Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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

Your Chin sings for our future
Rakshit Tewari, the lead vocalist of Mumbai band Sky Rabbit has been keeping busy.

Rakshit Tewari
Rakshit Tewari

Along with working on new material for Sky Rabbit, he is also releasing an EP of his solo endeavour, Your Chin. Titled Peeping Till It’s Noise, the EP is thematically set in the future, says Tewari.

“It’s sort of mining the idea of what things may be like in a few years or a decade. It’s about the direction we are headed in as humans,” he says, chatting with the diarist before getting ready for a gig in Bangalore. We can hardly wait.

Four generations of cricketing Bhosales
If you are wondering how come a Sodhi figures in New Zealand’s ICC World T20 squad, the 23-year-old bowler’s parents migrated from Ludhiana to Auckland during his youth and Ish came through the ranks to become New Zealand’s leg-spinning weapon.

Vivaan Bhosale, Sangram Bhosale, Vijay Bhosale and Hanumantrao Bhosale. Pics/Suresh Karkera
Vivaan Bhosale, Sangram Bhosale, Vijay Bhosale and Hanumantrao Bhosale. Pics/Suresh Karkera

Ish claimed the wickets of Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin to shock India in Nagpur last week. Although it’s very early, there could come a time when another Indian lad could be seen playing for New Zealand at any age group.

Seven-year-old Vivaan Bhosale recently clinched the Cornwall Cricket Club’s Bowler of the Year trophy in Auckland. Vivaan, the first pace bowler in his family, belongs to the fourth generation of Bhosales to play competitive cricket.

His father Sangram (43) played age-group cricket with Sachin Tendulkar and was even part of the Mumbai Ranji Trophy probables in 1991 before he played domestic cricket for Railways as a batsman. Sangram’s father Vijay (78) played for Baroda, Maharashtra and Mumbai (then Bombay) in the Ranji Trophy and very nearly earned an India cap in the late 1960s.

Dadar-based Vijay was Sunil Gavaskar’s neighbour when the batting great lived at Hindu Colony. Vijay is the most famous of the cricketing Bhosales, but his father Hanumantrao has probably contributed most to Indian cricket by coaching a young, naughty boy in Sangli, who went on to become one of the finest exponents of batting – Vijay Hazare. Meanwhile, we are hoping to hear more about young Vivaan’s pace and technically correct batting.

Stepping it up for next week


Pic/Sameer Markande

Top models sashay down the aisle of a five star in Lower Parel for the preview of a fashion week that the city will host next week.

When Bollywood got bookish
What do Sonali Bendre-Behl, Gulzar, Emraan Hashmi and Twinkle Khanna have in common apart from Bollywood? A world of reading and writing.

(Left) Twinkle Khanna; (right) Emraan Hashmi and Sonali Bendre-Behl
(Left) Twinkle Khanna; (right) Emraan Hashmi and Sonali Bendre-Behl

While Gulzar need not talk much about this and he didn’t, reciting his poems instead at the Penguin Random House Spring Fever festival in New Delhi, Sonali admitted to being completely bookish before entering the world of cinema.

While Twinkle Khanna shared how writing for her is a way of dealing with the world as a feminist, Emraan Hashmi discussed how he wanted to document the distressing fight with cancer his son had to go through which led to his soon-to-release autobiographical account.

America goes veggie here
The tribe of all-veggie eateries only seems to be growing in the city, and here’s another to join the list.

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This weekend The American Joint opens in BKC and will offer Indo-Western fare, touted to be cooked using 100 per cent organic fruits and vegetables.

Here, you can tuck into all-day breakfast options like Buttermilk Waffles and Masala Quinoa to salads, burgers, a variety of French Fries or signatures like Mac & Tikka, Brooklyn Parm featuring eggplant, Tex-Mex variation called Texchiladas and Cali-Ritto (California-style burrito).

While there's much on offer (vegan and Jain options available too), we'll wait for our taste test to gauge if it's worth ditching hamburgers and steaks for.

Gender in Sports: Not cricket
'Looking for a tall, fair, young, homely girl.' Most of us have come across these words in matrimonial advertisements. A recent email received from a publicist set this diarist back by decades.

While describing a leading English cricketer of Indian origin, the mailer began by describing her as ‘young, pretty and skillful.’ We couldn’t help but notice how young and pretty took precedence over skillful and the fact that she also happens to be one of the first ever women cricket broadcasters of the game.

Should we be grateful that adjectives like fair and thin weren’t used to describe a sportsperson? After India’s recent victory against Pakistan in the ongoing T20 games, did we hear anyone say, “India won under the captaincy of the rugged, handsome and muscular MS Dhoni?”

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