Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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

Summer brides et al
If you’re planning to get hitched this summer, take a peek into the breezy Peacock Summer Bride 2016 collection created by Falguni and Shane Peacock.

Unveiled over a glamorous champagne brunch this weekend, the elegant-meets-edgy line features soft fabrics, pastel-hued embellished gowns with seductive headgear.

Football tourney with a cause
The Don Bosco institution is popular for its football prowess. So it’s apt that one of its ancillaries, Don Bosco Centre for Learning, is organising an eight-a-side football tournament, to be played on Sundays between February 14 and March 13, at the Don Bosco ground, Kurla.

Representative Pic
Representative Pic

This edition of the tournament has been dedicated to the seven students — Taha Shaikh, Sharjeel Shaikh, Akash Thapar, Brian Fernando, Sajid Chaudhary, Irvin D’Souza and Bernadette D’Souza — of the Kurla institute, who were among the eight that perished in a fire at Hotel City Kinara in October last year.

“It was not easy to deal with the tragedy, for the parents, their colleagues and the management. We cannot bring them back but can keep their memories alive. Considering that some of them were popular football players, we felt a football tournament in their memory would be a fitting tribute to young lives ‘Gone Too Soon’,” writes Fr Joe Braganza (sdb), in the circular announcing the Don Bosco Challenge Cup which offers a total prize pool of `70,000 besides trophies. Entries are restricted to the first 16 teams from the MDFA Elite, Super and First Divisions on a first come first serve basis.

Go veggie under water
Keen to relish an underwater dining experience? Instead of waiting to plan a trip to Maldives, Fiji or Dubai, all you have to do is head to Ahmedabad where Real Poseidon, touted as India’s first underwater restaurant, opened recently. Located in the South Bopal area, the underground tunnel-themed dining hall offers a stunning sea-through glass view of cool blue waters and marine life.

Unfortunately, there’s no catch of the day here as the restaurant offers pure vegetarian fare in Chinese, Thai, Mexican and Indian cuisine. How about getting one of Mumbai’s enterprising restaurateurs to bite the bait and create its non-veggie avatar?

Ladies in red

Pic/Pradeep Dhivar
Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

Our lensman was backstage to capture Lisa Haydon, Shibani Dandekar (hidden) and Chitrangda Singh at the unveiling of a high-end whiskey collection meant as a gifting option for men.

In Jhumpa’s words
Pulitzer Prize winner, Jhumpa Lahiri, known for popular novels like Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth and The Lowland will soon present her next.

The autobiographical work, In Other Words (Penguin India) marks the author’s non-fiction debut. It is written in Italian, and investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language. Lahiri’s love for the Italian language first emerged during a trip to Florence, after college.

Although she studied the language for years later, she wasn’t able to master it. So, in 2012, she decided to move to Rome where she began to read, and write solely in Italian. The book has been translated from its original Italian version by Ann Goldstein.

Embrace sensitivity
The Department of Communication and Media of Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga, is organising a 60-hour film festival, Tilt Shift, on February 7.

The event is in collaboration with Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA), an organisation that works to stop violence against women by involving young men. The inter-collegiate film festival, with gender sensitivity, as its theme will see participation from 40 colleges.

A classical court

Pic/Pradeep Dhivar
Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

A dancer performs to ghazals by Classical vocalist Dr Soma Ghosh at Darbari Mehfil, a concert that recreated a traditional court mehfil setup at the Bandra Fort.

Today is World Wetlands Day
For most of us, wetlands have come to represent a piece of land that breeds mosquitoes. But they serve a very critical purpose in nature.

Wetlands at Mulund East
Wetlands at Mulund East

They purify water from pollutants and waste, maintain reserves of ground water, and act as shock absorbers by safeguarding land during erosion and floods. Wetlands are also important for biodiversity, providing a home to thousands of freshwater species.

To create awareness of the green marshlands and to promote conservation, February 2 is celebrated globally as World Wetlands Day. In aamchi Mumbai, the folks at Maharashtra Nature Park near Dharavi Bus Depot are organising a special photo exhibition (8 am to 5 pm) on wetlands to help convey the importance of their conservation. The photographs will be on view till February 14.

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