Mumbai Diary: Saturday dossier

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

Desi inspirations
Ask her about the first image that pops in the head when she thinks of India and design, and Marie Lundström replies, "A newly dyed pink cloth of high quality cotton." The Creative Director of IKEA India is one of the speakers at a one-day design forum scheduled at the MMRDA grounds on February 17. She will join the likes of visual artists Jiten Thukran and Sumir Tagra, and Netherlands-based 3D printing expert Joris Van Tubergen. "I am inspired by many things Indian, which include all hand painted trucks and signage, and the weaving technique, too," adds Lundström, who shifted to Gurgaon last year and is busy decoding the furnishing brand's research on the Indian way of life, which will prove handy when she finally sets shop here.

Marie Lundström
Marie Lundström

Genial Vijaybhai will be missed
Cricketers — young and middle-aged — heading to Shivaji Park for matches would invariably stop by at Sportsfolio, the sports goods shop at NC Kelkar Road, Dadar. If they are not abreast of developments, they will no longer meet the store's owner Vijay Gulati. Gulati passed away yesterday following multiple organ failure.

Vijay Gulati at his store in Dadar
Vijay Gulati at his store in Dadar

Old friends who visited his store never walked out without being offered a cup of tea, and when one wanted to know the latest trends in the world of cricket bats, Gulati knew it all. In fact, he knew every nuance of the sporting goods business, but will be remembered for his welcoming ways and the right kind of advice, especially to parents who couldn't always afford expensive sports equipment. Sixty-five is no age to leave the cricketing fraternity but well played, Vijaybhai!

What Pottermania!
Though JK Rowling clarified on Twitter that it's a script and not a novel, and definitely not a prequel, it would take an Expelliarmus spell to disarm Harry Potter fans of their excitement. Just days after the news that Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Parts I & II will reach the shelves on July 31, the book has already topped the bestseller lists of both, Amazon and Waterstones. The Special Rehearsal Edition, touted as the eighth book in the Harry Potter series, is an original new story by Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, based on the early version script of Thorne's play that opens in London on July 30. For Potter maniacs desperate to learn what exactly happens 19 years later, Hachette India will release the book here.

The seventh and the last book in the series was published in 2007
The seventh and the last book in the series was published in 2007

Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces attended the bell ringing ceremony at the Bombay Stock Exchange yesterday. For more pics, log on to Pic/Bipin Kokate

It's the right answer
What's the capital of Mongolia? We're sure ninth graders Yatharth B Shah and Sagar Pathak would have the answer considering the duo has just won Mumbai City Finals at the second edition of a national travel quiz for school students (from Class six to ninth), conducted by Thomas Cook.

Winners Yatharth B Shah and  Sagar Pathak
Winners Yatharth B Shah and Sagar Pathak

The team from Thakur Public School beat 55 city schools to compete with the final six, and was declared the winner after an opponent received negative marking for a wrong answer. Apparently, the winning duo had lost the same quiz last year by just three points and had been prepping for the last year. Worth it, considering the prize is an experiential study tour to Malaysia.

PS the answer is Ulaanbaatar, if you haven't Googled it already.

Santoor on my mind

Last evening, Rahul Sharma and group regaled the audience at a music concert titled Journey Of Santoor at Nehru Centre, Worli. Pic/Bipin Kokate

Creed and caramel custard
If cricketers can be excited about playing on their home turf, can musicians be far behind? Indus Creed may have toured the country but the Rock band is most kicked about performing at the city's 100-year-old neighbourhood as part of the Ballard Estate Festival this evening (7 pm onwards).

Uday Benegal (second from left) with the band
Uday Benegal (second from left) with the band

"As a band that was born and raised in SoBo, the neighbourhood is an intrinsic part of our earliest memories," says Uday Benegal, who was one of the founding members of the band in 1985 and is now, also part of the 2010-regrouped version that features Mahesh Tinaikar and Zubin Balaporia (also part of the original group) along with Jai Row Kavi, Krishna Jhaveri and Gaurav Gupta. Post the performance, don't be surprised to walk into Britannia & Co and find the artistes tucking into caramel custard.

"It's the best in the world!" Benegal proclaims.

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