Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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

When business meets policy
Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani shares a warm hug with Sam Pitroda, author of Dreaming Big, which was released at a south Mumbai five-star last evening.

Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

The telecom inventor, entrepreneur and policy maker has penned a heart-warming story of his visionary zeal, and life at the centre of India’s development.

Vikram Seth to receive poet laureate award
Most of Vikram Seth fans weren’t expecting the author of A Suitable Boy to unveil his poetic side with Summer of Requiem (Aleph, 2015), especially when they were eagerly waiting for A Suitable Girl.

Summer of Requiem
Summer of Requiem

His poetry, however, seems to have gained him more fans, particularly among the judges of the upcoming Tata Literature Live! 2015. This diarist learnt that Vikram Seth has been selected for the Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award, making him the second author to receive the award after Joy Goswami, who won it last year.

Vikram Seth
Vikram Seth

The literary heavyweight has been conferred the honour for his contribution to Indian poetry which includes seven collections of poems, including his first book, Mappings (1980), From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet (1983), The Administrator's Garden (1985), All you who Sleep Tonight (1990), Beastly Tales From Here and There (1991), Three Chinese Poets (1992) and most recently, Summer of Requiem (2015).

“It feels nice to get appreciation and one has to accept awards with grace. One needs to be appreciative of being appreciated! I am obviously happy to receive the award!” the author said in a press note released by the organisers of the literature festival. The award will be presented to him on the inaugural day of the four-day fest, October 29, at the National Centre for Performing Arts.


Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi
Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

Anil Kapoor struts his stuff on stage at the launch of the new season of a TV show that has the Bollywood actor in the lead.

The science of food
After La Folie’s two stores in Kala Ghoda and Lower Parel, the owners of the dessert bar are now ready to set foot in Bandra. The new space, however, has a concept that is very different from its predecessors.

Interiors of the La Folie Lab
Interiors of the La Folie Lab

The La Folie Lab will function as an atelier with a stone oven. One can imagine La Folie chefs swing into live action, while they use daily fresh produce to make dishes that will change on a regular basis. Some of these ingredients will be harvested from the ‘living wall’ — a vertical garden that will feature an assortment of live herbs and micro-greens.

Sanjana Patel
Sanjana Patel

A few months into the launch, La Folie Lab will transform into a chic dessert bar, post sundown. The space will also feature a dedicated éclair bar, that will serve unique flavours like Berry Cheesecake, Salted Caramel Popcorn and Black Sesame.

The Lab will also have an extensive savoury menu that will feature all-time favourites like Croque Monsieur and Eggs Benedict, as well as new dishes such as a Savoury Mille-Feuille and Carrot and Vanilla Soup.

Finito for the clone too
Explosive India batsman Virender Sehwag announced his retirement from all forms of cricket yesterday, bringing the curtains down on a glorious innings.

Sachin Tendulkar clone Balvir Chand (l) with Virender Sehwag lookalike Jeevan Sharma
Sachin Tendulkar clone Balvir Chand (l) with Virender Sehwag lookalike Jeevan Sharma

When celebrities retire, they unknowingly bring an end to a parallel career. Viru’s announcement also means the end of the road for his lookalike, Jeevan Sharma. City-based Jeevan, who hails from Ludhiana, and had made a living as a Viru lookalike, even starring in an advertisement as Sehwag’s clone.

Many years ago, when Sehwag was at his destructive best on the cricket field, Sharma and a Sachin Tendulkar lookalike called Balvir Chand had visited the mid-day newsroom.

As the clones made their way to the office, a bhajiya (fritters) seller spotted them and froze in shock since he thought the real Sachin and Viru had crossed him. “People get startled. I have to tell them that I am not Virender Sehwag,” Jeevan Sharma had told his newspaper at the time.

Art for India
Lose yourself amid treasures of Bidri, Silver Filigri, Silver and Stone Jewellery, Gond and Warli painting, Kutch embroidery, Khadi Hand Block printing, Palm Leaf Etching, Meenakari, tribal weaves, Patua, Rajkot Patola, Pipli, Dokra and more under one roof.

Sanjhi Art by Ram Soni
Sanjhi Art by Ram Soni

As the festive season picks up, we suggest you hop over the World Trade Centre at Cuffe Parade where Paramparik Karigar is hosting an exhibition featuring the artwork of local artisans from around the country.

The two-day event from October 22 to 24 will showcase the skill of craftspeople working with diverse materials such as clay,wood, metal as well as cloth, using skills and techniques passed down generations.

The artisans are constantly experimenting with new concepts and reviving the essence of cultural tradition while catering to modern requirements. Don’t miss out this one!

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