Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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

Playing games and table manners
The Mumbai chapter of the TableTop community that promotes and introduces people to tabletop gaming organised a fun event this Children’s Day in collaboration with Todi Mill Social. Members of the group had a good time playing known games like Ludo and lesser known ones with kids across age groups from non-profit organisation Hamara Footpath, which works with children living on the streets.

TOP CLASS: Kids from Hamara Footpath participate in tabletop gaming
TOP CLASS: Kids from Hamara Footpath participate in tabletop gaming

For mothers everywhere
Singer Akriti Kakar, the voice behind popular Bollywood tracks, has turned lyricist and composer with a new song titled, Amma. A video by Culture Machine’s Being Indian Music, it is a tribute to mothers everywhere and their unconditional love. It features musicians Shaan, Siddharth Mahadevan, Raghav Sachar, Abhijeet Sawant, Manali Jagtap, Anusha Mani and Archana Pania, sharing screen space with their mums.

Singer Shaan in a still from the video
Singer Shaan in a still from the video

Care for some museum gossip?
DJs, djembes, belly dancers and glow sticks are not what come to mind when we think museums, which is why we loved Kelly Swain, who spoke yesterday about “after-dark” activities at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington DC.

Kelly Swain (right) and Tasneem Mehta (left) were part of a panel discussion on building infrastructure for the arts
Kelly Swain (right) and Tasneem Mehta (left) were part of a panel discussion on building infrastructure for the arts

People from the museum circle in Mumbai have had a busy couple of days, since Kelly was in town to host a workshop along with Deepthi Sasidharan, from Delhi’s museum advisory, Eka. We heard experiences, both professional and personal, of the participants, some of who are actively thinking about rejuvenating the city’s museum-scape, despite quiet whispers to us about “the lack of museum culture in the country”. One of them, a prominent figure behind museum programming, quipped about how she once accidentally opened the door to the storage room of the British Museum, only to discover stack upon stack of mummies and coffins. As we laughed about museum-gossip, we couldn’t help but wonder what else the Piramal Art Foundation, the organisers of this event, have in store in the coming days.

The word is out!
Yesterday, The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was announced, and it left us with tears of joy (pun intended entirely). This is a word or expression chosen to reflect the passing year in language.

Each year, the Oxford Dictionaries team reviews candidates for word of the year, debates their merits, and picks one such nominee that captures the pulse of that particular year. This year, instead of choosing a traditional word, Oxford has chosen a pictograph, the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji, to reflect the sharp increase in popularity of the emoji across the world in 2015. Oxford University Press partnered with leading mobile technology business SwiftKey to explore the frequency and usage for some of the most popular emojis across the world. Face with Tears of Joy was the clear winner.

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