Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Tales

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

Akki and Duggu do their bit
Come September 25, and the United Nations will launch a new campaign called The Global Goals Campaign. As a part of it, the organisation aims to raise awareness about different sustainable ideas for a better world.

Akshay Kumar supports gender equality
Akshay Kumar supports gender equality

One of the ways to promote this campaign is through a crowd-sourced video called We The People, which will feature names such as Robert Redford, Stephen Hawking, Malala Yousafzai, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Lawrence and many more.

Hrithik Roshan with his goal, which is good health. Pic courtesy/Dabboo Ratnani
Hrithik Roshan with his goal, which is good health. Pic courtesy/Dabboo Ratnani

Adding the Indian element to this campaign will be actors Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan, Aamir Khan and AR Rahman. You can upload your goal choice too and be a part of the video. Log on to to read more on this initiative.

Where IMAGE matters
For five long seconds, there was a stunned silence at Escobar last Sunday, where the iVolunteer awards ceremony was held. Of 37 entries, volunteers from the IMAGE (Indian Mixed Ability Group Events) project by Indiability, an NGO that works to change attitudes towards people with physical disabilities in India, won the Leader in volunteer engagement trophy.

Children from IMAGE during a game of cricket
Children from IMAGE during a game of cricket

The project started at school level, partnering with regular schools and schools for disabled children to play a sport together. Sneh Gupta, IMAGE project’s co-founder and director of Indiability, introduced an awareness programme in the villages surrounding Jodhpur, including Bhawad, Kelawa, Khari and Jajiwar.

“The 15-18-year-old volunteers (those with and without disability) educate rural folks on disability, health, hygiene and gender sensibility through sports and play,” she adds. For example, polio is transmitted through fecal oral route and most villages have an open defecation system.

Through a game of stepping stones (or land and water) the volunteers point out safe and unsafe grounds, and how diseases like polio, cholera and hepatitis spread. “The first time, we were told to go back home. But, the second session changed the story around as kids called the volunteers ‘bhaiya’ and ‘didi’,” she adds.

Reliving the Mahatma’s magic
Raell Padamsee’s Ace Productions brought Gandhi back with the world premiere of their mega musical production, Mahatma.

Three hundred children from eight NGOs and mainstream schools performed together to rekindle the Mahatma movement in this touching story of India.

Say what?
We’ve heard of marathons, and triathlons. But of late, watering holes seem to be going all out with their innovative ideas to draw in new patrons. Another term that’s catching on is ‘Barathon’ that involves no running (!) but taking pit stops across the city’s pubs and clubs. Get, set, glug!

Lord over kids
We spotted these parents take a few photos of their sons, all decked up in godly attire on Janmashtami. Clearly, they’ve taken term ‘dressing for the occasion’ to an all-new level.

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