Mumbai Diary page: Friday frolics

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

Time to go fishing
When you pass through Mahim, the pervasive odour is a dead giveaway that you are going over the notorious creek. There is also, sometimes, the aroma (some would call it that, yes) of fish from the sea which is a stone’s throw - or a net’s throw - away.

And over the coming weekend, you have a chance to find out more about the fishiness and other history of Mahim, in the Koli Mahotsav which is to be held from February 13 to 15. There is, of course, a three-day food festival, with some 50 food stalls to be set up, as well as cultural programmes including the captivating tunes that the Koli or fisherfolk community are known for.

Date: February 13-15
Timing: 5pm-10pm
Venue: Mahim Beach, Mumbai

Sachin gives fan visa power
Team India’s biggest supporter and a Sachin Tendulkar fanatic, Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary, who could not travel Down Under for the Test and tri-series, will be back in the stands with his painted body and conch to cheer for the team during the World Cup. Sudhir, a resident of Muzaffarpur in Bihar, will be able to travel to Australia & New Zealand, courtesy Tendulkar.

Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary in his trademark get-up
Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary in his trademark get-up

“Sachin sir sponsored my visa. He has always been very generous and kind with whatever requests that I have for him,” Sudhir told us on the eve of his departure to Adelaide where India will take on their biggest rivals Pakistan in their World Cup opener on Sunday.

Sudhir’s stay and travel arrangements have been made by a private FM radio channel. Sudhir is confident that vulnerable India will defend the World Cup, and beat Pakistan as well in the opener. “Don’t worry, once I blow my conch, all evils plaguing Team India will vanish. We are definitely bringing back the World Cup. We will comprehensively beat Pakistan as well,” he signed off emphatically.

It may be recalled that Tendulkar had invited Sudhir to be part of the dressing-room celebration at the Wankhede Stadium in 2011 when India clinched the World Cup after 28 years. Sudhir often travels within the country in unreserved train compartments to support Team India, and he once even went to Bangladesh on a bicycle to be with the Indian team.

Travelling through time
By now famous for its blunders and lack of coordination, the University of Mumbai (MU) recently found itself in another funny situation.

In the reply to a request made by a local MLC, for the benefit of 3,500 engineering students who stand to lose a year due to the newly introduced exam policy, the university replied saying “Based on the meeting held on February 30, we have decided to allow students to appear for the exams as per the old syllabus.”

While the news brought joy to the students as well as the MLC who had requested for the same, the date left them stumped. February 30? Surely attending a meeting not just in the future, but on a non-existent date, would be a tall order. It transpired that the MU had made what we call a typo writing February instead of January.

Tune for the times
With floor-crossing the name of the game in politico-land, the joke is that members of various parties will now join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the interests of expediency. And the song they will sing is “Karvatein badalte rahe... AAP ki kasam!”

Star hour
For those with an eye and a feel for astronomy, the Nehru Centre is inviting people for a Special Astronomy Lecture on ‘Hunting the Dragon: the mystery of Active Galactic Nuclei” by Professor Andy Lawrence, Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. Institute for Astronomy, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, UK on Saturday, February 14, 5 pm. in the Hall of Culture, Discovery of India Building, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai.

Yes, we know that it is Valentine’s Day and people in the city may have made more exciting (for the non-astronomically-inclined) plans, but this is for those whose hearts beat for the moon, sun and stars... and talking about stars and astronomy, what is that about star-crossed lovers? We think this is a good time to tell your significant other that you promised them the stars and brought them to Nehru... Entry is free and open to all.

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