Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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

Vijay Manjrekar forgotten at Wankhede Stadium?
EVER since the Mumbai Cricket Association built the Wankhede Stadium in 1974, the pillars of the association like former India players Polly Umrigar and Madhav Mantri (both deceased) ensured Mumbai greats were honoured with stands and gates named after them even while they were alive. The two gates at ‘D’ Road, Churchgate were named after Polly Umrigar and Vinoo Mankad. The Sunil Gavaskar and  Vijay Merchant stands on the east and west sides of the stadium were unmissable to anyone visiting the Wankhede. The change rooms were called the Vijay Manjrekar dressing rooms. However, while the stands still have the famous names at the new, renovated Wankhede Stadium for the 2011 World Cup, the association seems to have forgotten to name the dressing rooms after Manjrekar.

MUMBAI ICON: Vijay Manjrekar. PIC/GETTY IMAGES
Mumbai Icon: Vijay Manjrekar. Pic/Getty Images

Daily Dossier has made several enquiries with those who have been to the dressing rooms since 2011 but no one has seen a board honouring the former Mumbai and India batsman.

If this miss is true, the Mumbai Cricket Association ought to set it right soon. At one point in time, in the 1990s, there was a sponsors’ name attached to the Vijay Manjrekar dressing rooms.

This time, they probably don’t need sponsorship, only the name to perpetuate the memory of one of the finest batting technicians to grace the cricketing turf.

Manjrekar was great in the truest sense of the term and that has been aptly endorsed by the greatest commentator ever — John Arlott — who wrote in his book, 100 Greatest Batsmen three years after Manjrekar’s 1983 death: “He leaves behind a reputation for courage and for rising to the challenging occasion.”

A stylish salaam to street kids
Guess what fashion designer Narendra Kumar’s latest muse is? Inspired by drawings created by some of Mumbai’s young artists, Kumar will unveil a bespoke clothing line at a fashion show  on Thursday at a swish dining pub in Lower Parel.

Narendra Kumar

This is an initiative for children’s empowerment by Swiss International Air Lines, who partnered with the designer and filmmaker Mira Nair’s NGO Salaam Baalak. We hope it improves the lives of these less privileged kids. Through art workshops, they cultivated their POV for the world on themes of love, friendship, Mumbai and promise. We’re keen to see whether these kids hit the ramp as showstoppers.

Bandra bonhomie
Sunday evening witnessed the release of St Andrew-by-the-sea, a guidebook about the 400-year-old parish of St Andrew.

Seen in the frame are (l-r) Bishop Dominic Savio Fernandes, St Andrew parish priest Fr Caesar D’Mello and theatre person Denzil Smith. The book release flagged off the anniversary celebrations of the oldest parish in Bandra. Pic/ Satej Shinde

Is it a corner kick or a penalty?
Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia checks his lines during a shoot for a commercial with Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan (right, in black tee) in Film City, Goregaon.

Pic/ Satej Shinde

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 a part of this project. Mail us photos of a friendly street dog or cat from your neighbourhood.

Tell us the story behind their name, a touching anecdote, or a special trait. Every week, we will print the best photograph selected from entries received until the end of 2015. The photographer of each winning frame will be gifted WSD 2016 Calendar 2016. EMAIL: wsdindia@gmail.com with your photo entries.

Week 3 winner: This frame was sent by mid-day reader Renaldo Pavrey. “On a trip to Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), I noticed this woman sitting on a sidewalk in McLeodganj, a packet of edibles in her hand, feeding a pack of street dogs. Everyone knows her as ‘Khyi Ani’ — the nun who looks after dogs (Ani: Tibetan for nun). Visit McLeodganj, and you won’t miss the old nun and her bunch of dogs who can be spotted every evening, off the main square or along the temple road. She is compassion in action,” says Pavrey.

Remembering Sitara Devi
Last year, on November 25, Empress of Dance, Sitara Devi, passed away. None other than Rabindranath Tagore gave her the title, after witnessing her dance when she was barely 12.

Sitara Devi
One of a kind: Sitara Devi

A memorial will be held at the Tata Theatre, NCPA, tomorrow (6.30 pm) featuring tributes to the kathak icon by her son, Ranjit Barot along with Jayanti Mala, Rishika and Vishal Mishra, and her longest standing disciple, Antonia Minnecola. The finale will witness a homage paid by Ustad Zakir Hussain, who has performed with the danseuse through her early days. Entry is on first-come-first-served-basis, so be on time.

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