Mumbai Diary: Thursday theme

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

High on histrionics
A group of multi-talented performers enthralled the audience with their interpretation of contemporary Indian poetry in English, Hindi, Marathi and Kashmiri through theatre, music and movement as part of stage veteran Sunil Shanbag’s Blank Page.

A Blank Page performance in progress. Pic/Sameer Markande
A Blank Page performance in progress. Pic/Sameer Markande

The 55-minute performance staged twice in the last two days, was part of the ongoing Akshara: Crafting Indian Scripts, an exhibition at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya at Fort.

When 'Sir' dropped by

Pic/Sameer Markande

Sachin Tendulkar’s coach Ramakant Achrekar made a public appearance for the inauguration of Sasa Sports in Kalbadevi.

For APJ Abdul Kalam
Today, on the 84th birth anniversary of APJ Abdul Kalam, Rupa Publications will release an illustrated autobiography titled My Life: An Illustrated Autobiography.

Kids will love this, thanks to the artworks by Prabhjyot Majithia. Born in 1931, in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Dr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was both, an acclaimed scientist and a statesman.

He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990) and Bharat Ratna (1997). All of this, before he became the President of India in 2002. Don’t miss this visual tribute to one of India’s brightest and greatest minds.

Keep Aiyana out, please
The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) office in Worli, Mumbai, had an unusual visitor on Wednesday morning. Rhea Pillai walked in with a petition to the commission, requesting a ban on newspapers carrying pictures of her daughter.

Rhea Pillai
Rhea Pillai

Demanding a need for privacy for her 9-year-old daughter Aiyana Paes, she also requested for an in-camera proceeding (to avoid media attention). As readers know, Rhea Pillai and Leander Paes have been embroiled in a high profile court battle for a while, with juicy details hitting the headlines.

Meet the snake rescuer
He’s a man of many talents. However, while we still expect him to deliver his lines and enthrall us with his writing for stage, that he could rescue snakes was not something we had counted on. But Manav Kaul did just that. On Tuesday, while shooting for a film in Lonavla, Kaul came across a group of villagers at a temple surrounding a snake.

A video grab of the rescue
A video grab of the rescue

“They looked like they were going to beat it. I love snakes. I couldn’t let that happen,” he says over the phone. With nothing to support him besides a few documentaries he had watched on a wildlife channel, Kaul picked up the rather large snake with his bare hands and placed it in a plastic bag.

Though the snake had to suffer the claustrophobic environment for a bit, it must have been relieved when Kaul released it into the forest. Clap, clap.

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