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Mumbai Diary page: Sunday Shorts

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

The Art of Leaving
The Rhea Pillai-Leander Paes split gets even more acrimonious. The latest reports state how Leander had locked Rhea out of the house (His lawyer disputes this).

Rhea Pillai at the Bandra police station on Thursday. Pic/Prashant Waydande
Chennai Super King fans will miss out on watching them on the field, as the Chepauk stadium will not host four of the team’s matches

One can only feel for their daughter Aiyana, caught between both parents in an out-and-out celebrity battle. Screaming headlines and a large amount of press attention is the other side of fame, unfortunately.

However, we think the porcelain-skinned Rhea, mentor and teacher at Art of Living (AOL) and Leander, the tennis ace too, who has spoken about AOL in his court petition, now need to switch the way they practice AOL. Instead of Art of Living, a course on Art of Leav-ing is in order. What say Rhea-Lee?

The last laugh
An African gentleman, travelling on a CST-bound train, was targeted by a group of commuters, who mocked him by passing racist comments. But before alighting, the Nigerian surprised everyone by standing up and shooting in a thick accented voice, “Koi baat nahi, doston!” While some were mighty embarrassed the others, were only too impressed.

Hey, why not Sri Lanka?
Last morning, news filtered in that Chennai would not be able to host their four Indian Premier League games this month due to a dispute between the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and the Chennai municipal authorities over the use of three stands at the MA Chidambaram Stadium at Chepauk.

Chennai Super King fans will miss out on watching them on the field, as the Chepauk stadium will not host four of the team’s matches
Chennai Super King fans will miss out on watching them on the field, as the Chepauk stadium will not host four of the team’s matches

This indeed is a low blow for not only big boss N Srinivasan & Co but also to the die-hard Chennai Super Kings fans. While the IPL Governing Council decided to shift those games, we wonder, on a lighter note, whether it would have made sense to shift the games to nearby Sri Lanka.

After all, isn’t Chennai a passage to Lanka and didn’t the IPL go to the Gulf because of the general elections? Also, Sri Lanka was a talked about option before Indian cricket made a comeback to the UAE. For the Indian players, Sri Lanka is home away from home considering how often Sri Lanka hosts India for meaningless one-day competitions.

Oops! Watch out for the backrest
Recline is fine at the Nehru Science Centre at Mahalaxmi. The salubrious environs of the centre were crowded with kids and parents crowding the picnic spot inside.

Going back several notches at the Nehru Science Centre Hall for a lecture. Pic/Bipin Kokate
Going back several notches at the Nehru Science Centre Hall for a lecture. Pic/Bipin Kokate

The Discovery Hall at the Science Centre was filled with kids and a smattering of adults, professors, teachers and Centre officials, to listen to a lecture on how cell phones have changed India. As the children raced inside the hall to take their seats, the adults took seats closer to the dais, right at the front.

For those who were unaware, it was a real surprise. The seats go right back, and recline fully. Lean back… and whoops! You are in danger of going horizontal! We saw some occupants looking startled as they thought there was something wrong with the seat.

The backrest goes right back so that those sitting in the front rows can look at the screen without straining their necks. It can take you by complete surprise if you do not know this, though.

Contributed by: Hemal Ashar and Shakti Shetty

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