Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

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

Fest for the unpublished
Literary festivals are almost always about authors plugging their works. But here is one that will focus on the unpublished writer.

Kiran NagarkarKiran Nagarkar

To begin on February 20 at St Xavier's College, the two-day Lit-O-Fest will hand out awards not to bestsellers but manuscripts. Established writers and publishers will interact with amateurs. Fest organiser Smita Parikh, says, “It is difficult for an aspiring author to get published in India.

We wished to bridge the gap between author and publisher. And we got a fantastic response last year.” Drop in and watch Narendra Kohli, Kiran Nagarkar and Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai being felicitated at the event.

Melbourne hails Bijoy Jain
Architect Bijoy Jain, who divides his time between Mumbai and Alibaug, where he runs the influential Studio Mumbai, just added another feather to his cap.

Bijoy Jain with entrepreneur and philanthropist Naomi Milgrom

The recipient of the Grande Medaille d’Or received from the Academie D’Architecture in Paris, Jain has recently been commissioned by Australia’s Naomi Milgrom Foundation to design the third edition of MPavilion, an annual design event held in Melbourne.

“One of the world’s most fascinating architects”, as Milgrom called him, the very charming Jain will create a unique architectural layout for the historic Queen Victoria Gardens that are scheduled to host talks, workshops, performances and installations over four months starting October.

Commissioned artists are usually selected based on the strength of their international profile and ability to encourage design debate.

Enter the dragon

Pic/Onkar Develekar
Pic/Onkar Develekar

A dragon dancer performs outside a Churchgate eatery as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations organised by Mumbai's Chinese community which believes the dragon is a good omen and can ward off evil.

Love in packages
Don’t judge a book by its cover, but if an exciting gift gets a drab wrapping, you’d be tempted to diss it, right? A New York-based graphic design studio called Design by Nasha is offering a unique gift wrapping service for Valentine’s.

Gift wrapping paraphernalia by the studio
Gift wrapping paraphernalia by the studio

Together with a set of ‘Love You’ mini note cards, gift bags, wine skins, gift tissues and wrapping sheets, the designer hopes Mumbaikars will ensure cupid strikes.

Making music minus jugaad
Go #AntiJugaad, the latest ad campaign from Prasoon Pandey’s stable, has been creating quite the stir online, already having gathered more than 8 lakh views.

Dhruv Ghanekar
Dhruv Ghanekar

We liked the Folksy background score credited to Dhruv Ghanekar. “The film looks at jugaad which is in the DNA of all Indians,” says Ghanekar referring to the knack for finding a low-cost solution to a problem in an intelligent way.

“Unlike the visuals, I didn’t want the music to be quirky. If you take away the lyrics, the track is in fact, romantic, with a Punjabi Folk feel,” he concludes.

Pic/Pradeep Dhivar
Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

Actor Anupam Kher observed the fourth death anniversary of his father Pushkarnath Kher and celebrated his recent Padma Bhushan award by spending time with specially gifted children at St Andrews auditorium in Bandra on Wednesday.

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