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Mumbai Diary page: Friday Frolics

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

Slithery star
May be it was looking for tips on starring in yet another snake-based film.

Kaushalendra Dubey with his cold-blooded catch. Pic/Ranjeet Jadhav
Kaushalendra Dubey with his cold-blooded catch. Pic/Ranjeet Jadhav

An Indian rock python, over six feet long, was rescued by Kaushalendra Dubey, a snake rescuer associated with the NGO Spreading Awareness on Reptiles and Rehabilitation Programme (SARRP), from the garden of the Whistling Woods academy in Film City, Malad East, on Wednesday morning.

A gardener spotted the reptile while he was cutting grass, and immediately informed the rescuer, who reached the spot in time to safely nab the python and release it into its natural habitat.

Donkeying around on Juhu beach
Some one may have shouted “Abbe gadhe!” once too often. A troupe of about 10 donkeys turned up last evening at Juhu beach, and began prancing around on the sand, much to the amusement of onlookers.

The donkeys at Juhu beach yesterday
The donkeys at Juhu beach yesterday

Lifeguards were on the alert in case the animals posed a threat to people, but apparently the four-legged frolickers just wanted to have a good time, and did not bother anyone.

D Bunty Rao, a lifeguard with Baywatch Lifeguards Association who patrols the beach, says, “Some of the donkeys ran towards the main beach while others headed towards Silver Sands side of the beach. The donkeys were running around in the water and playing in the sand.”

People at the beach were reminded of the camel and donkey rides which used to be a common sight at the beach in years gone by. “Though we tried to figure out how the donkeys came to the beach, there was no human accompanying them. Some people were seen petting them and laughing as they frolicked,” says Rao.

By 7pm, the donkeys had left the beach after having a fun evening in the sand and water. The lifeguards saw them head towards Juhu Koliwada, but say they do not know who their owners are or from where they came.

Lessons on stage
For some, the learning never stops. Well-known Marathi theatre director Vijay Kenkre has been going to the UK every year, just to watch plays there. He says it’s to keep himself updated with the happenings there, and he also even wrote about the plays, in a newspaper column. His visits and column have inspired his colleagues to do the same.

Actor Sunil Barve, who produced and revived five Marathi plays a while ago, and the five leading directors who worked with him on the plays, have decided to follow Kenkre and will soon go on a trip to the UK themselves, just to watch plays like him.

During the production of the plays, Barve and the directors, who include Kenkre, Pratima Kulkarni, Mangesh Kadam, Kedar Shinde and Chandrakant Kulkarni, felt they could also do the same to enrich their work. The group leaves this Sunday. Let’s see if the trip proves to be an enriching experience for Marathi theatre.

Phone ransom, the auto way
Our colleague was in a hurry the other day and left his mobile phone in an autorickshaw in the western suburbs. He realised what had happened almost immediately, and called his own number from a public call office (PCO). A man’s voice answered, but instead of offering to return the phone he demanded ransom for it all of Rs 5,000!

Our colleague explained that he is a journalist and that such a stance would prove detrimental but the man who had found the phone went on to claim that his mother was unwell and he would speak later.

Eventually our colleague made contact again the next afternoon, and the man apologised for his earlier behaviour, saying he had been under the influence of alcohol. The phone was returned, intact, the only cost being some tense moments for our colleague.

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