Mumbai Diary: Saturday dossier

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

Anouskha will present at the Grammy Awards
Just as India was rejoicing the fact that Priyanka Chopra will become the first Indian presenter at the Oscars this year, here’s something more for desis to cheer about. Musician Anoushka Shankar will become the first Indian presenter at this year’s Grammy Awards. The globally-famous sitarist has also been nominated for fifth time for her album Home. Six Grammy nominees including Shankar will be presenting awards across 70 categories at this year’s 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Previously, Shankar had also become the first Indian woman and the youngest nominee in the World Music category, and then went on to become the first Indian to perform at the Grammy Awards.

Anoushka Shankar at a show in the city. PIC/PRADEEP DHIVAR
Anoushka Shankar at a show in the city. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

Look who’s lost in a hardback
Matt LeBlanc aka Joey’s character in hit sitcom, Friends has always been known for his aversion to all things bookish. This diarist recalls one of his gems directed at buddy Chandler (Matthew Perry) who gets ditched by a girl who likes to read: “That’s why I don’t date girls who read!” So, we chuckled when we spotted this photo that the dishy actor posted on Twitter recently, where he is seen reading And On That Bombshell: Inside the Madness and Genius of Top Gear. We figure he’s brushing up on this auto knowledge since he was recently chosen as co-presenter of the hit show, which fired Jeremy Clarkosn last year. He becomes the first non-Brit to present the show in its 39-year-long history. Niiii-ce!

Matt LeBlanc posted this picture recently. PIC COURTESY/matt leblanc’s official TWITTER account
Matt LeBlanc posted this picture recently. PIC COURTESY/matt leblanc’s official TWITTER account

Shall we tell?
Something funny seems to have invited laughs from Manoj Bajpayee, Anurag Kashyap, Sudhir Mishra and Tigmanshu Dhulia at the release of a short film in a suburban Mumbai multiplex last evening. Bajpayee played the lead role in the film. Pic/Sameer Markande

Poonam shows the way
Kudos to Poonam Dhillon for her indomitable spirit of entrepreneurialism. It’s been just over six months since the actress hosted a sale of designer garments at a mid-town hotspot in aid of Maharashtra’s needy farmers and now she is at it again.

Today and tomorrow, Dhillon will host a garage sale of goodies including clothes, bags, shoes and trinkets — with a part of the proceeds going to charity. Some of the items on sale have been “lovingly and sparingly used” while many others are brand new.

If Dhillon’s last event was anything to go by, there’s likely to be a fair few branded ensembles on offer, though this garage sale is intended for aam junta and not invitees alone. It’s also easier to access for those who live in the ’burbs, with Easel Art Gallery in Juhu serving as the venue. One way or another, whether it’s the swish set or a rather more plebeian buyer shopping up a storm at this sale, someone in need will benefit.

Well read!
WE often hear rants about how the current generation doesn’t read enough. The Leading Reading Schools of India Awards, initiated by Young India Books, a website that reviews and promotes Indian books to kids, recognises schools that go the extra mile to encourage children to read. This year, the award attracted over 2,500 students from 55 India schools. Four city schools made it to the Top 5. Mumbai’s winners were The Cathedral and John Connon Middle School, JBCN, Bombay International School and Don Bosco International School. There were awards for Best Student Review and a Children’s Choice Award where kids rated books.

Staying grounded
Devotees pay their respects after the Jagannath Rath Yatra began its journey from the Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School in Andheri. The event was as part of ISKCON’s golden jubilee celebrations being held in the city. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

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