Mumbai Diary: Thursday theme

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

Farmers' Call
Now that Mumbai’s horse racing season is on its last legs or hooves, more aptly, the Mahalaxmi Race Course lawns are ready to host the Farmer’s Market on two consecutive Saturdays this month, which is April 11 and April 18, from 4pm to 8pm.

A previous edition of the Farmers’ Market held at the race course
A previous edition of the Farmers’ Market held at the race course

For those who are not in the know, the farmers’ market is a conglomeration of organic food, produce and grocery products being sold at the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC).

We were particularly intrigued though by the organisers’ invitation to those who wish to sell their products at the market. The invite said:

Chief Guest: Organic Mangoes
Special Attraction: Horse Racing

Well, where there are mangoes, there are people. And where there is horse racing, there are punters. And punters are people after all, and they can be mango lovers too. So, before all this gets toooooooo complicated, only to tell you that in case inclined, head to the Farmers’ Market at the racecourse this Saturday, all ye organic enthusiasts.

The Farmers’ Market completed its Season VI from October 2014 to March 2015 at Maharashtra Nature Park, Dharavi. From the Nature Park Dharavi, to the emerald of SoBo, the Farmers’ Market is on a citywide trot.

Dishing out the discs
In showbiz, no publicity is considered bad publicity. But we wonder how this particular trend will impact the box office results of this female star.

While the actor, who is playing a lead role in a forthcoming Bollywood masala flick, is busy doing the rounds of media houses, studios and malls to promote her soon-to-release film, several CDs and DVDs of her previous er, path-breaking work have flooded the stalls and stands in the city.

More so, even the titles of these assembled CDs and DVDs have a mention of the actor’s next film. So, if the film does not live up to the expectations of the viewer in the cinema hall, there is always the other option available. For private viewing, of course.

Coffee and contemplation
A coffee shop in the posh South Mumbai neighbourhood near the Vidhan Bhavan, was where this reporter chanced upon a rather fascinating conversation between a boy, son of a top National Congress Party (NCP) leader and his real-life Guru.

Not amused by this political scion’s inability to avoid phone calls and messages from his girlfriend, who now happens to be ex, the Guru reprimanded him for having poor impulse control in dealing the past. At this point, the conversation veered towards mental purification and Vipassana, which is a higher form of mediation. The guru suggested to the boy that he should practise Vipassana.

Upon being advised to pursue greater and bigger things in life, the unruffled boy said, “I’d rather first head to Goa for a break at this point.” Spoken like a true dynast!

Grabbing attention by the hair!
Anyone who has travelled in a local train will know what an eyesore the illegal posters stuck all over the compartment can be. Various con artists posing as Bengali Babas, job recruiters, moneylenders and the works have plastered just about every inch of space available on the walls of the bogie.

Illustrations/Amit Bandre
Illustrations/Amit Bandre

Once in a while the Railways decides to clean up its act and rips away these posters. However in the process sometimes the adhesive used to stick the poster on the wall gets left behind. Unsuspecting commuters, tired from the day’s work, often rest their heads on the wall and catch a nap.

But when they wake up with a jolt they realise to their folly that their hair is stuck to the wall courtesy the superglue that’s still clinging to it. Careful manoeuvring and a lot of painful twists later, the agonised commuter is able to free her head from the sticky wall.

Having sacrificed a few strands of hair and learnt a rather harsh lesson, the commuter leaves the coach muttering imprecations at both the baba and the super adhesive.

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