Mumbai Diary page: Friday frolics
The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce
Not just SF?
If the thought of Star Wars actually coming true is scary, then you may want to head to Juhu tomorrow for a screening by Vikalp at Prithvi.
Space could well be the new battleground
The film to be shown, Pax Americana, tackles the prospect of Earth being ruled from space, considering that today the technology exists to weaponise space, and nations are manoeuvring for advantage.
This forceful documentary reveals the state of play through generals, space-policy analysts, politicians, diplomats, peace activists, and hawks. Among other highlights, it features Noam Chomsky and Martin Sheen.
What: Screening of documentary Pax Americana (www.pax-americana.com)
Duration: 85 minutes
At: Prithvi House, Opposite Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Bombay
Entry: Free, first-come-first-seated
Facebook Event Page: www.tinyurl.com/VikalpFilmInJanuary
Facebook Group Page: www.tinyurl.com/Vikalp-Prithvi
Take it easy policy
There is food, and then there is slow food. The moniker may have come about as a reaction to "fast food", which to some is the very antithesis of food, but the concept is that one takes time to not just make good food but also to know about it and savour it to the fullest.
Perhaps it is an unnecessary concept in India, but with the increased advent of convenience foods and increased speed of life, families are finding it harder to sit down and eat together.
So it may well be relevant, and the Farmer’s Market is bringing Slow Food (www.slowfood.com) to us with a meeting this Sunday, at noon, at the Farmer’s Market venue in the city’s Maharashtra Nature Park.
The meeting aims to create a local chapter of Slow Food, and volunteers interested in good, clean and fair food are invited. Slow Food is present in around 161 countries and has around 100,000 members worldwide, including small-scale farmers, chefs and food artisans.
Good news for regional literature buffs
Mumbai is all set to host the first ever literary festival that will celebrate India’s regional languages. To be called Gateway LitFest, it will be held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts on November 14-15.
The inaugural edition will focus on seven languages Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, and Tamil.
Some of the names associated with the festival as advisors include filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Marathi writer Laxman Gaikwad, Oscar winner Resul Pookutty, Kochi-Muziris Biennale president and curator Bose Krishnamachari, editor and festival programmer Uma da Cunha.