Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

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

Father's day: With love, dad
As another ‘day’ approaches, it’s time for the fathers of the world to sit up and be counted. From spa treatments to weekend treks, daddies have never had it so cool.

Prakash Padukone with daughter Deepika. Pic/Suresh KK
Prakash Padukone with daughter Deepika. Pic/Suresh KK

Joining the bandwagon (in a more cerebral way), a new book Legacy by Sudha Menon, will share a rare collection of personal letters from famous fathers to their daughters (what about the sons?). These icons from business, the arts, film, food and sports have shared their wisdom in these accounts.

Expect to read letters by Ajay Piramal, Amit Chandra, Captain Gopinath, Jatin Das, Prakash Padukone, Kishore Biyani and Sanjeev Kapoor, among other desi icons. We’re keen to read their life mantras.

Wear your Kinky cap
There isn’t much that you can’t get online these days, be it a product or a service. There’s a new desi website now called, that hopes to turn your fantasies into reality.

Touted as a place to pick up adult lifestyle products and accessories, the portal is the brainchild of Reetinder Singh and Mritunjay Berry, and claims that it procures all the products on display from leading brands with a global presence and assured quality benchmarking.

Maheshwari musings
It’s such news that makes us smile, and wish there were more. Weaves of Maheshwar, a National Award-winning film by Storyloom Films looks at the revival of this textile weave through the eyes of its weavers and others who made it possible.

A scene from Weaves of Maheshwar
A scene from Weaves of Maheshwar

Now, the film will be screened next week at Kala Ghoda’s ARTISANS’ Centre. It portrays the strength of Indian textiles, and how the weave, with its origins in the riverside town of Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh, has been playing a significant role in history.

The film travels from 2012 to 2015 where more than 200 weavers, including the younger generation, had migrated to Maheshwar due to the rising opportunity in the handloom sector, largely from Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh. This was considered unusual in a sector seeing a major decline. The film also won the Rajat Kamal for Best Promotional Film at the 63rd National Film Awards. Don’t miss this one.

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