Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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

Dana’s date with Mumbai
On November 25, the risque route, as UK’s Blues legend, Dana Gillespie, comes to town after two years, to kick-start the fourth edition of Simply The Blues.

Dana Gillespie
Dana Gillespie

With a musical career spanning 53 years and with 64 albums under her belt, the singing legend has shared the stage with greats like Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger. Fans of Gillespie can look forward to swaying to the sounds of her signature,in-your-face Blues melodies.

Accompanied by guitarist Jake Zaitz and pianist Matt Gest, she will perform at blueFROG in Lower Parel and later, head out for a multi-city tour to Goa, Bengaluru and Delhi.

mid-day and WSD say, go click
The Welfare of Stray Dogs (WSD) is ready with its Heart Of Giving Calendar 2016 that celebrates the power that comes with the act of sharing. mid-day and WSD now bring you an opportunity to be part of this project.

Week 2 Winner: This frame was sent by mid-day reader Nigel Moreira from Mumbai. He has taken this photo of Browny, his building compound dog in Goa. “He is a lively, cheerful dog who would always greet us when we stepped into the compound, where he lived with his siblings. These canines are familiar with the residents of the building compound, and are always on guard in the area.”
Week 2 Winner: This frame was sent by mid-day reader Nigel Moreira from Mumbai. He has taken this photo of Browny, his building compound dog in Goa. “He is a lively, cheerful dog who would always greet us when we stepped into the compound, where he lived with his siblings. These canines are familiar with the residents of the building compound, and are always on guard in the area.”

Mail us photographs of a friendly street dog or cat from your area. Tell us the story behind their name, a touching anecdote, or a special trait. every week, we will print the best photograph that will be selected from entries received until the end of 2015. The photographer of each winning frame will be gifted a WSD Calendar 2016.

Email: wsdindia@gmail.com with your photo entries

Saeed Jaffrey and Masoom
Among the many movies that late actor Saeed Jaffrey featured in, the classic Masoom comes to mind, where the vibrant party ghazal number ‘Huzur Iss Kadar Bhi’ was picturised on him.

Saeed Jaffrey
Saeed Jaffrey

Masoom producer Devi Dutt shared with this diarist, “The choreographer couldn’t make it to the shoot. But both Naseeruddin Shah and Saeed managed to sway and swing, and pull it off so gracefully.

In my next movie, Bhavna, Jaffrey had no hang-ups in accepting a villainous role. Known for his punctuality and sterling histrionics, the affable actor had this fetish for chewing paan and humming retro tunes. We will miss him.”

BEST days in November
As the good ole BeST buses battle against the odds to survive in Mumbai, we felt like sharing a nostalgic byte about the undertaking and its long standing love affair with the city.

A single compartment electric tram runs past the BMC building. Pic courtesy/The best story by SN PendsayA single compartment electric tram runs past the BMC building. Pic courtesy/The best story by SN Pendsay

The Bombay electric Supply and Tramways Company (BeST) registered in London, was actually a subsidiary of the British electric Traction Company, which had been trying to bring electricity to Mumbai since 1903.

Two years later, it secured the necessary license in 1905, to take over the right of supplying electricity to Mumbai. In November 1905, BeST set up a generating station at Wadi Bunder, and thus began its journey to provide power for the city’s iconic tramways.

It’s (cos) play time for Mumbai!
Comic Con India has organised a Cosplay Workshop this weekend to help fans who are keen to learn the ropes — how and where to source costumes, props, and wigs.

Comic book fans enjoy cosplay at Comic Con in Bangalore
Comic book fans enjoy cosplay at Comic Con in Bangalore

The session scheduled to be held at the Todi Mill Social on November between 6 pm to 8pm, will be a follow-up to the earlier cosplay workshop where cosplayers can showcase their costumes/ props, and benefit from the guidance of several experienced cosplayers who have participated in previous Comic Con India events earlier.

Participants will also stand a chance to win free tickets to Mumbai Film & Comic Con, scheduled to take place on December 19 and 20 at Bombay exhibition Centre in Goregaon. For more information, log on to www.comicconmumbai.com

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