Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier

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

In a pickle, turn to Facebook
NISHANT Arora, the Indian cricket team's media manager, has found a nice, polite way of letting his friends know that if they are looking to get some ICC World T20 tickets off him, they better forget it. Arora, a former television reporter, took to Facebook on Friday to convey his don’t-come-to-me message. The efficient Arora posted: “My Dear friends. I don’t have any tickets or passes for ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 matches in India. Please don’t ask for it and embarrass me. I hope this message will not dent our friendship. Your warmth and affection for me remains the same. Thanks for your understanding. Nishant.”

Nishant Arora PIC/TWITTER
The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

While there is no guarantee that Arora won’t be pestered, his Facebook notice notwithstanding, Daily Dossier remembers how a cricket official up north used to get himself admitted to a hospital just before a one-day international in his city to avoid requests for complimentary passes. Another cricket administrator from southern India used to check into a dingy hotel for the better part of the day to avoid ticket requests.

Even sports editors of newspapers are not spared when it comes to passes so one of them printed a sheet and pinned it on his soft board of his cubicle: “I don’t have tickets/passes.”

Jaya Jaitley helps the lion go desi
BEFORE India took over Silicon Valley, its artisans and craftsmen had already made the world swoon with their intricately woven shawls and miniature paintings. And, this is something that Jaya Jaitley, former Samata Party president and founder of Dastakaari Haat Samiti, is hoping to impress upon the various ministries behind the PM’s favourite campaign “Make in India” with her own version “Handmade in India”.

A Make in India lion designed by Rajasthani artist Vijendra Bharti
A Make in India lion designed by Rajasthani artist Vijendra Bharti (below)

Speaking to this diarist after attending an event in Lucknow, Jaitley says she has asked some of her craftsmen to rethink the Make-in-India logo, the lion, in their own version. While she has six now, she plans to get many more. Even 3D papier-mâché versions, “just for fun”. She hopes to appeal to the PM, Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Commerce and Industry. “Well, more than an appeal it’s just a way of saying ‘hey! We are there too, don’t forget us’.” Tough to.

A 6 lakh cycle ride
The perception that the bicycle is a poor man’s savari can go take a hike. Because taking a hike is one of the things Worli resident Rajiv Bhatt plans to do with his brand new Madone 9.5. The 40-year-old has made it to newsprint for purchasing the costliest bike to be sold in India at R6 lakh from Firefox and Trek, Imperial Cycle Centre, Kurla. The businessman, who already owns a BMW trek bike and one by Fuji, says, “It’s the most advanced road bike today. I booked it two months ago and they had ordered it from the States.” Interestingly, the patent for the 600 series carbon, which this bike is made of, lies only with above firm and NASA. Pic/Atul Kamble

Music talk: Get heard, get noticed
MOVE over music festivals, it’s now the season of music conferences. The Exchange x AVA is going to be held at the Khar Social this Wednesday, and will bring together the best of Ireland’s music biz with Indian musicians. There are sessions on how to get your music into the right hands, which is usually the hardest part. Speakers include Paul Hamill, CEO of Inflyte App, which works with record labels like Diplo’s Mad Decent and Diynamic. There is also Sarah McBriar, who handles the AVA (Audio Visual Arts) Festival & Conference in Belfast, and will talk about what it means to build a festival from the ground-up. “This is a platform to discuss new ideas and to build relationships that will help not just individuals but also the scene,” said Hermit Sethi, director at Submerge, one of the key partners behind the conference. All sessions are free, but don’t forget to register. Change of career, anyone?

Alka Yagnik’s daughter makes restaurant debut
AFTER stints with Zomato in Dubai and JSM (Shiro and California Pizza Kitchen) in Mumbai, Syesha Kapoor, who is playback star Alka Yagnik’s daughter, joins hands with childhood buddies, Abhishek Goyal and Yash Sonthalia, owners of Boveda.

Alka Yagnik’s daughter
Syesha Kapoor

When we ask her whether she sings, she says, “Not at all. I have not trained a single day. My mum never forced me. She said, if you try to do what you don’t love, it won’t last. Besides, I breathe restaurants!” The trio is all set to revamp the Andheri lounge, give it a new dining avatar and call it Boveda Bistro. “We want it to be a neighbourhood gourmet food destination,” says the 25-year-old, who has a bachelors degree in business marketing from the London School of Business. The managing director on this venture, adds, “The lane where Boveda is has tons of bars, but none are great with food. The potential sits immense and we want to strike.” We hear the menu will be created by Michelin star chef Gracian D’souza.

(L-R) Musician Nirali Karthik, comedian Aditi Mittal and film critic Anupama Chopra discuss how YouTube can help you become a star at the YouTube Space in Goregoan East on Saturday. Pic/Sayeed Sameer Abedi

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