Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

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

Happy 80th, Zubin Mehta!
The last time Zubin Mehta was in Mumbai, in September 2015, he had the audience following every move of his baton. Accompanying the Australian World Orchestra on their maiden India tour, he left Mumbai, with a promise that he would return soon.

Zubin Mehta at his alma mater St Mary’s School (ICSE) at its 150-year-celebrations during a visit to Mumbai in September last year. Pic/Atul Kamble
Zubin Mehta at his alma mater St Mary’s School (ICSE) at its 150-year-celebrations during a visit to Mumbai in September last year. Pic/Atul Kamble

He’s kept his promise. As part of The Mehli Mehta Music Foundation’s celebrations to honour maestro Mehta on his 80th birthday, the city will play host to three concerts scheduled for April 17, 18 and 20 at the NCPA.

The legend will lead the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra along with iconic soloists like Pinchas Zukerman, Denis Matsuev, Amanda Forsyth, Andrea Bocelli and Maria Katzarava in attendance. Mumbai’s Western Classical music aficionados had better get their hands on tickets for the prized concerts. Do we see queues forming, already!

Queer reel
Queer Ink, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) bookstore, holds a number Q-Fests where debate, discussions, films, conversations and workshops bring community issues to the fore. The latest initiative is a screening of five short films based on the lives of LGBT people, conceptualised by Malati Rao and produced by Queer Ink founder, Shobhna Kumar.

A collage of the films being screened on Sunday in Bandra
A collage of the films being screened on Sunday in Bandra

The stories of Urmi Jadhav, a hijda; Sid M, a transman (a woman who underwent a sex change in 2013); Harish Iyer and his mother Padma (who posted a path-breaking matrimonial ad); Anuja P, a lesbian, and Saumitra Chandratreya, a queer, are told in their own words. The films will be screened on Sunday at 4 pm at Pali Hill’s Cuckoo Club. Let the cameras rock‘n’roll, we say.

Travel haute spot

Co-founder of Nicobar, Simran Lal (left) with designer, Aparna Chandra (right) caught in high spirits last evening, at the opening of the lifestyle store in Kala Ghoda.

Rujuta writes, Kareena endorses
India’s popular fitness professional and Mumbai mulgi, Rujuta Diwekar is out with her fourth book, The PCOD-Thyroid Book. Diwekar comes with over a decade of experience of consulting clients from all walks of life, including Kareena Kapoor, Anil Ambani, Preity Zinta, Karisma Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Konkona Sen Sharma.

Cover of the book; (right) Kareena Kapoor with Rujuta Divekar at an earlier event
Cover of the book; (right) Kareena Kapoor with Rujuta Divekar at an earlier event

In the book, she busts the much-hyped diet-facts and fears, and presents uncomplicated mantras to eat right in order to combat hormonal imbalances and thus, take control over the endocrinological system. While flipping through the book, we noticed a handwritten (scanned) letter by Kareena vouching for it, and its relevance for women. Smart marketing move.

Flaunt your fave bird
We stumbled upon these winged beauties, of all the places, at the online gift shop on the BNHS (Bombay Natural History Society) website.

From the Great Pied Hornbill to Sewri’s pink brigade, we loved the idea of sporting bird pins (R250 each) as a new style statement with a message. With World Sparrow Day around the corner, not a bad idea to show your support for the avian cause.

Kannadiga Kachoris
We must admit that we dig reading about Chef Thomas Zacharias’ culinary adventures within Mumbai and outside. So, this recent post on his social media account piqued caught the diarist’s eye.

Here, Chef T, while on a southern sojourn in Manipal, stumbled on the Biscuit Roti, the Kannadiga version of kachoris. Now, how about giving us a taste of this by introducing it at your fave restaurant (or shall we say, canteen!).

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