Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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

A wedding tail with a difference
At a time when most weddings make news for their opulence, this is a refreshing departure. When Mumbai couple, Shikha Lopes and Rahul Pramanick tie the knot on November 7, they have requested their family and friends to skip gifts.

Rahul Pramanick and Shikha Lopes
Rahul Pramanick and Shikha Lopes

However, if they still wish to gift the couple, they can make a donation to Animals Matter to Me, a city-based stray animal welfare NGO, which the couple supports. “With God’s blessings, I have found a perfect soulmate who is as passionate about animals as I am.

This is a big day in my life and although I cannot share it with my furry friends (strays), I would really like to do something different and involve them, somehow. We would prefer that guests make a donation to AMTM instead. The link will be posted on my wedding website and as my FaceBook event,” shares Lopes.

“I dream of owning land where I set up an open shelter for every injured, unwanted animal; a place they can call home. My fiance shares the same dream, and is helping me with it.

Nothing will make me more happy than this wedding gift to my furry friends,” she concludes. Check out their wedding story on www.theknot.com /us/shikha-lopes-and-rahul-pramanick-nov-2015/details#gifts

The storytellers are back!
From museum walk throughs to puppet theatre and photography trails, Kahani Karnival is back to wow Mumbai’s kids. Scheduled for November 28-29, the festival of stories promises to be a fantasy ride that hopes for kids to fall in love with story-telling of all kinds.

Kids in a session at an earlier edition of Kahani Karnival at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
Kids in a session at an earlier edition of Kahani Karnival at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

To be held inside the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum in Byculla, the stunning space and charming environs offer the ideal playground for little ones (two years and above) to have a blast and soak in the knowledge, fun and enchantment of live acts and shows. Don’t miss this carnival of stories, we say!

I, robot
Mumbai Film & Comic Con is organising a Robotics with RoboLand (a human robot gaming zone company) workshop where participants can learn to build their own robots or simply watch robots perform a few stunts and get inspired.

With Comic Con ready for another showing, later in December, the organisers plan to hold more workshops and talks. This session will be held on November 8, 1 pm onwards At He Said, She Said, off Link Road, Veera Desai Industrial Estate, Andheri (W).

Colaba’s Thai connection
After 18 years of service at Bandra’s Pali Naka, the much-loved Thai restaurant, Thai Ban pulled down shutters last year. This diarist heard that they will reopen their doors in Colaba.

Richard Dias at Thai Ban, Colaba
Richard Dias at Thai Ban, Colaba

Owner Richard Dias, has now joined the Gourmet Renaissance group, a food and beverage company, as director. The new space offers a traditional Thai menu, and is located on Woodhouse Lane.

“Thai Ban has always been an eatery for the masses; we have retained that avatar and ambience. Even some of our recipes, like Thai Curry and the Tom Yum soups have been left unchanged,” reveals Dias, former chef with the Taj Group of Hotels. “Don’t miss our welcoming façade with the Buddha,” he signs off.

Play it write
Do you have the play you dream of being staged, ready? Astitva and Mumbai Theatre Guide are conducting eNatya Sanhita, a script writing competition of original, one-act plays in four languages: Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and English.

Naseeruddin Shan and Ratna Pathak Shah during a rehearsal of the play, Arms and The Man at Prithvi Theatre, in 2011. Pic/Rane Ashish
Naseeruddin Shan and Ratna Pathak Shah during a rehearsal of the play, Arms and The Man at Prithvi Theatre, in 2011. Pic/Rane Ashish

Apart from other prizes, the winning scripts will also find a slot on the Theatre Guide website, giving them the much needed exposure. “There is great demand for good scripts.

So we decided to launch the competition and make winning scripts available as ebooks which theatre groups can refer to,” shares Bhavik Shah, co-founder, Mumbai Theatre Guide. The last day for submission is November 5. Now’s the time to rush the final touches? For more details, log on to www.mumbaitheatreguide.com

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