Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Tales

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

New wine country, mate!
Bill Hardy and wife Merylin Hardy were in Mumbai recently. After finishing the Mumbai and Delhi tour for popular Australian wine brand, Hardys, which is a part of Sula Selections, the couple visited the Taj Mahal in Agra for the first time.

The couple are now in Jaipur, and were overheard speaking about picking up designer jewellery for their daughters back home.

Turf’s up for RWITC
With just a little over a week to go for the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) elections, all the thunder is not of the hooves on track but the aggro off track. One recently received a booklet called ‘Team Spirit’ from Vivek Jain’s group, for the RWITC elections slated for September 8.

A frame from the start of the race, Indian Turf Invitation Cup no 8 that was won by Quasar at the Mahalaxmi racecourse from earlier this year. File photo
A frame from the start of the race, Indian Turf Invitation Cup no 8 that was won by Quasar at the Mahalaxmi racecourse from earlier this year. File photo

This had brief introductions to the candidates in Vivek Jain’s team to contest the elections. Former chairman Vivek Jain will once again be locked in a battle royale with current chairman K Dhunjibhoy who ousted Vivek with a victory last year. In this booklet, the ‘focus areas’ as stated by Vivek Jain’s team, has salvos directed against K Dhunjibhoy’s team.

Jain and Co. claim that their focus would be to “walk the talk and drive up attendance which has seen an ‘alarming drop’ to the start of the year.” (in other words saying the current committee is unable to bring in the crowds).

They refer to “eroded confidence in the sport thanks to soft punishments to favoured jockeys and trainers” and also one which says it straight, “the team led by KN Dhunjibhoy came to power last December on the strength of presenting members with grandiose plans, a much publicised election manifesto styled ‘Racing for Change’. The only change is that the club has hurtled into its worst financial result ever.” Ouch. The gloves are off.

Music beyond borders
Converse Rubber Tracks global programme gives artistes from different countries a chance to record with experienced producers and sound engineers at international studios and own rights to the music.

Prateek Kuhad
Prateek Kuhad

Last year, The F16’s from India got a chance to record at Converse Rubber Tracks studio in New York. This season, musician Prateek Kuhad will represent India in this programme that will see over 84 acts from 28 countries participate.

Starring... Salim-Javed
Books on Indian cinema, especially commercial cinema, tend to garner some amount of buzz. Close on the heels of a title on Hrishikesh Mukherjee by Jai Arjun Singh, we hear that another title, Written by Salim-Javed: The Story of Hindi Cinema’s Greatest Screenwriters (Penguin Random House) is expected to hit bookshelves in October.

Written by Diptakirti Chaudhuri, well-known blogger and writer, the book with showcase the story of this dream team that changed the face of Hindi cinema forever. The book hopes to share the formula that made many a blockbuster, changing fortunes of some of Bollywood’s biggest names.

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