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Mumbai Diary page: Saturday Scene

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

Get out and enjoy nature
Mumbai -based environmentalist Elsie Gabriel on Wednesday released her book Get Out Get Going Outdoors, encouraging young people to get out of the house and enjoy nature.

Mayor of Mumbai Sunil Prabhu officially unveiled the glossy book that costs R 400 and will be available from next week at city bookstores. Since Gabriel is aiming to encourage school and college students primarily to spend more time outdoors rather than at home, the book is also available in a low-cost version for students, priced at Rs 200.

The book aims to tell readers about the value of environmental education and outdoor environmental programmes, which are fun and personality-enhancing. It demonstrates how events and projects which inculcate proactive involvement from participants can actually build team spirit, resilience, stamina, and enhance life science knowledge.

Saying it in play
What better way to spread a message than through an eye-catching and attention-getting dramatic production?

On Thursday, which was International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the Anti Narcotics Cell of the city in collaboration with Vishwa Productions, which trains young artistes, performed a street play on the theme of “Say no to drugs”.

The script included the ill effects of drugs, which harm the body as well as lead to social crimes. The street play was held at various places in the city, including Dadar station, Byculla, Worli naka and Kamathipura.

One-liners on track
Crowds are synonymous with this city and there’s no way to escape them. Especially when you’re at or around a railway station. For a newcomer, this is difficult to grasp given the pace at which people and things move.

The junction of the Central and Harbour lines, Kurla is almost always crowded
The junction of the Central and Harbour lines, Kurla is almost always crowded

One such poor fellow had a shock when he was practically manhandled out of the train compartment. On touching the platform fortunately, in one piece he was then treated to two unforgettable quotes as he straightened his clothing.

One fellow commuter told him, “Yeh Mumbai hai”, only to be interrupted by another who said, “Mumbai chhodo, yeh Kurla hai meri jaan!”

Nuts about health
With almonds and other dry fruits and nuts in the news for rising prices, it may be surprising to find that some regularly snack on these delicacies. Not for pleasure as much as for health, because dry fruits are known to be good for us in many ways.

In fact, one discerning railway police official chooses to munch on the superior mamra almonds, which are much more expensive than the regular ones. Mamra almonds are believed to be a rich source of proteins, minerals and vitamins, and to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favouring a healthy blood lipid profile.

This official believes they enhance brain power and he told Saturday Scene that because of his regular intake of mamra almonds, the railway police had been able to crack many cases. We can only say that this is not a hard nut to crack!

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