Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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

Say it like the bawas
It was all laughs and some pretend gaffes at the launch of Parsi Bol-2, an anthology of unique Gujarati-Persian-Urdu mix of phrases and words used by the Zoroastrian community in India.

Actor Boman Irani had the audience in splits at the launch of Parsi Bol 2, a compilation of Parsi-Gujarati-Urdu phrases. The book has been compiled by Sooni Taraporevala and Meher Marfatia (flanking Irani), and was released last evening at Kitab Khana. Pic/Shadab Khan
Actor Boman Irani had the audience in splits at the launch of Parsi Bol 2, a compilation of Parsi-Gujarati-Urdu phrases. The book has been compiled by Sooni Taraporevala and Meher Marfatia (flanking Irani), and was released last evening at Kitab Khana. Pic/Shadab Khan

Its writers, Sooni Taraporevala and Meher Marfatia were welcoming guests into the Fort bookstore, Kitab Khana last evening. There was a buzz when chief guest and actor Boman Irani arrived in a sharp black suit.

“Yeah, there are some non-Parsis in the cheap seats,” he said jocularly and there was a titter all around. Irani opened to the chapter, Sarcasm and Insults, saying his wife, Zenobia, practices these on him. He then chose the choicest of phrases, some risque, asking the non-Parsis if they knew their meaning. When they stumbled, he said, “That is why it’s important to have such a book.” He ended on a serious note, though, “It is important to keep this lingo alive and it will be very sad if we allow it to die.”

After that, it was vintage Boman, as he added as postscript, “There’s a suggestion for another book on Parsi gaalis…that one will be so thick and expensive.” To that, Taraporevala quipped, “My dad, Rusi, will write that because nobody dare arrest an 85-year-old man!”

Parsi visitors were still trickling in as we walked out, the store a-cackle with talk about ‘Mehr na dikra ne Jamshed ni dikri nu chakkar,’ Dina Hotel Mahableshwar’s spiraling tariff and good ol’ baug gossip.

A terrace filled with food
Juhu foodies have one more reason to cheer. A new café and bar will open its doors, and this one promises to be a breezy affair. Restaurateurs Hitesh Keswani and Karan Shah launch The Terrace on Juhu Tara Road.

A view of the interiors of Terrace Cafe and Bar
A view of the interiors of Terrace Cafe and Bar

Expect colourful interiors and an island bar in a 3,000 sq ft space. The menu has been designed by Rakesh Talwar and will offer ‘modern’ Indian food. “We will have Mini Pav Bhaji, Paneer Chunda, Dabeli Pita Pockets, etc. There will also be pizzas,” he says. Yet another mix of global and Indian food.

Hair down there
There’s a new video that’s crusading against women having to wax off their pubic hair, going all hammer and tong against Brazilian bikini wax treatments.

Rukun Kaul in a screenshot from the video
Rukun Kaul in a screenshot from the video

Posted on a YouTube channel, the video features writer Rukun Kaul offering a tongue-in-cheek reasons to not wax.

While the video does make a few good points, interestingly, the narrator herself sports no hair to show off on her hands or feet. Have a dekko, and be the judge of this pubic...errr, public debate.

Now, a garment that heals
We knew that shopping can be therapeutic but taking it a step further are clothes that are woven to heal.

Mrs Kabir Bedi, Parveen Dusanj Bedi models for the new lineMrs Kabir Bedi, Parveen Dusanj Bedi models for the new line

Label House of Milk offers garments for women, scarves for men and wraps for babies made from silk, linen and cotton spun, they claim, with hand-picked herbs such as aloe vera, neem, rose, cinnamon, lavender and others.

The line will be available at the Chic House pop-up at Atosa, in Khar today, and on March 17. Also, Atosa will be launching its web portal for those who wish to make stylish buys at their home.

Meet the new-age art hunter
Young graphic artists and illustrators, here is one address you are going to start vying for in the near future. Art and Found (www.artand found.co) is a new online gallery and market that curates India’s emerging talent in contemporary graphic art, and has us already bowled over by its clean design.

Aditya Mehta
Aditya Mehta

Launched on Monday evening by Aditya Mehta, senior art director at Ogilvy and Mather, Art and Found is his answer to “closing the void between the monetary and intrinsic value of graphic art” (read: here are your artists under one roof).

Rebirth by Archan Nair
Rebirth by Archan Nair

The curated website already has close to a 100 names, and Mehta says that groundwork for it began almost two years ago. “When we started, we were ‘finding’ beautiful art that had’nt been rediscovered. Thus, the simple name: Art and Found,” he says.

With prices starting from Rs 1,500 and going up to Rs 19,000, Mehta hopes this will be the contemporary graphic art response to online markets such as saatchiart.com. “We are hosting Indian artists, here and abroad, whether they are with agencies, at studios or as freelancers.

Fine art has always had its place but I wanted to break the norm,” says Mehta. Look out for works by Archan Nair, Sadhna Prasad, Aniruddh Mehta, Shweta Malhotra and Yashasvi Mathis. In the coming days, Art and Found will also expand to photographers and fine artists.

However, getting on the site comes with high original content. You’ll have to get invited by Mehta, who works with a team of two. And those are parameters that the 30-year-old applies to himself too, joking that his artwork might never make it to the site.

Art meets artist
Lalitha Lajmi was spotted at The Journey is the Destination, a group show at the Jehangir Nicholson Gallery at CSMVS.


Pic/Bipin Kokate

It traces the journeys of eight artists in the Nicholson Collection: Anju Dodiya, Atul Dodiya, Baiju Parthan, Nalini Malani, Sudhir Patwardhan, Sunil Gawde, Vivan Sundaram and Zarina Hashmi.

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