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Dual security check
WATCH DOG WONDER: This photograph sent by mid-day reader and The Welfare of Stray Dogs CEO, Abodh Aras, shows affable stray Kali watch the goings-on near the metal detector by the entrance to the platforms at Churchgate Railway Terminus. Kali is a familiar resident in this neighbourhood.

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AR Rahman or Mark Ronson?
We’re not sure who’s your favourite of the two or if it’s another artiste altogether but the line-up had us thrilled to bits. As the popular music festival, NH7 Weekender turns six this year, the festival will travel to five cities. The journey kicks off in Shillong, where the festival will be held for the first time on October 23-24. From Shillong, the festival will pan out the remaining four editions of the festival: October 31-November 1 in Kolkata, November 28-29 in New Delhi, December 4-6 in Pune and December 5-6 in Bangalore. Over 100 artistes across diverse genres will play on five different stages at the festival this year.

AR Rahman and Mark Ronson
AR Rahman and Mark Ronson

Here’s a look at some of the gigs for the Pune edition: AR Rahman (Chennai), Alisha Pais (Mumbai), Baba Sehgal (Mumbai), Fossils (Kolkata), Gully Gang (Mumbai), Madboy/Mink (Mumbai), Mark Ronson (UK), Niladri Kumar (Mumbai), Rehan Dalal (Toronto), Rodrigo y Gabriela (Mexico), Soul Clap (USA), Soulmate (Shillong), Swarathma (Bengaluru), The Clameens (Northern Ireland), The Map Room (New Zealand), The Raghu Dixit Project (Bengaluru) and Vir Das’s Alien Chutney (Mumbai) among many others.

Play it loud, Pune!

Ladies special
Film festivals in Mumbai mean good news. We're quite excited with the news of this particular one. This Independence Day, weekend (August 15-16), women’s website, The Ladies Finger and the experimental space Godrej India Culture Lab will join hands to present Wandering Women: The Feminist Docu Film Festival of India.

Gulabi Gang

Watch a selection of memorable films featuring fabulous women directors including Nishtha Jain, Paromita Vohra and Nidhi Tuli who’ve touched upon liberating subjects with their brand of cinema. To be screened at the Godrej India Culture Lab in Vikhroli, Mumbai that even will also witness a YouTube Party — a slew of videos made by very young, talented filmmakers. The two-day event is open and free for all. Log on to www.indiaculturelab.org/events/ to check the entire schedule.

Kumble at the mic
“It’s 69 for two and after Trevor Bailey, it will be Christopher Martin-Jenkins.” Just like famous cricket commentator John Arlott uttered the above words to end a great career in cricket commentary during the England vs Australia Centenary Test at Lord’s in 1980, we can say, ‘after Rahul Dravid, it will be Anil Kumble’.

Anil Kumble. PIC/ATUL KAMBLE
Anil Kumble. PIC/ATUL KAMBLE

The former India captain and leg-spinning great will deliver the seventh Dilip Sardesai Memorial Cricket Lecture on October 3 at the Cricket Club of India.

Last year, Rahul Dravid delivered a lecture, which highlighted the need to educate young players about the past generation. “Our parampara belongs not just to cricket but all walks of life, the passing on of stories, of legends forms an essential part of our education as children,” Dravid said.

The Sardesai family continues to have erstwhile captains to deliver annual talks in memory of the departed India batsman. Dilip would have turned 75 today.

Kumble is no motor mouth but when he speaks on issues, the stakeholders of cricket take notice. And that’s what is expected on October 3. As much as cricket-crazy India cricket needs perspective, it also needs voices like Kumble who can hit hard.

Come in, spinner!

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