Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Tales

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

In memory of Shivaji
Raigad Fort, a popular destination for city folks seeking a brief holiday, is also the place where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj breathed his last. (His coronation had also been held here.) Naturally the fort is gearing up to mark the occasion, as the number of visitors is expected to rise around this date, April 3 (the eve of Hanuman Jayanti).

The statue of Shivaji at the place where his coronation was held. Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar
The statue of Shivaji at the place where his coronation was held. Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar

Friends who have visited tell us that the fort and surroundings need to be maintained better. Even not counting the “dirty” habit that our fellow citizens have, of littering every place they visit with debris, perhaps the authorities should pay more attention to the upkeep of the fort. It is, after all, one of the points of pride for Maharashtra.

Video and the art of change
When we say “museum”, one generally thinks of the Chhatrapati Shivaji museum in South Mumbai. But don’t forget one not too far away, in Jijamata Udyan (Rani Baug) at Byculla East — the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, which holds several interesting programmes.

This weekend, for instance, begins the museum’s Video Art programme which runs from April to September, on Saturdays (April 4, 11, 18 and 25). Screenings are at 3.30pm and 4.45pm. The April edition features videos by Gigi Scaria, Aditi Chitre, Ravi Agarwal and Atul Bhalla, with a combination of videos that explore different aspects of migration, its effect on the landscape and the changing relationship of humans with nature.

Gotta lotta gold, man
We see all sorts of people in this world, and none more all-sortish than in our crazy ol’ city of Mumbai. For instance, we came across this visitor from Pune, Dayanand Harkar, who had come to the city to find his guru, and was visiting places of interest with his family.

Dayanand Harkar, displaying his golden glow. Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar
Dayanand Harkar, displaying his golden glow. Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar

Turns out that Harkar is a gold fan we mean the real deal, the yellow metal and actually wears ornaments made of gold, in total about 75 to 80 tolas of it. In these uncertain times, is he not uneasy when wearing so much pure gold in public, we asked him. He did not seem fazed at all, and is confident.

We guess that his looks are enough to keep marauders at bay! Well, looks like there is stiff competition for pop star and music director Bappi Lahiri, who is famous for his gold fetish as much as for his quirky clothes.

Walk, don’t ride
Motorcycle riders have the advantage of mobility (and boy, do they annoy us with that sometimes!) but they can’t carry a lot of stuff around with them, unlike four-wheelers which can transport anything from a desk to a donkey. But bikers are known to think on their feet, or rather wheels, when it comes to toting stuff around.

None of the above he’s just doing a good deed. Pic/Chirag Waghela
None of the above he’s just doing a good deed. Pic/Chirag Waghela

Like this gentleman who was spotted “wearing” a walker, and scooting along. We managed to speak to him at a traffic light, and it turned out he was taking the walker for his elderly father, and since he could not find a pillion rider to carry it along, he just “wore” it himself. Well, that’s dedication for you...

Cool sight for the hot weather
These water-lilies in Khambalpada lake, between Dombivili and Kalyan, make a soothing picture.


Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar

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