Mumbai Diary: Saturday dossier

Flight of the kites
Winter is here, and so is the season of kite fights. But this year, it’s going to be more sporty. Whether you are a kite enthusiast or a pro, if you think you have the skill to rule the sky, test it at a national challenge scheduled for next month. The qualifying rounds will take place in Surat, Ahmedabad and Vadodara while the finals will be held in Ahmedabad on January 13. Sign up for the challenge on

Back to school
BITE OF NOSTALGIA? It was a trip down memory lane for actress Raveena Tandon when she visited the Jamnabai Narsee School for the opening of a sports facility on campus. And what better way to relive the old days than trying the school canteen’s famous vada pav.

You’ve got a nailathon
After marathon, cyclothon, walkathon and hackathon, the city will host a Nailathon, an event dedicated to nails and nail artists. The one-day event (January 11) will see nail technicians and experts from across India showcase their talent in nail art. Also present at the event will be international nail artists Cornelia Wolfrum and Leyla Vazirova talking about top international nail trends, and an online competition where you can submit your designs and win prizes.

C'mon baby, light my choir
The hills are alive with the sound of music… or the islands actually, and one island in particular. The Colaba ALM, My Dream Colaba (MDC) is all set to host Christmas carol singing around a traffic island at Pandey Chowk (Colaba) near the post office. This traffic island got a culture infusion recently when it saw the installation of a sculpture by artist Paresh Maity. Now, The Bombay Baptist Church Choir will sing carols at the island on December 15 at 7 pm. MDC claims it is time to enjoy the magic of the season under twinkling stars. Tuesday traffic may be brought to a halt but we think the initiative is a brave and welcome way to reclaim Mumbai’s streets. Recently, we have seen residents claiming the streets and traffic islands as their own with cultural initiatives — sculpture, art and tree art. Now, if music is added to that mix, can we say more power to Colaba carols?

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