Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

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

Dhaba with a cool cause
We stumbled upon this wonderful bit of news from Girls at Dhabas, the popular women’s empowerment initiative from across the border.

Girls at Dhabas engage in a street side pop-up. Pic courtesy/Girls at Dhabas Facebook page
Girls at Dhabas engage in a street side pop-up. Pic courtesy/Girls at Dhabas Facebook page

Heavily active on social media (and rightly so), on Chand Raat, the Girls at Dhabas embarked on an adventure to create small pop-up havens to encourage a different kind of solidarity ‘Behenchara’.

Behenchara that allowed them to imagine a world where females can be equally represented in public spaces. The photos posted on social media deserve applause, from idea to its execution. Something to try out in amchi Mumbai, perhaps?

Hey Jackie! What about me?

Pic/Satej Shinde

We were tempted to give it a shot going by Varun Dhawan’s expression watching Jacqueline Fernandez and John Abraham share an intimate and playful moment on the sets of a TV show last evening.

A smashing trio
Badminton is one of the few sports where India has a realistic chance for a podium finish at the Rio Olympics. Which is why some bonding with less than a month to go for the spectacle, spells great news.

Recently, on PV Sindhu’s (left) birthday, compatriot Jwala Gutta (right) tweeted this photo where she, doubles partner Ashwini Ponappa (centre) and Sindhu engaged in some serious fooling around, wearing identical tees.

With super-high stakes and the hopes of a billion riding on their powerful shoulders, here’s wishing the trio big luck for Rio.

Birthday wisdom
When he speaks, the world listens.

So, when His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama rang in his 81st birthday by celebrating it with members of other religious denominations at Drepung Monastery, here’s what the messenger of peace had to say to his followers on social media: ‘Genuine peace in the world depends on our having peace in our hearts. If we are full of anger how can we expect to bring about peace?’

Bad theatre call
As the play begins, the audience sees a veteran actor on stage; the sets recreate a kotha that dates back to the era of nawabs and begums. Lines roll out effortlessly, transporting the audience to another time.

The mood vanishes in a flash as soon as the protagonist, Bollywood starlet, Daisy Shah who recently turned her attention to theatre, delivers her lines. Her diction is all over the place. Despite a pretty face and a superlative supporting caste, the bland dialogue delivery and the lack of emoting in intense scenes ruined the mood.

Films allow distractions to cover up for quality, but theatre is a lot less forgiving. At this particular show, the actress’ restless entourage kept flitting from one end of the auditorium to the other, and that didn’t help matters. We’re quite certain that bringing the young actress on board was a commercial decision. Let’s hope she doesn’t do an encore of this theatrical (mis)adventure.

What’s in a name?
This one is a heads-up for weary souls looking for a quick getaway. If you’re planning to head to Nashik’s Beyond resort by Sula, you might want to backspace, and change that to Soma Vineyard Resort.

Soma Vineyard Resort
Soma Vineyard Resort

The 47-room property, with beautiful pool villas that launched in 2010 and was leased out to Sula, is now back with its original owners, Soma. Enjoy a guided winery tour to Soma Vine Village, that started wine making in 2014. Get an adrenaline high at its adventure arena, Zonkers, or indulge in vino therapy at newly launched spa, Nilaya.

Pradeep Pachpatil
Pradeep Pachpatil

“Soma’s wines are made to suit every palate, be it of a novice and a connoisseur. The Vine Village aims to offer a lifetime experience of Indian wine culture whilst pampering guests,” shared Pradeep Pachpatil, chairman and managing director. Exhale.

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