Mumbai Diary Page: Saturday scene

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

New York to Mumbai
BACK in 2013, a new avenue for design enthusiasts opened in the city with the announcement of Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) — Parsons Mumbai. Yesterday, David Van Zandt, president of The New School – Parsons School of Design, New York, paid a visit to the campus at Lower Parel to formalise the association between the two schools.

Mookesh Patel, dean at ISDI Parsons, David Van Zandt, President of The New School — Parsons School of Design, New York, and Radha Kapoor at ISDI Parsons Mumbai campus in Lower Parel
Mookesh Patel, dean at ISDI Parsons, David Van Zandt, President of The New School — Parsons School of Design, New York, and Radha Kapoor at ISDI Parsons Mumbai campus in Lower Parel

Regarded by students as a sought after institution, this new venture in Mumbai will hopefully fill the vacuum with an extensive design curriculum and international professional exposure for design students.

Shadows after Shantaram
FROM the writer of Shantaram comes another blockbuster; bestseller for the uninitiated. For fans like this diarist who, devoured Gregory David Roberts’ Shantaram, this comes as good news.

Get, set vroom: Gregory David Roberts
Get, set vroom: Gregory David Roberts

Hachette India has announced the launch of what they call the biggest fiction blockbuster of 2015: The Mountan Shadow. Gregory David Roberts’ much awaited sequel to his first novel is set to release on October 13, 2015 Shantaram introduced millions of readers to a host of memorable characters through Lin. In The Mountain Shadow, Lin must find his way in a Bombay run by a different generation of mafia dons, playing by a different set of rules.

Writing a new script
ART CALL AT THE MUSEUM Jaya Jaitly, founder of the Dastkari Haat Samiti, at the inauguration of an exhibition titled, Akshara — Crafting Indian Scripts at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.

Also in the frame is CSMVS director-general, Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Conceptualised and produced by Jaitly, the exhibition will celebrate Indian languages and crafts. Having previously opened in Delhi, Cairo, and at UNESCO Paris, it now makes its Mumbai debut.

Dine fest comes to town
While Mumbai’s foodies are still drooling over last month’s indulgence at fine dining restaurants during Restaurant Week India (RWI), founders Mangal Dalal and chef Nachiket Shetye are set to woo palates in Mumbai and Delhi, in a casual manner, this time. The duo will launch Dine Fest, from October 23 to November 1. In Mumbai, you get to can choose from 15 eateries, including Burma Burma, Eat Thai and Tertulia. Registrations for this sumptuous affair will open on October 16.

Remembering Guru Dutt
Today marks the 51st death anniversary of the legendary Guru Dutt. His younger brother, producer Devi Dutt (of Masoom fame) who worked with him for 11 years, fondly recalls his brother’s fondness for jalebis with milk, a routine that he would indulge in every morning after full-night of shooting for the iconic film, Pyaasa.

Guru Dutt

"It keeps the body and mind cool," discloses Devi about his older brother’s breakfast mantra. Senior Dutt was also an animal lover, who kept pedigree dogs at his Pali Hill bungalow. He owned a horse as well, and he even learnt horseback riding. "Before the start and release of his movies, he always visited Kalyan’s Haji Malang dargah. For his iconic movie Chaudhvin Ka Chaand with Waheeda-ji (Rehman), he got classy studio-sets erected, recreating dargah’s aesthetic ambience," recalls Devi.

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