Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Tales

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

Stop, in the name of debris
This is supposed to be a bus stop at Sanpada, on the Sion-Panvel highway. But you wouldn’t realize it, on looking at it. There is no way commuters can wait at the stop and hope for a bus to halt there.

Commuters have to wait on the road, and they can only say “Bus karo!” Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar
Commuters have to wait on the road, and they can only say “Bus karo!” Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar

There is so much debris around the stop that people are forced to stand on the road instead, to wait for the bus. The board installed along with the bus stop claims that it was built with funds from MLA Ganesh Naik. Looks like there wasn’t enough to pay for cleanup post the stop’s installation?

Poster power once more
Return to the runway? Not exactly. Return to the jury table, to be more precise. Top fashion designer Wendell Rodricks returns as judge of the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival (MIQFF) International Poster Contest.

Posters of years gone by
Posters of years gone by

The competition, open to amateur and professional artists and graphic designers from across the world, is to design a poster that will be the look of the sixth edition of the mainstream Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) film festival. Kashish 2015 will be held from May 27-31, 2015 in Mumbai and the theme this year is ‘Reaching Out, Touching Hearts’.

Rodricks has also instituted a cash prize of R 20,000 that will be awarded to the winner. The winning design will be featured on billboards, banners, cinema slides, delegate cards, T-shirts and the catalogue cover. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015 (whew! hurry!) and contest details are at mumbaiqueerfest.com/poster-contest.

Film festival with a bonus
This Saturday is one to look forward to. Kashish Miqff is organising its film festival, Kashish Forward, of short award-winning and popular films from all over the world, dealing with LGBT lives, that were shown at Kashish 2014. Preceding this will be a conversation with academic and author Ruth Vanita, on How Urdu Poetry in Women’s Voices Influences Hindi Movie Songs. That’s music to our ears!

Date: Saturday, Jan 17, 2015
Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm
Event: Conversations with Professor Ruth Vanita: How Urdu Poetry in Women’s Voices Influences Hindi Movie Songs
Time: 12.45pm - 2.15pm
Event: Kashish Forward film screening A collection of short award winning and popular films from Kashish 2014 that deal with LGBT lives all over the world.
Entry: Free.
Details: tiny.cc/KASHISH-Wilson

Style in single file
Mumbaikars are used to being delayed in traffic due to road works or accidents. But recently, in one of the bylanes of central Mumbai, this correspondent saw the makings of an exasperating jam with people incessantly tooting their horns.

It turned out that the vehicles were stuck behind a luxury four-wheeler whose owner was too busy combing his hair to drive. He seemed to have been transported to a different realm, since the sound of the horns didn’t appear to bother him. He kept checking the mirror and only when he was satisfied with his hairstyle did he drive away!

Hair And Now
It's the season for reunions, what with winter bringing NRIs from cold climes back home. A recent reunion saw ex-students of the city’s St Xavier’s School, from the batch of 1965, meeting at a city club.

The old friends rued the loss of some of their batchmates. But, as they raised a toast to days gone by, one of them could not help remarking, “Do you realise, none of us is bald? We all still have good heads of hair!”

Track time warp
Venturing out on Sunday is a hit-and-miss affair for train commuters, as this is when mega blocks are usually in place. Last Sunday, the mega block was on Central Railway till 4pm, and anxious commuters at Thane station had their eyes glued to the indicator, where only Down locals were listed.

No CST-bound trains were to be seen, until suddenly the indicator lit up with trains, slow and fast, arriving at all platforms. Maybe the flurry was too much for both indicators and staff, because the 4:37 fast arrived much before the 4:28 which was listed.

And for a mystifying few minutes, the indicator showed a 4:45 fast which appeared and then vanished, never to be seen. Did it come? Did it go? It could well have been a scene out of a time-travel movie... but for train commuters it’s all in a day’s journey!

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