Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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

Temple fun
The Sun Temple in Konark (in pic) was trending high on Twitter yesterday. Thanks to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historical reading of the statues.

Currently on a tour of the US, he had said yesterday, according to the wire agency ANI, that there are figurines in the Konark sun temple in Odisha, which according to him are 2000 years-old, wearing modern skirts and carrying purses.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

And he has concluded that skirts and purses may have existed at that time. The first painful information to emerge was that the temple was built in the 13th century and then there was this wisecrack on twitter, “a historian informed that it was a mall earlier, ladies would come here for shopping and selfies.”

Chess mates

Pic/Sundari Iyer
Pic/Sundari Iyer

Undaunted by the crisis of space in the city, these two men take up the divider in SoBo for a game of chess.

Type set
A visit to any archive always ups the antenna for this diarist. Which is why when we dropped by the Godrej Archives a few days back, it felt as if we were in Candyland Central.

While chatting with chief archivist Vrunda Pathare on site, we learnt that the typewriter — a trademark memory of a time gone by —will get a new lease of life.

Work is on in full swing for a book on this centerpiece that was once a common feature in our homes, and outside courts, post offices and government offices. It’s slated for a late 2016 release. We will keep us posted when it’s ready. Who knows, they might attempt to have it type-written for that extra brush of nostalgia!

Music trio readies to kick some butt
When music and a message come together in harmony, it always means melody that is sweeter than ever to the ears. The Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) will hold the Shankar Ehsaan Loy Indian musical trio concert, ‘Music for a cause’ on June 12 at the Birla Matoshri Sabhagriha, Marine Lines.

(Left-right) Ehsaan Noorani, Shankar Mahadevan and Loy Mendonsa
(Left-right) Ehsaan Noorani, Shankar Mahadevan and Loy Mendonsa 

There will be a message in the music, ‘celebrate life and don’t let it go up in smoke.’ Musical trio Shankar Ehsaan Loy say, “It is our third year of performance with CPAA and we are always happy to be associated with such causes and make a difference in the society.” For YK Sapru, founder-chairman, CEO of the CPAA, it is time to push the theme, ‘get ready for plain packaging.’

Plain packaging reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of advertising, limits misleading packaging and labelling. You go, plain Janes!

Flavours of home


Pic/Sameer Markande

Marathi actors (second, left) Veena Jamkar and (right) Prathmesh Parab at a Marathi Mejwani Food festival at a five-star in Powai last evening.

Shower-ready in Shivaji Park
Since we follow mumbai's favourite stomping ground more than others, it is time to look up at the skies. On this page, we’ve told you about the ever-changing paraphernalia that dots Shivaji Park’s selfie point.

With the impending season change, half the selfie point is now covered in umbrellas and the other half by fish. Making some kind of point about water, one guesses even as Mumbai waits for the heavens to open up. As for doing things by halves – well, gill-ty as charged.

Sculpture high in Ambarnath
Sculptures in Ambarnath have intrigued us. And now, we hear, that later this month, a talk by researcher Dr Kumud Kanitkar will be held at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya to throw light on these fascinating sculptures.

Dr Kanitkar has also written a book on the region, titled, Ambernath Shivalaya. Incidentally, the Shivalaya sculptures were meant to be a means of non-verbal mass communication when they were built. Don’t miss this one, for a crash course in history right here in the city’s backyard.

We had a connect, bro....
RIP Champ. Buddy, you will be missed. And, of course, the world-famous line about Muhammad Ali aka Cassius Clay — ‘Moves like a butterfly, stings like a bee’. Over the weekend and into this week too, social media mavens, especially the millenial variety, went into overdrive stretching to find a link with the sporting legend’s passing away. From buxom desi starlets to has-been artistes and filmi junta, all posted about their ‘connect’ with the icon. Whether this was just another example of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ or true sentiment over the loss of boxing’s most famous face, we’re not saying.

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