Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Tales

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

Time for film-flam
The season of events is upon us, and music, dance, theatre and film is in the air.

One of the events we have been looking forward to is the Mumbai Women's International Film Festival (mwiff.com) from December 6 to 13. The shortlist of films is exciting and we can hardly wait.

But when we were thumbing through the website we couldn't help noticing, in the “Meet The Team” section, that the people behind the festival featured there with the exception of one are all men.

The exception is the public relations head, in case you were wondering. Not that it matters to us as long as the content of the festival is good which gender is involved in its production. It's just, well, odd. Perhaps even ironic.

Don’t make this in India
The prime minister's exhortation to “make in India” predictably led to many gags and memes, mainly on social media. There are, as observers have pointed out, several things that do not need to be made in India and in fact should be eradicated.

Things like poverty, corruption and public hygiene are on people's minds, and they have been vocal about them. It was only a matter of time before the concept found its way onto T-shirts. The brand Tantra, which comes up with wacky slogans and images on its apparel, has brought out a range of ‘Make in India’ T-shirts, some more hilarious than the others.

There are some predictable sorts, like one with a picture of the PM and the line ‘Made in India’. But there are quite a few rib-ticklers, too, such as this one embodying the “palm-greasing” that we would love to get rid of.

Making waves
At 27, she is the youngest and, according to Mantralaya sources, the first woman to be appointed Officer on Special Duty to the state chief minister.

We are talking about Nidhi Kamdar, who has been appointed the OSD for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, and will now be working with the man under whom she had interned for her Government Management course.

Kamdar, a known face in the social media cell of the Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party, was also handling the Twitter account for Fadnavis during the elections.

She will focus mostly on the social media side for the chief minister and his office, and it's being said that her first task is to make the CMO's official Twitter handle more active than it was during the earlier regime. Like Fadnavis, Kamdar also hails from Nagpur.

Where's the jingle?
There seems to be a chillar shortage in the city, what with everyone from shopkeepers to autorickshaw drivers pleading “no change”. What's happened to all the coins, we wonder.

Message in the sand
Sand is a transient medium, with messages written on it lasting only as long as the waves wash them away. But the DS Research Centre ensured that its messages about lung cancer awareness had lasting value, during Lung Cancer Awareness Month which is currently on.

The Lung Cancer Awareness art work
The Lung Cancer Awareness art work

Yesterday, sand art was used to convey the message of lung cancer awareness at Juhu beach, a venue which reaches a great many people in a short space of time. Leaflets containing information on lung cancer, and what precautions to take against it, were distributed among the onlookers. A doctor and health awareness personnel were also present at the beach to create more awareness and answer questions from onlookers.

Lung cancer forms when cancer cells invade and destroy healthy cells in the lung tissues and air passages. It can take several years to develop, and may begin as pre-cancerous changes in the lungs that neither cause symptoms nor show up on an X-ray.

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