clips and post them on social networks.

The latest to jump on the velfie bandwagon is Bollywood rapper Badshah, who released a velfie to promote his latest single, DJ Waley Babu. We’re already wondering what the next ‘elfie’ is going to be.


Pic/Sharad Vegda

Actor Shilpa Shetty was spotted at the domestic airport yesterday on her way to Hyderabad for a film award function. The IPL fracas with husband Raj Kundra’s Rajasthan Royals banned, may have contributed to the wry expression.

Salute to the Big Boss
Today, July 20 is a day of sobriety and introspection for Bruce Lee fans as it is the 42nd death anniversary of the martial arts icon. Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong on July 20 1973, at the age of 32. Though the official reason is cerebral edema, there were theories that Bruce Lee was poisoned, that he was done in by the Shaolin monks, that he died of too much sex...

Jayanti Gohel, Tardeo resident. Pic/Atul Kamble
Jayanti Gohel, Tardeo resident. Pic/Atul Kamble

“One used to hear this kind of talk in Hong Kong (HK) so often,” smiles Tardeo resident, Jayanti Gohel (78). Gohel’s family had extensive business interests in Hong Kong (HK) at that time, and he would divide his time between HK and India. “I remember the shockwaves that ran through HK at the time of his death.

Bruce Lee’s spirit lives on
Bruce Lee’s spirit lives on

I got calls from family and friends about fans lining the streets, weeping hysterically and a general air of disbelief that hung over Hong Kong, at the death of their favourite son.” Gohel said. For years in fact, “People could not stop talking about Lee’s death,” said the businessman.

Gohel, feels a connect with Hong Kong, today. He says, “every July 20, I remember HK. I know that there are people there, who still be weeping for the Little Dragon.”

Crepe cravings in Powai
With single-cuisine restaurants becoming the norm of the day, the city is bound to see many more pop up shortly. After making French crepes popular at their Nariman Point and Bandra outlets, Suzette is now set to open a third outpost in Powai.

Antonia Achache is looking forward to the opening of her third outlet in Powai. Pic/Sameer Markande
Antonia Achache is looking forward to the opening of her third outlet in Powai. Pic/Sameer Markande

Owned by three French nationals, Antonia Achache, Jeremie Sabbagh and Pierre Labain, the all-day cafe is known for its Crepes, salads, sandwiches and juices.

While chatting with this diarist, Achache mentioned that Powai was the obvious choice as a many clients had suggested to the trio to open an outlet there. Powai residents will be able to enjoy this new addition to the their already vibrant eating out scene, in about two weeks time.

Star-bricks, anyone?
This diarist was so surprised to spot a brand of bricks by a kiln in Khopoli, on which was engraved SRK, similar to the initials of a certain superstar.

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