Mumbai Diary: Thursday theme

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

Horsepower meets musclepower
Build some muscle at Mahalaxmi. It will help you battle the crowds at the tote windows on Derby day. Or something like that. Mahalaxmi racecourse, that green emerald of SoBo (you’ve heard that before, but we do like reminding our readers), now has a Dino Morya fitness station.

Dino Morea (l) and Vivek Jain at the inauguration of the fitness station at the racecourse
Dino Morea (l) and Vivek Jain at the inauguration of the fitness station at the racecourse

This fitness station, basically a mini-outdoors gym contraption, is already at several public spaces in the city, including one at Shivaji Park. Yesterday, model and actor Dino Morea was at the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) at Mahalaxmi giving early-morning walkers and joggers a pleasant surprise.

While the model’s name is Morea, his fitness station brand is known as “Dino Morya”. RWITC chairman Vivek Jain and Morea inaugurated the fitness station with Dino demonstrating some pull ups and other exercises on it. The station, sponsored by the Serum Institute of India, is behind the public garden, near the jogging track at the centre of the racecourse.

The RWITC says this is just one more initiative and offering for the public who access Mahalaxmi. The station is great for a variety of bodyweight pushups and pullup exercises. We say, put some muscle into those racecourse moves, Mumbai!

Spellcheck malfunction
Shop owners are always looking for that edge over their competitors, be it in the frontage design or the signboards, on which some add a fancy-sounding name.

“Shoppee” is a common one, making no sense with either one “e” or two. You can’t sell plain food, it has to be “cuisine”. And now, with fashion being forward everywhere, you can’t be a mere clothes shop, apparently. You have to have “couture” in your name, a step up from “designer” perhaps.

We passed one shop which was evidently trying too hard, having added “Couture” to its title. Then, we imagine, they stood back and thought, “Hmm… something’s missing.”

Thus, “Couture” has taken on an acute accent over the “e”. And in the mandatory Marathi incarnation of the name, it was written as “Couch-er”. We won’t even be surprised if this eventually gets reverse-translated back into English (or what passes for it).

A tribute through music
At 11 am yesterday, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), one of the sites of the 26/11 terror attacks in 2008, saw (and heard) a musical performance by 25 musicians including Purbayan Chatterjee, Fazal Qureshi and Rakesh Chaurasia, to name a few, performed a classical rendition.

Musical greats performing at CST station. Pic/Sameer Markande
Musical greats performing at CST station. Pic/Sameer Markande

The performance was witnessed by countless commuters who were on their way to and from work. The tribute closed with a version of Saare jahaan se achchha, a tribute to the nation.

The group also held performances later in the day outside the Trident and the Taj, both hotels which were also targets of the terror attack. At these places, too, many people gathered as they paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the attack.

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