Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

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

The life and times of Khali
Penguin Books India recently announced that it has acquired the right to the official biography of Dalip Singh Rana aka former WWE wrestler The Great Khali.

The Great Khali

The book will tell his story from the time he was born in a large, poverty-stricken family and highlight his journey from being a child labourer to a global show wrestler.

He was the first Indian to be signed by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and became World Heavyweight Champion in 2007. He has now set up a wrestling academy where he trains young boys and men.

Time to honour aapro Farokh
Soon, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will announce the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014-15. Last year, it was former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar who followed Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev.

Former India Wicket Keeper Farooq Engineer. (Right) Farokh Engineer during his playing days. Pic/mid-day archivesFormer India Wicket Keeper Farooq Engineer. (Right) Farokh Engineer during his playing days. Pic/mid-day archives

Who will be this year’s recipient, we wonder, but Daily Dossier would like to make a case for Farokh Engineer in recognition of his work behind the stumps in the 1960s and 1970s. And not to forget his exploits with the bat!

Engineer once — against the West Indies at Madras (now Chennai) in 1967 — missed scoring a century before lunch by just six runs. He would have become the first Indian to achieve this rare feat.

None of the previous 22 recipients of the CK Nayudu award have been specialist wicketkeepers and it will be good to have a quality stumper in that select lot. Engineer, it should be remembered, was even picked for two Rest of the World teams in 1970 and 1971-72 which took on England and Australians.

Both teams were led by Sir Garfield Sobers. Like Engineer, his successor Syed Kirmani too deserves to be honoured and his chance will surely come. As the list of previous winners tells us, one does not have to be an all-time great cricketer to be honoured with the CK Nayudu award.

It is the contribution and the player’s influence on the game that counts too. Engineer was popular not only in India but in England as well where he played county cricket for Lancashire. One only has to flip through his benefit year souvenir to realise how aapro Farokh (77) was more than just a wicketkeeper-batsman.

When India won the World Cup in 1983, Engineer was in the commentator’s box and exclaimed, “give them (Indian citizens) a holiday, Mrs Gandhi, give them a holiday.” Now, we hear his supporters saying, “give the award to him, BCCI.”

To celebrate 30 years in the business, saree label Satya Paul, will foray into the home décor and furnishings segment with the launch of its capsule line Satya Paul Home.

Cushion covers from Satya Paul Home
Cushion covers from Satya Paul Home

The collection features eclectic prints that have been Paul’s signature style, over the years. Leopard and paisley motifs along with contemporary elements like rose petal prints, colourful brush strokes and colour blocking will be on display.

With a mix of newer fabrics, vintage colour palettes and intricate detailing, we found some of the products steeply priced. However, we wouldn’t mind spluring on one of their cool pop-coloured cushion covers that are a reasonable buy.

It’s a man bun, Sanjay!
Trust our incorrigible TV commentators to make (amusing) attempts to turn into style gurus. During the Nagpur Test that India won handsomely against South Africa, the men behind the mic had a fun time discussing Ishant Sharma’s hairdo.

Ishant Sharma’s new look
Ishant Sharma’s new look

Sanjay Manjrekar, in his attempt to decipher the new look, called it a “ponytail”. Worse, he went on to say that it looked “cute”. Fellow commentators, Harsha Bhogle and Shaun Pollock were in splits. Finally, Pollock stepped in and corrected Manjrekar, saying, “it’s not a ponytail, but a man bun.” Polly sure knows his style mantras from his seaming deliveries.

Ambika Hinduja’s sweet turn
Ambika Hinduja Macker, (in pic) daughter to millionaire Ashok Hinduja, is now designing chocolate boxes alongside producing Bollywood films and decorating the interiors of swish residences (she designed a walk-in closet for Preity Zinta, and a hangout space for fashionista Surily Goel) under her interiors firm, Impeccable Imagination.

Ambika Hinduja
Ambika Hinduja

The box — an elegant Prussian blue case tied in white ribbon — is for Nordic Kandie. Behind the brand is Estonian expat Thea Tammeleht, who made Mumbai her home four years ago and started selling marzipan. Hinduja came on board recently for Thea’s first chocolate project made using Belgian chocolate with origins in South American beans.

We popped one of the velvety brown pyramids, and agree that it’s gourmet quality. A little postcard that came with the box promised we’d experience “goodness”, “an escape”, “a retreat”… We picked “a relief”, especially in the middle of a manic news day. For now, Hinduja is exclusively designing boxes for Thea but says she may decide to continue if the going is great. Good luck.

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