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Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

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

Explosives of another kind
The launch of journalist and now bestselling author of Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up at NCPA last evening was a well attended one, with Mumbai’s literati there in a show of strength. As Ayyub said at the start of the session, she began with 500 copies. The number is now 27,000.

(Left-right) Hartosh Singh Bal, Anil Dharker, Rana Ayyub, Julio Ribeiro and Vrinda Grover at the book launch at NCPA last evening. Pic courtesy/Twitter
(Left-right) Hartosh Singh Bal, Anil Dharker, Rana Ayyub, Julio Ribeiro and Vrinda Grover at the book launch at NCPA last evening. Pic courtesy/Twitter

From Ayyub remembering meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for tea when he told her he wanted to be like Obama, to former commissioner Julio Ribeiro recounting a dinner party he attended in 2002 where he was shocked at how Hindus were talking about Muslims in Gujarat, to lawyer Vrinda Grover sharing that all police officials who spoke up against the government have cases registered against them, it was a launch of explosive declarations.

Much like those in the book, Ayyub, in the middle of reading a passage on BJP president Amit Shah (a senior police official recalls a time that Shah asked him to get rid of an accused in jail), said, “We need to know these are the people we put into power.” The session’s moderator and senior journalist Hartosh Singh Bal quipped, “Buy the book while it’s still selling.”

Show stealer


Pic/Nimesh Dave

Aamir Khan, Sonam Kapoor and Anil Kapoor pose for a selfie at the launch of a new season of a TV show.

Life in a (green) Metro
In an age of green-this and green-that, kiddie entertainment centre, KidZania India, and Mumbai Metro joined hands on World Environment Day (June 5) for a weeklong activity.

A green installation at Ghatkopar’s Metro station
A green installation at Ghatkopar’s Metro station

The initiative is to mark the travel facility’s second anniversary with eco-friendly activities for kids at Ghatkopar’s Metro station.

The station has a greener world set-up where commuters are being given tips on how to protect the environment via a temporary mini museum, prepped with environment-friendly installations. Ghatkopar Metro Station will don these green colours till June 12, to commemorate the Metro’s second anniversary.

Book or film? Take your pick


Pic/Suresh Karkera

Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor and children’s book author Anushka Ravishankar share a laugh at the release of the novelisation of Dhanak yesterday at a bookstore. Ravishankar’s book is based on the children’s film made by Kukunoor that comes to cinemas on June 17.

Man or mannequin?


Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

Male models line up at the launch of a wedding line by designer duo Shantanu (black suit) and Nikhil at their SoBo store.

Taking the plunge
There are dives, and there are dives and then, there are people, who will go to any lengths or depths in fact, for the safety of the city. With the monsoon being a particularly challenging season for Mumbai, every arm of the public service seems to be gearing up in different ways.

Firefighters carry out a pre-monsoon rescue mock drill in the Arabian Sea near Marine Drive. Pic/PTIFirefighters carry out a pre-monsoon rescue mock drill in the Arabian Sea near Marine Drive. Pic/PTI

We spotted some rescue action at Marine Drive where firefighters conducted a mock drill near the promenade. After all, come the rains, and Marine Drive will be packed with people treading dangerously on tetrapods, waves breaking against the walls and rising in fury, couples canoodling underneath umbrellas and daredevils stunts performed along the wall. Here’s hoping for a safe monsoon.

What’s cook(ie)ing?
The next time you are in Kala Ghoda, the alluring aroma of freshly baked cookies might draw you to the newly launched Oh Dough, Kala Ghoda’s first cookie shop.

The cutesy interiors of Oh Dough
The cutesy interiors of Oh Dough

Opened by brother- sister duo, Ritika and Pawan Chawla, the store will offer cookies in flavours like Pistachio, Hazelnut Praline and Double Chocolate Orange along with a combination of Pretzels and Potato chips called Smores + Chipzel and ice creams with flavours like Red Velvet and Pistachio Black Truffle. Le Cordon Bleu Chef Ritika Chawla will prepare everything from scratch, including the marshmallows. Yum.

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