Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier

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

Cricket forgot, but football honoured the dead
It didn’t happen at the same ground in Nagpur, but we believe that hosts Vidarbha Cricket Association should have organised a token remembrance last Thursday for the victims of the wall collapse that took place exactly 20 years ago during the India vs New Zealand one-day international at the old VCA Stadium in the Orange City.

Indian and South African teams lining up to remember the nine dead and several injured would have been viewed as a nice touch. On the other hand, sensitivity was not lost on organisers of the Indian Super League (ISL).

Before the Mumbai City FC vs Kerala Blasters ISL match at the DY Patil Stadium in Nerul the same day, both teams lined up for a minute’s silence to remember those who lost their lives in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks (see above picture). Well done, football. Where cricket is concerned, don’t forget to remember next time.

Kala Ghoda on a platter
Kala Ghoda is as much about scrumptious food as it is about kitschy art and culture. And nobody seems to know this better than Nicole Mody, curator of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival’s food section.

The 32-year-old foodie has come up with a book that contains recipes from restaurants in the area. From the high-brow Khyber to the quaint Pantry, Mody has curated about 60 recipes across cuisines.

“Chefs from these restaurants have contributed. My job has been to break them down for the home audience,” says Mody, a Malabar Hill resident. Her personal favourite is the beetroot risotto, but she won’t reveal from where. You’ll have to wait till February to find out.

Starboard bids adieu
After 13 years, Starboard, the port-side bar at Taj Mahal Palace, Apollo Bunder, will close its doors on December 10. “Actually it was supposed to shut down on Tuesday, but we had made a commitment to a guest for a party,” executive chef, Amit Chowdhury, told us over the phone.

Starboard, the port-side bar at Taj Mahal Palace, is folding up
Starboard, the port-side bar at Taj Mahal Palace, is folding up

Chowdhury confesses that every bar or restaurant has a shelf life, and they felt the space could do with a new avatar. “Whether Starboard will return in a new format, or a new concept will pop up, only time will tell. We have sent our ideas to the management.”

The port-side bar, whose door represented a ship’s deck, was made popular by its live band. “The first one was a Caribbean band, and we served Latino snacks on the menu. As time went, we served small-portion meals such as fondues and raclette.

In 2007, we added a Mexican menu to appeal to a wider audience. Our quesadillas, and mucho nachos have been popular.” Interestingly, among their regular patrons, a name that has been in the news lately pops up — Aamir Khan.

“He has been a frequent visitor,” Chowdhury tells us. As the city nightlife bids adieu to the iconic lounge, the choice of 101 margaritas, such as Green Iguana (lemon grass infused tequila with margarita mix) and Simply Mex (Tequila muddled with fresh cilantro), offered in the bar menu, will be sorely missed.

Shrinking the music world
Nikhil Chinapa’s Submerge is bringing back The Exchange Music Conference for its second year. It aims at improving opportunities for Brit and Indian musicians to collaborate.

“Some of the best ideas and tracks have come from music development and collaboration — the most obvious example of this Where Are U Now by Justin Bieber and Skrillex,” says Chinapa.

He goes on to say that he can’t categorise any of the speakers in neat little boxes according to who’s “big” or not. “It’s really about their contribution to the vertical within the music industry that they’re supporting.

A speaker on the panel about music streaming services in India will enrich the discussion with his expertise, while a festival director can talk about his experiences. It really comes down to the curious delegate in the audience and what s/he wants to learn.”

In the mood for love
Why wait till February to celebrate love, when you can do it next month? Sensorium, founded by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi and Sunaparanta’s Raj Salgaocar, opens this year’s edition in Goa, themed around love.

Among the participating galleries are Mumbai’s very own Lakeeren and Jhaveri Contemporary. Works by Simryn Gill, Gyan Panchal and Rana Begum, previously unseen in the country, will be showcased by Jhaveri to pay homage to the theme that opens up a world of possibilities.

From Lakeeren’s Arshiya Lokhandwala (in pic) will come works by Chitra Ganesh on tough love, Sharmila Samant’s videos and Anita Dube’s visual couplets. “The works will address different versions of love, right from nostalgia for the homeland to the pathos of love,” says Arshiya.

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