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Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

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

Hey, we have our own league
Football frenzy is in the air, what with Euro 2016 and the monsoon coming together, sending fans of the beautiful game in a tizzy.

A football match at St Francis Ground, Borivali. Pic/Nimesh Dave
A football match at St Francis Ground, Borivali. Pic/Nimesh Dave

An offshoot of the current popularity of Premier Leagues in all games is that they tap and harness talent at the grassroots level. For example, kicking off today, eight teams will vie for top honours at the inaugural Borivali Premier Football League (BPFL) at Borivali Sports Foundation, on St Francis D’Asissi Ground, Borivali (W).

The tournament is open only to clubs and players from Borivali and Dahisar, making it highly localised and focused. While it is always heartening to see local sport gaining traction, having a sports league is quite the badge of honour for certain areas.

We hope with the opening of such leagues, the condition of facilities at city grounds, including toilets, changing rooms, water, food and showers for players are looked into, to ensure players stick around, and cause a spike in numbers and interest. Well equipped is the way to go(al), Mumbai.

Move it like Lakhan


Pic/Satej Shinde

Evergreen Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor relives a few moves from his blockbuster film, Ram Lakhan along with kids from Plan India at a Lower Parel five-star last evening.

Canvassing for each other


Pic/Satej Shinde

Artists Anju Dodiya (seated in black, first row) watches as husband Atul Dodiya (left) proceeds towards the stage at an event held at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya where the couple traced their artistic journey over the years.

Actress and a cause


Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

National Award-winning actress Sonali Kulkarni expresses her solidarity with the fight against child labour.

When the rani took centrestage
Stylist Sapna Moti Bhavnani lost in thought during a panel discussion on Changing Dialogue on Feminism in India that also included Gayatri Jayaraman.


Pic/Prabhanjan Dhanu

Feminist Rani is part of an event series by SheThePeople.TV, India’s first story-telling video platform dedicated to women leaders, launched by award-winning journalist Shaili Chopra.

Parental peeves and more
Parenting never goes out of fashion and trust Tara Sharma to prove that. The actress and mother-of-two is back with the fourth season of the multi-platform The Tara Sharma Show, that will be aired on television and YouTube, starting this Sunday. Besides mum-and-babies, the edition also focuses on topics pertaining to families, fathers, homes, health and fitness.

John Abraham with Tara Sharma
John Abraham with Tara Sharma

The teaser gave us a peek into interesting group discussions with mompreneurs and gay parents. And of course, the celebrity line-up, which includes Virat Kohli, John Abraham, Soha Ali Khan, Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen Sharma and Farah Khan, who, at one point, said with a straight face, “It takes a village to raise a kid and I have three, so it’s a big village.”

Sing like a CEO
Today, 17 Mumbai business heads will don a different avatar, that of singers, at a central Mumbai five-star for the 13th edition of the CEOs sing for Genesis Foundation Kids. The event has been held since 2010 in Gurgaon, Bangalore and Mumbai where bosses of top firms take to the mic to show off their vocal skills.

M Curmally from Rhythm House performing at last year’s event
M Curmally from Rhythm House performing at last year’s event

The event aims to raise Rs 10 lakhs in funds to facilitate medical treatment for underprivileged children with critical diseases like heart problems, cancer, and thalassemia. Prema Sagar, Founder Trustee of Genesis Foundation is happy over the rising interest levels, “We began to get the CEOs to spend time relaxing and also doing social good. Initially, we had five and soon, the number grew. This edition has the maximum number of participants.”

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