Mumbai Diary: Thursday theme

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

RIP, The Zodiac Grill
By the time you read this, social media would have already been abuzz with news that The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai’S famous restaurant, The Zodiac Grill, will be shutting down, later this year.

An interior view of Zodiac Grill. Pic/Shadab Khan
An interior view of Zodiac Grill. Pic/Shadab Khan

Commenting on the finale of The Zodiac Grill, Taljinder Singh — Area Director, Mumbai and General Manager, The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai, said, “There are few things fine and exclusive in the world that represent elegance and then there are those which exceed those expectations.

The first fine dining restaurant in India, The Zodiac Grill set not just standards but global benchmarks in cuisine, style and service. Proudly the same cuisine, style and service continue to be maintained till its last operating day.

Exemplifying team work, The Zodiac Grill is truly a jewel in the dining space.” Watch the space for updates on what will replace this culinary icon.

In sync with the Mahatma
On October 2, this year, Bandra Amphitheatre would remember the Father of The Nation through music. The festival, Harmony Rocks — Gandhi Peace Festival 2015, at the venue will have live music featuring artistes from across the country.

Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Café will perform at the festival
Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Café will perform at the festival

The central theme of the show will be Mahatma Gandhi’s values, expressed by these artistes who have been chosen on the basis of their similarities with the values of Gandhi. The genres of music will be a mix of Folk, Pop, Rap and Rock.

Frames for a community
Earlier this week, Save the Children, Apnalaya and Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment came together to organise a community campaign. This campaign looked at the promotion of healthy behaviour and practices on water and sanitation across 12 slums of M East Ward.

The children snap the happenings in their neighbourhood
The children snap the happenings in their neighbourhood

As part of these activities, a two-day workshop titled — ‘The Children's lens’ was organised on Monday and Wednesday, where Mohammad Aslam, General Manager, Frameboxx Animation trained children to use the camera.

The workshop saw 20 children between 12 and 16 years old from Shivaji Nagar slum in Govandi learn to use their creativity to capture community issues through photography.

The workshop was conducted for three hours each on both days, with the basics of photography taught on day one. While day two saw the children click pictures of the area they lived in photographing the problems of their locality.

When Thommo hit rewind mode
Thomson says: Former Australian fast bowling great Jeff Thomson, who is currently spearheading the Mumbai Cricket Association-IDBI Federal Life Insurance Bowling Foundation, was at the MCA ground, in Bandra Kurla Complex yesterday.

Pic/Suresh KK
Pic/Suresh KK

He was particularly interested in flipping through back issues of the Cricketer magazine which featured him on their covers since 1974. ‘Thommo’ was shown these rare issues by mid-day after his interview, which appears on pages 12 and 13.

More than the old images, he spent time going through the scorecards of West Indies’ 1975-76 tour of Australia. We suspect it made his day!

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