Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Tales

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

Now trainers become superheroes!
Frankly, we’re no fans of superheroes with ripped muscles and toned bodies. However, when we heard of a new graphic novel, Kaged Muscle, based on the well-known celebrity trainer Kris Gethin (who’s trained the likes of Hrithik Roshan!), we decided to check it out.

Kris Gethin (right) at an event in the city with Hrithik Roshan in 2013. File pic
Kris Gethin (right) at an event in the city with Hrithik Roshan in 2013. File pic

And we’re glad we did. This sci-fi adventure filled with blood, gore, characters with dreadlocks and of course, the blue mo-hawked central character, Kris with a beastly alter-ego, was a breezy read. We enjoyed the sketches too, a job well done by the publishers, Kalapani comics (sister concern of Vimanika).

The cover of the graphic novel
The cover of the graphic novel

This evening, Gethin will be present at the graphic novel’s launch taking place at Bandra’s Title Waves at 5 pm. We suggest you head there to get your hands on the copy or just hear the best dole out fitness secrets. If you want to prove your worth, you can also participate in a contest to do the most number of chin ups and win goodies.

Worth of words
It’s not often that a writer takes on a publisher, but then Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi (The Last Song of Dusk and The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay), has rarely been known to mince words. On Monday, Shanghvi was left upset by a Facebook post that Penguin India had put up, while promoting writer Durjoy Datta’s book, The World’s Best Boyfriend.

Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

The poster said, “Just because you beat up anyone who comes near me and make me feel protected doesn't mean you love me.” Speaking to the diarist, Shanghvi said, “Such language should not be used. This is a sensitive time, especially when concerning women and physical violence.”

A screen grab of the promotional graphic
A screen grab of the promotional graphic

He also expressed his disappointment on his social media page about “language that debases women or language that takes ownership of their lives is a subtle form of absolutism”, and soon enough got a call from the publishers to say that offensive line was from the book, one that discussed the complexities of any relationship.

“However, taken as a standalone quote, I agree that this gives an entirely different impression,” he said. Penguin then promptly proceeded to remove the said post from their page.

Don’t cry for me...!
Social media can be a two-pronged weapon. A quick way to disseminate information, it can also be used to spread rumours and used irresponsibly. But, we love how it cottons on to everyday occurrences and sees a dash of humour in things mundane.

Social media has been agog with the rising prices of the onion
Social media has been agog with the rising prices of the onion

Like how a comic strip doing the rounds shows a veggie vendor asking his customers for their PAN number, when they wish to buy two kgs of onions! All we can say say is smile, even as you cry while peeling the expensive onion.

Kiss and tell
Once upon a time in Mumbai, there was a group that would not talk to the press and did not want to be recognised. Yes, we are talking about Limits Within. The group questions notions of what is permissive and what is forbidden in the changing subcontinent of today.

The group had pasted posters of couples kissing each other, all over Bandra. They now have a Facebook page that not only hosts these posters but also reactions of the crowds when they see these photographs. The Facebook page also has grabs of newspaper articles and online posts made about these posters.

One such grab from a newspaper article translates to “People of Mumbai are disturbed by posters of couples kissing.” The group, which chooses to be anonymous, is now out in the open. However, they have been giving email interviews on digital platforms, about their plans for this campaign.

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