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Mumbai Diary page: Monday Musings

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

When Mahalaxmi becomes your canvas
With the horse racing season in Mumbai well and truly over, the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) at Mahalaxmi is using its venue for other activities. The Mahalaxmi ground has become a big magnet for artists and their works.

This season, well-known artist made trophies which were auctioned at a race day. There was also an art exhibition on the grounds of the RWITC during this season, Now, the venue is going to host a summer art workshop for children above 11 years of age, beginning Wednesday.

The workshop will be held at its Hooves club within the racecourse. This is a welcome first for Hooves, andis one more for RWITC's growing stature as an art venue. Call: 2307 1407/1401 for more details.

Remembering Mali through cricket
Imagine being remembered through the thwack of bat on cricket ball? A memorial cricket match was played for renowned photographer, the late Jagdish Mali at the MIG Cricket Club yesterday.

The Jagdish Mali Memorial Tournament at MIG Cricket Club. Pic/Ronak Savla
The Jagdish Mali Memorial Tournament at MIG Cricket Club. Pic/Ronak Savla

Interestingly, the four teams in the fray were named after the words Mali used most Yerpat, Vadnare, Sarang and Ardavat. With many cricket stars from the Ranji circuit on the field and a sprinkling of actors in the stands, there were three matches of 10 overs each.

Pravin Barve lead the Vadnare team with Ranji player Nishith Shetty and coach Satish Samant in the team, which won. The winning captain Barve said, "Jagdish Mali's good friends gathered to remember him by playing the game that was his first love cricket."

For the chill of it
The other day we read about a good-hearted train commuter who carries cold water to give his fellow passengers on the daily journey. Commuters using Nahur station on the Central line will encounter someone doing more or less the opposite. The station boasts a water cooler, which is particularly pleasant in this weather.

The absence of any police or home guard personnel at Nahur station makes it easier for the water pilferer. Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar
The absence of any police or home guard personnel at Nahur station makes it easier for the water pilferer. Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar

That is, if there is any water left in it after this man has finished filling up his stock. Unchecked by any police or home guards, this man turns up every morning, with about 15 to 20 bottles which he fills with cold water from the cooler on the station.

It is not for any charitable cause, though. The man apparently runs a tea stall outside Nahur station, and offers this chilled water to his customers. When he is done stocking up, anyone else wanting cold water has to wait for the cooler to fill and chill again. Not so cool, we think.

To school, with love
St. Mary's School (ICSE) at Byculla, celebrates 150 years of its existence this year.

Awaiting Rusty Screws
Awaiting Rusty Screws

There have been a slew of events marking this milestone for Mumbai's historic educational institution, Now, ex-students are returning to the school to give back something to St Mary's.

We hear tickets are going at a fast clip for the play Rusty Screws, written and directed by Meherzad Patel of Silly Point Productions (an ex-student) as a tribute and a fund raiser.

Bollywood actor, Boman Irani (ex-student) is set to return to the stage for the first time in 10 years for his school. We do not know about the play but are intrigued by the name Rusty Screws.

Incidentally, the catchline goes: 'Rusty Screws, because some families are just nuts'. And, talking about nuts to put this into a nutshell: When: Sunday, June 1, 2014. Time: Two shows: 5 pm and 7:30 pm.

Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point. What: Rusty Screws. Why: The writer and director, along with Boman Irani, are ex-students of St. Mary's School, ICSE, and they are raising funds through this play with the St. Mary's Alumni Association for the school that is celebrating 150 years. Ticket prices: R 500 to R 2000. At the St Mary's ICSE, it is all about ex, baby.

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