Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

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

Biwi, bat aur ball
As people thronged the gates of the Wankhede on Thursday evening for the India-West Indies T20 semi-final, we spotted a glum husband and his agitated wife sparring outside the stadium.

The reason for the squabble? Two tickets to the match worth Rs 10,000 (each) purchased by the husband. The yelling match outside the pavilion took a break every few minutes, with the wife grabbing people by their arms, persuading them to buy her ticket.

“Who asked you to buy these tickets? Do you have no value for money?” she yelled continuously, as the husband showed little remorse. His anger mounted when more passersby began to stare at them. While nobody was keen to buy the high-value ticket, this match was nearly as entertaining as the one being played inside. Who won this match, we wonder.

Dance with the stars

Bollywood actors Ranveer Singh and Guest of Honour, Aamir Khan break into a jig much to the delight of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the Lokmat Maharashtrian of The Year awards held at NCPA last evening.

The Lifetime Achievement Award winner Asha Bhosale acknowledges the crowds at the entrance, as Ranveer applauds her presence. Among other awardees, industrialist and philanthropist Nita Ambani was conferred with the Maharashtrian Youth Icon Award. Pics/Pradeep Dhivar

The youngest model. Seriously.

A day after model Carol Gracias proudly flaunted her baby bump on ramp at an ongoing fashion week, last evening saw designer Karishma Shahani Khan take a bow with her toddler. Thumbs up to the new mum brigade!

All about Chemistry
The much-awaited molecular gastronomy restaurant in Juhu, Mad Hatter, which was announced last year, will never see light of day. Now, don’t lose heart. UK-based Bengali boy, chef Stephen Gomes, who runs Moksh in Cardiff, has a new magic trick up his sleeve — Chemistry 101.

Chef Stephen Gomes
Chef Stephen Gomes

For the first time, he will introduce ‘food magic’ in India. We received an invite that read: ‘Come taste the magic of food created for the first time in India by Gastro physicist AA Rosette Chef Stephen and Chef Laurent Chauvire.’ While we will tell you about this culinary experiment, you can also explore it on April 15.

It was a SEL-out show!
Music trio Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa were in their element on Thursday night at a gig at NCPA.

Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

After nearly six years, the hit music trinity performed live in Mumbai, to raise funds to educate the girl child in a two-hour gig where they belted many of their popular Bollywood tracks.

Wanna bust some ghosts?
The world of the dead is a mystery. So, when there was an announcement about a device that claimed to capture spirits, it sounded suspiciously cool. On March 31 and April 1, many Indian news websites mentioned a device called Proton Pack that could capture images at a massive 964 frames per second, and hence, also paranormal beings (read: spirits, ghosts and its ilk).

That the information reached us via the company’s official PR, included scientific jargon (most didn’t make sense) and used technologies seen in recent smartphones, projectors and TVs, must have tricked many. We dialed the PR to check if it was an April Fool’s prank. It was. The said Proton Pack will debut in the new Ghostbusters movie (July 2016). Despite being fake, we’d love to see it in action.

For old time sake
Delhi’s Laadli Foundation, which works towards girl child empowerment, will be felicitating one of our first fashion choreographers, Jeannie Naoroji, next week.

(Above, seated left-right) Asgar Ali, Nandini Sen, Pheroza Mody, Meher Castelino, Anna Bredmeyer, Marianne Salome Roy Kapur
(Above, seated left-right) Asgar Ali, Nandini Sen, Pheroza Mody, Meher Castelino, Anna Bredmeyer, Marianne Salome Roy Kapur

And to make the moment more special, her old models have come together and coaxed her to put up one more fashion show at the NCPA. “Shows back then had movement, dance and elaborate choreography. We would come and do a tap routine, or the Charleston or Waltz,” says former model Meher Castelino.

Jeannie Naoroji and her business partner Hilla Divecha
Jeannie Naoroji and her business partner Hilla Divecha

Coming out of retirement are now businessman Asgar Ali, who used to be one of the two token male models of the 70s, chosen only because of his dancing skills; Nandini Sen, Anna Bredmeyer, Salome Roy Kapur and Castelino. The clothes are being provided by Wendell Rodricks and Neeta Lulla.

Prank in the air?
Yesterday, we got a whiff of a prank in an email by a food portal that curates goodies from city home chefs. It spoke of the launch of ‘revolutionary’ 100 per cent mountain air from Himalayas and Western Ghats, bottled in jars, on order at R99, and a kids’ package at Rs 49.

When we dialled the founder Gaurav Tandon, he laughed, “Considering Mumbai’s pollution, we played this prank. We got 25 orders and enquiries too. But we won’t trick our customers. We’ll send jars with vouchers of equal amount, and goodies to those who placed orders.” Truth is, a time might come when we will need to pay big bucks to breathe pure Himalayan air.

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