Mumbai Diary: Saturday dossier

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

Wemen for women
With Women's Day just around the corner, 17-year-old Yash More decided to start a social media campaign called #WeMen. The campaign, which is live on Twitter and Facebook, looks to highlight men who are role models. It also aims to increase women's safety in Mumbai. The Dhirubhai Ambani International School student says, "It started with the Madhuri Dixit ad that made me think when it said, 'Yes, boys don't cry but they also don't make others cry.' I thought that I need to do something to put the spotlight on men who have stood up for women's rights and to protect them like Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes did."

Yash More (left) with his sister
Yash More (left) with his sister

More started the campaign on February 27. "My friends and family are helping me with it. I am trying to start a Humans of Mumbai-kind of initiative by asking people to post pictures and a 100-word write-up about male role models. I've also kicked off a poll and posted testimonials on Twitter and Facebook. The campaign is organic, and is growing," he adds. As part of the campaign, #WeMen and Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA) have a street play, Mardaangi that will be staged tomorrow at Growel's 101 Mall and on Sunday outside Borivali (W) station (4.30 pm onwards, both days).

Lima's culinary tales
London-based Michelin star chef Atul Kochchar's latest venture Lima, scheduled to open on March 7, will serve South American cuisine, with some imported as well as some local produce. Did you know that Assam grows a lot of purple corn that is used extensively in South American cuisine; the Indian version of avocado grows in Ooty, and that in most parts of Latin America red rice, like the one consumed in Kerala, is a staple? Read about our encounter with the flavourful cuisine of these lands in Monday's mid-day edition.

Chef Atul Kochchar
Chef Atul Kochchar

Sushi talks
Looks like Kiran Rao and Ayan Mukerji found something more to bond over, besides films. The duo showed up at the launch party of Tatami - Japanese Kitchen and Sake Bar, the brainchild of 20-something entrepreneurs Neha Premjee and Shivam Hingorani that opened its doors in Bandra on Thursday. The guests, which included Sooraj Pancholi, Salim-Suleiman, Anu Malik and Talat Aziz, tucked into exotic Maki Rolls and sipped on Sake Bombs. Pic/Nimesh Dave

Kiran Rao and Ayan Mukerji

Our hips don't lie
Alia Bhatt matches steps with stand-up comic Bharti Singh (second, right) as Sidharth Malhotra (second, left) and Fawad Khan (right) egg them on the sets of a TV show. Pic/Satej Shinde

Kapoor & Sons

Simran Lal sees VFM
Her husband makes automobiles. Anita Lal, thanks to a random pottery workshop she took in the 90s, launched a crockery brand and has gradually brought India's unique craft and skills under a one roof in her luxury retail outfit, Good Earth. Her daughter Simran is now keen to explore the pocket-friendly priced segment, this diarist has learnt. Next week, in their first outpost housed above Kala Ghoda Café in Ropewalk Lane, a mid-priced brand called Nicobar will find home. Delhi-based designer Aparna Chandra, we hear, has been appointed to helm the garment range. homeware, Lal's USP, will continue to make a presence on the shelves. With FabIndia sitting to Nicobar's rear, barely a few buildings away in Kala Ghoda, it will be interesting to see who wins this game-set-match. The online and retail store open on March 8.

A model sports apparel from Nicobar
A model sports apparel from Nicobar

Aligarh goes to JNU
Currently, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, might be hitting the headlines for sedition and Kanhaiya Kumar's sterling speech, banner wielding students and national and anti-national charges, but other events are also creating a buzz on campus. Hansal Mehta's Aligarh will be showcased today, as part of the I View World International Film Festival. Mehta told this diarist, "I am happy to see the film reach the places that matter." Yeah, JNU has become the place that matters, at least now. More than physical spaces, it is the space between the ears, that matters most, and if the film manages to open minds, it is Mission Accomplished for Aligarh and team.


Care for a cutting beer?
Mumbaikars swear by cutting chai. Come rain or shine, a tapri chai works like a potent shot. Take a cue from this favourite city obsession — the new Churchgate outlet of Beer Café has rolled out draught beers in customised cutting glasses. "It is a smaller serving of the quintessential beer mug. It works best if you're in a hurry or need a midday refuel," says Rahul Singh, founder and CEO of Beer Café. First to introduce this in the city, Singh says his audience are includes those who want a slight buzz without getting sloshed. While single servings begin at Rs 39 for the regular Fosters and Kingfisher, craft beers such as Bira and Gateway are priced at Rs 79. If you want specialty brews such as Hoegaarden, Stella, Erdinger, Shepherd and Fullers, get ready to shell out Rs 129. A lager good idea, no?

Beer Café

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