Mumbai Diary: Thursday theme

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

A pathani for every Eid
As the holy month of Ramzan draws to a close, faithful Muslims make a beeline for the many stalls selling pathanis and kurtas across Bhendi Bazaar and Mohammed Ali Road.

Vendors selling pathanis and kurtas at Bhendi Bazaar during the month of Ramzan. It is customary for Muslims to wear new clothes for the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers. Pic/Waleed HussainVendors selling pathanis and kurtas at Bhendi Bazaar during the month of Ramzan. It is customary for Muslims to wear new clothes for the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers. Pic/Waleed Hussain

It is customary for Muslims to don new clothing to offer the morning Eid-ul-Fitr prayers. Retailing at R600-2,000, these temporary stalls offer a variety of styles, colours and materials that are often copies from a pathani worn by one of the Khans of Bollywood in a recent masala flick.

And, the most enthusiastic customers are the teenagers and pre-teens who want the exact outfit and matching accessories as their celluloid hero. The fad seems to be a money-spinner for the vendors. Eid Mubarak to one and all.

It’s all in the eyes
Actor Ranveer Singh is never without tricks up his sleeve. The latest from his bag, is a Dubsmash video. The video, where Singh is dressed up as Pakistani singer Taher Shah, has him lip-sync to Shah’s viral track, Eye to Eye.

A screen grab of Ranveer Singh’s Dubsmash video uploaded on his social networking accounts
A screen grab of Ranveer Singh’s Dubsmash video uploaded on his social networking accounts

The video is a response to actor Hrithik Roshan’s birthday wish to the Singh where Roshan got him to outdo the wacky song.

Barry bats for clean cricket
mid-day’s ‘LET’S FACE IT, IPL STINKS’ Page One of yesterday, attracted attention within the cricket fraternity. A famous name in cricket former South African batsman Barry Richards seemed to agree with our view that aimed to hit corruption for a six.

Barry Richards. Pic/Getty Images
Barry Richards. Pic/Getty Images

Richards, who apart from playing four Tests for his country before South Africa got banned because of their apartheid policy, figured in county cricket and Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket. Responding to a post on our Page One, Richards wrote: “Winning is important but so is the integrity of the game.

If winning with corruption becomes ok, the game is nowhere.” He continued, “That will cause demise of Tests. The new age cricketer is now an independent contractor no loyalty to any team or indeed country. Good for the players bank balance, but in the long term, sad for cricket, I think.” Well said, Sir.

A very heady affair
Call it thinking with a cool head. Or, having your helmet-shod head on your shoulders. Whatever you wish, actually. Yet, one is heartened that there are still concerted efforts to ensure safety of two-wheel riders and the message wear a helmet is being constantly reinforced.

Actor Raveena Tandon with school kids in an awareness campaign for using helmets, at CST in Mumbai; Traffic police constables and college students take a selfie wearing safety helmets distributed by traffic police on the occasion of Yuva Suraksha Abhiyaan Week in Thane. Pics/PTI
Actor Raveena Tandon with school kids in an awareness campaign for using helmets, at CST in Mumbai; Traffic police constables and college students take a selfie wearing safety helmets distributed by traffic police on the occasion of Yuva Suraksha Abhiyaan Week in Thane. Pics/PTI

These two pictures in two different parts of the city, one in SoBo and the other venue, which was in Thane, show that the wear a helmet drive (pun intended) still has some steam. Having said that, one has to add that riders need to take the onus for their safety. After all, like they say, the helmet rule may be made by the cops, but the head is yours.

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