Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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

Strategies of Shivaji

In times of fictionalising the past by all and sundry, here is an opportunity for history buffs to know about the Marathas through credible study. It is well known that Chhatrapati Shivaji carved out an independent state by challenging the might of the Mughals, but it is intriguing how he used the topography of the Deccan advantageously to outsmart his enemy. This weekend, Katha Project will organise, The Battle Strategies of the Marathas, a talk where Dr Sonali Pednekar, associate professor and head, department of history at VG Vaze College, will discuss these strategies that also led to the rise of the Peshwas and what ultimately caused their decline.

Rs 20k, for starters
Just like a sale for clothes would announce prices starting at '999 only, an email came to us saying SH Raza’s painting was for '20,000. On opening the mail we discovered that the bids ‘start’ at the mentioned cost. For those interested, will begin its first series of three online auctions on March 6. The auction features 100 lots that include works by FN Souza, Ram Kumar, MF Husain, VS Gaitonde, Somnath Hore, Ganesh Pyne and more. The contemporary art auction will have works by Thukral & Tagra, Sudarshan Shetty and Subodh Gupta. One of the highlights is a painting by Rabindranath Tagore estimated at Rs 1 crore.

FN Souza, untitled, acrylic on paper
FN Souza, untitled, acrylic on paper

The naked truth, by Khloe Kardashian
The Kardashian clan has something more to offer. Khloe Kardashian, the lesser-known member of the Internet-breaking Kim Kardashian’s family, has returned with an autobiography. In this she shares her secrets, for finding strength of body, heart, mind, and soul with inspirational, stories of her struggles with weight, relationships, and her self-image. The title then fits well, Strong Looks Better Naked.

Khloe Kardashian

Who will stand out?
At an audition for Lakme Fashion Week at a five-star in Lower Parel, a model snatches a breather from towering in heels. Pic/Bipin Kokate

At an audition for Lakme Fashion Week at a five-star in Lower Parel, a model snatches a breather from towering in heels. PIC/Bipin Kokate

The other Da Vinci Code
Sitting several feet away from the operating table, Dr Anup Ramani, consulting surgeon at Saifee Hospital, Charni Road, hums to himself, his face buried inside a television-like gadget. A team of doctors and nurses wait in a corner, on standby, as an ominous looking robotic arm probes in the abdomen of the patient, to reach a cancerous kidney. The robot is aptly named the Da Vinci, given its finesse. Imported from the US, it costs a whopping Rs 14 crore. Using this expensive, sophisticated instrument is a matter of privilege, we are told, and is complicated enough to challenge the best.

Now, Saifee Hospital along with Mumbai University has floated a fellowship for urologists to train under Dr Ramani’s team to use the robot for a year, starting April.

The ever-smiling doctor is thrilled about the revolutionary machine. “We are already interviewing applicants, who need to be very well qualified urologists. This is the future of surgery and the fellowship will make one more urologist an expert in robotic surgery.” Da Vinci, meanwhile, moves his steely tentacles as if to say, crack the Da Vinci Code, doc.

Play it for Leo
Is Leonardo DiCaprio the England of football? Is he the South Africa of cricket? Well, such slightly cruel but funny comparisons have been around for a while for the stellar actor who the Oscar keep eluding.

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

But Leo fans can now fight it out for him. The Line Animation has launched a new video game called Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage that puts you in the shoes of the actor, as you sprint down the red carpet towards a floating Oscar statuette. Along the way, the player hurdles photographers, dodges Lady Gaga, and races with Eddie Redmayne as The Danish Girl, Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs and Matt Damon as The Martian.

Swamy cooks it up in Miami
Mumbai chef Michael Swamy was the lone Indian chef invited to the India Fest 2016 in Miami, Florida. He curated a host of new recipes and cocktails along with engaging food workshops for thousands of visitors.

Michael Swamy at India Fest, Miami
Michael Swamy at India Fest, Miami

The festival, now in its 13th edition, has become one of the premier culinary events in South Florida’s calendar with over 15,000 people attending every year. Chef Swamy, who is also a food critic, food stylist and food photographer, was excited with the take-home. “It was a learning curve and the best experience was when I had to speak to the students of Conniston Middle School on food. Sharing knowledge is important, and it gave me a high that they wanted to learn so much more.” Take a bow.

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