Mumbai Diary: Thursday theme

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

Have an SGNP new year!
Do something different over the Christmas-New Year weekend this time. There are plenty of opportunities to party the conventional way why don’t you buck the trend and head to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park?

Get in touch with Nature
Get in touch with Nature

The Bombay Natural History Society is organising its Highest Point Trek on December 28, which starts from Kanheri caves and goes through fine forested areas, opening out to a lovely view of the city and three lakes Tulsi, Vihar and Powai. Along the way you can explore the park’s biodiversity, which is not accessible otherwise without permission.

Birds of various sorts are of course all around, and you may spot small animals, too, as well as interesting flowers (don’t pluck, just click). Charges are R 800 for members and R 900 for others. Cost includes: Bus from SGNP main gate, Forest Dept permission charges, entry to SGNP and BNHS expertise. Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811, Mon-Fri 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, or e-mail

Assumed greatness?
If there is anything in a name, then the name of one’s spouse should definitely count. A poster being circulated by Bharatiya Janata Party supporters on social media and chat networks shows images of the Buddha, Lord Mahavir and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, all in the same seated position. The poster notes that their wives all bear the same (or similar) name Yashodhara, Yashoda and Yashodaben respectively.

The prime minister’s supporters are said to have come up with this paean
The prime minister’s supporters are said to have come up with this paean

The poster says this is a sign that the great culture of the country is repeating itself, as all three left their wives for the betterment of the country. However, the official BJP social media cell has said that though the poster may have originated from some followers, it did not come from the party.

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