Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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

Why climb stairs!
Last weekend, we learnt that a bunch of bright students from the KJ Somaiya College of Engineering team created a new ATV (All Terrain Vehicle, for the uninitiated).

ATV Raudra in action in the college campus
ATV Raudra in action in the college campus

Called ‘Raudra’, the four-wheele drive runs on petrol, using a 305 cc, 10HP, OHV intake Briggs and Stratton engine with a top speed of up to 60 km/hour. The car can travel on all kinds of terrain — mountainous, snowy, or fields off-road.

The 27-member creative team from the mechanical department included 23 boys and four girls. The car took six months to be completed from scratch and it successfully completed the endurance test. When is the mass-production model hitting the market, we wonder. It could come in quite handy for our city roads.

From the hinterland to Mumbai
Monday evening at the NCPA witnessed not just another film screening. Marathi film, Kapus Kondyachi Goshta speaks about farmers’ suicide; in director Mrunalini Bhosale’s words, “it’s not one of your tragic, whiny movies.”

Sisters Aditi (left) and Arzoo Govitrikar
Sisters Aditi (left) and Arzoo Govitrikar

The Pune-based filmmaker who has several documentaries on agriculture to her credit, said her movie, which comes at a time when the agrarian crisis is deepening in the state, has a two-pronged message.

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan attended the film screening last evening. Pics/Sayyed Sameer Abedi
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan attended the film screening last evening. Pics/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

“First, I want to say, suicide has serious repercussions for your family. Secondly, if you’ve lost someone to it, grieving is natural. Yet, you learn to beat the odds and dig out your last reserves of courage to go on.”

Bhosale says the film was inspired by four girls who had lost their family in Yavatmal. And in a society where girls become public burden in the absence of male members, the eldest, who was just 17, went on to become a successful farmer to support her younger sisters.

Is Bhosale worried how the movie — it was shot in Yavatmal in temperatures touching 48 (Celsius) degrees and the crew even had to be hospitalised on numerous occasions — would strike a chord with urban audiences? “It has won international acclaim. If it can strike a chord in the US and the UK, why not closer home in Mumbai?” Bhosale asks.

Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan, actor Shreyas Talpade, Aditi Govitrikar and sister Arzoo, and member of the BJP, Shaina NC were in attendance to lend their support for this cause.

Take a seat, Sameer Kulavoor
Mumbai-based graphic artist, Sameer Kulavoor has gained a cult following for work that cuts between graphic design, contemporary illustration and art.

Sameer KulavoorSameer Kulavoor

Later this month, the mind behind the petal-faced Dove lady and the graphics of the NH7 Weekender will now display his oeuvre at a first solo exhibition.

An exhibit from Kulavoor’s first solo showAn exhibit from Kulavoor’s first solo show

Please Have a Seat, his body of work to be put up, moves away from thecommercial and focuses on intimate human gestures captured throughoriginal and spontaneous drawings. “Maintaining sketchbooks is an integral part of my visual art practice,” Kulavoor says. “So is the act of revisiting them, introspecting, identifying common patterns and making connections between drawings.”

American honour for chef Ravi Kapur
Admission time. We love to scout for desi chefs who are stirring the pot across the seven seas. The latest to create a buzz is chef Ravi Kapur.

Chef Ravi Kapur (left) at this kitchen in Liholiho Yacht Club. Pic courtesy/Liholiho Twitter account
Chef Ravi Kapur (left) at this kitchen in Liholiho Yacht Club. Pic courtesy/Liholiho Twitter account

Yesterday, the frizzy-haired wonder chef was one of 11 to be selected as one of the Best New Chefs for 2016 by the editors of the prestigious Food & Wine magazine; this, after a month-long scouring.

A US-based publication shared that the recommendations were based on nominations from restaurant critics, food writers and other big names in the industry. Chefs who have helmed a kitchen for five years or less were considered for this nomination.

Having whipped up heady aromas from the state of his birth, Hawaii, chef Kapur is now the toast of San Francisco having bagged many top honours. With a restaurant Liholiho Yacht Club, gastronomically sinful pop-ups and signature dishes like Steamed Beef (shhh!) Tongue Buns with Poppy Seeds, the chef has all the makings of a star.

A different kind of board game
A longboarding workshop by The Longboard Girls Crew (LGC) was held at an indoor venue in Khar recently. Mumbai’s bad roads and lack of open spaces might have something to do with the venue choice, perhaps.

Pic/Atul Kamble

Cool quotient? A smooth surface and a diverse audience. These folks didn’t seem superstitious if this cat crossed their path.

Sea, sun and little sailors
If you want your kid to learn more about Popeye’s profession (the sailor man, remember?), this is your chance. Come Friday, and a city-based activity group, The Little Campers, has organised a sailing experience for kids aged five to 12 years (no parents allowed).

A lighthouse near Gateway of India. Pic/Rane Ashish
A lighthouse near Gateway of India. Pic/Rane Ashish

It includes a two-hour sail aboard a catamaran, where they get to spot lighthouses, fish trawlers at Sassoon Dock, navy vessels, Oyster Rock, Mukesh Mills, and tuck into yummy snacks as well as enjoy the city skyline.

“It’s also educational since the kids will get basic training on sailing and go home with a participation certificate too,” says 32-year-old founder Shweta Bagul. If this sounds like the ideal summer lesson for your lil’ one, call 9819828305.

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